The Velocity Micro R101 Cruz Reader isn’t a speed demon. It doesn’t have a super high resolution display. It doesn’t run the latest version of Android. Let’s face it, as Android tablets go, it’ snot all that impressive. But here’s the thing: It’s cheap. The Cruz R101 has a list price of $150, but you can usually find it for closer to $120. And today Woot.com is offering the tablet for $80 plus $5 for shipping.
In other words, if you’re looking for a dirt cheap device that you can use to read eBooks, surf the web, watch movies, or run some Android apps, you could certainly do worse.
The tablet has a 7 inch, 800 x 600 pixel resistive touchscreen display and runs Google Android 2.0. It has 256MB of RAM and comes with a 4GB internal micro SDHC card.
The Velocity Micro R101 Cruz has 802.11b/g WiFi, supports MP3, AAC, and WAV audio and PEG-4 and H.264 video and the manufacturer promises up to 10 hours of battery life from the user replaceable battery. The tablet measures 7.5″ x 5.6″ x 0.57″ and weighs about 1 pound.
The tablet doesn’t officially support the Android Market out of the box, but you should be able to install third party app stores such as the Amazon Appstore. You can also root the device and install custom firmware if you’re feeling ambitious, or hack the tablet to work with the Android Market.