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Old October 12th, 2010, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The more I see this tablet, the more I kind of like it. I just saw what may be the full specs for the Cruz tablet at, but it was the only place that had a complete spec list, including processor, but if it is the 800mhz Snapdragon, I would be OK with that. The fact that it has 512mb of RAM is a huge plus over the Gen8 Archos tabs. I really can't wait until some of these tablets hit the streets, we are in desperate need of something other than Chinese knockoffs.

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The more I see this tablet, the more I kind of like it. I just saw what may be the full specs for the Cruz tablet at, but it was the only place that had a complete spec list, including processor, but if it is the 800mhz Snapdragon, I would be OK with that. The fact that it has 512mb of RAM is a huge plus over the Gen8 Archos tabs. I really can't wait until some of these tablets hit the streets, we are in desperate need of something other than Chinese knockoffs.
Funny, I was just looking at this a few minutes ago. The specs are good, and I do like the 512mb RAM. I sitll think I'll wait a while for a tab that fits all of my wants. But I will find one to play with come October 15! I wonder if they will have them in the Borders stores?
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Funny, I was just looking at this a few minutes ago. The specs are good, and I do like the 512mb RAM. I sitll think I'll wait a while for a tab that fits all of my wants. But I will find one to play with come October 15! I wonder if they will have them in the Borders stores?
I'll bet they will be selling them in Borders, they are currently selling the Velocity reader, so they should sell the tablet. I'm definitely going to check it out at least when it's released.
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Yeah. It will be nice to get my hands on one of the newer tablets. I'm just hoping I don't walk out of the store with one.
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Yeah. It will be nice to get my hands on one of the newer tablets. I'm just hoping I don't walk out of the store with one.

If it really is the 800mhz Snapdragon, I don't think I'd mind walking out with it. The other day I was looking around in either the slatedroid or androidtablets forum and there is some decent development going on for the Velocity reader, so I'd imagine that the tablet would have that plus some, but it would just be a hold over until the Gingerbread tablets come out.
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Funny, I was just looking at this a few minutes ago. The specs are good, and I do like the 512mb RAM. I sitll think I'll wait a while for a tab that fits all of my wants. But I will find one to play with come October 15! I wonder if they will have them in the Borders stores?
Another place they might have it is at Fry's Electronics. I noticed that the Fry's store near me currently sells Cruz readers.
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It would be nice if there is a place that will be selling it for under $299
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7" tablet with capacitive screen Android v2.1 should be out very soon under $299.
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I'd imagine that there will be quite a few 7" tabs under $299, I'm really hoping that we have some options with 10" capacitive tabs under $299 besides the Archos101.
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While that would be nice, I think I'll stick with a 7" model. It's a lot easier for me to carry around and would be easier for me to hold etc.

So the short list is

Velcity Cruz tabelt - I like the price and the specs on it
the Samsung Galaxy tab - Only if the price is lower than 400.00 though
and the 7 inch Dell tablet that still rumored.

However, Dixons is going to be selling a rather reasonably priced 10 inch Vega model that looks mighty tempting....
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That 10" Vega does have some pretty nice specs and at just under $400, it is now on my list, which seems to keep getting longer, but hey, choices aren't a bad thing.
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The Borders ads and the website are still saying a release date of tomorrow for the Cruz tablet. You can bet I'll be there to check this tablet out! I'm encouraged that someone has already installed Market on the Cruz reader, so a similar install shouldn't be too tough for the tablet. That tablet has some promise....
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The Borders ads and the website are still saying a release date of tomorrow for the Cruz tablet. You can bet I'll be there to check this tablet out! I'm encouraged that someone has already installed Market on the Cruz reader, so a similar install shouldn't be too tough for the tablet. That tablet has some promise....

Really? Where do you live? I live in Seattle and just checked the Borders website and it's saying November 1st as a release date, I haven't seen any ads around here, I hope your right though.
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There's an ad on android tablet.net for Borders. It shows the Cruz reader coming out on Sept. 30th and the tablet coming out on Oct 15th. Where did you see it coming out on Nov 1st? I'm in Michigan BTW.
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Well I just checked and the one ad says available Oct. 15th and the other ad says Nov. 1st. I guess they pushed the release date back - but I'll check again tomorrow to see if it's in stores yet.
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Is it the Velocity Cruz Reader or the tablet?
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It's the tablet. The Reader is already out, and the tablet was supposed to be released on Oct. 15th. But it's not. On the Velocity website it says that it will be arriving in stores in November, so I really don't know at this point when it will come out.
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All these push backs on release dates for tablets are really getting annoying. Are we ever going to actually see a decent 7" or 10" tablet, I'm not so sure now.
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All these push backs on release dates for tablets are really getting annoying. Are we ever going to actually see a decent 7" or 10" tablet, I'm not so sure now.
The problem, I think, is that many of the manufacturers are waiting for Google to release Gingerbread. Releasing a tablet with an OS that the OS manufacturer doesn't officially support probably isn't the most desirable situation for many manufacturers.
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If this really does have a 800mhz snapdragon then that's not to bad. That said though this thing has fail written all over it. Android 2.0(according to the specs on Velocity Micros website) and no front facing camera? I mean this has to be the only tablet coming out without a FFC. The only thing this things has over the Archos 70 are the 512Mb of ram and the design(that's my opinion of course. I just happen to like the design of the cruz and GTab better then the Archos 70). This thing is way too expensive when you consider other 7 and 10 inch tablets coming out with more features at around the same price point.
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Which is true if you want a ffc or any camera which isn't one of my needs. For me this tablet would be better than the Archos.

Now if they'd just release it so I could actually try it out I might not have to buy that darned Galaxy Tab.
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Which is true if you want a ffc or any camera which isn't one of my needs. For me this tablet would be better than the Archos.

Now if they'd just release it so I could actually try it out I might not have to buy that darned Galaxy Tab.
For $300 though? Really? Ok, you don't need a FCC I can respect that. What about no flash support? The thing is shipping with Android 2.0. It's a nice tablet for $200(the reader should only be $150) but not $300.
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For $300 though? Really? Ok, you don't need a FCC I can respect that. What about no flash support? The thing is shipping with Android 2.0. It's a nice tablet for $200(the reader should only be $150) but not $300.
Ok. You got me with that one! No flash support is a major deal breaker for me..

Looks like I'm back to waiting for the Galaxy again....
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From digging around on the cruz web site under faqs, it appears it is an ARM11 with a maximum of 800 MHz. Old Samsung arm11.

They also say that there are no plans to upgrade past Android 2.0.

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Why would anyone buy that thing at that price?
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Below is an email from a Velocity employee answering a few questions that I had...


Hello,

The Tablet is actually being released with 2.0 and there are no future plans (at this time) to upgrade past that.

In regards to releasing the Source Code it is something that we are working on and preparing to do.

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Well being stuck permanently at 2.0 basically kills any interest I had in the Cruz Tablet...
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Well being stuck permanently at 2.0 basically kills any interest I had in the Cruz Tablet...
Me too, I was actually considering it when I thought it had 2.1, but without that, it's off the table for me.
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Howzit every1,

Dunno if this is what you are looking 4 but here goes

Hmm i think there is a cheap android 2.2 device that is 7 inches and has telechip 800mhz cpu... hmm dang but only 256 mb of ram. looks cheap so be careful, $150 :

Augen Gentouch78 tablet Specs, Reviews, News and Price Info - MobileWhack.com

But archos is comming out with a 4,3 inch 1ghz cpu tablet for 200 dollars, also capable of open gl 2.0.....hectic!!

but no multi touch though

http://www.archos.com/products/ta/archos_43it/index.html?country=us〈=en
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now that its been confirmed that its stuck at 2.0 i have no idea who this would be aimed at OTHER than the typical hi-brow borders customer who will be intrigued by the "tech" and not do their research
I can tell you that at the Borders in the "little" town near me their staff knows NOTHING about the android tabs and are REALLY pushing folks to the e-readers
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2.0 and no flash? That kills it for me for sure.
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So, I understand VelocityMicro's plan on this. It's disappointing, but can live with it. The Cruz was really intended as a test-pilot for me. My next tablet will require a better upgrade policy, similar to urm.....the apple products.

The fact that VM has no plans for one doesn't necessarily mean it can't be done, does it? like the days of the early linux distributions, all that was required was sufficient level of community geeks interested in doing the upgrade themselves. Has any heard either (1) there are technical obstacles preventing an upgrade port, and (2) any activity in this regard for Cruz tablets that we could help?

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I just purchased a new cruz T301 at Radio Shack for $149. Much to my surprise it came with 2.2 operating system!!
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