Velocity Micro Reveals 7" Cruz Tablet With Android

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 call!