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.
Device & Specs
These two tablets have their fair share of differences, but they have similar enough capabilities to compare well. We found that the Nook Color had similar memory capacity, similar screen size and even the same MSRP as the Cruz Tablet T301. You may find that because the Nook is designed to be an eReader, that asking it to do the same things as the Cruz Tablet T301 is a little bit more than it can handle. Still, it remains a better media platform than the Cruz Tablet T301, so it's worth a look.
The Nook (1024 x 800 pixels) has a better screen resolution than the Cruz Tablet T301 (800 x 600 pixels), and has a better peak brightness, which allows it to be read in a broader range of lighting conditions than the Cruz Tablet T301. Neither is perfect in that regard, but at least the Nook can be seen in a well-lit room.
Both units actually had fairly bad battery life, with the Nook having only slightly better longevity in our tests than the Cruz Tablet T301. Though neither will last you for a long time, they should be sufficient for a short car ride or commute.
We're actually going to side with Velocity Micro on this one, which may come as a bit of a surprise when you consider that the Nook Color is primarily an eReader by design. Though it does a great job with this function, the Nook marries your tablet to the Barnes and Noble online bookstore, whereas the Cruz Tablet T301 allows you to choose which third party app you'd like to install and how many you would like, giving you the freedom to use multiple formats and interfaces.
This one is a bit of a tossup, as the Nook has limited online features, but the Cruz Tablet T301 is stuck with its extremely limited CruzMarket, which has fewer streaming options. Where the Nook has the ability to use a Pandora application, the Cruz has none, and there are a bunch of instances of this. Where the Nook has the streaming media category locked down, the Cruz has more in the way of an app store, so it really is a crapshoot if you aren't familar with either machine. Still, if you like streaming music, our advice is to go with the Nook Color.
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