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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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Screen

The Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) uses a 4.25-inch by 5.625-inch backlit LCD touchscreen as its main display and interface, with a resolution of 800 by 600 pixels (142 DPI). The picture isn't very sharp, but that may be due to the material Velocity Micro uses for the touchscreen. Perhaps one of the biggest issues here is that the touchscreen takes an extraordinary amount of pressure to operate for a tablet, leading to frustration, callouses and wasted time. In many instances in the lab, we made ourselves look like fools trying to get even the simplest of tasks accomplished.

The screen was so unresponsive, that even trying to test the eReader battery life broke our testing equipment. It's our fault really, as a material that simulates a human finger was perhaps too soft, instead we should have been using at least a 10lb sledge.

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Indoor & Outdoor Use

While the Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) is supposed to be able to be very portable, the fact of the matter is that LCD screens typically do not do well in bright sunlight, and it shows in our tests. If you are using your tablet for reading eBooks, you're probably better off looking for a tablet with an eInk display, as that doesn't seem to wash out in bright light.

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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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