back when I used to pirate movies, I would just set up dropbox and vlc player. I don't think there's a vlc player anymore for ipad, but I don't pirate movies anymore. I can just download them from amazon when I want.
Sorry to hear about your troubles however my experience is totally different with the Google Nexus v1 tablet. I've had this tablet for 9 months now, absolutely no issues whatsoever. Netflix plays fine, no reboots, no glitches, all Apps (about 4 dozen) work well, even the latest Android OS update added new features.
I also own an iPad 3, which works well for me and it's paired with the Logitech UltraThin keyboard (oops, Apple forgot to offer a keyboard).
Once you pair a tablet with a keyboard then email becomes usable, writing becomes enjoyable because a touch-typist does not want to slow down by using the virtual keyboards.
If you're OK with having to run iTunes on the same computer to move video on and off the device, then go nuts with the iPad. After having my kids or spouse not have the movie they want on vacation and not having the right PC with us, I'll take Android's bugs any day. All aggravation is worth it to avoid iTunes.
Android is NOT an open source platform in the same way the Linux is. Google DOES impose its own guidelines and controls Adroid platform way more (better??) than Linus does for Linux.
Adnroid is becoming a Windows of the mobile platforms as we expect it to run on all mobile devices. Apple controlled their desktops/laptops' hardware and it always perfomed better than the generic Windows/Linux machine.
I have a Galaxy S2 and Gingerbread was fine. After OS upgrades, I have only headaches with Android (corrupted my microSD randomly, battery life, sometimes wi-fi just sits there spinning, and so on).
My iPAD works great, no lockups, no issues (for now).
/disclaimer - I'm NOT an Apple fan, always thought that their products are overpriced fashion accessories (Mac air is nice, though :)
We have a new Nexus 7 (2013) for the family and it's doing great. We run several games (both board games and HD action games), I watch Netflix often on it, we read both magazines and borrowed e-books from the library on it, plus the usual web surfing, etc. I've heard of the BT keyboard issue, but we've experienced none of the other issues you mention.
Perhaps you got a bad one? I'd return it and discuss with the customer service folks at Google about this - they might send you a second one to try. We got ours through the Play store.
oh yes there are other good tablets. I honestly think the Nexus7 will be one of the best options out there once google fixes the screen and bluetooth. Maybe just a few months. I'm not in a beta program though, I'm paying final product money for a final product.
This is a peculiar tradeoff. You're basically saying that we have to accept buggy not-completely-functional software if we want open source (correct me if I'm wrong).
I completely disagree. We have learned to live with buggy software because it is common, we don't have to accept it. The freedom to modify source code does me absolutely no good whatsoever when I need to pick up the tablet and work on it using a feature that is literally printed on the box (but doesn't work).
The only thing source code does for non-developers is allow them to pat themselves on the back and look smugly at those who are happily typing away on their i-devices.
There is such a variety in android products that it is difficult to nail down where the issues are. I've seen HTC heros that would have made you swear off android for life, but heard good things about others. The Nexus 7 is SO CLOSE. I will probably buy one in 6 months or so for my kids to use.