Cruz Tablet T 301
Just picked up two of these and I'm impressed. I bought it as a eReader with multimedia capabilities and so far I really like the unit.
I think some of the bad reviews come from people expecting an iPad type of device for $250, which isn't going to happen.
I've been experimenting with different apps and such, trying to see what all will work.
Working so far:
Dolphin browser HD
Android (Google) market
ES File explorer
AWD Launcher (worked to some extent, but was FC'g all the time, removed it)
That's all I can recall right now. I know a bunch of these sold over the holidays, hopefully with many of them now out there the dev's will start working on updating the OS.
Last edited by CenFlo; 12-24-2010 at 12:06 PM.
Reason: Dolphin HD is good to go.
12-24-2010 07:51 AM
You probably wont see much dev work at all. The bad reviews are because of the non-Android standard specifications of the hardware.
The Nook color is what you can and are supposed to get for $250. The Cruz Tablet is pathetic, and more.
Thank you for the encouraging words and Christmas cheer! It works for me and that's all that matters. I will soon see what this little tablet is capable of doing.
Originally Posted by xaueious
I have the R101, a bit of a step down from yours, and Gmail works fine on it! I don't see why it shouldn't work on yours! You're definitely right about why most people are complaining about it... I, too, got mine primarily as a reader, even though I have a Sony PRS505 that I've had for several years... I love gadgets and gizmos and wanted something new to play with so spent some Christmas money on my Cruz reader. It slips right into an inside pocket of my purse so it goes everywhere with me. I haven't messed with trying to get videos on it much, the one time I did was a flop, but I don't mind really... it does everything else I need it to!
Originally Posted by CenFlo
What is very strange about this device... Best Buy has a display unit that is running 2.2.1 Android! I bought it when I found this out, then got home and it has 2.0 installed! I sent an email to Cruz, and they replied:
"Our demo models do have a higher version of Android on them, but all the devices we are selling still have 2.0. We are hoping that all of our models will get upgraded to a Higher version of Android OS, But until that is decided or confirmed, there is not an update. We do have a new line coming out late spring and they should have a higher version of Android, but nothing is set in stone. Sorry for the confusion.
I'm going to take my Cruz to Best Buy, grab the SD card out of the display and see if it has 2.2.x on it...
I just checked this thread, that is very interesting that they have 2.2 on displays and 2.0 on the rest?
Originally Posted by ewinkley
If/when you find out any more info about this please share.
Looks like BestBuy discontinued the Tablet in the last month or so - not seeing it in any local stores or online. They are still carrying the Reader, and jacking the price way back up to around $200 - might as well get the twin Pandigital Novel (white, not black - internal diffs) when it is sale priced at $130 every few weeks at places like Office Depot, Kohl's, Radio Shack, or Bed,Bath & Beyond when u can get the 20% off coupon and rebate.
Originally Posted by CenFlo
Cruz T301 Does Run on Android 2.2
I just bought this yesterday from Best Buy, with Android 2.0 out of the box. Velocity Micro has a firmware update to 2.2.1 that you have to down load from the site. Took 15 minutes to install, but it partitions the internal memory to 2 gigs each, one for system files and the other for apps and user data. Not a problem with an SD slot for additional files.
Originally Posted by rokky
Biggest problem with the version of the Cruz I have is the 256MB memory, won't allow too many apps to run in the background before something crashes. Also, some of the pre-installed apps will start with the device on a hard boot, so you have to go into the apps manager to kill these or you will run out of memory when you run more apps and for the more memory intensive apps will hit your battery pretty heavily (if Androids intenal reporting is to be believed).
Cruz apps market is scarce on the apps, but these will run (for the most part) on the device. Amazon Apps Store comes pre-installed, but some (I've downloaded quite a few of the apps that are suppose to run on 2.2), almost 90%, will not either install or will cause a crash. I intend on rooting the device to try to see if I can resolve some of the issues, but doesn't look promising to improve the way this device operates without using some pretty heavy duty hacks (if I can find any). Kind of disgusting that my iPod Touch seems more stable with it's 256MB memory compared to this device. I'm not sure if most of the problems are caused by Android or the hardware, suspect a lot of the issues is with memory managment since RAM is so weak.
I received the email from Velocity about Android 2.2 and was pleasantly surprised since last year they told me it was not upgradable. Of course, that was a different make and model...not the T301. I look forward to hearing more from your experience as I would also like to possibly get one now that it is running Android 2.2. Have you or anyone else by chance had a chance to compare with a Nook Color with its updated Android?