Friday, October 29, 2010

Cruz Reader

Thanks to TCGirl for pointing to the Cruz Reader, shipping now and seems to be a very interesting alternative to the Nook Color. It's even a full Android tablet, which should mean that unlike the Nook, it should be able to run the Kindle app, letting you read Kindle books on a slightly bigger screen with color and higher contrast. (You can already do that on iPad, but it's heavier and more expensive, though it has a near-ten-inch screen.)
Update: wait... it has access to the "Cruz Market", not the regular Android free Market. Ten bucks says you can't get the Kindle reader there. Durnit! 
Nope, confirmed here. Per the video lower on the page, it seems the processor and touch screen (a "resistive" type) is not so bad for the price. 

The Cruz Reader has a 7-inch screen and weighs 450 grams like the Nook Color.  And it's only two hunnert bucks, well cheaper than the much smaller 5-inch Dell Streak, which is seriously over-priced at $549(!).
The Cruz handles email, which it seems the Nook can't do. Apparently you can't produce/create anything *into* a Nook Color.
(BTW, I sure hope that the ultra-delayed Android Market (app store) downloads I've seen on the Streak (up to days!) is not universal.)


I found a video.
It seems a little slow, like on page turning. That's not so cool, considering it does not have to wait for e-paper to change.



It seems like every reaction takes the better part of a second, surely way slower than an iPad (or the Dell Streak).
It also seems that he has to be careful to press very distinctly on the screen to get a reaction. The iPad is great that way, you literally barely have to touch it for it to react. You just dance over the screen rather than slog through tasks.

The Cruz Tablet seems more responsive, but it has less pixels and is $100 more.  Velocity says on YouTube, about this, in a comment/answer: "The Tablet has a faster processor, more storage, and a capacitive touch screen." It's a pity about the smaller screen though.

Update:
Wow, I can tell we will see many, many cheap Android tablets, look at this "Fujian Sanxi" 7-incher, might sell for only $150, it's Asian it seems. YouTube review. Producer's site (a bit confusing). It's only 250 grams like the Kindle 3! Kewl.
One thing is for sure, during the next year, the small-tablet market is going to take off like gangbusters. Right now there is also the Augen Reader and Augen Tablet, respectively for $99 and $149 through K-Mart. They are not getting great reviews, though, and neither is the Pandigital Novel.
I might add that if Apple were to make an iPad at 400 grams (either 7 or 9 inches), I would probably not bother to look at any other brands, that is such a great product apart from weight for hand-held reading.

4 comments:

TC [Girl] said...

Eolake said...
"It also seems that he has to be careful to press very distinctly on the screen to get a reaction. The iPad is great that way, you literally barely have to touch it for it to react. You just dance over the screen rather than slog through tasks."

It could be that touch screen or...it could be that he hasn't figured out to just tap it lightly as turns out to be the case w/my phone whose web screen looks exactly like this. This one just has a larger screen...which would be NICE for the tired old eyes! :-/

It will be interesting to see how much quicker the tablet is. Sorry about the Kindle app. :-(

eolake said...

I read up on wikipedia (bless that site), and a resistive screen has two layers which has to be pressed together to make a connection. A "capacitive" screen, like the Nook Color and the iPad has, feels the presence of things in an electrostatic field, so no pressure is needed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touchscreen#Resistive

(And a bit lower too for capacitive.)

Maybe the Nook is a better bet. It also seems a more likely target for a hack to get it to use the regular Market Place to get the Kindle app.

eolake said...

The Cruz handles email though, which it seems the Nook can't do. Apparently you can't produce/create anything *into* a Nook Color.

TC [Girl] said...

Yeah...I like the "inexpensive" version of the 'pad. Unlike many, who just want it, exclusively, for reading, I want to be able to just have it ALL there, so...it seems the the Nook is more just the reader and, of course, the tablet (hence the name, as well, I guess) is not but more.

Thanks on the touch screen def. Just hadn't bothered to look, yet. ;-) I think my phone is the capacitive screen, then. I thought it had to do w/recognizing body heat or something as I noticed (which, sometimes I really wish it was; my old Acer tablet could do this) I couldn't just tap it w/a finger nail or a pen or something. Sometimes, I like using a stylus better...like my Palm or writing on my screen; it feels like it's a more efficient and quicker response; so...I don't know, anymore. :-/