Originally Posted by Anabana
Briefly reviving this thread to say thanks to all who responded. I ended up buying an off-brand 7" tablet (Elf II) and found a good rom which simplifies it for me. I'm having fun playing with it and 'learning' android. It was only $120 delivered, so figured I could afford to lose that much if it was a mistake! It has dual-core ICS with 1024X600 res and microSD slot. I'm able to read all my books that are scanned to pdf. So it's worth it just for that.
Good call! I don't know if it was a researched purchase but this...coughing...ahem..."ainol" branded tablets have a lot of support on forums like xda or even dedicated ones.