The Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet T103 is finally coming on to the retail scene and it’s just in time to offer one more choice to the holiday shopping crowd. A lucrative one at that, because the tablet has been priced at a quite affordable $300.
With a 7 inch TFT capacitive touch panel up front, the T103 is one more in the 7 inch tablet segment that is witnessing the maximum activity right now and is currently being dominated by the Galaxy Tab. However, the T103 has a more moderate spec sheet to boasts of in comparison to the Samsung tablet, but seems just right if the T103’s price is taken into consideration.
Like the T103 comes with a 800 x 480 pixel display that is far less than the Galaxy Tab’s more extravagant 1024 x 800 pixel density. The rest of the spec story sings a similar tune. The tablet packs in 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory which can be enhanced to 8 GB via the SD card route, built-in speakers, a mini-USB port along with a headphone port as well. Connectivity options are limited to just 802.11n Wi-Fi and there are no 3G or Bluetooth options available as of now.
The T103 can also boast of credible media capabilities and is compatible with a wide range of music and video files like MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV files or MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MOV and AVI file formats. The tablet can also double up as a digital picture frame as well and can support different image files like JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP. As for its e-book reading capabilities, the T103 is able to support a variety of e-book formats like PDF, TXT and HTML.
A good thing with the Micro Cruz T103 tablet is that it has got a commendable battery life of about 10 hours on a single charge and a standby time of 24 hours. Also, the lithium-ion battery is user replaceable. The tablet is also quite handy, measuring just 191 x 121 x 15 mm. Also, a unique aspect with the Micro Cruz tablet is that it has got just three of the default Android buttons – Home, Menu, and Back functions while the Search feature has been done away with presumably because search function is not required in the majority of the Android apps.
However, a serious drawback that the Micro Cruz tablet suffers from is that it runs Android 2.0 and can’t claim access to the Android market. This leaves one with the option to sideload apps or have them downloaded from the Cruz Market app that again is far restricted in its variety compared to the Android market.
The tablet is right now available at the company site at a tempting $299.99.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email