The folks at GadgetNutz have gotten some exclusive alone time with a new 7-inch Android eReader, the Cruz from Velocity Micro. Priced at $199, the Cruz features a resistive touchscreen with a unique 800×600 color display that has more vertical screen real estate than we’ve seen on other Android devices. It also comes with 256MB of RAM, both microSD and full SD card slots, 802.11g Wi-Fi, and Android 2.0.
Considering that the device has a Web browser, color screen, and Wi-Fi, we’re wondering why the Cruz is called an eReader, not a tablet. It does support major eBook formats like eInk, PDF, TXT, and PDB, but can also play back MP3 audio and MP4 video. Perhaps the reason for the eReader label is that Velocity Micro also makes a Cruz Tablet that is $299 and has a capacitive touch screen.
We’re curious to see if we can get our hands on the Cruz Reader, but until then watch GadgetNutz’s hands-on video and check out their hands-on post as well.