Velocity Micro Cruz T408
An attractive tablet PC
People who want to own tablets with excellent performance and more than attractive price might want to check out a company called Velocity Micro which has a great reputation when it comes to that. Their products are known for the quality they possess, so the latest edition – Cruz T408 – is expected to sweep users off their feet. Is that really so or is everything just for the sake of publicity? Eager to find out faster, we subjected the device to a series of tests and this is what we saw in this review.
Cheap looking design
By way of design, the Velocity Micro Cruz T408 qualifies as somewhat cheap-looking with its black plastic body that is so similar to other tablets which cost very little. Before reviewing the gadget we looked at it more closely and we saw that, despite our initial opinion of the exterior, the tablet actually had great workmanship; especially considering other such devices which cost much more than the Cruz T408 and boast better assets than this one here. Measuring 8.5″ x 6.5″ x 4″ and weighing 1 pound, the device holds its own in the category of slim and light tablets ever to grace the counters of shops.
The front of the Cruz T408 is glossy back and the rear presents a material which feels soft when touched. On the side of the product sit the buttons for volume and power. The home and back keys are taken from Honeycomb.
Just 800 x 600 pixels resolution
Here comes the disappointing part: the display. This is all due to the fact that the tablet costs so little; the 8″ screen is grainy and dim and its resolution is only 800 x 600 pixels. The most frustrating thing, during our test, was to see the display get covered in an effect which made it look like cheap contact paper.
The operating system integrated with the Velocity Micro Cruz T408 is a hacked Android 2.4; and, since it was hacked, we didn’t have the pleasure of experimenting with Gmail, Android Market and others of this kind. On the other hand, we saw that the tablet included Kindle, games, Amazon AppStore, a file manager and many more.
1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor
In the matter of processor, there’s a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird. This is the same one used by Samsung in their first-generation Galaxy S smartphone. The tablet delivered a good performance, notably Flash games did very well in our tests; however, when watching videos on YouTube we came across many buffering moments. Wi-Fi was at times annoying, because it dropped networks quite a few times. The memory means 4GB and a microSD card slot, but a 64GB SanDisk card works just as well with this product.
Medium battery life
The Cruz T408 also features a camera, which is placed on the front of the tablet. Its resolution is 640 x 480 pixels. When we wanted to record videos, we could do so at 24fps. As a minus, the photos we took with the gadget looked blurry and also dim. The battery can’t be removed and it offers 7 hours and a half, a medium battery life comparing with other models.
If the user wants to play videos on a TV she or he won’t be able to do it with this tablet, because it doesn’t sport a HDMI output jack. Fortunately the device plays all the standard music formats, although the speaker’s volume isn’t great.
The Velocity Micro Cruz T408 might not be the greatest tablet in the world compared with other models reviewed in our lab, but it does its job well for first-timers.
|* Hardware Platform: Tablet PC|
|* RAM: 512 MB|
|* Processor: 1 GHz Intel Core Duo|
|* Size: 4 GB|
|* Type: Serial ATA|
|* Number of Processors: 1|
|* RAM Type: DDR2 SDRAM|
|* Size (LWH): 6 inches, 0.5 inches, 8.5 inches|
|* Weight: 1 pounds|
|* Flash enabled, pre-installed|
|* Front facing camera for video conferencing|
|* Quick Office Full version and Angry Birds preinstalled|