Velocity Micro Cruz tablet review: Velocity Micro Cruz tablet

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
  • Overall: 4.3
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 3.0

Average User Rating

1.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good The Velocity Micro Cruz T410 has capable tablet hardware at a great price.

The Bad The design is bulky, the dim screen has some bad viewing angles, and the T410 doesn't have Google Mobile apps or Android Market.

The Bottom Line The Velocity Micro Cruz T410 exists in an awkward space between full-fledged Android tablets and the walled garden of the Kindle Fire. What freedom it affords is spoiled by a poor screen and uninspired design.

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Editors' note: On October 31, 2011, Velocity Micro provided a firmware update to the Cruz T408 and T410 tablets as an optional download from its Web site. The following review reflects this update.

The tablet wars of 2011 were waged on two fronts. You had the well-funded heavyweights assaulting the iPad with equally ambitious and expensive creations. At the same time, you had budget-minded manufacturers trying desperately to create a viable, cheap tablet alternative.

The Velocity Micro Cruz T410 is the result of the latter war front. In 2011, Velocity Micro launched no fewer than six low-priced tablets, running the gamut from $119 resistive-screen clunkers like the Cruz R100, all the way up to the $299, 10-inch Cruz T410.

Whether marketed as e-book reader or Android tablet, the recipe for any of these Velocity Micro Cruz tablets can be boiled down to inexpensive hardware matched with a heavily customized version of Android software devoid of the official Google niceties, such as the Android Market, Gmail, and Google Books, Maps, and Navigation.

To fill the software gap, Velocity Micro preinstalls an alternative application storefront (in this case Amazon Appstore for Android) and a handful of games and other apps, such as Angry Birds, Amazon Kindle, and Quickoffice. It's a bit of a kludge, requiring multiple account configurations instead of the one-stop sign-in of a Kindle Fire, iPad, or full-fledged Android tablet. The end result, though, is a device with more customization options and hardware features than low-cost competitors, at a substantially lower price than a high-end tablet.

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Where to Buy

Velocity Micro Cruz T408

Part Number: cruzT408 Released: Sep 1, 2011

MSRP: $239.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Release date Sep 1, 2011
  • Wireless Connectivity IEEE 802.11n
    IEEE 802.11b
    IEEE 802.11g
  • Type Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Storage 4 GB