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Velocity Micro Cruz Reader 7" Touch/Android/Wi-Fi

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  • Supports ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML reader files
  • Li-Ion battery - up to 10+ hours of life, 24+ standby
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Product Description

The Velocity Micro Cruz Reader - the world's first affordable touch screen color ereader. Cruz through books, magazines, and newspapers on this revolutionary device's crystal clear 7” display. Plays video, music, and browses the web in full color. Backed by Velocity Micro's expert US-based support. The Cruz Reader to be as stylish as it is functional. At just under one pound, the .6” thick Cruz Reader goes everywhere you do and fits perfectly in one hand. Get ready to attract attention with the sleek, slim, and stylish Cruz Reader. Get the Velocity Micro Cruz Reader today!

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 7 inches
RAM 0.256 GB SD/SDHC/microSD
Wireless Type 802.11 B/G
Average Battery Life (in hours) 10 hours
Brand Name Velocity
Series Cruz
Item model number R103
Operating System Android 2.0
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 0.6 x 5.6 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 7.5 x 0.57 x 5.6 inches
Color black
Rear Webcam Resolution 4 MP
Flash Memory Size 4 GB
Power Source AC

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ASIN B004MEZ74Y
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2.3 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

2.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #28,215 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#3,188 in Computers & Accessories > Tablets
Shipping Weight 2.5 pounds
Date First Available February 5, 2011

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If you want an iPad, stop reading this review and buy an iPad.

-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.
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This Cruz is the bomb. It's great to hold and there's no glare when trying to read. It's perfect in shape and the style is sleek, I love having this and I'm so glad that I bought this item, since getting the cruz my reading habit has improved and I find it so much easier to read from an ereader like my cruz than to hold a book. The Cruz Tablet is the way to go, not only do you have the Borders app, but you can also get the Amazon kindle app and buy book from both places. It's great!!!
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I had ordered this item to replace my Libre e-reader; having purchased a new Android phone, and being enthralled by it's versatility. I just wanted a simple tablet to surf, IM, Facebook, and maybe some other basic things. Wasn't looking for a gaming platform. This seemed to fit the bill, and my budget.

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.
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I purchased this tablet for my daughter for Christmas. I had looked at many tablet reviews and this one seemed like a good starter tablet. It seemed to be ok for simple browsing and downloading books. The cruz market has a pretty good selection of apps. I was diappointed that it cannot use the android market, but not a huge deal breaker.
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.
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Buyer beware!!

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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Mine is completely dead. It's about one year and a few months old. NOT heavily used. NO charging light no nothing. No response from Velocity Micro either. I have one of their laptops and love their products ... I just hope my new laptop lasts longer than a year! The reader was nice while it lasted ... now it's a paperweight.
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