My mistake was that I tested the Arnova 8 with a marginal quality video. The Arnova 8 made it look horrendously bad, but that's not entirely its fault. The video was marginal to begin with. Let me explain.
Let's say you have 2 videos with the same resolution, file format, and runtime. The only difference is that the first video is significantly smaller than the second. The first video is smaller (usually) because it has a higher compression, which means that it also likely has a poorer image quality.
Guess which video I watched on the Arnova 8?
Yes, I did know this before hand, but I didn't realize it was important. I'm not a expert on video tech; I just like to watch movies. (Obviously I'm going to have to learn this stuff if I plan to review more tablets.) I only figured this out after the fact. I was testing a different device and happened to switch between a good and poor quality video. I noticed the differences straight away, and that inspired me to go back and try the Arnova 8 again.
Anyway, I thought this might be useful to someone.
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