It's a $299 Galaxy Tab alternative
Was the iPad almost too much for the Android-lover in your life to bear? Have you spotted them gritting their teeth at Apple kiosks and ogling demo units with unseemly fervor? If so, the T103 tablet from Velocity Micro Cruz may be just the gift your wavering friend needs. It'll certainly tide him over until the full rush of Android slates hits in 2011.
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The T103 runs Android 2.1 and packs a 7" capacitive touchscreen. There's 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of built-in storage, plus an 8 GB microSD card. The processor is a comfortable 800 MHz and the WiFi is b/g/n. The T103 has an accelerometer and a bunch of pre-loaded apps, e-books and games. It is unable to use the Android Market.
So yeah, it isn't a perfect package. But you can buy it right now for $299.99. The battery claims 6+ hours of straight video, which makes this thing about as capable as the Galaxy Tab. For less than half the price and no contract.
If you absolutely can't wait any longer for an Android tablet, the T103 is a perfect buy. It's cheap enough that you won't mind replacing it, small enough to still be useful once you get a larger tablet, and powerful enough to be useful.
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Plus, I hear 7" slates fit right into a Christmas stocking. It handles MOV/AVI, MPEG-4, H.263 and H.264- which means you'll have no trouble loading your favorite person's favorite Christmas flick on there.