Price drop on the Velocity Micro Cruz Android Tablet
The Velocity Micro Cruz T301 Tablet is one of the earliest entries into the Tablet marketplace and it shows. The parts were dated upon the initial release date, and are incapable of supporting the modern incarnations of Android. The inclusion of a capacitive TFT screen offers surprisingly poor responsiveness and accuracy to touch. The low price was made possible by using non standard parts, which has for the most part kept the custom development work to a minimum.
The Good: I am not certain I can call this a “Good Deal” but it is certainly an affordable item. This 7″ tablet packs in a full six hours of battery life and runs Android. Froyo still enables access to the Android marketplace, but the sun is setting quickly on it.
The Bad: The Android that this runs is Froyo, and it only has 256MB of RAM
The Ugly: The responsiveness of this capacitive touchscreen is very limited. Even if you were to use it as an e reader, you’d be better off buying a dedicated eink to improve the experience.
Our Suggestion: Steer clear of this highly forgettable device, but take careful note of the price drops that are commonplace among tablets. Save your money and for a few dollars more, get a device that will offer some level of appropriate usability, and a longer future. If you are looking for an affordable lower end device, the purchase of a used Nook Color would get you a lot more for not much more money.
If you are still wanting to buy one of these you can find them over at WOOT.com. At Woot, all sales are one day only and until supplies last.