Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Velocity Cruz Tablet

The iPad has faced almost no competition for the past 3+ months. But it appears that shortly the Android and WebOS tablets will start to ship in bulk. Among the first will be Velocity Micro’s Cruz lineup, they manage to bring a wide-screen, 16:9 tablet, running Google’s Android OS for only $300.

The Cruz tablet really is a shrunken down iPad. It has 802.11n Wi-Fi, 800×480 pixels on a 7-inch screen, 4GB on board storage and is expandable with an SD-card...including an 8GB card as well. It also includes an accelerometer, a seven-hour battery-life and USB port.

The Cruz is essentially a slab of screen, which is just what a tablet should be. The seven-inch screen seems like a great idea – for some, the iPad is too big – but the 16:9 ratio is a little odd for a device that can be used in portrait orientation.

Velocity Micro offers additional options. For $200, you can get a 4:3 “e-reader” which is basically the same tablet with less memory, slower Wi-Fi (802.11g) and a 800×600 display...but not capacitive.

These Cruz tablets will begin shipping in 6 weeks on September 1st. Lets see how they shape up to the iPad.

iPad Competitor Review: Cruz Tablets

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