"Better than the critics say!"3.5 starson by horsetalk13
Pros: Low price and does everything promised! Much flexibility to personalize screen & add memory/ SD cards. Touch screen works fine & no stylus is needed. The wireless connection works & is stable. Option to add keyboard or HDMI cord to TV + has
Cons: Screen contrast and saturation are dull at best & movement across the screen lacks fluidity. The camera is low res and not for anything serious but its there! I have a D-SLR & dont need a tablet/phone camera except for convenience/fun so its ok
Summary: I almost didnt buy this little gem after reading the reviews horrible reviews but being a rebel I couldnt pass on the price and decided to give it a try...and am I glad I did! First, contrary to published ridicule, the touch screen works just fine and does NOT need a stylus for typing or anything else. Also contrary to published reviews, the Kyros DOES accommodate an outside keyboard and can also use a TV as monitor via a HDMI cable. It sets up easily & does everything it is supposed to do. I like the SD card option to expand memory- & the camera is handy as a fun thing. For me, best of all, the screen can be personalized with my own images/wallpaper. Id like to point out that the most expensive and/or the most publicized tablets DONT have memory exxpansion, DONT have a camera of ANY quality, and DONT let you personalize the screen. I returned the Fire because of these limitations. The screen was pretty and the movement was fluid but the setup was rigid & I felt stuck in someone else's marketplace without even the option to make it look the way I like it. Many of the well known expensive tablets dont allow for memory expansion, dont have any camera and dont let you personalize the screen with wallpaper of your own or even handle images as well as they manage documents.
I think its important to look at the trade-offs with the Kyros. Its light weight, sturdy, has good wireless, does everything promised and in addition has flexibility and options missing in most tablets. The biggest problem with the Kyros is the dull, low contrast screen imagery & the lack of fluid movement found on the ipad and, to some extent, the Fire. I apreciate the slightly larger screen than the Fire and have no problem reading ebooks and documents, The screen isnt fuzzy or lacking clarity. Its just not bright, it lacks punch and vibrant color....Im an artist so appearance means a lot to me, but what the Kyros lacks in pretty imagery, it makes up for in utility, and options. If you want to watch brightly colored movies or games this probably isnt for you. But if you want an efficient tool, a little bigger & easier to browse with than your phone, that is light weight, sturdy,(you can throw it in your purse without too much worry), that will manage/edit your music and images, let you personalize it and will go on line reliably when you're on the run...then the KYROS is the best deal around. Dont expect it to be what it isnt. Its inexpensive enough that if something happens to it you can replace it without major debt, it has the flexibility to function like a little extension of your big laptop but much easier to carry---the Kyros is a lot of fun if you have tasks to do and want to take your work/play with you on a memory card. The Kyros is llike a very useful little VW bug and shouldnt be criticised because its not a Porsche. There's a place for both. I can tell you Im very excited to have found something that works so well for so little money. Celebrate what it is rather than criticizing what it isnt. I give it 4 stars. If that screen imagge had a little more quality it would be 5 stars for sure.