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Velocity Micro Cruz Reader, Black (R101)

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  • Access to over 2 million eBooks via included Borders eBook library portal application, as well as Cruz Market
  • Built-in dictionary, notepad, calendar, alarm clock, contacts, games, and other useful apps
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and full browser support-download remarkable content, astonishing applications, and amazing games
  • Crystal clear 4:3, 800 x 600 full-color touchscreen display is ideal for viewing eBooks and eMagazines, Web pages, and movies
  • USB and SD card slot for upgradable storage; includes a 4 GB SD card (Pre-installed)
  • Android 2.0
  • 256 MB integrated
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Velocity Micro
  • Model Number: R101
  • Operating System: android 2.0
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 7.00 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

The next generation of eReaders. "Cruz" through books, magazines, and newspapers on this revolutionary device's crystal-clear, full-color, 7-inch display. Use the built-in Borders bookstore app to download and read over 2 million eBooks in a light and convenient package. At just under one pound, the 0.6-inch-thick Cruz Reader goes everywhere you do and fits perfectly in one hand. Staying up-to-date with email and social networks is just a Wi-Fi hotspot away, thanks to the Cruz Reader's 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and full browser support. You can even load your Cruz Reader up with all your favorite music and movies, using the included 4GB SD card.

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The next generation of eReaders. "Cruz" through books, magazines, and newspapers on this revolutionary device's crystal-clear, full-color, 7-inch display. Use the built-in Borders bookstore app to download and read over 2 million eBooks in a light and convenient package. At just under one pound, the 0.6-inch-thick Cruz Reader goes everywhere you do and fits perfectly in one hand. Staying up-to-date with email and social networks is just a Wi-Fi hotspot away, thanks to the Cruz Reader's 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and full browser support. You can even load your Cruz Reader up with all your favorite music and movies, using the included 4GB SD card.

An affordable touchscreen color eReader.

USB and SD slots for memory expansion.

Download remarkable content, astonishing applications, and amazing games.

Full-Color Touchscreen Display
The Cruz Reader features a seven-inch (diagonal) touchscreen with 800 x 600 pixel resolution, ideal for viewing eBooks and eMagazines, Web pages, and movies. The built-in, tilt-activated accelerometer will flip the page display from portrait to landscape and back when you turn the device.

Android-Based OS
The Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet are built using the Android OS, an easy-to-use, powerful, and reliable operating system from the team at Google. Designed for touchscreen devices like the Cruz, Android helps you easily manage your programs with a vastly intuitive interface.

eBook Reader
Pack dozens of books for a weeklong getaway without weighing down your suitcase. The Cruz Reader offers access to over 2 million eBooks via the included Borders eBook library portal application. Velocity's own Cruz Market also provides eBook content, and is a one-stop shop for downloading apps and videos from a broad array of content and providers, all in one market. Support is provided for ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, and HTML reader files.

Enjoy Your Other Media
Bring your favorite movies on a plane without the hassle of a portable DVD player or laptop, with support for MPEG-4 and H.264 video formats. Listen to your favorite tunes in MP3, WMA, AAC, or WAV formats. Or share pictures from your last vacation with JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP support.

Stay Connected with 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and Full Browser Support
Put the power of the Internet right in your hands. Stay connected with email and social networks even while on the road. Download remarkable content, astonishing applications, and amazing games.

Slim and Stylish
Velocity has designed and refined the Cruz Reader to be as stylish as it is functional. Get ready to attract attention with the sleek, slim, and stylish Cruz Reader.

Add Storage Capacity
The Cruz Reader offers 256 MB internal storage, expandable via both USB and SD card slots. A 4 GB micro SD card is included with the device (pre-installed)

Built-in Applications
The Cruz Reader includes a built-in dictionary, notepad, calendar, alarm clock, contacts, games, and other useful apps.

User-Replaceable Battery
An extended life, user-replaceable lithium-ion battery is included, offering up to 10+ hours of life on a single charge (24+ hours on standby).

Product Support
Each Cruz is backed by Velocity Micro's expert US-based support, for extra peace of mind.

What's in the Box
Cruz Reader, docking station (Not Powered), AC adapter, carrying pouch, user's guide, and 4 GB SD card (pre-installed).


Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.6 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Velocity Micro
ASIN B00413PEZS
Item model number R101
Customer Reviews
2.7 out of 5 stars 326 customer reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,651 in Computers & Accessories > Tablets
Date first available at Amazon.com August 26, 2010

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Reading reviews on the Cruz reader from Best Buy and elsewhere I was initially weary. However, I soon realized the majority of bad reviews were due to the over reaching expectation of an iPad clone. That being said, the Cruz is NOT meant to be an iPad or full fledged tablet. It is what it is, a chimera of an eReader and tablet.
Once purchased and unpacked I was surprised and elated to see that the battery was >75% charged. This allowed me to assess my new toy right away. Out of the box I was able to flawlessly connect to three WiFi networks, home, work and a coffee shop. I was also able to easily download a free eBook from Borders. As many suggest, I then updated the firmware. Once updated, I began to download, install, and personalize my Cruz.
Pros:
-Android OS 2.0
-Vivid color LCD (Text is very clear and easy to read)
-Responsive touch screen (do not need to press hard at all)
-Fully functional web browser
-Ability to customize with a multitude of apps (there is more then the Cruz market)
-Accelerometer makes reading some books (i.e. illustrated children's) easier
-Battery life for an LCD and WiFi device is good (can use for web based apps throughout the day)
-Velocity's tech support is very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful
Cons:
-Limited to Android OS 2.0 (w/out hacking)
-Screen gets smudged easily
-Currently no access to the Android Market
-Even though the battery is good, could be more robust
-Lack of full manual in box
-Currently a lack of 3rd party accesories
What comes in the box:
Device, soft-padded sleeve, quick start guide, cradle, USB cable, Charger, and installed 4gb microSD card.
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I received my Cruz Reader yesterday. This is my first ereader and I picked this model over the Kindle and the Nook because of its ability to read books from multiple sources. I am frugal and like to chekout books electronically from my local library, but I do not like trying to read from my laptop in bed. Although I haven't had a lot of time to play with my Cruz yet, I have to make a comment about other reviews I've read: this is not an iPad and I did not expect it to function as such. The touch screen is fine, especially if you have never owned a device with an iPod touch/iPad type of touch screen. For the price, it is a nice device. I had no problem connecting to my home wifi network and downloading my Borders' library. I like reading with this device. I also used the included email app to set up my gmail account and that worked flawlessly. The Facebook App is also something I will use extensively. I have yet to try playing videos or music on this device, so I can't speak to those functions. If you are looking for a fairly inexpensive device to read ebooks, check your email, and update your Facebook status, then you should consider the Cruz Reader.
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I wanted an eReader that wasn't tied to a single source for eBooks(after playing with my wifes Sony 505). This works for me. I have downloaded and am reading books from Borders (app included), Barnes & Noble (Nook app) and of course Amazon (Kindle app). THEY WORK GREAT! Yes, the screen seems a little "clunky" at first, but you do get used to it. I played with the iPad foe a while at Best Buy, and the screen seemed TOO sensitive. It's less a matter of pushing hard than being accurate with the touch, a stylus helps, especially with web browsing. All three reader apps are GREAT. (no stylus needed for those) The wireless connected to my home network easily. Firmware update was simple (you need a separated sd card and a pc to download the update to do it yourself) or take it to Borders and they can do it. It only takes few minutes. Battery life can be extended by turning off the wireless or by shutting it down, but is seems to recharge quickly. This is my first Android device, and I am very satisfied.
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Coming from the world of the old Rocket EBook, I was looking for a "right" priced replacement that could give me more flexibility than just a reader and not become obsolete. The Cruz Reader does just that. Using the Borders e-reader app is simple and free books abound. Not only are they free, but they look good. I never thought I would start reading the classics like "Treasure Island" but I am. Color is good and diagrams mean more when the author intends for photos to be seen. I haven't been able to figure out how to zoom in on a graphic or photo though within the Borders e-reader app. Battery life is mediocre but given the state of other readers, it's right up there 6 hours in stand-by with the Wi-Fi on, turn off the Wi-Fi and you'll get a standby time of 10-12 hours. I mention stand-by because booting the device from powered off takes about 2 minutes. Ugh, for a reader, you would expect/hope for instant. Wi-Fi Signal is weak as-is from the factory. I found that when I opened the back of the reader there is a mini-PCI WiFi card readily accessible. Further examination showed that there are two ports for antennas to be attached but only one is being used. I purchased these antennas ( Laptop Notebook Wifi Bluetooth WWAN/EVDO/HSDPA Broadband Internal Antenna), separated them, and attached one to the extra port. I then configured the antenna in a large figure-eight pattern inside the back cover taking care to not come too close to the edges or interfere with any cover attachment ports. Used cellophane tape to hold it down and put the cover back on. My WiFi connection quality nearly tripled.Read more ›
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