6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Velocity Micro T408 and T410 tablets

About Video Transcript

First Look: Velocity Micro T408 and T410 tablets

1:43 /

Do Velocity Micro's low-cost, big-screen tablets offer enough to compete against the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet? CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell offers his impressions.

Hey, I'm Donald Bell. This is a first look at the velocity Micro Cruz T408 and T410 tablets. I'm combining these both together since they're pretty similar product that really just differ on price and screen size. With the T408, you're getting Android 2.3 on 8-inch capacity of screen that's slightly recess from the front. Inside you're getting this 512 megabytes of RAM and 4 gigabytes of storage. But the asking price is just a $199. That puts it right in the same price range as the Amazon Kindle Fire but with a bigger screen along with a 1 gigahertz processor, micro SD expansion and a front facing camera along with the volume rocker. So what's the catch? Well, the screen is not so hot unlike the IPS screens use in the Kindle of the nook. There's some nasty viewing angles here. You're also not getting the full Google experience of marketplace apps, Google maps, and G-mail. You get Amazon's app (store?) pre installed but you're not getting that same Amazon experience find on the Fire, where you get Amazon video content, Cloud features and the ease of use that comes with the one (sign?) in eco system of connected apps and services. That said you can get Netflix on here and you can get games. So there's plenty of redeeming value here if you can look past the screen. It's the same story here with the T410 which comes with a larger 10-inch screen and larger price tag of $299. And have the same complaints about the screen quality and the (??) system specs. But with that bigger screen, you do get a much more natural web browsing experience. So that's the brief look at the velocity micro T408 and T410 Android tablets for cnet.com, I'm Donald Bell.

New releases

Luxury tech gifts
2:56 November 28, 2014
The hottest tech for the fattest wallets.
Play video
The Renault Megane 275 Trophy is a Lord of the Ring
8:56 November 27, 2014
When someone dared to take the FWD lap record at the Nürburgring away from Renault, the Frenchmen fought back. The result is the Megane...
Play video
How the Samsung Galaxy Note got its pen in CNET UK podcast 412
20:16 November 27, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Note almost came with a toothpick, we're going back to "Jurassic World", and BT has its sights on O2 -- or maybe...
Play video
Apple looks to Virtual Reality
4:55 November 26, 2014
Apple is pursuing virtual reality harder than it ever has before. The iPhone 6 can play 4K video, and the best Black Friday deals for...
Play video
Olympus E-PL7's mainstream appeal
2:24 November 26, 2014
A good interchangeable-lens series for budding enthusiasts gets better.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot security guards and more
23:17 November 26, 2014
On today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite...
Play video
Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatch
2:56 November 26, 2014
Samsung products find a way into the latest "Jurassic Park" movie, Amazon launches Local Services, and Twitter tests coupon offers...
Play video
Tablet tips for traveling with kids
2:47 November 26, 2014
Learn how to use the tech you already have to entertain your kids during a long trip.
Play video