I'm really pleased that I could get the writing so clear and readable on the second one - I had to fiddle with the autofocus settings and the distance a bit, but I'd never have managed that on my old camera.
I then went outside to try out the flash (after remembering to crank down the megapixellage from 10 to 3). I alternated between regular flash and "Flash SL" which keeps the shutter open for longer and so captures the background - those have a bit of a reddish tinge, but computer editing or playing with exposure/whiteness settings can probably remove that. I could probably also do with a proper full-size lightweight tripod, to remove my shaky hands from the equation (dear parents, who I know read this blog: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-Star-Tripod-free-Carry/dp/B0000WXD16 looks good and it's nearly Christmas, hint hint).
I'm pretty happy with it - Flash photos are a bit grainy and long-exposure ones obviously a bit shaky (which is my fault rather than the camera's), but picture quality will get better when I figure out the more technical settings and use a tripod. At any rate, it takes photos that are more than good enough for my needs, and at £64 I can't ask for much more.