Velocity Micro Cruz r103 Tablet Review
Micro Cruz Tablet r103's bad touch interface and slow processor makes for an infuriating experience indeed.
The video controls are very similar to the virtual controls for audio playback, with all the same issues with sensitivity. Still, the controls are basic and intuitive, which is something we like to see.
To access any file you may have stored on your tablet, you will have to go through the rather frustrating Astro file management system. Unfortunately there is no better way to do this, unless you create your own system of nesting folders on your tablet, it's difficult to keep everything in one place.
This one's also a bit tricky, as the formats you can use are often not obvious. Sometimes, for no reason at all, the tablet will decide that it no longer wants to play a video (in its defense, it is a horrible movie that we run in our labs) and you'll either have to hunt for another format for it, or try again. This is frustrating to be sure, but considering the other issues we've found with our t103, we aren't very surprised. Keep in mind that even the MPEG file format is not supported (even though it claims mp4 is), so you'll have to find an.avi if you'd like to watch video.
Much like the buffering issues with the audio, the streaming internet video is also a bit... disappointing. Not only will you never be able to see a flash video on this tablet, but it struggles with playback. It's probably best if you ignore this feature altogether.
Video Battery Life
With the backlight cranked, and the WiFi turned off, the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) managed to play back one of the worst movies in human creation for just over 4 hours before it flatly refused to continue, even though there was roughly 50% of the battery left. Assuming that this is a simple error in the software (given that other reviews of the product laud its battery life), we're willing to give the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) a break here, and we've calculated the total video playing battery life at 9 hours and 21 minutes, which is better than even the vaunted Motorola Xoom.
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