Velocity Cruz T301 Android Tablet review

I purchased a refurbished Velocity Cruz T301 Android Tablet for $70, and it was worth it. This tablet has many downsides when compared to many more expensive tablets, but the $70 price tag makes it a decent deal.


  • Good screen quality – I’m quite happy with the screen brightness and color representation. It’s not a super high resolution, but it’s quite good for the price.


  • Weight & size: At just over 1 lb, this 7 inch tablet feels heavy and thick. Although it was originally sold as an E-Reader + Tablet, I don’t think I would want to use it as an e-reader for long periods of time.
  • MIPS processor – Many android applications are pure Java and will work fine on the tablet, but a lot of the “best” games, video players, and high end applications use native code that is compiled for ARM processors, and are not compatible with the T301 tablet.
  • Lack of native flash support – The built in browser (due to the MIPS processor) does not support flash video, and I haven’t found a good substitute that does. It does have a youTube application that works, but it’s annoying to have to switch over to that application and re-find the movie. It also doesn’t work in various embedded contexts. The built in browser also does not support HTML5 video.
  • Touchy accelerometer – The screen would sometimes turn upside down when the accelerometer glitches. Not super frequently, but often enough that I eventually disabled the auto-rotate feature because I got tired of shaking the tablet to right the screen orientation.

I plan on using it as a dedicated screen (photo viewer, video monitor, etc) but with the right 3rd party apps (NewsRob/ K9 mail) it can be used for checking out your RSS feeds or reading your email.

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