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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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Velocity Micro Cruz (4GB)

Device & Specs

Both devices are a little on the lackluster side, but for the extra $20 you'd spend on the Kyros, you get a tablet that actually works the way it's supposed to. The same could not be said for the Cruz tablet, which stymied our attempts at testing several times before the general unresponsiveness thwarted our robots.

Screen

Though both have somewhat unimpressive screens, with a frustratingly bad resistive touchscreen, that of the Cruz is far worse. You can actually use the Kyros, albeit with a few errors here and there. The Cruz, on the other hand, requires the patience of a saint, and the self-restraint not to toss it aside in frustration.

Battery

We can't give you an accurate comparison here, because we weren't able to properly test the Cruz tablet all the way through. From what we did see, however, is that the Coby Kyros MID8120 is a bit more efficient with video playback anyways.

eReader

To read eBooks, you have to have a platform that won't crash and freeze after 3 pages. To this end, the Coby Kyros MID8120 is the infinitely better eReader of the two. No question.

Internet

Even though both tablets have access to only an extremely limited sliver of the Android Market, the Kyros' proprietary app market is a little bigger than that of Velocity Micro, so the Coby tablet has the edge there too. This one's shaping up to be a no-brainer.

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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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