Coby Now Offers Tablets Coby may not be that well known in the United States simply because they are one of those companies that offers competing products at drastically reduced prices. For example, about two years after DVDs debuted, Coby began offering DVD players and home-theater systems for about $150.00. This was about half what comparable units by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic were offered their units for. This time around Coby got right to it. It has been slightly more than a year since Apple introduced the original iPad and last month the followup iPad 2.
As usual they are offering tablet computers (one is currently available) in an assortment of form factors for about half what Apple, Motorola, Research in Motion, and HTC are selling them for. Of course, to do that they had to use slightly different technology here and there, but by all reports users can hardly tell the difference. This is another thing Coby is good at. They may use last year’s technology for some parts of their competing products, but they do so in such a way that the consumer has a hard time telling.
For example the tablet that is currently available uses a resistive touch-screen where everyone else has gone on to use capacitive touchscreen. Consumers reviewing the device say the touch-screen though having a slightly mushy feel (normal for resistive touch-screen), is as responsive and accurate as a capacitive touch-screen version. This is where Coby shines. By using perfected, but dated, technology to reduce the cost of the product they pass that reduction on in the sale price.
This review will cover two of the three tablets offered by Coby. The seven (7″) and the (10″) though the ten inch is not yet available. For some strange reason Coby also has an eight inch tablet in the works, but except for the size, the specifications are nearly identical to the ten (10″) inch model. Coby is the only manufacturer out there to offer a tablet in all three form-factors.The Coby 7025 Seven Inch Tablet Specifics Where all other tablet makers are using 16GB as a base memory, Coby set their base at 4GB.
Of course this is expandable to 32GB via microSD card. This is one of the things Coby did to lower the price of their tablet. The other, as mentioned above, was to use a resistive touch-screen rather than the (now) popular capacitive touch-screen. Processor The Samsung S5PV210 (Cortex A8) processor running at one GigaHertz (1GHz) powers this tablet. This is the same processor rumored to be the predecessor to the Apple A4 processor. Because it uses the Cortex A8 architecture it is ideally suited for tablet use.
Operating System The Kyros 7025 will come with Android 2.3 with Coby’s proprietary overlay. Rooting the tablet is easy with instructions provided by Coby on their web-site. Memory The 7025 uses a maximum of 4GB inboard with the ability to read and use up to 32GB on a microSD or SDHC card.
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