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Coby Kyros Tablet Review

The Kyros performs well for the money if you can tolerate the limitations of the unit itself.

February 24, 2012
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Amazon Kindle Fire

Device & Specs

Each device is relatively basic in many ways, but what the big differences center around are the screens. For the extra $100, the Kindle fire has an extremely bright, capacitive touchscreen, where the Kyros has an extremely dull, resistive touchscreen that takes forever to respond to commands. For whatever reason, the Kyros, with its similar hardware, seems to make less efficient use of its processor. For the extra $100 that it would cost for the Fire, you get a lot more tablet.

Screen

The screen of the Kindle Fire is far better than that of the Kyros by far. Not only is it brighter, but the colors are more accurate, the touchscreen is better, and the coating doesn't muddle the image at all. The only downside is that the Fire's screen is much more reflective.

Battery

Hands-down, the battery of the Kyros is better, by lasting over an hour more than the Fire in both reading eBooks and video playback.

eReader

It's hard to top the additional support Amazon Kindle owners get with the Fire, especially since you can buy from the Kindle eBook store. As a pure eReader, the Kyros falls flat in comparison.

Internet

Even though both tablets do not have that many unlocked internet features, the Kyros has to deal with a pared-down market, much like other bargain-bin tablets. The Fire has a somewhat larger array of available applications, including the Netflix app.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  11. Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Comparison
  12. Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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