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Connect to the world through the touch of a fingertip. The Kyros MID7024 Tablet is a powerful and flexible Internet and Entertainment solution that features a generous 7 inch touch screen with intuitive controls powered by the Android 2.2 operating system. Browse the web wirelessly or enjoy media on a sleek and stylish media device. Enjoy 1080P HD videos, photos, music, and more in the comfort of your living room when connected to your TV via HDMI. The Kyros has 4GB of built-in internal memory and features a microSD card slot for upgrading the capacity to up to 32GB. It comes equipped with a built-in front-facing camera and microphone for capturing those special moments. It also allows you to wirelessly access the Internet through a hi-speed networking support and includes more than a dozen built-in applications, each one identified by an icon. Among the included apps are an alarm clock, browser for surfing the web, calculator, email, gallery for viewing and playing videos, music and video player for launching the mobile YouTube browser page to watch Internet videos and more! In addition, the Kyros offers two unique apps, the Aldiko E-Book, for downloading and reading thousands of e-books (which supports the ePub standard) and AppsLib, to browse, download and install apps from the AppsLib marketplace for a complete mobile Internet solution. Browse the web, watch videos on Youtube, check e-mail, all on a generous 7.0 inch LCD screen. Intuitive touchscreen controls powered by Android OS 2.2. High-speed 1 GHz processor, connect to the Internet wirelessly with high-speed networking support (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g). Download apps and games from the AppsLib marketplace. Plays popular video, music, and photo formats. Connect and enjoy 1080p HD video on your HDTV via HDMI. Download and read thousands of books with the included Aldiko E-book reader application. View pages in portrait or landscape with automatic orientation detection.
Now enter: Coby Kyros MID7024. Just on a lark I checked on tablets last week and saw this one, just released, for the right price – a cool toy. I thought I’d take another swing at the cheap tablets, did a little reading, and this one (more specifically, its predecessor, the MID7015) sounded like a solid buy. I received it, opened it up, and wow – it is COOL! The screen is flat; the frame is high-quality and solid. Everything is very precisely engineered. The little backlights behind the buttons and on the “Home” button are very slick. It has standard mini-USB, headphone jack, micro-SD, mini-HDMI. I started it… and it WORKED. Perfectly. With about 1 hour charge it lasted around 5 hours on wifi last night. Within a few minutes of turning it on, I had it connected to the home network, downloaded a free ePub book from Gutenberg Project and opened it with the pre-installed eBook reader. In a few more minutes I had configured it to check my email in 2 accounts. This morning, in a couple more minutes, I installed Amazon App Marketplace and downloaded the Kindle Reader. It plays flash movies in the web browser. Auto-rotate works very smoothly. Overall, everything seems to “just work”, exactly as you’d expect it to.
To be clear, this isn’t a PC, nor do I expect it to be. It does load up both mobile and ‘full’ websites and looks just fine in both; so you can browse pretty comfortably. On a regular basis I’ll carry it around the house, check email, read e-books, and potentially, load up MP3s and listen to them in the car or at work. Everything else it can do is gravy.
Note that despite the misleading product label “MID7024-4G” here on Amazon, this unit is a “MID7024″, and 4G stands for 4GB (internal drive space), not 4G cellular wireless. It has no 4G modem. It also does not have a GPS receiver and no straightforward way to connect an external antenna. That is one thing I would have really liked it to do. So far I have not been able to get the webcam to connect to any video chat client but I only spent a few minutes working at it with Google Chat. Out of the box, all the webcam does is stares back at you, and the photo/video quality isn’t the best. I’m pretty confident that can be remedied with some kind of app, either on the web or in one of the app stores. It does not have bluetooth. Many options exist in the slightly-more-expensive $250 to $350 range that do include these features; so if you’ll use them (as I suspect many folks will), this isn’t going to meet your needs. But, just to have a fun around-the-house or around-the-office e-reader, email checker, multimedia player, and basic web surfer, this is absolutely right on the money. And, obviously, it’s leaps and bounds better-made (both the hardware and the software) than the stupid “ePad” I bought last year.
You can’t find anything comparable to this product in the market right now that goes for this price, I’ve spend days researching this.
Still uses the resistive screen technology, its really not a bad thing, but some people find it annoying. You just have to get use to it I guess.
Other than that, I can’t think of any other cons.
And for the price you pay, need I say more?
Cons:Very sensitive buttons. Yes, I mentioned it earlier as a positive, but it is a negative as well. The buttons react even to the slightest accidental touch, so you are kicked out of where you were easily. The good thing is the return button will bring you back also easily, but it can be frustrating at times. It comes with a black sleeve, which looks nice, but it is not protective enough. It will definitely protect the unit from scratches,but it does not give enough of protection to the screen if you carry your unit in a purse.It fits the unit like a glove, but due to nice tight fit is activates very sensitive power button. It was the reason why I drained my battery. I turned the unit off and then put the sleeve on and it activated power button and turned the unit on without me knowing it. I am planning to get one of those leather cases, maybe with USB keyboard,from eBay.There is no easy way to root it yet.Forums also do not have a solution yet.
Overall, it is a great gadget. I did a lot of research and looked at many units in different price range. I was looking first for the unlocked unit with 3g-4g capability, but I have already got my Android Dell Venue with this capability.I decided it would be not wise to pay for data for both units, or keep swapping a SIM card between them, when I can just tether my Venue to connect Coby to the Web.There are tons of free hot spots in my area, so did need tethering so far.There are unlocked 3G units (Huawei, Viewsonic), but you pay almost twice you would pay for Coby.You can get Samsung Galaxy or Dell Streak for $199, but then you are stuck with the data plan for two years. I did not even consider iPad. I can not justify to pay 3x (4x -5x more for added storage) for the unit. The Appslib is similar to Android Market, but has mush less choices. I found out that do not need that many choices any way. You are installing only so many applications. I downloaded Adobe Flash 10.1 and Skype Light Beta directly from the web, which was very easy. Googles Flash.apk and Skype.apk on my Coby.I found out that not all the applications which are running on my Dell Venue run the same way or work at all on Coby.But was ready for that knowing that Android 2.2 is not a tablet OS and some limitation should be expected. It did not make my experience less enjoyable.
Update: Unfortunately I ended up having to return the unit due to a faulty HDMI out which would not transmit sound to my TV. I then decided to upgrade to a higher price point Android Tablet with a 10.1″ capacitive screen, a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and the extra memory and ram. Still a fan of the Coby Kyros for the budget minded buyer, but I decided that I need more bells and whistles and more bang for my buck! I have since tried the Viewsonic G-Tablet but struck out again with a dead pixel and faulty volume rocker out of the box, so now I am going to give the Acer Iconia A500 a try!
Touch Screen- The resistive touch is not as responsive as I would have hoped but it gets easy once you learn the product, so no big deal.
overall design- This is a very solid and sturdy little product. nothing on it feels cheap. In contrast, I did buy another cheap pad (cant remember the name) that felt very poorly made. I quickly returned it. One design flaw that drives me nuts are the extremely sensitive buttons on the right side. They are ascetically appealing but very annoying. if you accidently brush one with your finger it will immediately take you out of any application. Not a lot of thought went into their funtionality.
battery life- On A full charge (preferably overnight) I was able to get 6-7 hours as an ereader/casual web browser. The wifi is what really burns up the battery. Somewhere in the range of 30-40 percent. So make sure it is off if you are not useing it. If you are doing heavy web browseing or watching movies expect 4-5 hours tops. You can tweak the screen brightness to get a little more time. The display eats about 50 percent of the battery resources.
Device storage- 4G not bad at all. I was able to easily (With the included usb cord) download 10 hours of tv shows, five games and several other useful apps/books and still have about a 1G of storage. also, It’s not very expensive to buy a micro sd. I purchased a 16 gb for 28$ at Walmart. You can find a better deal online.
Functionality- I am learning to accept that computers are made by imperfect beings and will therefore remain imperfect. Sometimes this tablet will freeze and a hard restart is necessary. This has mostly happened while playing games or heavy web browseing. This does not detract to much from the product considering my expensive laptop sometimes freezes up. Other than the occasional freeze it runs great. With a strong wifi signal I am able to watch streaming video on justintv, youtube, ustream ext. without a problem. Actually I was very impressed with the internet speed. Its not slow at all. Really once you learn and get used to the product you will love it. Just like in windows most applications that you download automatically start when the device does. This may be why you will get an occasional freeze. At start up I go to application and disable what I am not useing. Have not really had much of an issue since.
So the upshot is that for the price this is a really good little product. The only other Coby product I,ve owned was a portable dvd player and it was a tank. I dropped it many many times over the years. To the point that it eventially cracked open and had severed wires hanging out, but it still worked. I finally offed it by spilling a can of beer on it. You can do pretty much everything on this, within reason, that you can do on your laptop. I strongly recommend this product.
EDIT: DO NOT BUY!!!!! IM A LIL PISSED.. NOTHING WRONG WITH THE PRODUCT, BUT I JUST FOUND OUT THAT COBY HAS SILENTLY RELEASED THE 7022. IT CAN BE FOUND AT TOYS R US FOR $180. THE 7022 HAS A CAPACITIVE SCREEN AND DROID 2.3. ALSO THE ANNOYING BUTTONS ARE GONE. TECHNOLOGY IS REALLY VERY ANNOYING. YOU BUY THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY AND REGRET IT 1 MONTH LATER. PLEASE STOP!
I bought this one with hopes it was merely a fix of the previous version. It is not. It is an entirely different product. Everything has been improved, including external controls and speakers. It has a much higher quality build in every way, and all the features have been improved. The software, Android 2.2, works much better and it is very fast.
Its camera, microphone, stereo speakers, and faster CPU have resulted in a tablet which is very useful without any apparent flaws.
I first bought the 7015 after trying a Nook and realising it would be perfect if it only was unlocked. This tablet has surpassed all of those specifications I had in mine, and still is a very good price.
The one thing is that it is a resistive touch screen. This means it needs pressure. I wanted such as screen so I wouldn’t always get fingerprints over it. The Kyros 70 series all have such screens, and an included stylus.
This model does not come with the same jacket its predecessor had (it has a good sleeve though) and it does not hold the stylus in the case.
As with the others, this device does not have the Google Market. It has Applib. However, one can easily install the Amazon Appstore on it (go to the Amazon site, give email address, and download it from email sent by Amazon).
I have not rooted this device because there is no need (I did on the 7015). I use Opera Mini for web browsing and the included Browser for watching Youtube videos.
Games such as Angry Birds render and run fine on this device, although, I have not extensively tested such apps on it.
It is also a good device as a book reader, with the app of your choice (Kindle for me), and it is more versatile, but less expensive, than comparable devices.