Velocity Micro Cruz tablet review:

Velocity Micro Cruz tablet

There are many positive things I can say about the Cruz T410. Its navigation is responsive. The inclusion of a File Manager on the home screen makes locating your sideloaded media a breeze. The 1GHz single-core processor supports smooth gameplay. Still, the sum of the T410's positive qualities can't make up for the fact that you're stuck experiencing them all through a lousy screen.

Battery performance is not a strong suit for the T410 either. Velocity Micro doesn't venture to give an estimated battery life rating; I can say anecdotally that I've never spent more time recharging a tablet than I have with the T410. Part of the problem is that I've been using the tablet at full brightness (its default setting), though I suspect that the animated home-screen background doesn't help things. Here are our official CNET Labs-tested battery life results. More tablet testing results can be found here.

Video battery life (in hours)
Velocity Micro Cruz T410 6.5

Final thoughts
If low-cost tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Color and Nook Tablet didn't exist, this review might read very differently. Unfortunately for Velocity Micro, these devices do exist and they do a fantastic job of presenting media, e-mail, and the Web on a bright, beautiful screen. Next to these devices, it's immediately apparent that the T410 and its smaller sibling, the T408, are holding themselves to a lower standard. You deserve better.

Editors' note: This review was updated with CNET Labs' battery life test results.

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