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Velocity Micro T301 Cruz 7-Inch Android 2.0 Tablet (Black)

2.3 out of 5 stars 246 customer reviews
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  • Android 2.0
  • 4 GB integrated
  • 7" TFT 800 x 600
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
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Product Description

Product Description

A remarkably affordable, remarkably feature rich tablet. Packed inside the Cruz Tablet’s smart, refined design are specs and features enough to go head to head with any other tablet PC on the market. Play games and video, read books, download apps, and browse the web, all from this revolutionary device! Capacitive touch screen and content via Amazon Kindle app for an amazing user experience. Backed by Velocity Micro’s expert US-based support.

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 7 inches
Screen Resolution 800 x 600
Max Screen Resolution 800 x 600 pixels
Processor 528 MHz
RAM 256 MB SDRAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Brand Name Velocity
Series Cruz
Item model number T301
Operating System android 2.0
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 5.6 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 5.6 x 0.57 x 7.5 inches
Color Black
Rear Webcam Resolution 1 MP
Processor Brand Ingenic
Processor Count 2
Flash Memory Size 2 GB
Battery Type lithium_ion

Additional Information

ASIN B004CFF6ZI
Customer Reviews
2.3 out of 5 stars 246 customer reviews

2.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #15,148 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#2,048 in Computers & Accessories > Tablets
Shipping Weight 2.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available December 2, 2010

Warranty & Support

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If you want an Android tablet running the latest version, able to play all the latest apps and flash video, don't buy this tablet. If you want an Android tablet you can root or upgrade, don't bother, you will not be happy. If you want it to be an Ipad, forget about it.

However, if you want a $250 color e-reader that has a stable OS, long battery life, and a seven inch 800x600 touchscreen you will be pleased. You will be more pleased with the capability to surf the internet, check e-mail and load simple apps. The Cruz comes preloaded with the Kindle reader and most other e-readers can be downloaded from freewarelovers.com. The screen size, the rubber back, touch screen, wifi, and all day battery life make this an excellent e-reader that compares well with the Nook color. The new version of the Android Kindle app (which can be downloaded from freewarelovers.com) also allows you to download magazines in color.

As an e-reader with expanded capabilities the Cruz is a great product and I am very pleased with it. Out of the box, the software is very stable, the battery is 75% charged and the Kindle app is ready to go. As a cutting edge Galaxy or Ipad competitor, the Cruz falls short, but it is much cheaper than those devices. I describe the Cruz to my friends as a Kindle version of the Nook Color. A "Kindle Color" is the best way to describe it.

I have loaded my Cruz with the following apps, all obtained from freewarelovers.com or the web, and they all work well: Kindle, Overdrive Media Console (for library e-books), Kobo Reader, Aldiko Reader, Wapedia, Newspapers, Reuters, Iheartradio, Skyfire browser and Dolphin browser.
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EDIT: After having this tablet for over a year now, I'm reducing the star rating from 4 to 2. After buying and reviewing this tablet originally, I bought a Samsung Transform phone, which runs Android 2.2.2. After having a direct comparison, this tablet started showing its flaws. While I still stand by my original comments (which remain unedited below), there are some significant issues that I found unsatisfactory:

* Software Limitations - This turned out to be a big one for me. When I bought this tablet, I noted a wide variety of file support. However, as time has passed, this device's fairly early Android O/S doesn't support a lot of newer apps. Also, while finding .apk files to install software on the internet is easy, the complete lack of Android Market/Play Store support is a major disadvantage. Also, you can't upgrade the Android O/S on the Cruz, possibly on account of my next point:

* Hardware Limitations - I can't weigh this too heavily, simply because tablets are a one-shot device that can't really be upgraded (though I believe that day is coming soon). In any case, The Cruz's 528mhz processor (compared to my Transform's 800mhz processor) definitely trails behind. Both devices have 256mb of RAM, and the Transform's performance totally clobbers the Cruz.

* Usability - Since my purchase of the Cruz, I have also purchased a low-rung Kindle. I purchased the Kindle when the price dropped, and I won't read on another platform ever again. I've had experience with the Nook readers (both color and virtual paper display models), and the elegance and functionality of the Kindle is far superior. I was shocked at how pleasurable and simple the reading process is on the Kindle, as compared to the Cruz, which is clunky and slow.
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First of all, I love this device! And just so you know, I was a software engineer in my previous career and now teach an engineering curriculum in high school, so believe me, when kids are wowed by your technology then you know it's good stuff. A few months ago I foolishly bought a Chinese knock-off Android tablet and I hated it; it was the classic case of "you get what you pay for." The Cruz T301 is definitely NOT a knock-off. The screen is gorgeous and extremely responsive, the Kindle app works just fine with all my eBooks, and there are plenty of the apps that I need in the Amazon store. Take note, I said "apps that I need." No, the Cruz does not have access to the Android Marketplace but let's be honest, there's a lot of junk apps in the full marketplace and I don't need 99.999% of them.

For those that are either having troubles with their Cruz or are hesitant due to some of the negative reviews, I should tell you that the Cruz is not great out of the box. There are some things you need to do in order to get the maximum performance out of it. None of these things will void the warranty (like rooting it) or take a great deal of expertise.

1. Read the complete user guide BEFORE opening the box. The manual included with the Cruz is laughable at best.

2. UPGRADE TO ANDROID 2.2! I am shouting that one because it is the first thing you should do with it out of the box! (After giving it a full charge anyway) The upgrade is easy to do, takes about no more than 15 minutes, and there are simple step-by-step instructions on the manufacturer's web site. Believe me you will see a great deal of improvement in performance if you upgrade it. Plus upgrading it to 2.2 is just the right thing to do. No one should be running 2.0.

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