The 2 versions
There are 2 versions of the AndyPad available - the AndyPad (which i'll call the 'Standard') and the AndyPad Pro. The Standard version comes in at £129 and features 8GB of internal storage, the Pro version comes in at £179 and features 16GB of internal storage as well as adding a rear camera, a capacitive 1024x600 screen and Bluetooth.
Internally, the devices have very similar specifications. They both run the RK2918 (Rockchip) chipset, share a lot of their components and their software builds are based on the same release - they look very similar in use. The AndyPad Standard is a bespoke design, the AndyPad Pro is actually a recoloured and rebadged Tecsel T760 tablet.
Are the Pro features worth the £50?
That's the question isn't it. Camera - not really for most people. Bluetooth - not really for most people. 16GB of storage - arguably not really for most people as we have microSD on board. Capacitive 1024x600 screen? Absolutely! The screen on the Pro is much, much (*100) better than that of the Standard. Higher res, brighter, multitouch... the screen is absolutely the 'Standard' AndyPad's weak point and it's fixed with the Pro. If the Standard was packing the Pro's screen i'd say buy the Standard and don't worry about the other upgrades, but for me it's a must have.
Should I pre-order or wait?
We know pretty much what the hardware is like on the AndyPads, but we don't know what the software is like... and this can make or break a device! Chances are the AndyPad (especially the Pro, as Teclast 760 ROMs are already appearing) is going to get hacked around a bit by developers, but if you want your device to work great out of the box, then only time will tell if new-to-the-game AndyPad pull it off. Distance selling regulations state that if you pre-order and it's rubbish, you can return it within 7 days of course. Another question is whether the initial shipment will sell thru and you'll be left waiting...
So what's the software like?
I've only had a look at a very very early version, so I won't judge it too much based on that. It's a stock-ish Gingerbread (2.3.1 when is saw it), with custom colours and icons.
Is the AndyPad going to get Honeycomb / Ice Cream Sandwich?
As the status of the Honeycomb source is still closed and the ICS hardware requirements are as yet unknown, it is unwise to assume either of these will be officially released.
So, which one should I buy?
You pays your money you takes your choice. If you care at all about viewing angles, brightness and touch quality of the screen, the Pro is a definite choice over the Standard unless cost is really really really an issue above everything else.