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First Look: Velocity Micro T408 and T410 tablets
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First Look: Velocity Micro T408 and T410 tablets

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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.

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