A high capacity microSD card is a good upgrade for any power user, even if at first blush you don't think the space is required. From my own experience, I never thought I needed one for extra space - I always had plenty enough storage as it was, or so I thought. But then I tried rooting a tablet and realized I needed a microSD card to do so, so sure enough, I ordered one. And today, I have no regrets; I keep music on it for local playback (since music streaming can still be spotty at times) and a few movies and photos that can be swapped from device to device seamlessly.
Taiwanese manufacturer HTC released a short video today explaining the process used to create the One S' unique, durable body. For those who need a refresher, the One S is 1/3 of HTC's new 'One' line of phones, debuted at MWC this year. The One S is just below the One X, and just above the One V spec-wise, carrying a 4.3" Super AMOLED display, 8MP camera, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and a super slender 7.95mm profile.
HTC's video shows off a process called Micro Arc Oxidation, or MAO, which one HTC representative compares to "lightning striking the phone." As 10,000 volts hit the aluminum body, a microscopic reaction takes place, forming a ceramic surface on the metal.
The CruzReader.com order page is currently citing a late September release date, while Borders.com is expected to ship October 15th, so you may have to wait for a number of weeks before you can get your hands on one yourself.
After seeing the specs and the price, we think this tablet could very well be a genuine competitor in the market.
What exactly are you getting for your $300? The Cruz sports:
- Full color TFT display
- 7” diagonal 16:9 800x480 screen
- Capacitive touch screen
- a rumored 800MHz CPU
- 802.11n wifi
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB internal storage
- 8GB bundled SD card
- Android 2.1
- Supports ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML reader files
- MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio support
- MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MOV, AVI video support
- JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image support
- Built in speakers
- Mic and headphone jacks
- Mini USB
- User replaceable Li-Ion battery - up to 10+ hours of life, 24+ standby
- Built-in Dictionary, Notepad, Calendar, Alarm Clock, Contacts, Games, and other useful apps
- Access to over 2 Million ebooks via included Borders E-book library portal application (Kobo)
- Access to the Cruz Market
The battery in the Cruz is reportedly good for 10 hours of usage, which is great for anyone hoping to use a tablet on the go.