Product Reviews

Coby Kyros Android Tablet Review and Giveaway

Erez Zukerman 27-07-2012

coby kyros reviewSome time ago, I’ve set out to answer a simple question: When it comes to inexpensive Android tablets, how low can you go? What sort of tablet can I get for less than $100? To answer that question, I got the Coby Kyros, a 7-inch tablet that currently sells on Amazon for around $70. I’ve taken it through its paces, and I’m here to report on what can a sub-$100 tablet do, and what it can’t.


We’re also giving this review unit away so read on to find out how you can be in the running to win this Android tablet for free!

The Coby Kyros features a 1 GHz processor of unknown make (really – that’s what the Amazon spec sheet says). It has 256MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. It features Wi-Fi connectivity, and has no 3G module. The best-known 7″ Android tablet is none other than the Kindle Fire Kindle Fire Review and Giveaway It’s a brand new year, and I am proud to be part of something brand new here at MakeUseOf: An independent hardware review followed by a giveaway. Today we’ll be giving away an Amazon Kindle... Read More . Just like the Kyros, the Fire does not have built-in 3G connectivity. At 14.6 ounces, the Fire is significantly heavier than the Kyros, which weighs in at a light 11.3 ounces.

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The weight difference is noticeable, especially when holding the tablet with one hand: The Fire feels very solid and heavy, while the Kyros feels fairly light. The difference in weight may well be due to the battery: The Fire provides up to 7.5 hours of video playback, while the Kyros is only rated for 3 hours of “normal use.”

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All of these specifications don’t take into account one huge difference, which you would miss even if you read every word on the Kyros sales page: The Coby Kyros uses a resistive touch screen. If you’ve ever used an old Windows CE phone, you know what that’s like: One of those screens you have to push really hard with your finger to get it to do anything. Swiping across the screen involves pressing really hard, and then dragging your finger while keeping the pressure on. This is a glaring omission in the product page, and frankly, and had I known in advance that the Kyros features a resistive touchscreen, I would probably not have gotten it for review.

Initial Impressions

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The Coby Kyros ships with a stylus. I don’t mean one of those funky touchscreen styluses like we recently gave away Griffin, TouchTec, AmazonBasics Styluses Review and Giveaway Today, I will be reviewing 3 kinds of styluses from three different companies. I will be checking how each stylus performs in different touch-screen tasks, how comfortable each stylus is to hold and use, and... Read More – I mean a piece of plastic to help you push the resistive screen. It also ships with a screen-cleaning cloth, common on many touchscreen devices (and a nice touch). But here’s another surprise:

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Rather than charge via USB, the Kyros uses a dedicated charger with its own DC-in connector. The power brick is small, and looks a bit like an old Nokia cellphone charger. It accepts 110-220V, but comes with an American/Canadian prong and does not include other power connectors.

The Kyros also comes with its own velvety carrying case:

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The case became smudged within seconds of the moment I took it out of its plastic bag. It is made of suede-like material that picks up fingerprints and stray molecules of dust very easily. Last but certainly not least, comes the coolest accessory to ship with the Kyros:


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A USB OTG (On-The-Go) cable, also known as a “USB host” cable. This cable connects to the Kyros’s USB jack on one end, and to a regular USB keyboard or mouse on the other end. I’ve tested it by connecting a keyboard to the Kyros, and it worked very well (more on that in a moment).

Design and Ergonomics

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The Kyros features four hardware buttons, a power connector, a mini-USB plug, microphone and headphone jacks, and a memory card slot for extending the amount of storage space available. It is a clean design, and does not attempt to be flashy. It features a relatively wide bezel, which makes it easy to grip with one hand without accidentally touching the screen.


In daily use, the most important part of a tablet is probably its screen, so here’s a quick brightness and color test:

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Above, you can see the Kyros displaying the MakeUseOf homepage, and below is my Galaxy S II showing the same page – both are at maximum brightness. The Kyros is not as bright, and the colors appear slightly muted compared to the Galaxy’s vivid AMOLED screen. Here’s a closer look at the LCD panel:

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It is not a top-of-the-line panel, but it is perfectly usable for watching videos and reading Web pages.

What The Kyros Can Do

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The Kyros ships with the Aldiko eBook reader app, which is an excellent use for the device: When reading an eBook, you don’t need to interact with the screen much, and there’s no need for a fast processor. The only drawback in this case is the Kyros’s somewhat short battery life, but for daily use around the house, it shouldn’t pose much of a problem.

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Just like how you can use the Kyros for reading, another great use is for writing: I used the bundled USB OTG cable to connect a regular Logitech USB keyboard, and it worked very well. The tablet was not super-responsive and there was a noticeable lag between my typing and the moment letters appeared on-screen, but it was still perfectly usable. As you can see in the screenshot above, the on-screen keyboard still shows up when you connect an external keyboard, but this is standard Android behavior.

The Kyros also ships with Android’s stock Music app, so you can listen to MP3s using its built-in speakers or headphones. The speakers are usable, and are at about the same level of quality as the entire tablet (i.e, not stellar, but generally okay). While its processor is no powerhouse, I was able to play an MP3 while doing other work on the device without any noticeable stuttering. Unlike the Kindle Fire, the Kyros includes hardware volume buttons which make it easy to control the music no matter which app you’re in. It also features on-screen volume buttons on the Android notification bar, just in case.

Google Play is not bundled with the Kyros, but GetJar is, and it’s pretty much your only option if you want to install any third-party applications. Another notable omission is the Android YouTube app: There’s a homescreen shortcut that says “Watch Videos” but it just runs the built-in Android Web browser and loads up YouTube. The YouTube video I tried played smoothly, even in the browser.

Living With The Coby Kyros

The Kyros costs about half as much as the Kindle Fire, but doesn’t provide half the functionality. Its short battery life makes it impractical as a tablet for toting around town, unless you also want to bring along the compact power plug and hunt for an outlet as soon as the battery starts draining. But other than the battery, its biggest drawback in daily use is the resistive touchscreen: It makes the Kyros impossible to use with most games requiring any sort of speed or responsiveness. You could still play Sudoku on it, but that’s about it.

On the plus side, the Kyros is easy to hold and doesn’t weigh much. If I had the Kyros to keep, I think I would end up using it as a distraction-free typewriter: I would just install an application like Writer, plug in an external keyboard, and write from anywhere. This doesn’t require any interaction with the screen, and the tablet doesn’t have to be super-responsive.

Should You Buy It?

This is a rare case in which I’d have to advise against buying this product. If you gave it to me for free, sure, I would find an interesting use for it – but I would not advise spending your money on it. If you have around $80 to spend, I would advise you to save up a bit more and go for a Kindle Fire. Then again, if you are just curious to find out what it’s like to use this inexpensive tablet for simple daily tasks, participate in our giveaway below!

How do I win the Coby Kyros?

It’s easy, just exchange your MakeUseOf points for an entry into the competition. It’s really simple: create a MakeUseOf account, earn points and exchange your points for an entry!

The giveaway is over. Congratulations to the winner, Pierre Brienne! Tina, you would have received an email from Please get in touch with him before Aug 6. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, August 3rd. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

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  1. mary williams
    January 2, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I bought a coby tablet and have had problems with it. First let me tell you about trying to charge it, it only got hot where the battery was. Charging did not happen. Then it refuses to come on. Next i have not had any luck in playing on it because it won't charge! I traded my first one in and got another one and it is doing the same thing!!!!!
    I am a very unhappy customer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am still going to have to pay for a machine that WON'T WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Charm Basilio
    August 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm


  3. Audrey Johnson
    August 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    this would be great to own

  4. LeviTashun
    August 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Coby ANYTHING is usually pretty crappy...

  5. Teodoro Villamarzo
    August 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    For a low-end tablet, this is good enough. It will become a very fine tablet if it is given for free!

  6. Maxi3w
    August 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Good Luck everyone! :-)

  7. Valentin Tudor
    August 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Even with the resistive screen and short battery life, it's not bad. I would love to win this.

  8. Sam Bhat
    August 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    i wanna one

  9. Sam Bhat
    August 3, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I Want This.....

  10. Karl Joseph Ku
    August 3, 2012 at 5:23 am

    thanks but id rather spend my remaining points on a better giveaway. like another kindle fire? ^_^ hmmmm?

  11. art
    August 3, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Might be a bit slow, plus it's has that pressure screen, not a big fan of that.

  12. bill kirko
    August 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    perfect for current security position

  13. Dmitriy Sukhanov
    August 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Thanx for the chance!

  14. Les Siewert
    August 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you Erez for this review - in the future, don't be so apologetic about _not_ recommending a product for purchase. I wish more reviewers were that direct and honest, but too often they seem to think they owe the company a positive review in exchange for getting a test unit from them.

  15. echantrea
    August 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

    If i have this, then I don't have carry heavy books for reading again.

  16. Ali Lou
    August 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

    is cheap but think I would just by a ebook reader for the price.

  17. apn58
    August 2, 2012 at 8:48 am

    i would like to win this tablet…

  18. Giorgi Mamulashvili
    August 2, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I really want this ^_^

  19. randy
    August 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

    a friends of mine has let me use his for awhile to test it out of how i feel about them and i love them .i would like to have one of these . it would be great .

  20. Stephanie Woods
    August 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I remember a classmate of mine in college had one. She said it was nothing but a headache for her when I asked about it. Told me to save up for a Kindle Fire.

  21. Asbjørn Bergestuen
    August 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Must say I prefer my Samsung Galaxy TAB 7.7 over this one.

  22. RennyD
    August 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Seriously? You didn't know any tablet under $100 has a resistive touch screen? Giveaway?!? LMFAO

  23. Hoa Giang
    August 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    It looks cool and seems very convenient for traveling. I'd like to have one for a long driving trip.

  24. Traci Wood
    August 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for the advice.

  25. Muhannad Agha
    August 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    DO WANT!

  26. Marisa Fletcher
    August 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Love, love my reader!

  27. Sandra Kempf
    August 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I would use this around the house. I love to cook, so I could use it to display recipes in the kitchen and not worry about accidents around the device.

  28. Debbie Kightlinger
    August 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    This is the one that I have waited for and wanted. I can use it while traveling and seems that we always have to hurry up and wait and wait. I need one.

  29. Sabila Adhaida
    August 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

    aah, I'm gonna try to participate in this case.. :) seems so fun

  30. raja
    August 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

    very nice ........... i want it anyway.

  31. Anandu B Ajith
    August 1, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I Love IT

  32. dewan
    August 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

    i have always wanted a tablet

  33. Patricia Castelo
    August 1, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Hope I get lucky! :)

  34. Bulilit Toralballa
    August 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Nice tablet.

  35. Buzz Hillman
    August 1, 2012 at 5:23 am

    I need a tablet, I am tabletless.

  36. danielooi
    August 1, 2012 at 1:30 am

    nice tab for me to use on study

  37. EugeneL
    July 31, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I've always wanted a tablet, no matter how cheap!

  38. Philip Hoolboom
    July 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Looks coool!

  39. Jeffrey John Imutan
    July 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    hope to win this.

  40. Awais Inayat
    July 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    i like it

  41. David Mcleod
    July 31, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I have been referred to as Mr. Analog. I think this is state of the art technology for me. I might as well enter and NOT win this. Appreciated your article, after reading it I know for certain that this is not for me. Remember that if it is not something you NEED or WANT, FREE doesn't make it better.

  42. Endre Gyulavári
    July 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm


  43. Nancy B
    July 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    With that short battery life wouldn't be good for me and my needs :(

  44. Jack Blake
    July 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Not a great recommendation to buy...

  45. Harry G
    July 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    wow wish to win this one :D

  46. phil
    July 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I would love to have one of these

  47. David Meyer
    July 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I probably would not go out and buy this, but I could definitely find a use for it.

  48. Antonio Notarbartolo
    July 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I'm not so sure that i like the pen idea.

  49. Bashar Madi
    July 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    $80 for this hardware specs.? there might be something wrong. maybe it's a very low quality tablet

  50. Drew B
    July 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    coby smulders? ;)

  51. Barbara Salvini
    July 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    This is the one!!! whooooo hooooo

  52. Ellen Odza
    July 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Honestly, it doesn't sound that useful. I'd rather get a higher-end tablet used. The limited battery life is a definite minus here, as is the resistive screen. Not entering this one, but thanks for reviewing it for us!

  53. Kathy
    July 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm


  54. Robert Gorman
    July 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Looks Good

  55. William Hansen
    July 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    would be great for my first tablet, for beginers it would do just fine.

  56. Leland Whitlock
    July 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I would add that the resistive screen is like the old Palm devices of old which are better known than your comparison. Before I would ever pick up an Android device my first question is always how easy is it to add custom ROMs. This is because every stock Android device I have ever used had issues. However custom ROMs like CyanogenMod fix most if not all those issues and just make the device better. I would advise everyone to check out the XDA developers forums to see just how tweakable an Android device is ahead of time. Enjoy.

  57. Jerick Dilla
    July 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    At least we don't have to bring one heavy duty laptop just to view documents over a short meeting or even reviewing notes in school! I want this thing!

  58. Nezlo
    July 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Good luck all, I don't need this, already have a couple tablets.

  59. katrina
    July 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Would still be great for my son. He'd love to have a techie device and I'd love for him to be reading ebooks.

  60. Harron Subhani
    July 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    good step.

  61. Evan Spangler
    July 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    This would be perfect for e-book reading, even with the three hour battery life.

    Mabye $25 would be a better price. I saw one at ollie's the other day.

  62. Sebastian Valero
    July 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Nice start for tablet beginners like me...I want this... :D

  63. Uttam Shrestha
    July 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    i wan't this too!!

  64. kaushmc
    July 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

    wow...its grait..

  65. abdo Elborady
    July 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

    i want one of those

  66. Dylan
    July 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Would love to own this!

  67. Anree Summer
    July 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

    i would gladly give this to my sister since she really needs one as for being a graphic designer

  68. Anree Summer
    July 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

    would be really happy to win this

  69. Anree Summer
    July 31, 2012 at 9:24 am

    lets get it on!! this is amazing

  70. Mistry_Land
    July 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

    great giveaway

  71. Ali Azizeh
    July 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

    it is great ... i want to get one and check it

  72. Ali Azizeh
    July 31, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Great ... I Like it and Want to Check it

  73. andrew parsons
    July 31, 2012 at 8:34 am

    And as usual for around $70 dollars read almost equal to $100 dollars in pounds here in UK. A long way to go yet for affordable tablets.

  74. clifford
    July 31, 2012 at 8:23 am


  75. Hafis Ismail
    July 31, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Tanks for this giveaway.. hope I'll win..

  76. Hafis Ismail
    July 31, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Tanks for this giveaway.. hope I'll win..

  77. Peter Oriko
    July 31, 2012 at 6:37 am

    the best break through in ICT, I like it.

  78. vivek u
    July 31, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Good Device but need some more applications

  79. Peter Oriko
    July 31, 2012 at 6:20 am

    this coby kyros tablet is so fantastic and I believe it is the greatest break through in IT world, I like it.

  80. Twitchy805
    July 31, 2012 at 5:22 am

    never tried a tablet, looks pretty cool :)

  81. Phúc Ng?c
    July 31, 2012 at 4:24 am

    I want it all :x

  82. Nguyen Tran
    July 31, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Great review giveaway, I love it to much

  83. Alan Fawley
    July 31, 2012 at 3:27 am

    I have one of these tablets and it does a pretty good job, the two biggest drawbacks that I have found, is the short battery life and you can not download from the google play store. They don't recognize it. Also I can't connect to Getjar. It starts to connect and then just sits there at about 80% so I seem to be limited to Amazon's app store.

  84. Chamath
    July 31, 2012 at 2:54 am


  85. Ron
    July 31, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Could really use. Thanks.

  86. Chamath
    July 31, 2012 at 2:54 am


  87. jim rafisura
    July 31, 2012 at 2:43 am

    it would be great to have one like this.

  88. rosauro de leon
    July 31, 2012 at 2:25 am

    i think the unit is good, the features has most likely the branded unit, i like it hope i have the this unit

  89. Prakash Pathak
    July 31, 2012 at 1:59 am

    nice tab

  90. Olatunji Olatunbosun Lateef
    July 31, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Its awesome & amazing but r u really sincere about dis giveaway of a thing...! Cos ever since dat i had been tryin nothing gud comes out of it...! Hmm dis is my last effort kindly stop dis fake PROMO...!

  91. Kewal Nerlekar
    July 31, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Looking forward to get one.

  92. Savio Dsouza
    July 31, 2012 at 12:54 am

    just what i need :) the keyboard feature is so Awesome!! :D

  93. Marvin Heng
    July 31, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Wonderful gadget for my reading needs.

  94. R Callie
    July 31, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Excellent review. Count me in please.

  95. Eric August
    July 31, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Not bad for the money.

  96. Ron Morrow
    July 31, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Nice, in on this.

  97. Mishaal
    July 30, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    i want it plzzzzz

  98. W.S.S.Tugen Perera
    July 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    This website is very important to every one and I always like to view its contain in every mail that I receive properly. In the mean time I have open a folder under the name of MAKE USE OF especially to save the daily mail that receive from this site. In the past, present and even in the future they will surely help me a lot.
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  99. N. Beck
    July 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Well, I sure would like this little big gadget for myself. I cannot afford the IPAD, Kindle etc. I need this to teach my grandchild to read. For me it is better than a laptop. I love to read, but my eyes are tiring very easy. This would be great for me, my family. Thank you for a great chance to enter. I appreciate the great technology you choose on your site. Infos, help etc. Thank you again.

  100. Jonathan Matthie
    July 30, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Neat! I want a Kindle, but this is still a tablet; sub-quality or not, I'm sure it would come in handy to have!

  101. Charlie Player
    July 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    i know i m going 2 win..just kidding

  102. Edward Bellair
    July 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Maybe I could finally upgrade from Win 98?

  103. Thomas Kendall
    July 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    A good one

  104. janis faeed
    July 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    would love one of these for myself

  105. Salman Khan
    July 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    This is amazing . I wish i win this .

  106. Muhammad Minhaj
    July 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I would love to have this .... I wish .

  107. jonfaerber
    July 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm


  108. Sameer N
    July 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for the review.

  109. Janet Schmidt
    July 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    This is a great giveaway. I really enjoyed the review. Sounds like the Coby Kyros does more than I ever expected.

  110. Brian Pearson
    July 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Type your comment here.

  111. Alan
    July 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Great review. I think it would be great for those whom could not afford a Fire or Nexus.

  112. Brad Foss
    July 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the review. It gave me something(s) to think about

  113. Ndogal Cisse
    July 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Good i want it for my son.

  114. Bing Hau Yap
    July 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Cool~ I want it!

  115. Lawrence
    July 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm


  116. Eric Osei
    July 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I like it, i want it, i need it!

  117. Vibhanshu
    July 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Hey Erez Zukerman. kindly give it to me :)

  118. Diane S Miller
    July 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    This would be cool, I'm not in the right century with my technology yet.

  119. Jonathan Oostra
    July 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm


  120. Karen Norwood
    July 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I hope I win!

  121. Manos Taliadouros
    July 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Nice product.I hope I win one!!

  122. Divakar Raj
    July 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Looks a coool tab

  123. bob wahlen
    July 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Interesting device.

  124. Carolyn
    July 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    using my points for entries.This would be an awesome gift for my husband.following and sharing.

  125. Vikkram Gotluru
    July 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    this is not meeting my requirements. Anyway if i get this, this will become first tablet.

    I am waiting for a Tablet with Sim with 3G, Dual cam with 5 Mp and at a cost of 5000 to 6000 Rs. Is it possible in near future? too much? huh

  126. tweetlyclever
    July 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Looks okay. Might get it.

  127. Cerese Minetti
    July 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    For free is not bad. Ill take it if I win.

  128. Alan
    July 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Looks like a decent device for those who cannot afford a Fire or Nexus. Good review.

  129. Nezlo
    July 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Not bad, I have enough tablets already so good luck everyone who is entering!

  130. Colleen
    July 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Would love it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  131. Rust Hawk
    July 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I'd love it!

  132. Lanette
    July 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    A fantastic device. I'd love to give it a run!

  133. philip leblanc
    July 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    i want to win something soon

  134. Frank Rezack
    July 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I need a tablet and if I could even get this tablet it would mean the world to me.

  135. Glenn Schulz
    July 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I'd love to win this!

  136. Kathy Strom
    July 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I would LOVE to win this for my parents!

  137. Olatunji Olatunbosun Lateef
    July 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Its awesome...absolutely amazing..!

  138. Cerese Minetti
    July 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    This sounds sweet.

  139. Michael Bergeron
    July 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Well, let's face it, Coby is known for poor quality knock-off items. I'm surprised it works as well as reviewed.

  140. Tony Greer
    July 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Great for surfing the net and checking sports scores.

  141. Fritz Goebel
    July 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Looks like a bargain at that price. It'd be fun to compare it side by side with my modified Nook Color.

  142. Michael Bergeron
    July 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Well, let's face it, Coby is known for poor quality, knock-off items. I'm surprised it works as well as reviewed.

  143. Fritz Goebel
    July 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Looks like a good bargain.

  144. John Summa
    July 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Nice looking tablet. Would love to win it.

  145. Harry Morse
    July 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Beats what I have now (nothing).

  146. Jan D.
    July 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Interesting and helpful review. Thank you.

  147. Wezley Duggan
    July 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    resistive touch screen... MEH! and short battery life... but i guess its okay... id rather get something a little higher speced TBH.. but to win one i wont complain... need something bigger for in bed

  148. dan
    July 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I'd like to see a comparison of the iPod Touch the Samsung Galaxy.

  149. Hugo
    July 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Very interesting! One spectacular Tablet.

  150. Antonio Notarbartolo
    July 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I would love to have this device. Even thought I don't think that these devices are going to change the way we compute, I still believe that these devices will make our lives more interesting for sure.

  151. Ronn Jordan
    July 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks for your honesty about this tablet, hopefully I'll win it other than that I'll keep saving for an iPad. I know this is light years away from an iPad. :)

  152. Anita
    July 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Good way to introduce students to a tablet interface. While I can appreciate needing to post to Facebook or other social medica accounts or make a comment, the MakeUseOf site needs a sign-in button, etc.

  153. Brandon Doyle
    July 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I think this would be great as a no-frills tablet that you wouldn't be terribly upset about if it were broken or stolen.

  154. chiongbian formoso
    July 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    this corby would be a great addition to my gadget collection... mabuhay to all!

  155. Christian Amestegui
    July 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Short battery tablet is of no use. that is what I like about iPad: 10 hour independence.

  156. Anita
    July 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Good way to introduce students to a tablet interface.

  157. Matheus Pratta
    July 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Well, this may be a good tablet for someone on very short budget...
    I would surely be happy if I got it (for free) but would follow the writer's advice and save my cash for something else...

  158. Giuseppe
    July 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I think that 80$ it's not too much. The mistake is to compare it with the kindle fire that costs 199.00$ but that give you more than coby.
    Do not forget that a tablet like the coby Kyros is something more a toy!.
    However I'd like to win it.

  159. Tom
    July 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Nice to see a competitively priced well featured tablet.

  160. Tom
    July 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Nice to see some decently priced competition. The big boys have been making a killing. More devices are needed to up the quality and reduce the price.

  161. Halim3050
    July 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Sure ; I would love to win this :)

  162. Veduruparthy Bharat
    July 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    very nice, i would like to have 1 !!!

  163. Steve
    July 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Hmmm, at first I was so surprised that there is a $70 tablet on the market. I mentally compared that to one of those earlier generation ipod Nanos back when it had video. Ok, so this tablet is just 7"; quite impressive just due to the parts costs. But then the review reveals just a 3hr battery, and a resistive rather than capacitive screen (so that you must press hard or use a stylus to operate the device), and the old phrase "you get what you pay for" comes to mind. So I agree with the reviewer that most people should pass this one by when looking to make a purchase. But if one falls in my lap I would make some use of it, probably to read some Kindle books or charge it up to watch one movie on the go. It would also provide a method to explore the Android app market. Apple, you have nothing to be concerned about with this product.

  164. Petey Pabler
    July 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    They are pretty nice for the price. The resistive screen and low memory do hurt the unit a scosche, but for the price, you can't really beat it. I mean, if you use this as a primary, it wouldn't be enough power.

  165. charlene
    July 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    i wish to be entered in sweepstakes thanks

  166. Petey Pabler
    July 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    They are pretty nice for the price. The resistive screen and low memory do hurt the unit a scosche, but for the price, you can't really beat it. I mean, if you use this as a primary, it wouldn't be enough power. More for a "Girlfriend" type machine. (Oh, you know I am kidding girls)

  167. Alex Olariu
    July 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    hmm...too low quality for me, i'll pass

  168. Jim Bowie
    July 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Love this 7 inch device!

  169. David Melvin
    July 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    hate my HP touchpad, and this sounds like another bad compromise

  170. Sc Ling
    July 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    It would be great if I could win this device. :-)

  171. David Melvin
    July 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I hate my HP touchpad, and this sounds like another bad compromise

  172. Susan Magrini
    July 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Would be a nice way to get started on this website and share you with my readers.

  173. Tony
    July 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Wow! Won't my web life be enhanced with this here fancy device?

  174. Tony
    July 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Wow, won't my web experience be enriched with this here fancy device?

  175. Eric
    July 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I like the physical size of it. It's compact and easy to carry around.

  176. Jim Bowie
    July 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Would love the 7"!

  177. Jun
    July 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Very nice for an inexpensive android tablet.

  178. KStarOne
    July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I have been looking at these, and this fits what I need it for nicely,

  179. Samuel Ayirookuzhiyil
    July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm


  180. Samuel Ayirookuzhiyil
    July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm


  181. Anders Sporring
    July 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I'm in! I really want to win this one! :)

  182. Jason Williams
    July 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    not the most impressive tablet i have seen, but for 70ish bucks what can you expect, would probably be a great machine for my kid to do school work on though

    • john buxbaum
      July 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Agree, it's not impressive nor a MUST have but for the price you can give it to one of your kids..

  183. Claire Anne Aguirre
    July 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

    so cool and awesome. wish i could have one!

  184. Kevin Fegan
    July 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Thanks to MakeUseOf for another great giveaway!! Keep em comming.

    I have entered and shared.

  185. Steven Kim
    July 30, 2012 at 7:09 am

    awesome!!! Hope i win!!

  186. steve
    July 30, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I would love me one of this!!

  187. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 30, 2012 at 1:35 am

    At least it is come in giveaway section, lucky for the who will win it, may be its me

  188. Maxi3w
    July 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    As a first Tablet and my insane curiosity of them, this sounds like an ideal starter. Where I would use it the most is within the home so the plug in charger doesn't bother me. This would be ideal to carry around the home, listen to music wherever I am and an indicator as to whether investing in a Tablet would be worth doing. It would be fun!

  189. Muhannad Agha
    July 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Wish I win

  190. Dmitriy Sukhanov
    July 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm


  191. Lieschen Müller
    July 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    thanks, but no...

    shure, you can't expect much of those low-budget devices, but IMHO there are better ones available in this price segment. Though, when looking for the specs I found the successor, among others having a capacitive touchscreen, for just a few $$$ more. Perhaps that'll be worth a trial?

    Myself, I shot a cheap china-tablet on Ebay, Zenithink C71, with a sturdy case including a keyboard. I'm pretty much ok with it, except for the poor WIFI - but suppose I've got what I've paid for ;-) btw not much more than for this one...

  192. Reynldo Mallorca
    July 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm


  193. VS Vishnu
    July 29, 2012 at 6:19 am

    good offer,

  194. Bulilit Toralballa
    July 29, 2012 at 6:04 am


  195. Felix Owusu-Sarpong
    July 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Not great but equal to what you pay for. Modest tablet though.

  196. Dustin Worm
    July 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I would like to try it out!

  197. Sheeran Anwar
    July 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I really want it.....

  198. Nanang Sugiarto
    July 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Pretty cool stuff!

  199. sabih
    July 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I need a tablet and this has provided me with a chance to win it! Thank you!

  200. Steve Rathbun
    July 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I bought a Cobu Kyros tablet from and was completely dissatisfied with it. I returned it within days of recieving it. Contrary to Mr.Zuckerman,I wouldnt even want one as a gift!
    Indeed,use your money for something usefull. Or if you really want to throw away $80.,throw it my way!

  201. Shantanu Nair
    July 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    lol. still a tablet... as long as it plays youtube and has a decent browser

  202. Mayank
    July 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Yup, The Recommendation is rather correct i.e. not to buy it.
    One of my Relatives has this and when I was just experimenting with it. I found it hard to use.
    Especially the Touch experience is really bad.
    The OS is not updated and it has some bugs like you cannot input a SIM card into it but it will ask you sometimes.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      It is a modest tablet, so there will be pros and cons. As many have commented here - you get what you pay for. But look at it this way, you just might get one for free here :)

  203. jawadhussain
    July 28, 2012 at 10:32 am


  204. Muhammad Ahmad
    July 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I always love free gadgets. MakeUseOf is my first choice. I really like MakeUseOf.

  205. Rahil Parker
    July 28, 2012 at 9:07 am

    It is very similar to Micromax funbook which is available in India, but that comes with a capacitive touch screen as well as 512mb ram. 256mb is just not good enough these days.

  206. Kshitij Verma
    July 28, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Man this thing better be worth all my 25 points :P

  207. Va Du
    July 28, 2012 at 4:43 am

    After doing my own research, you might as well spend a little more for quality even if it's for your kids. The Kyros just fails in every aspect and I will graciously accept if I get picked.

  208. David Dew
    July 28, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Not really the tablet I want but if its free I guess I'll take it, if only for emails and web surfing.

  209. Kelly Buchanan
    July 28, 2012 at 1:50 am

    A good E-reader for my kids. Plus they are used to the resistive touch screens on their NIntendo DS.

  210. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    July 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    This is not the tablet I'm looking for, but it's ok for free.

  211. Wiwka Masyuka
    July 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Resistive screen/3 hours of work/Useless charger

  212. Pedro Oliva
    July 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    uff... i wanna get it! :P

  213. destructo_girl
    July 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    My dad has one of these and it drove me crazy just trying to download apps to it. I guess for the cost it's worth a try for some but the experience was very disappointing and frustrating for me. My dad finally gave up on it also, not efficient enough to merely use for email and browsing for him.

  214. Becky France
    July 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Yes, I would add this to my Kindle, Samsung Tab, IPOD, BB, Laptop gizmos. I am always working (or should I say playing) on one of them.

  215. Contest Winner
    July 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I would love to win this and brag to all my buddies with a nexus 7. BooYeah! What Kind of processor is in your Nexus? Duh....What processor is in my Kyros????? You wish you knew.. Its confidential. Its so rare Amazon doesn't even list it. But.....Let's just say it's the official tablet of the Illuminati...BOoYEah!

  216. Jeff Rutter
    July 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I'd rather save my money for a Nexus 7.

  217. John Hopkins
    July 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I've tried a few of these and, for the price, they can be handy. It all depends on what you intend to use it for. Gaming....not so much. Reference to a cooking recipe that you can keep up while you're cooking, very much so.

  218. Mike
    July 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Ver compact and stylish,

  219. Mart Küng
    July 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    So It's basicly cheap e-book reader with bad battery but with more functional OS. Hmm. Not rich enough to buy cheap things, I'd say.

    • misha511
      July 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      That's what I thought reading through this review. I guess it's worth getting one for almost free, though, if it's able to watch HD flash movies online. I'd be willing to pay 15 bucks for this, and $50 for the 10" version. If only these devices were less expensive...

    • misha511
      July 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      I'd consider one for fifteen bucks, especially since my HTC TP2 works perfectly with a resistive touchscreen. But 3 HOURS?!! My brother's (passed down to me) five year old laptop lasts that long! It's just not worth it. :(

  220. Larry Johnson
    July 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I have a cheap tablet already. They are good for reading and some games. But surfing is a bummer.

    • Christina Dafopoulos
      July 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm


      • Allison
        July 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm

        I've got an older model and when online it not only drains the battery pretty quick, it's very slow to browse no matter which browser you use. The keyboard is also pretty annoying to use. It's is great for some games and reading though...

        • Larry Johnson
          July 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

          Allison hit the problem with browsing on the head.

  221. Yash Desai
    July 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    i hate the cheaper android tabs, none of them seem to work well

    • v ks
      July 29, 2012 at 6:16 am

      It is a piece of technology. You have to find a situation to apply it optimally.

  222. John Pavelko
    July 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I must not be enough of a Geek, it is still easier for me to use pad and paper

  223. prajith@mobotalks
    July 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    nice review..plzz count me...winning this would make me really happy

  224. Mila Kun
    July 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Good one. I want this!

  225. Mayur Godhani
    July 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    It's affordable device to buy, count me in.

  226. Mayur Godhani
    July 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Its affordable device to buy. I'm in.

  227. Joseph Gann
    July 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Hey, if it's free... why not? Would be ideal for a child to use (instead of spending a load of money).

  228. Sushil Kathpalia
    July 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    i would like to win this tablet...


  229. Dave Clark
    July 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    It's a $70 tablet. I repeat; It's a $70 tablet. Understand what that means in relation to other tablets and you can decide if it's for you. Read the review to find out the good/bad/ugly, and that'll give you the lowdown. I'm using a Google Nexus 7 which whips serious you-know-what, but that goes for around $275 (including shipping). You pay for what you get.

    • Tina
      July 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      $70 is a lot of money for some people. Yet you are right, you get what you pay for.

  230. Rutul Parikh
    July 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Nope, I would rather go for a Capacitive touch device.

  231. Red rose exile
    July 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I got a 8Gb 1.2Ghz with 1gb RAM with capacitive screen for $65, direct from the supplier I would have shied away from the resistive screen.

    Yes, the battery life is short, but if you combine the OTG with a Solar chargeable USB hub for $15, and it does far more than a kindle can

  232. Safwan Khatri
    July 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    hope to get it free

    • Christina Dafopoulos
      July 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm


  233. Jason Legacy
    July 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    My daughter would love to have this. She is constatnly using the one I won for working Christmas eve.

  234. Karan
    July 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Good device

  235. Olga
    July 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I want to win it - if not, I could buy it. Only $70. Just for video playback and text reading.

  236. Kevin Marshall
    July 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Been wanting one of these for awhile, thanks for the review

  237. chad tunis
    July 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    great review

  238. chad tunis
    July 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    excellent review.....count me in too! thanks

  239. Pratik Bhandari
    July 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm


    • Cristian Lucian
      August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      i just need some points:)

    • Cristian Lucian
      August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      i just need some points;)

  240. Andrei Anikin
    July 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    oh my gosh! suddenly I started to pray, which I've never done before:-)

  241. Joses Lemmuela
    July 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Hmmm.... the design seems very appealing for a $70/$80 tablet :o

  242. Vipul Jain
    July 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    this tablet would be waste of money IMO.
    you might buy it now but after a month, the resistive touchscreen will make you go crazy, if it had been capacitive, it would've been great VFM.

    Other than this, i think you are wrong on one point.
    You said
    "I would advise you to save up a bit more and go for a Kindle Fire"
    but it should be
    "I would advise you to save up a bit more and go for a Nexus 7 Tablet" :D

    • Yang Yang Li
      July 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      The resistive touchscreen is not that bad considering I have used on for over 6 months now.
      i think you are wrong on one point.
      You said
      “I would advise you to save up a bit more and go for a Nexus 7 Tablet”
      but it should be
      “I would advise you to save up a bit more and go for a Microsoft Surface Tablet” :-)

      • Vipul Jain
        July 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

        wow thanks for the info, had no idea about surface.
        The integrated keyboard looks great.
        Said that, i would still prefer nexus 7, coz its more fun.
        win 8 tablet seems quite feature rich but i really have low hopes from windows 8. It might become a netbook alternative in future but IMO it wont be able to get much market share in tablet segment, maybe 1-2% at max.
        (Doing my MBA, so marketing terminology is more prevalent now :p )

        I think tablets with androids are better as the play store is way more app filled than windows store ever might be.
        So i'd rather save my money for nexus 7 & my MUO points for the upcoming Samsung SSD (really need that baby) :D

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 30, 2012 at 4:43 am

      I would agree. I have a Nexus 7 and it's great -- hardware is much better than a Kindle Fire. I'm also outside the US, so I can actually purchase and use a Nexus 7!

      • Vipul Jain
        July 30, 2012 at 7:14 am

        not fair :'(
        not only will it be available in India after a few months, also till ASUS starts manufacturing here, due to import duties it'll cost me around $80-100 extra.. :/

  243. DavyPaul
    July 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    But is it worth the trick trouble to enter the competition ?

    • Tina
      July 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      You decide, DavyPaul!

  244. Le Mon
    July 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    wow..i need it :/

  245. Cristina Torrão
    July 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    winning this would make me really happy :D

    • Muhammad Ahmad
      July 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Me too

  246. Phill Johnson
    July 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    The tablet is great for traveling.

  247. Luke Brannon
    July 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    tbf I'd say it's a great gadget for kids who aren't really going to be fussed about all the specs, it's also great to get them to be hands on with modern technology, I was playing computer games at the age of 4 for example all because my mum wanted me to grow up knowing how to use this technology and not be a technophobe. I would love a cheap tablet but I don't think this will cut it for me I might just try and find a discounted kindle fire :)

  248. Vanja Gorgiev
    July 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    aaawwwww i want this so baad :(

    • v ks
      July 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

      Me TOO. If it does'nt work properly, I will take it apart and use it's components for other purposes. LCD touch screens alone of this size retail for much higher prices.

  249. raymond mcnatt
    July 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    @vu=ineedcool same here! way cool!

  250. Dennis Torres
    July 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Nice just what my family needs

  251. Suman Acharya
    July 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    for me it is not satisfying - the short battery life is not less than a curse for our country Nepal where load-shedding is around 12 hours and sometimes 18 hours
    I will choose another better option if i have to....
    so good luck friends I'm out of the give away contest...............!!!!!!!!!!!!
    but its really cool device (on the basis of this article)

  252. vineedcool
    July 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    OHH YEAH ,,,this is wat i always wanted!!! :*