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Velocity Micro Cruz Reader

Velocity Micro Cruz Reader

Velocity Micro Cruz Reader

Velocity Micro Cruz Reader

Velocity Micro Cruz Reader

Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet

Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet

Velocity Micro has announced three Android-based tablets due out in August and September of 2010. The Cruz Reader (shown here) is an e-book-focused tablet priced at $199. The Cruz StoryPad (not shown) is a similar product geared toward children and priced at $149. Those looking for an alternative to the iPad will be most interested in the Cruz Tablet, a $299 device with a 7-inch capacitive touch screen.
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The Cruz reader includes a charging dock and a battery life rated at 6 hours of active use, and 24 hours of standby time.
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A Borders e-book download store is included on the Cruz Reader, offering a selection of more than 2 million titles.
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The bottom of the Cruz Reader includes ports for power and headphones. An SD card slot is also included, allowing users to add memory in addition to the 256Mb of integrated storage. A 2GB SD card comes included.
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Here's a photo of one of Velocity Micro's engineering hardware samples for the Cruz Reader. The final version may bear some slight design changes.
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The Cruz Tablet offers a similar design to the Cruz Reader, but includes many upgraded features and a higher price ($299). At the core, however, both products run the same Android OS.
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One of the primary features that distinguish the Cruz Tablet is the use of a capacitive, multitouch screen, similar to the Apple iPad. The improved screen technology should help with touch-screen sensitivity and input latency.
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