I don't want to spoil the fun to anybody, but expecting a GPD to have the build quality or reliability of a Nintendo handheld is beyond unrealistic. GPDs are what they are, and considering what they are, they perform fine. But they are cheap because they are cheaply made, GPD cuts costs wherever possible. This has an effect on reliability and the fact that some consoles come reworked and that even devices sent for review or development have some issues is just proof that their production line is not exactly FoxConn?s.
There is no point in raising the issue of what fails more, GPDs, JXDs or Ipegas, at this stage we should probably be grateful that GPD still focuses on the Android handheld niche. Just don?t get overexcited.
While I understand why you may think that way, manufacturing quality does not always reflect cost as Im sure you already know. That being said this manufacture has evolved past what would be considered "cheap" knock offs with this particular device In my opinion.
ips screen is excellent in terms of color reproduction, sound quality is loud and much better than any 3ds.
plastic mold is very well made and on par with the n3ds
dpad is a bit too small..the 3ds has a better dpad
attention to detail, screw covering is extremely well done its unlike any Chinese handheld (barring Oneplus) iv used.
Lock system, unlike the 3ds the device does not used 2 fixed lock points, the hinge is adjustable and sturdy at any position EDIT: This can be a problem in the long run as hinge may break in the future.
Analog sticks are a marvel of engineering in a handheld.. this is quiet shocking as sony's own vita handheld simply cant compete with the fluid stick movement.(they are using a modified version of sonys analogs)
however its not perfect and you are right about cost cutting when it comes to internals, blutooth for one 5ghz wifi, gps,camera.However I just mean the build itself.
if you do decide to invest in one at some point perhaps you might agree or disagree but I for one am pleasantly surprised so far as my last gpd review(q9) was quiet negative with regards to build quality. Ofcourse this is still a knock off and infringes on Nintendo patents in many ways thus can never be legal to sell in the US. That being said so far it surpasses "holding" a 3ds xl in my personal opinion.