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Velocity Micro Cruz r103 Tablet Review

Micro Cruz Tablet r103's bad touch interface and slow processor makes for an infuriating experience indeed.

May 24, 2011
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Conclusion

Performance

Awful. Really, just wretched all-around. It has very limited processing power, which creates a whole host of problems, and its screen makes the user interface soul-crushingly bad. Even though it advertises many capabilities, the truth of the matter is that all Android tablets aren't created equal, and this one belongs in a warehouse somewhere, being looked after by top men.

Screen Performance

We want hours of our life back. We're not joking. We lost several work hours repairing our test equipment in the vain hope that we could test the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) for its eReader capability, but in the end the screen was just too unresponsive and inaccurate that we simply could not test. We realize that TabletReaderInfo.com is young, but this is easily the worst tablet we've seen by a longshot.

Battery Life

Surprisingly enough, the battery life wasn't too bad, and about par for the course as far as LCD screened tablets go. Battery life is not something that will disappoint you, should you ignore our advice and actually buy this tablet.

Ereader:

We've yet to see it work reliably. As we've mentioned before, it's just too much to ask of this tablet to use as an eReader when you realize that there are better, cheaper eReaders out there with more reliable performance and better system resources to deal with the task of handling eBooks. On top of that, the screen fails to be bright enough to be used outside of a poorly-lit environment, so it will be overpowered by even low lighting. You can't bring it outside without it being extraordinarily difficult to read at best. Don't buy this tablet expecting it to be a good eReader.

Audio & Video:

The video is a bit buggy, but so far the audio playback showed only minor glitches, many of which can be attributed to the lackluster processor.

Email & Web Browsing:

Unfortunately the problems with the keyboard are impossible to ignore for the web browser and email, earning it terrible marks and the ire of at least two lab testers. Because the keyboard is so terrible, it is extremely hard to make use of the tablet's web functions, and makes for an infuriating experience when you're trying to send out work emails or even trying to perform a simple search. No flash support means no YouTube, so it's even a poor choice for entertainment on the web. It's probably best to steer clear of this tablet.

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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. Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet T301 Comparison
  11. Motorola Xoom Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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