Velocity Micro Cruz r103 Tablet Review
Micro Cruz Tablet r103's bad touch interface and slow processor makes for an infuriating experience indeed.
Device & Specs
The device itself is fairly similar to the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB), with very similar resolution and file support. Where the 301 sets itself apart, however, is the screen and processing power. Not only does it take a tiny fraction of the time to boot up compared to the 103, it also has a much more responsive screen and efficient processing.
There is absolutely no comparison here. Where the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB) takes a strong, blunt force to get the screen to register any move, the t301 takes only the heat from your finger to tap a button or link accurately. You probably won't erroneously click any keys unless you have large fingers, and the screen allows for much-improved web browsing and email. It is a breath of fresh air, even if it isn't perfect. On top of all that, the backlight is brighter, the contrast is better and overall the screen just better in just about every way it could be.
Unfortunately, the battery life of the t301is not quite as good as that of the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB). For whatever reason, it was unable to handle eBook reading for much more than 5 and a half hours, and while the audio playback was good, the video playback was almost half that of the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB). It's possible that the backlight is the culprit here, as the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB)'s backlight is extremely dim, and the backlight of the 301 is very bright, which draws substantially more power than when it is off.
The eReader capability of the 301 is better, but that's not saying much, given that any reliable eReading is better than none. Because the controls are better, the experience is easier to control, and even though the processor still takes a while to catch up to you, it doesn't crash nearly as often as the Cruz Tablet r103 (4 GB).
Unfortunately, both Cruz tablets share an app store that is severely lacking, so if you pick up either you'll be doomed to a mediocre set of features that will constantly remind you that the Cruz market is most definitely not the Android Market.
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