|Screen Size||10 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Max Screen Resolution||1024 x 600 pixels|
|Processor||1 GHz 8803 CORTEX A8|
|RAM||0.25 GB DDR2|
|Wireless Type||802.11B, 802.11G|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||5 hours|
Coby Kyros 10.1-Inch Android 2.3 4 GB Internet Tablet with Capacitive Touchscreen - MID1125-4G (Grey)
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- Browse the web, watch Youtube videos, checking e-mail, and much more with Android 2.3
- 10.1 inch LCD capacitive multi-touch screen with built-in front-facing camera and microphone
- High-speed 1 GHz processor, connect to the Internet wirelessly with high-speed networking support (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g)
- AppsLib marketplace - download and enjoy popular applications and games
- Plays popular video, music, and photo formats
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Browse the web, watch videos on Youtube, check e-mail, and more on a generous 10.1 inch LCD screen. Capacitive multi touch controls powered by Android OS 2.3 high-speed 1 GHz processor. Connect to the Internet wirelessly with high-speed networking support (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g) Download and enjoy popular apps and games from the AppsLib marketplace. Plays popular video, music, and photo formats. Connect and enjoy 1080p HD video on your HDTV via HDMI (Requires optional HDMI cable 1080p HD video playback requires a video file encoded at 1080p Streaming video quality will be affected by the source and the quality and condition of your network connection) Download and read thousands of books with the included Aldiko E-book reader application, view pages in portrait or landscape with automatic orientation detection. Built-in front-facing camera and microphone and expandable memory with optional microSDHC card. Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.
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Ways the Kyros beats the Kindle Fire:
- It has a 10" screen! It's much better for games and movies. Big enough that two people can watch together. The screen resolution is the same as the Fire. Movie playback looks really, really good on the Kyros.
- You can plug in a micro SD card to add another 32GB of space to the Kyros, for a total of 36GB. Great for storing up videos / music / whatever before you go on a long trip. This is missing on the Kindle Fire. The Fire only has 6GB of usable space, with no way to expand it. So when you're outside of Wifi range, the Kyros is a way better option.
- It has a camera and a microphone, which the Fire lacks. Quality's nothing special, but they work.
- The Kyros has devoted buttons for Menu and Back. I find this easier than the touchscreen based ones on the Fire.
- There's an HDMI output port, so you can plug it into your TV. I haven't tried this yet.
But hey, the Kindle Fire's no slouch either. Ways the Kindle Fire beats the Kyros:
- The Fire has a slightly faster processor (dual-core) and more RAM than the Kyros. The Kyros runs all the games and movies I've tried just fine, but maybe there's some time the extra power would be useful.
- The Fire is smaller and easier to hold. It makes a better handheld reader than the Kyros does.
- It's more mainstream, which means getting things working on the Fire tends to be easier. For example, the latest version of the Netflix app runs kind of weird on the Kyros, so I had to download version 2.2 instead. Once I did, it worked great.
Overall I've been pleasantly surprised with the Kyros. It's awesome for watching Netflix movies, playing games, reading comics - all the usual tablet stuff. You can install the Kindle app and the Amazon marketplace on it too, so it becomes like a large-screen Fire with way more capabilities.
Lastly, a helpful hint. When you get it, the first thing you want to do is install the Android marketplace so you can get the best apps. There are instructions online for how to do this; google around a bit. I followed instructions I found on a website called "xda-developers". It takes a little bit of technical skill, so, if you're not tech-savvy, ask someone for help. I used a micro-SD card to transfer the files and it took about 15 minutes total.
A little background: I also have an HTC Flyer, which is a $300 (when I bought it) 7-inch tablet that does have the full Google suite of applications, including Android Market. I bought this Coby 1125 as a second tablet because I wanted to try one with a bigger screen for certain uses, such as internet, while keeping the 7-inch as a music player and audio streaming device (two of my main uses for it). I figured, I'd have $500 invested in two tablets, whereas a costlier tablet could cost me that much or more just for one.
Some impressive things:
-The Coby 1125 plays Windows Media files from my PC, but the HTC Flyer does not.
-The feel of this Coby is nice; it's shaped well, not too thick, and feels solid in your hands.
-Touch-screen responsiveness is excellent.
-I love Android Gingerbread (2.3). It's what my phone has, and was what my HTC Flyer had before I upgraded it to Honeycomb (which I regret having done).
-The "back," "home" and "menu" buttons on the Coby 1125 are on the side of the tablet's face - not on the screen itself - and are VERY intuitive and user-friendly, as you can just swipe your finger across the approximate location of the "back" or "home" button, and you'll activate it correctly every time. The "home" button in the middle of these three is a hardware-type button that is metallic and silver, so that's super easy to find, too. To me, this is far easier to use than the on-screen buttons that most Honeycomb (Android 3.x) tablets have for these frequently-used functions. Plus, the design with the recognizable home button in the middle serves to allow instantly locating the locations of these buttons. A truly great design.
-Very good battery life. Playing saved MP3s with the screen off, the battery will last essentially forever. If you stream music online with the screen off, life is also great, offering many hours of play. Surfing the net depletes the battery the most quickly, as you have both an internet connection and screen going, but it's still many hours before you get down to the point where you need to charge. Unless you just go crazy with the thing, it's hard to imagine it not going an entire day on a charge.
-The mini-USB to USB jack cord included with the tablet is a fantastic feature. With this, you can plug in a flash drive and view its contents on the Coby (without even going through a computer). You can also attach a keyboard and/or a mouse if you want to do some heavier typing than you are comfortable doing with a touch-keypad.
What You Need to Know:
With no Android Market, your selection of apps is different than it is on Android Market. Some people have posted instructions online for putting Android Market on this tablet, but that's not a panacea because Android Market (and other "app stores") will query your tablet and find out what it is, and if the app you want is not stated as being suitable for this device, it won't even show up in search results. The upshot of this: If you're buying this tablet for a 10-year-old who is primarily interested in certain games, you need to make certain you're going to have access to them on here. GetJar, which is the Android app source that comes pre-loaded on this tablet, works fine and has many excellent apps. Plus, GetJar is completely open - you don't have to put in an email address, credit card or any other personal details to use it. Nice for parents who are worried about their son or daughter running up big bills for a bunch of paid apps. BTW - GetJar does have Angry Birds for this tablet. I don't play it, but I know it's important to many.
The Amazon Appstore, which is easy to load on this device, also works very well and offers an expanded source of apps. (I have it.) To me, Amazon and GetJar taken together represent an excellent source of apps, but that will not be true for absolutely everyone -- especially those who have their heart set on one certain game or widget and are not willing to accept a similar substitute.
This is a well-engineered device. There are cool features here that you don't have even on some tablets that cost more than twice as much, such as the excellent off-screen buttons and the full USB capability with the included USB adapter cord. If you want to do internet, email, view media, etc., you really can't go wrong. The only potential limitation is for those who are hardcore app-hounds who want to be certain have access to many specific titles that may or may not be available for this tablet. But that's not me, and I'm very pleased to have this Coby.