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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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Device & Specs

When it comes to tablets that use Android as its operating system, the current king of the hill is the Motorola Xoom. Sporting a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), it is hard to beat, and the Cruz Tablet T301 doesn't even come close. Still, you're paying for all that extra machine in a larger, more cumbersome size and initial pricetag. Still, it's nice to have flash support and the Xoom's ability to update.

Screen

Both screens actually have a similar resolution, but the screen of the Cruz Tablet T301 is much smaller. Both are highly reflective and both are very responsive, but where the Xoom holds the advantage is the screen brightness. Where we usually look for a screen to exceed a brightness of 200 cd/m2 in order to be seen well in a well-lit room, the Cruz Tablet T301 barely reaches half of that, and the Xoom exceeds it. Because of this, it is much easier for Xoom owners to take their tablet out and actually be able to read it.

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Battery

The Xoom also has almost double the battery life than the Cruz Tablet T301.

eReader

Because both tablets use third-party apps to handle all their eBook content, the experience on both tablets is roughly the same, which is a good thing. You can't go wrong with either tablet here.

Internet

Because the Xoom has not only a better operating system, but isn't chained down by an inferior app store, it supports far more internet features than the inferior Cruz Tablet T301. If you're looking for a tablet that will never leave you bored or feeling like you're always up-to-speed, you're going to want the Xoom with unlimited access to the full Android Market.

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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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