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Velocity Micro Cruz T301 Tablet Review

The performance of the Micro Cruz T301 isn't too bad, especially when it's meant to be a budget Android tablet.

May 23, 2011
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Controls

There isn't much in the way of physical controls outside of the power/wake button and the volume controls, as the Cruz Tablet T301 allows control of the unit almost exclusively through touch controls. Even though it's sensitive enough to touch and it is accurate enough, the danger still exists that something may happen to the screen and the unit will be rendered unusable.

Connectivity

The Cruz Tablet T301's USB connection and SD card slot worked much better than those on its utterly horrible cousin, the r103, and by that we mean they actually worked. If you're using a Mac, you'll have to download the Android transfer utility first, but that's only a minor issue. Once that's all set up and ready to go, and you've got your USB cable connected to your computer, you can drag and drop files onto your tablet like you would an external drive.

As far as wireless connectivity goes, you're pretty much tethered to WiFi wherever you go, but there really isn't a whole lot more you can ask of a tablet that does what it does for its price. The transfer speeds won't set any records, but they're fast enough (for small files and pages without flash).

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Battery Life

The battery life of the Cruz Tablet T301 was fairly disappointing. It handled audio playback well enough, but in our tests it really dropped the ball in eBook reading and video playback. After about half the time the lower-quality r103 lasted on each, the Cruz Tablet T301 simply refused to play back either video or eBooks even though the battery still held a nominal charge. We have to wonder if it's a difference in the coding for the unit, or if having the backlight cranked really made that much of a difference. Either way, we ran the tests twice just to make sure that there was no error with our methods, and we got the same result.

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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 r103 (4 GB) Comparison
  11. Motorola Xoom Comparison
  12. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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