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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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Reading Books

Because the Coby Kyros MID8120 uses the Aldiko application, and does not have access to another eReader application, let's explore what we have access to. Because the functions for eBook reading are somewhat limited, the experience for reading eBooks doesn't vary too much, but if you have to deal with a resistive touchscreen that definitely hinders your options. You could normally drag your finger across the page to simulate a page turn, but it's difficult at best with the Coby Kyros MID8120. You'll have much better luck tapping the right edge of the screen to advance the page, and the left edge to go backward.

Refresh times are also abysmal, and page turns take an unusually long time with the Coby Kyros MID8120. It shouldn't be surprising, as you really get what you pay for.

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Buying Books

Users of the Kindle app will notice right away that the Aldiko store is no Amazon, but they do have a bunch of classic titles that you can grab. Instead of setting up your account ahead of time, you will be prompted to enter in your billing information once you've selected your title from one of the several bookstores supported by the app. Once you've squared this away, or if your title is free, your download will begin shortly.

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eBook Formats

Because you are limited to the Aldiko reader, the eBook file formats you'll be dealing with are mainly EPUB and PDF. Beyond that, and you're out of luck, especially since you will be unable to download a better program through the ultra-anemic market.

Newspapers & Magazines

There is no native newsstand on the Coby Kyros MID8120.

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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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