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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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Conclusion

Performance

The performance of the Cruz Tablet T301 isn't too bad, especially when you consider that it's meant to be a more budget Android tablet than the Xoom. For all its shortcomings, it does make the most of its limited hardware, and performs as well as can be expected for its lowered MSRP. That isn't to say that it performs at a level comparable to the Xoom or iPad, but it is better than say, the Cruz r103.

Screen Performance

The screen is highly reflective, and manages about only half the screen brightness needed to be properly viewed in a well-lit room, much less outside in the sunlight. It has a decent color gamut and even though the screen isn't as big as other Android tablets, it still has a DPI right on par with the Xoom and the iPad. Its touchscreen is responsive and accurate, and shouldn't leave you in fits of rage when you hit the wrong keys.

Battery Life

Possibly the darkest point of the entire review centers around the battery life. For whatever reason, the battery seems to hemorrhage its charge worse than its comparison models, and it has roughly half the battery life of its underperforming cousin, the r103.

Ereader:

The Cruz Tablet T301 uses third-party eReader software, which helps the experience be more of what you'd expect an eReader to be. We love it when tablets do this, as it allows a more standard interface over several platforms, and it's nice not to have to relearn a system every time we get a new tablet in.

Audio & Video:

The audio and video management has a long way to come, but the tablet should do well enough to play movies and music on short flights or car rides, but the battery life gets in the way of the Cruz Tablet T301 ever being a consistently good platform for either.

Email & Web Browsing:

The web browsing is fairly standard fare as far as Android tablets go, so there shouldn't be any surprises here if you've ever played around with an Android smartphone. The email function is a bit primitive, but not ultimately useless.

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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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