I was skeptical on this purchase, but knowing that if the product was unsatisfactory, I could return it without much difficulty to my local Walmart store (I used the always excellent Walmart.com "Ship to Store" option). After 2 weeks, I am quite impressed.
I already own a Samsung Galaxy 2 tablet which retails for $249, so I have a benchmark (although an unfair benchmark) to compare the Coby Kyros mini tablet against. No, its not a mini Galaxy 2, but at a fifth of the cost, the Coby mini performs far beyond my expectations. The build quality is surprisingly good, and the side buttons for power and volume have a solid feel. Screen brightness and resolution are both very good. The screen is responsive using a capacitive stylus, although it requires slightly more pressure than my Galaxy 2... nothing problematic though. Initial connection to wi-fi takes longer than my Samsung Galaxy, but once connected, it is stable, and signal range is acceptable. I have used the unit in a walled room approx 35 feet from my router without any problems.
I expected that its inability to download applications from the Google Play store would be a problem, but that has been a complete non-issue. The first thing I did was use the pre-installed browser, navigate to the Opera website, and download both the Opera Mobile and Opera Mini browsers... IMHO, the best browsers for mobile android devices as displayed text always "fits and aligns" perfectly on the screen using the browsers' auto-wrap feature. Using the slimmed down Opera “mini” browser, the little Coby is fast (though the full featured Opera “mobile” browser is required to properly view some websites, which is why I use both).
I then wanted to download some of my core applications. As other reviewers have noted, the Google Play store cannot be used here as the Coby is not compliant with Google Play. Instead, the Coby unit had the Getjar downloader application pre-installed. I found some, but not all, of my wanted apps on the Getjar site and had no issues downloading and installing them onto the little Coby. For those applications that were not on the Getjar site, I went to the Opera mobile store (which is auto-programmed as a favorite “speed dial” in both of the aforementioned Opera browsers), and found all of my remaining apps there. Again, they downloaded properly from the Opera mobile store, and installed flawlessly.
I listen to quite a bit of streaming audio using the "TuneIn" internet radio application. The volume coming out of the Coby's miniature mono speaker isn't much, but what is there is at least clean and not distorted. Using headphones, the sound is fine, though a tad lacking in bass. I am getting over 5 hours of battery usage on a charge.
This is not a Samsung Galaxy or iPad replacement, but at 50 bucks, it’s a shirt-pocket sized bargain. So far, I couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase.
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