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Velocity Micro T301 – nice tablet with some trick up its sleeve

The Velocity Micro T301 is basically an e-book reader with some tablet features coming as a bonus. Wait, don’t run just yet! There’s more to life than flawless 1080p playback and Android 3.0. All joking aside, this little fellow does what it promises to do quite well and has a very accessible price, making it a top choice for those looking for an inexpensive e-reader which also lets you browse the web and listen to some music along the way.

As you might expect it, the specs of the Velocity Micro T301 are not something to scare you. It has a single core, under 1 GHZ ARM processor, 256 MB of RAM, a 800 x 600 7 inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio (very good for reading), 4 GB of flash storage, but actually you have 8 GB of initial storage, as Velocity gives you a 4 GB SD card straight from the box.

4:3 aspect ratio is great for reading

4:3 aspect ratio is great for reading

In terms of internet access, there’s WiFi, while the OS is Android 2.0. That’s a little weird, considering that even 2.3 is considered obsolete right now, but in order to make the tablet work very fast, considering the specs, they decided to go for a less demanding OS. On the bright side, you get access to the Cruz Market, which lets you download lots of apps especially tailored to work on the tablet, taking advantage of all its features. But no, there’s no Android Market support.

But let’s move on to what makes this tablet interesting to look at and possibly a purchase. Well, the most important feature of the T301 is that it comes with full Kindle support– and it does it in colors! The Kindle e-book reader is an accomplished e-book reader,  but it might get a little tiresome after a while. With the T301 you can buy books directly from the Kindle mega store, which has about 700.000 titles.

But this is not all, as you can use the tablet also for viewing pictures and videos, although I wouldn’t go as far as HD- probably standard definition videos will play without a problem on the T301. Additionally, the tablet supports other e-book formats excepting Kindle, including PDF, TXT, HTML, PDB and ePUB.

There are a bunch of apps included, like social media integration, calendar, alarm clock, dictionary, but considering you get access to the Cruz Market, you can download virtually any type of app or game you might think of.

Text flows great on the 7 inch screen and the decent resolution means even really small letters are clear and easy to read

Text flows great on the 7 inch screen and the decent resolution means even really small letters are clear and easy to read

In terms of battery, the user rechargeable juice maker is said to last for about 12 hours of continuous use and more than 24 hours in stand by.The T301 is now available from Amazon for just $199, which is much cheaper than the price you’ll get from the Velocity store. Amazon users are largely very happy with the tablet, labeling it as a very good e-reader, capable also of some basic tablet heroics, such as checking your emails and playing some games.

As long as you’re aware that you’re not buying a Xoom tablet for just 200 bucks, you’ll enjoy the great screen, access to hundreds of thousands of books and apps from both Kindle and Cruz Market. True, Android Market support would have been great, but Google rarely gives access to their marketplace to cheaper tablets, because they think buyers who went for a less expensive tablet will not spend too much on their apps.

Android is on board and through the Cruz Market, you can download many more apps and games

Android is on board and through the Cruz Market, you can download many more apps and games

But actually, you should focus on the Kindle access, which is much more valuable for the T301 than access to many apps which might not work properly on the slightly mediocre hardware.




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Mark
Mark is an Editor here at TabletBite.com. Based in London where he studies Screenwriting and Production, he blogs about technology as a hobby. He's mainly in charge with news here on the site, but he doesn't mind publishing some guides, tests and editorials from time to time as well.


Last updated: November 1, 2011 | Published: March 19th, 2011
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