Finally got the Onda 'Honey' this morning.
So I'm at 'work' and I'll give you my impressions working with it for the past hour.
The player by default is in English. This is good because my mandarin is bad at best and I can't read any at all. Sadly the quick guide instructions are also in chinese. The coupon however was in english, so I'll probably use that
By appearance, the Honey is smaller than my blackberry pearl, but a little wider and thicker, but lighter in weight. Construction is solid with no rattling parts or cheap appearances. It looks like a small iPhone.
The Stylus will get no usage from me. The moment I touched the stylus to the plastic overlay covering the screen, it left a little dimple on the plastic shield. I prefer to leave the shield if it looks good, and the one that comes installed on the Honey looks great.
Also the Stylus looks like it comes from some PDA, the barbed end makes me think it should fit inside a shell somewhere, but since there's no opening for it on the Honey *toss* out it goes. I don't even want it in the bag with the Honey for fear of scratches.
The memory slot. Downside to the memory slot is that your memory card WILL stick out roughly 2mm from the Honey. Since I have yet to struggle through the chinese menus under settings, I haven't been able to play any of the music on the memory card. It's there, just can't navigate to it by just clicking 'music.'
Any help here would be appreciated. I bolded that part to draw attention.
The driver/software disc that comes with it is also in chinese. The first 2 items on the menu are the Avi Converter and then the firmware update software. I deduced this information by beginning the install process on my work laptop.
It's not my laptop so I really don't mind if the thing explodes in a shower of chinese writing and anime.
Anyway, installed the updater, but that doesn't seem to work. Again, it's in chinese, so it not working is probably my fault.
The third option on the installer menu is Windows Media player 10, 4th is something for windows, and 5th is the exit from the menu.
Back to the player.
Audio quality is FANTASTIC. I don't use this word lightly. I won't be doing the whole freezer trick to improve sound quality. The sound quality is very robust. If anyone else finds it less than such, get better headphones or record with a variable rate or lossless format.
Picture quality, so far, is also very good. the Jessica Simpson video (why her?) was smooth and didn't skip around. I'll see if I can move some anime from my PSP to the Honey as a test later. (I'm moving music from my PSP to the Honey as we speak. Only takes a few minutes. 5 at most.)
The radio manages to pick up the dozen oddball stations in New York. Most of them are in spanish. Don't ask me why. My mandarin is better than my spanish, but I can dance to it so I'll salsa around my office later.
That's all for now. I'll report back more after more testing.
So far, I'd give is an 8 out of 10, losing 2 only because I can't read the chinese instruction manual