Just made up your mind on a tablet
for Christmas? Oh, great -- not like
you really needed another option to make you re-think everything! But
that's what you're getting, and as the holidays draw closer, we suspect
that even more options will surface. There should be quite a few tablets
on sale for Black Friday at under $300, but you have to be careful what
you're buying; some of those low-rate tablets won't have the best user
experience, and some corners may be cut that you wouldn't want cut.
Velocity Micro is a respected name in the industry, if not a smaller
one. The company has just released a new tablet of their own, the 7"
Cruz Tablet. It's an Android tablet, much like the Galaxy Tab, but
there's sadly no official access to the Android
Market. Due to that, VM
is including access to the Cruz Market, which will allow users to
download certain apps, but definitely not all that are located in the
Google-certified Android Market.
As for specifications, it will run Android 2.0 and use a 7" 800x480
capacitive touch panel, 802.11n Wi-Fi, integrated speakers, a mini-USB
port, 12GB of storage (via an SD card slot), 512MB of memory, a
headphone port and a battery that is said to be good for around 10 hours
of usage. It's on sale now for $299, which is definitely one of the
cheaper 7" Android tablets on the market today. A lot cheaper than the
Tab, that's for sure, but there's no 3G and no Android Market. Tough