Velocity Micro Cruz T410
Manufacturer: Velocity Micro Part number: T410
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- The Velocity Micro Cruz T410 exists in an awkward space between full-fledged Android tablets and the walled garden of the Kindle Fire. What freedom it affords is spoiled by a poor screen and uninspired design.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $134.85 - $436.13
- Reviewed by: Donald Bell
- Reviewed on: 01/04/2012
- Released on: 09/01/2011
The good: The Velocity Micro Cruz T410 has capable tablet hardware at a great price.
The bad: The design is bulky, the dim screen has some bad viewing angles, and the T410 doesn't have Google Mobile apps or Android Market.
The bottom line: The Velocity Micro Cruz T410 exists in an awkward space between full-fledged Android tablets and the walled garden of the Kindle Fire. What freedom it affords is spoiled by a poor screen and uninspired design.
Lukewarm software, room temp support and cold service.
by HRSegovia on February 16, 2012
Pros: Great price, large screen.
Cons: Buggy software and firmware. Doomed to eventually stop working with little-to-no (and even negative) tech support.
Summary: [Velocity makes PC's, tablets and many other products. I've had issues, to say the least. All I want from them is acknowledgement and reparation. This is the final ...
Summary: [Velocity makes PC's, tablets and many other products. I've had issues, to say the least. All I want from them is acknowledgement and reparation. This is the final letter I posted to Velocity Micro. By this time, I had dealt with them for a week. I was discarded and treated with disinterest and disrespect. I was beyond angry.]
This is now my problem, and if I am not treated with the dignity I deserve as a human being and respectfully responded to, you will find this letter on every tech-site and forum on the internet. Once it hits the internet, it cannot be undone.
I didn't know I was difficult to shop for until my wife proved me so. For our anniversary she displayed utter pride in finding the perfect gift - something I've wanted for a while but could never find the right one: a tablet. She found in the Velocity® Cruz T410 familiarity through the Android, easy to read through the 10" screen, and affordability in the low price. It seemed every bell and whistle was tailored to my needs in a tablet and, to top it all off, the representative informed her it was the best available and a very hot-selling item. Often it takes a week to grow complaisant to something new - this tablet took me a week to completely hate, from the item to the company and its employees.
My problems started within a week with the discovery that my icons were disappearing. I found that internet bookmarks and some apps refused to stay on the home-screens or subsequent windows. Shortly after this discovery, my tablet refused to connect to any wireless. I attempted to reach Velocity® to no avail. Velocity's® phone system would place me in queue for approximately half-an-hour and then send me to voicemail - I left a message (to which, to this day, I never received a reply). The following day, I asked Radio Shack® tech support for help (Radio Shack® was phenomenally useful to the best of their ability and have even taken some action to help make things better, but this will become clear later). I explained my shortcut and wireless issues to the RS tech and we worked together for about an hour-and-a-half attempting to resolve the problem. In the end, I was referred to a firmware update (which we walked-through together) which fixed my wireless problem, but not my shortcut problem. There was nothing we could do about the shortcuts. I told her I would try Velocity® again.
The following day, I discovered that my tablet would no longer mount to my PC. In an attempt to troubleshoot, I tested it on my laptop with the same result: would not mount (aka "Turn on USB storage"). My first call was to Radio Shack® tech support. Together we worked for another hour resulting in a complete loss as to what to do about the matter. The rep, then, connected me with Velocity®. Finally in touch with Velocity®, I explained my entire story and the V rep determined that the tablet should be replaced. After another week of waiting for a response from Velocity® on the process to replace the tablet, I am informed that they do not carry new tablets and only supply refurbished ones. Remember: this tablet is only two weeks old by this time, with one of those weeks completely out of service. I had yet to address two additional problems of lock-ups and the action bar flashing in and out of existence.
Again (as I thought these were due to the firmware update), I called Radio Shack® to explain my frustration with this product and Velocity® and, in an utter display of divine patience, they searched neighboring stores for a brand new replacement (and had one within an hour). However, a fear still lingered: the problems I had were inherent in the software and firmware and may be present in the new tablet. With these tablets now in short supply, what do I do if this one is just as defective? I called Velocity® to explain my fears and what could be done about such defects. Miraculously, a tech-rep answered within a few minutes and he explained to me that they do in fact have new tablets but reserve them for repeat issues. If Radio Shack's® new tablet has problems, I may receive one of their new tablets with the new operating software called Ice Cream Sandwich. I felt comfortable with that guarantee as I felt that new operating software should solve the issue should this new one be defective as well.
Now skeptical of Velocity®, the first thing I do is test the shortcut issue. It was present in this tablet as well. The action bar flashed in and out of existence and it locked-up. My new fear is that it will soon refuse to connect to wireless and I will be down that familiar path again. I called Velocity® (and by another miracle they answered in about twenty-five minutes), and explained the (now extended) story to the rep. He grabbed his own Velocity® Cruz T410 and saved a bookmark on the home screen. After a restart, his was gone as well (keep in mind that this is also apparent in some app shortcuts and not only internet bookmarks, but saving a bookmark is indigenous and cannot be blamed on third-party software). Confused, he put me on hold and I gained some hope in that the problem was now completely clear to a tech rep on three identical tablets. When he returned, the real problem became apparent.
"I'm sorry, but I'm being told that this is not a feature available on this tablet."
Befuddled, I was almost at a loss for words, "What do you mean 'feature?' The ability to add shortcuts to one of several home screens is the very heart of Android!"
"I don't know what to tell you. I have nothing. I can't... I don't know what I can do."
"What about a new tablet with the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system?"
"That OS is not available on the T410."
"Can I be put on a list so I can receive one when it becomes available?"
"You can go to our website and sign up for our newsletter or call back in a couple of weeks. That's all I got."
"Can I speak to someone in programming so I can make this a known issue?"
"I can't do anything more, I'm sorry?"
Ready to take out my anger by flinging my phone like a rock, I hung up. My wife felt horrible believing that she'd done something wrong. Her pride was crushed and she could do nothing but apologize. I tried profusely to explain to her that I love her, this was not her fault, I appreciate her, and that I would fix it somehow. I don't think she believes any of that right now except that I love her very much.
I called Velocity® once again - this time to speak with the business office. I explained this epic problem to which he responded, "Where did you buy the tablet?"
"Take it back."
"I did. This is the replacement."
"Take it back and get your money back."
That was the extent of the conversation - measured in seconds.
I do not know where to go from here. It has become clearly apparent to me that this hot-selling item comes with lukewarm software, room temperature tech support and chillingly cold customer service. Maybe this will get their attention and fix the issue.
[I've received no response.]
less then it seems.
by squyrrelie on February 9, 2012
Pros: The pros are it has a nice display and easy to use and update manually.
Cons: Tech support impossible to get in touch with. networking issues when trying to use the built in amazon app, well as You Tube, with browser functioning properly. speakers are poor but that is the same with most tablets. No android Market!
Summary: Ultimately I find this product a hit or miss if you get lucky and open a box that has a function piece of equipment and have limited needs this might ...
Summary: Ultimately I find this product a hit or miss if you get lucky and open a box that has a function piece of equipment and have limited needs this might be the tablet for you but if your looking for high functionality and easy to contact customer support this is not the tablet for you. If you want and E-reader with more then just the ability to read books this may work for you.
Great tablet for the price.
by Nuken1 on December 26, 2011
Pros: Fast, fast, fast.... I did not expect it to have the speed it does. Netflix works great on it as does the amazon market.
Cons: The single rear speaker is not very loud (invest in headphones).
Can not tether my android phone to it for internet. Wifi only.
Summary: For the price, it is a good deal. If you want a good 10" tablet but don't want to spend a lot for it, this is a good one. ...
Summary: For the price, it is a good deal. If you want a good 10" tablet but don't want to spend a lot for it, this is a good one. If you are expecting it to be an Ipad, buy an Ipad...
Not bad but not great.
by Fuzzdude on December 25, 2011
Pros: Simplistic....easy to use.
Cons: Lacking many major features.....that were important to me anyways.
Summary: Got as a christmas present. Being a "techie" and owning a DROID2 phone i figured i could jump right in on this tablet. 2 HUGE downsides i picked up on ...
Summary: Got as a christmas present. Being a "techie" and owning a DROID2 phone i figured i could jump right in on this tablet. 2 HUGE downsides i picked up on off the bat were no hdmi output and no android market app. Maybe not such a big deal to others but for me that was it. Trading it in for a motorola or samsung at first oppurtunity.
I was pleasantly surprised.
by Burly636 on December 20, 2011
Pros: I wanted a cheaper tablet to keep in my nightstand to read, I did not want to carry my IPad 2 back and forth. Pros I like are, Adobe flash, kindle, and the sd micro card slot. It is not a cllosed system. I am happy with the price of $199.
Cons: The picture is ok for my needs, I watch movies, but also watch on my latrger iPad. I do not like the email app, it has no search on it and I can not seem to get my you tube app linked to my channel. I go to the sites directly to avoid those apps
Summary: I am still discovering things about it. But I believe it is a good tablet.
Summary: I am still discovering things about it. But I believe it is a good tablet.
- Manufacturer: Velocity Micro
- Part number: T410
- Description: A larger screen without the price tag, the 10" Velocity Micro Cruz T410 is perfect for multimedia lovers and fans of Android in search of a more robust experience without sacrificing mobility. The T410 squeezes tons of features and ultra-fast performance into a thin, sleek design with a quality feel comparable with the more expensive competition. Capacitive touch screen and front facing camera create an amazing feature set at a remarkable value.
- Type 10 in,
TFT active matrix
- Display Resolution 1024 x 600
- Touchscreen Yes
- Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Processor ARM Cortex-A8
- Processor Clock Speed 1 GHz
- Flash Memory 4 GB
- RAM 512 MB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD
- Max Supported Capacity 32 GB
- Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g/n
- Supported Text Formats EPUB,
- Supported Still Image Formats PNG,
- Supported Digital Video Formats FLV,
- Audio Microphone,
- Supported Digital Audio Formats WAV,
- Type Touch-screen
- Preloaded Software File Manager,
Angry Birds Rio,
Adobe Flash Player 10.3
System Requirements for PC Connection
- OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.4,
Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits),
Apple MacOS X 10.5 or later,
Microsoft Windows 2000,
Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits) or later,
Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition,
Microsoft Windows XP (32/64 bits)
- System Requirements Details Windows 2000/ME/XP/Vista/7 - Pentium II - 300 MHz - RAM 128 MB,
MacOS X 10.4 - 10.5 - PowerPC G3 - 300 MHz - RAM 256 MB
Expansion and Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) 1 x microSD
- Interfaces 1,
- Color Black
- Sensors Accelerometer
- Features Expandable storage ,
- Included Accessories Power adapter , AC adapter
- Compliant Standards FCC Part 15 B
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year