|Screen Size||7 inches|
|RAM||0.256 GB SD/SDHC/microSD|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||10 hours|
Velocity Micro Cruz Reader 7" Touch/Android/Wi-Fi
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- Download and read over 2 Million ebooks in full color from the Borders ebook store app
- Browse the web from any hotspot via integrated 802.11 b/g wifi
- Supports ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML reader files
- Li-Ion battery - up to 10+ hours of life, 24+ standby
- 4GB internal micro SD card
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-First the downside. The Cruz R103 reader has a resistive touch screen.
The pressure of a finger or stylus is used to navigate the device. - A stylus works well for me. You can swipe pages, but you need to add some pressure. (Unlike a capacitive screen which uses body temp.)
Also, one of the free book titles at Borders failed to download completely. It seems the title is no longer free. But the Cruz Reader tries to download it every time I log onto the Borders app. It's been two months. Borders has not returned my request for help. I still can't remove the title from my reading list. (Although I can easily remove other titles that have been downloaded.)
**PLEASE NOTE* The customer service rep from Velocity Micro (the company that makes the Cruz Reader) was very eager to help solve my problem. They offered many helpful hints and suggestions.
-Now to the good things.
I bought the Cruz R103 in December 2010 at Best Buy for $99. I chose it because I could get books from more than one vender. So far I've bought titles from Borders and Amazon.
The reader comes with a charger, a USB cable, a soft carrying case, a stand/docking station, and a quick start guide. (The full operation manual is preloaded on the Cruz reader's office file system.)
The Cruz Reader runs on the Android operating system. This was my first encounter with Android, and I like it. It's taken a while to get used to it, but the new OS is easy enough to figure out.
You'll need to set up your wireless connection. A simple wireless router will do. Set up your Borders app which is preloaded onto the Cruz Reader.
Log onto the Cruz Market.Read more ›
Unfortunately, upon receiving the device and playing with it for a single evening, I made the decision to return it. While the underlying hardware is great, the screen was just too sluggish and/or nonresponsive, even using a stylus. I knew that the resistive screen was going to be slower than the capacitive one on my phone, I wasn't ready for the quite extreme difference. At times, it would take 2-3 taps on the screen to have the device recognize the input. The on-screen buttons for home, back, menu, etc. seemed to be the worst areas affected.
So I'm disappointed, but not angrily. I had an idea as to what I was getting for the price, but the proof is always easier to come by once you have it in your hands.
However, My daughter has been using it for about ten days now and last night the tablet abruptly went black on the screen and now will not power up. I have contacted the seller and am awaiting a response. I hope to hear from them soon and get this resolved. Not sure what the problem is, but I don't believe I would purchase this item again.
Purchased two at the same time and these are the problems that they shared:
1. Does not stay charged more than an hour or so
2. Allows you to complete purchases for applications, then once you try to access it you get an error that it's not compatible
3. Touch screen is more like a "punch screen" because it is so non-responsive
4. Can insert external memory card, but can't direct to save or access it.
One in particular experienced these additional problems:
1. Error message regarding memory after downloading less than 10 apps. Did not change after adding additional storage (see above) card.
2. Would not recognize password, had to do a complete factory reset more than one instance. Finally gave up trying to use password functionality.
3. Stopped display altogether after less than 6 months.
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Very poor usability. product was cheaply made and operating system was to much for hardware.Published 19 months ago by Richard Ferrington
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I'd always rather have a paper book, but the cost alone is becoming prohibitive, so I bought this e-reader and hoped it would help me change my habits. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by MamaLiberty
we were never able to get this to work properly.. it just wouldn't connect to any wifi networks.. DO NOT BUY.Published on January 12, 2014 by Kim V.
to me this was a mistake. for one, i mean it was exactly what i paid for, just a reader. even though it says you can download android things, its very limited things. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by bhorne