WOuld you still say they are better then most Chinese webshops tough? I mean they did refund the purchase money right? And quickly offered to take back the XD even tough the problem was very minor... from what I heard from geekbuying if you have a warranty claim you can just drop dead, even with a big problem...
They are much better, their customer service replies quickly (considering the time difference) and the support through AliExpress is comprehensive. In fact today I got a message from them asking me to start a partial refund claim on the replacement XD to cover return shipping, strange way of doing things but maybe it's the easiest way for them to go through AliExpress. Looks like I'll be getting the return postage covered after all which is great, took a while but worth it! I actually paid an extra ?7 for insurance but I don't mind covering that myself.
So yeah I would say the AliExpress/GPD combination is a pretty safe way to buy from China. Like I said in another thread normally I wouldn't have returned it for such a minor fault but the total price would have been ?184 (my G5A was about ?60) so for that amount I wanted it to be perfect. I guess I was lucky the replacement was on sale and there was no import bill, saved me a ton (?57/$85) of money! Buying it in the UK would have been ?73/$109 more than I ended up paying.
Anyway I just tried/started dead effect 2. HOt damn. It looks gourgeous, has full controller support, and runs at solid stable framerate with everything set to Extreme. Warms up the XD A bit, but nothing too serious and runs great. And again, the playstore is filled with bug reports of the game crashing, not loading, lagging like hell etc. on such inferior brands as samsung and HTC and others... that's also starting to become a theme (remember the newest fifa game?): " games which don't run or lag horrible on flagship devices but work like a charm on this Chinese thing" XD
It's a pretty impressive game, I was showing it to a guy at work (the XD goes everywhere with me!) and he thought it was amazing. I wish The Shadow Sun supported controls natively, that's also a great looking game. Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Buttata also supports controls btw, that's a pretty nice game.