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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.

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Controls

Because the physical controls are limited to volume buttons and a power button, most of your interaction with the tablet is going to happen through the resistive touchscreen, which is mediocre at best. This is par for the course, though, and even the lag in command isn't terribly surprising. The fact of the matter is that resistive screens just aren't really ideal for tablets, but they persist because they're still cheaper to use than capacitive touchscreens.

Connectivity

Due to the fact that this tablet is very limited in capabilities due to cost, it's not surprising that the connectivity is somewhat greater than we expected, mainly due to the fact that it has a microSD card slot, a full HDMI port, a miniUSB port, and 802.11n wireless. This surprises us because this isn't a media maven, nor is it built to handle very much of anything at all, as its paltry 256MB of RAM and limited internal hardware can't really keep up with the other tablets on the market.

That said, if you're just using the tablet to read eBooks or bring the occasional piece of media with you on a car trip, this tablet should have you covered, albeit annoyed. Still, the ability to import and store files on additional storage is a plus that shouldn't be ignored if you import a lot of large files to your tablet.

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Battery Life

While it's not enough to make users forget about their experience with the tablet, the battery life is absolutely absurd. Lasting well over 8 hours reading eBooks and playing back video, the Coby Kyros MID8120 actually does provide a respectable performance for what is otherwise a product noted to take every measure it can to come in at a price point under $100.

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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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