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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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Reading Books

The Cruz Tablet T301 relies on third party apps to run its eBook reading, which is a good thing if you've read the r103's review. To start customers off, Velocity Micro included the Amazon Kindle app for Android devices, which allows you to browse Amazon's selection of titles in their online bookstore, or read eBooks you've purchased through Amazon with their simple touch interface.

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Because the screen is responsive, reading eBooks isn't difficult at all, needing only a swipe of the finger or tap of the side of the screen to turn pages forward or backward. Really, the experience depends more on the apps you choose to use more than the device itself, as Android machines are largely similar in this regard, but that's a good thing for those who switch between tablets.

Buying Books

Because the Cruz Tablet T301 uses third party apps to handle all eBook functions, the experience of buying an eBook depends entirely on which store you choose. If you're used to a certain eBook store, you can simply look up their app and use it to do everything from manage your library or buy new books.

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eBook Formats

Again, because the Cruz Tablet T301 uses third party applications for this function, formats are only limited by what each eBook app can handle. On its own, the Cruz Tablet T301 can read.pdf files, and very refreshingly, Microsoft Office files. You can't edit them, but it is nice to be able to review spreadsheets on the way to work before meetings, or papers before you hand them into your professor.

Newspapers & Magazines

Much like the eBooks, if you would like to read a newspaper or periodical, you will have to use the third party applications from the eBook retailers, which may or may not have your desired selection.

eBook Battery Life

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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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