The one I'm thinking of, I'd get from Amazon. Going by what I've managed to find out on interweb, the company that makes many Andriod tablets, also make this one.
It's not that I'd be using it every day, only now and again. Yes if I was using all the time, I'd look at dearer, 'branded' ones.
For what I'm wanting to use for, is it worth it? The 3yr warrenty makes it attractive, for what I'll use for.
I entirely agree with your sentiment, but I think a cheaper tablet simply won't last as long as the Nexus 7 (for example). This is in terms of the battery probably dying quickly and finding it hard to get a replacement (compared to a big seller like any of the Kindles, ipads, nexus models which you can get replacement bits for), and also in terms of it being usable - even the Internet needs ever increasing processing power and RAM. By way of comparison, I have a cheap Samsung Ace smartphone which does great for what I want it to do (get email, train times) but browsing the internet is too slow to be practical because of its poor processor and memory.
The company might be banking on people not really using the tablet in 3 years and that's why they offer that warranty.
As Beaker says, 7 inch (with a nice high resolution screen) should be the way to go for travel use.
I'd wait for the new Nexus 7 to come out and then get last year's model second hand for a cheaper price.
The cheaper tablets often have poor screens, which makes reading worse and also their touchscreens might be quite unresponsive, making the whole experience a bit frustrating. Battery life might also be pretty bad.
My wife has the Nexus 7 and the battery is very good (8 hours, probably more if you turned the brightness right down and avoided fancy stuff like video, games). I think battery life on any of these tablets will suffer in cold conditions on a mountain though.
Yeah the Lake District national park authority seems to be very keen on granting permission for more hotels, caravans parks, and barn conversions while not considering the extra pressure that's putting on the already overburdened road system.
There would be planning restrictions, exactly what they are is not clear to me (plenty of development within Lake District), certainly more red tape. I can't honestly see the benefit of extending them - more wildlife protection perhaps?
In my opinion the Lake District is more akin to a theme park than a national park anyway; everything has to be kept in a twee 19th century state and uneconomic practices continued because they are 'traditional'.