I expected to see this at Borders today but instead ran into it at Best Buy.
There’s not much I can tell you about how it is to use — because the damn thing wouldn’t power up! Even a Best Buy rep couldn’t get it to turn on — and he said it used to work. He had no idea why it wasn’t working.
Look at it compared to the Archos 7 Home Tablet next to it:
In-person, the Cruz looks just as bad — like a picture frame repurposed as a tablet. The top and bottom borders are just too damn wide, making the screen seem smaller than the Archos. And it’s not. I carefully compared them. But the Cruz screen seems small because of that excess framing while the Archos screen just pops out and seems large.
It’s telling that Cruz deliberately leaves out is weight on its spec page. This thing is a frikkin brick! It’s heavier than I expected, as if the interior had been filled with lead weights.
Archos 7 HT: 8.0” x 4.2” x 0.5” – 13.7 oz
Cruz Tablet: 7.5″ x 4.75″ x 0.6″ — ??? oz
I didn’t like the feel of it at all. Even though it has a grippy rubberized back, the black plastic is glossy and has a very thick, cheap feel.
One other thing. While I was examing it, the light hit the screen in a certain way that revealed the touchscreen. I was able to capture a little of that in a picture:
Again, I wasn’t able to use it, so perhaps its speed and agility make up for the weight and unappealing feel.
On the other hand, the Archos 70 Internet Tablet will be a few dollars cheaper and we know it’ll have a fast 1GHz CPU — while Cruz doesn’t publicize the speed of its Tablet’s CPU. It will also be lighter than the current Archos 7 HT — 11 oz vs 13.7.
My advice — based on size and feel alone — is to wait for the Archos.
On the other hand, just as I was about to hit Publish, I popped into YouTube and found this owner video, which I think speaks for itself: