Velocity Micro T301 review: Velocity Micro T301

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 4.0

Average User Rating

1.5 stars 6 user reviews
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The Good The Velocity Micro Cruz T301 delivers Android 2.2 on a 7-inch screen for an affordable price.

The Bad We're not fond of the dim, low-res screen and bulky design. Also, core Google Mobile apps aren't included, including Android Market.

The Bottom Line The Velocity Micro Cruz T301 Android tablet is a decent, low-priced option for general Web and e-mail tasks, but its bulky size and mediocre screen quality make it a poor choice for e-books, multimedia, and games.

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When it comes to budget-priced Android tablets, there's a lot of junk out there. The Cruz T301 from Velocity Micro is a rare exception. It's not a great product, but with a street price as low as $160, its core Android features and sturdy hardware make it a workable solution if you're strapped for cash.

Design
The T301 wins no points for beauty. It's a solid slab that's thicker and heavier than 2010's Galaxy Tab. The whole thing measures 0.5 inch thick, 5.5 inches wide, and 7.5 inches tall, with a 7-inch capacitive panel on the front. A removable plastic panel covers the back, exposing a rechargeable battery pack.

Although the Cruz runs Android (version 2.2), the expected physical navigation buttons typically found below the screen are absent. Instead, taking a cue from Android 3.0, Velocity Micro placed a navigation bar within the software, running it across the top of the screen. The advantage of onscreen navigation is that the controls can rotate to match the tablet's orientation. The drawback is that the controls are sometimes hidden from sight when an application or video is shown full-screen.

A soft cloth pouch, a 4GB SD card, and a charging stand are included in the Cruz T301's box--which is a nice touch considering the low price. Also included is a wall-wart charging adapter, which isn't required for recharging (USB will also work), but is the best way to go for a fast charge.

Overall, the T301 is a solidly built tablet, but its hefty weight and thick design tend to fatigue the hand more than other 7-inch tablets in this same price range, such as the Archos 70 and Barnes & Noble Nook Color.

Features
The Cruz T301 offers many of the amenities we expect from an entry-level tablet. On the top you have a power button that doubles as a screen lock, along with a Mini-USB port and SD card slot. The right side offers an oversize volume rocker switch. On the bottom you'll find a pair of decent-sounding built-in speakers, along with a headphone jack and a socket for the power adapter.

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Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet

Part Number: T301 Released: Jan 1, 2011
Low Price: $99.88 See all prices

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  • Release date Jan 1, 2011
  • Wireless Connectivity IEEE 802.11n
    IEEE 802.11b
    IEEE 802.11b
    IEEE 802.11g
  • Weight 16 oz
  • Type Android 2.0
  • Storage 4 GB