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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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Device & Specs

There could not be a bigger gulf in device performance between these two tablets. Not only does the Xoom employ the powerhouse Tegra 2 dual-core processor, but the Xoom has twice the RAM (1GB) of the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB), much more internal memory and even HDMI output.

Screen

The screen of the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) is its weak point, and going up against the Xoom, you can start to see just how truly terrible it is. The Xoom has a very sensitive touchscreen that never requires you to increase pressure on the screen for a keystroke. Despite the fact that the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) is less reflective than the Xoom, the latter leaves the former in the dust here.

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Battery

Both tablets have similar battery life, but considering how much more powerful the Xoom is, and how much more power it needs to run, this isn't a surprise. The Xoom has a much brighter screen, and the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) has one that can barely be seen outdoors, so you can guess at which battery holds the better charge here.

eReader

This one's easy: the Xoom can reliably read eBooks. That's a lot more than can be said for the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB).

Internet

When it comes to internet features, it's almost impossible to beat the Xoom. The app store is massive in comparison to the tiny selection available to the Cruz tablets, and the user interface is much better on the Motorola powerhouse. Because the proprietary browser and internet features are constantly being updated and new apps added to the store, the internet features for the Xoom are potentially limitless until a new tablet comes out to replace it. The Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) just sits there, with no updates possible or a reasonable selection of internet options.

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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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