Trying to compare a $138 Coby Kyros tablet to a $499 Apple iPad is like trying to compare a Mercedes Benz to a Toyota Corolla. With that being said, both the Mercedes Benz and Toyota Corolla provide a similar function in that both transport people to another location. The difference in the vehicles is that one, the Mercedes, offers a higher quality of comfort and ride which distinguishes itself over other motor vehicles. However, the Toyota Corolla is a well built, reliable vehicle that will get you where you want to go.

When I first saw the Coby Kyros model MID7015, a 7-Inch Android tablet, in the hands of an acquaintance of mine, I tried to control a chuckle under my breath. Less than a month ago I was asked for my opinion concerning this tablet. I did not think that paying $138 for any tablet was a smart move. In fact, I may have mentioned I thought the Coby Kyros was a waste of money somewhere in the conversation.

I asked my friend how she was enjoying her new toy. She told me she liked it a lot. She said it did for her everything she basically needed and that she was pleased with her decision to buy the device. She asked me if I would like to take the device for a few days to see what I thought. I agreed to try out the Coby Kyros.

I had the unit for three days to test out and I have to admit, the Kyros MID7015 is not bad for the price. If you are not familiar with the Coby brand, it builds inexpensive electronic consumer devices. This tablet uses what is called a ‘resistive screen,’ which differs from the capacitive screens Apple uses in iPad and iPhone devices. Resistive touch screens often need users to employ a fingernail or a stylus to function properly.

The Coby comes with these specifications, according to the company:

  • Large 7-inch Android 2.1 resistive touch screen
  • microSD card slot (upgrade up to 16GB)
  • Built-in 4GB internal memory
  • Connect and enjoy full 1080p on your HDTV via an HDMI cable
  • Full-size USB connection enables keyboard of your tablet

Once you get the hang of the way the Kyros functions, I have to agree that this pint-sized tablet is not bad. In fact I started to enjoy using it by day two and by day three actually felt like keeping it. Yes, I was pleasantly surprised at just how well this 7-inch tablet worked.

I did try an interesting experiment. The Coby tablet has an HDMI outlet. I connected the device to my plasma TV and streamed a movie from Netflix. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the video. It looked just as good as what my Roku device delivers.

For $138 from Amazon, I must admit that this tablet is a good buy.