Velocity Micro Cruz r103 Tablet Review
Micro Cruz Tablet r103's bad touch interface and slow processor makes for an infuriating experience indeed.
Device & Specs
The Kindle offers free 3G wherever you are, instead of simply being tethered to WiFi connections wherever available (like the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB)), which is a nice touch. The Kindle is primarily an eReader, and playing audio is bad and video impossible, but the device is still built to handle everything it is intended to do well, which is more than can be said of the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB).
The screens of each tablet reader are drastically different, and are designed for different roles, so it's not very useful to compare them to one another, but all you need to know is this: the Kindle's screen is far less reflective, and while it isn't a touchscreen (a blessing in this case), it can be read in a far wider range of environments than the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) can. Because the Kindle's display is eInk, it can't show color or video.
While the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB)'s battery life is respectable, the Kindle's battery lasts far longer, probably because it does not need a backlight. This allows it to run for days on end, continuously playing audio or reading an eBook.
As previously mentioned, the Kindle is a great eReader, whereas the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) is unfit for the job. The Kindle uses physical controls to turn the pages, and although this seems a bit outdated when you see a bunch of other tablets using touchscreens, it is nice to know that when you send a command to the unit, it'll get through. Unlike the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB), it will last for several days before needing a recharge.
Again, more apples and oranges here, but the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) has a wider range of available applications and browsing options, even if the functionality isn't where it should be. The Kindle has its own access to a bookstore, and that's all it really needs; it is primarily an eReader, after all. You'll find that the Kindle's 3G capability is more convenient than the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB)'s WiFi-only connectivity, but the Cruz will be able to use a better browser and email.
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