Coby Kyros

The Good The Coby Kyros tablet delivers Android 2.2 at an attractive price, along with HDMI output, microSD memory expansion, and a front-facing camera.

The Bad The screen quality and touch responsiveness are awful; battery life is poor; the design is bulky; there's no Adobe Flash support; and Google's suite of mobile apps isn't included.

The Bottom Line The Coby Kyros tablet offers a large screen for relatively little money, but it's a bad proposition at any price.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 3.0
  • Features 4.0
  • Performance 3.0
3.3 Overall

Compare

Coby Kyros 8" Tablet Computer (Black)
Coby Kyros
Microsoft Surface Pro (128GB, Core m3, 4GB)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
Apple iPad 2017 (space gray, 32GB)
Apple iPad (9.7-inch, 2017)
Amazon Fire HD 8 (black, 16GB, 2017)
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)
Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch, silver, 64GB)
iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017)
Price $247 MSRP $690 Amazon.com $286 Amazon.com $50 Amazon.com $589 Amazon.com
Design
3
8
8
8
10
Features
4
8
8
8
8
Performance
3
9
9
8
9

Review

Coby Kyros

We just couldn't resist trying out the Coby Kyros. It wasn't the $250 list price ($150 street) or Android 2.2 operating system that lured us in; it was the screen. We've seen plenty of 7-inch and 10-inch tablets pass through CNET, but never an 8-inch. We figured maybe Coby was onto something.

Design and features
Unfortunately, the first thing you'll notice about the Coby Kyros is that the screen is unforgivably bad. When it comes to budget tablets there's a lot we can forgive (minimal storage, plastic construction, poor battery life), but when you cheap out on a tablet's screen, we have to draw the line. The Kyros' resistive screen requires a forceful touch (a plastic stylus is included) and is covered in a sheet of plastic that is easy to scratch. What's worse is that the LCD panel and the resistive plastic covering are spaced so far apart that the screen appears as though it is underwater. As a result, viewing angles are mediocre, e-book text is washed out, and outdoor viewing is nearly impossible.

Continue Reading

Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $247
  • Brand Coby Electronics
  • Diagonal Size 8 in
  • Type Android 2.2
  • Weight 1.17 lbs
  • Cameras (for SD) front camera
See full specs
model Black

Report errors

How To

5 ways to make your Amazon Fire tablet better

5 ways to make your Amazon Fire tablet better

iPad vs. iPad Pro vs. iPad Mini 4: Which is right for you?

iPad vs. iPad Pro vs. iPad Mini 4: Which is right for you?

iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro: 5 ways to choose

iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro: 5 ways to choose

12 ways to improve iPad battery life

12 ways to improve iPad battery life

7 tips and tricks for Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3

7 tips and tricks for Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3

How to tether your iPad to your phone

How to tether your iPad to your phone

5 settings every Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 owner should change

5 settings every Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 owner should change

How to travel with a Wi-Fi-only iPad

How to travel with a Wi-Fi-only iPad

How to create your own Twitter Moment

How to create your own Twitter Moment

5 ways to repurpose your tablet

5 ways to repurpose your tablet

How to use a tablet as a second display

How to use a tablet as a second display