Coby Kyros MID9742 Review

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The Coby Kyros MID9742 features a large screen, but the 4:3 aspect ratio isn't ideal for HD video. The tablet's apps also have a habit of crashing.

This is a comparatively large tablet with a long list of features that can be had for a song, but judging by Coby Kyros MID9742 reviews, most experts would rather tune it out. The Coby Kyros MID9742 (starting at $160, Amazon) is criticized on a Computer Shopper review for the engineers' decision to use a program called GetJar rather than Google Play for finding apps. (Google Play offers direct access to Android's large app library, which far surpasses the selection of tablet apps available through GetJar.) Another problem noted in this review: the 9.7-inch screen has a 4:3 aspect ratio (think old TV) rather than the 16:9 aspect ratio used for HD movies. An expert Coby Kyros MID9742 review by PC Mag likewise protests the absence of Google Play and adds that the tablet's performance is buggy. Applications sometimes stopped responding during testing, which necessitated restarts, and the interface occasionally lagged. The reviewer further states that the large display just doesn't compare quality-wise to that of the Nexus 7.

With a 9.7-inch screen, the Kyros MID9742 is the largest tablet we researched. It features a resolution of 1024x768 and boasts quite a few extras, such as support for Wi-Fi, an HDMI mini-out, a USB 2.0 port, a front-facing .3MP camera, and a rear-facing 2MP camera. The Kyros MID9742 uses the Android 4.0 operating system and runs on a single-core 1 GHz CPU. It comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

Where to buy

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$489.98
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$358.00
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$89.95
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Coby's Kyros is large and affordable, and sports more features than competing models, but its performance will likely leave you frustrated. The display isn't especially attractive at its native resolution and the 4:3 orientation simply isn't desirable for watching HD movies. This model seems to be nearing the end of its run but you may want to think twice even after it hits the resale market.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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