Coby Kyros MID1060 hands-on review

Since the new Coby Kyros MID1060 was just announced at CES 2013 less than a month ago and it does not seemed to be available for purchase yet, I was more than a little surprised on Monday, when I picked up the Spar store flyer from my mailbox. There it was – the Coby Kyros MID1060-8 (8GB version) – available for purchase from Wednesday Feb 6 2013 at Spar stores in Slovenia for EUR 169 ($228), with an included 8GB microSD SDHC card, for a total of 16GB storage. The 169 EUR includes VAT tax at 20%, so an equivalent US price (without sales tax) would be around $199.

I was checking the web on Tuesday, but found almost no info about 1060 – only the FCC documentation and an article mentioning it was just announced at CES. I checked the specs mentioned in the flyer and comparing them to similar devices on Amazon.de, the price seemed more than OK. I decided to buy one.

I got to my local Spar in Ljubljana at 11 am and they still had enough of them…

First impression
The unit is sturdy, quite good looking and quality built. About 10 mm (0.4 in) thick, relatively heavy. Screen is bright and crisp, stereo sound from dual speakers is quite loud. Compared to MID1060, the MID7022 I bought last year is a piece of plastic crap… 1060 really does look and feel like a $400+ device.  Image of the box taken with MID1060 2 MP main camera:
MID1060_box_front

Powering up
Turning the MID1060-8 on revealed the fact about zero Google apps installed (no surprise, a standard for Coby) – Clockwork is installed though, hint, hint ;-). You get into recovery mode by holding “-” volume button while powering device on. WLAN works OK, Bluetooth was able to pair with my phone and laptop, HDMI output works great in 1080p (50 Hz) mode with my Panasonic plasma, both cameras work OK (main camera is 2 MP fixed focus only, no LED…), Skype video works, FullHD movie playback over HDMI works…

I installed GT Racer HD app, but it says not compatible with device – lack of acceleration sensor I guess? Angry Birds Star Wars works great though… UPDATE: MID1060 does have an acceleration sensor!

Device charges through micro USB, which was a surprise (MID7022 only charges through power jack), but the charging through main power connector is faster – about 25 % per hour for a total charge time of 4-5 h. Battery life seems quite good. 75 minutes of video, browsing, photos, video Skype, etc. drained the battery to 80%. 5-6 h battery life could be expected (with low screen brightness), which is quite OK. BTW: mine was set to Polish language out of the box…

MID1060-8 specs and features
10.1″ 1280 x 800 multi touch capacitive touchscreen
Dual core A9 CPU, 1200 MHz
1 GB RAM
8 GB Flash (2 GB for Apps)
VGA front camera – works OK
2 MP fixed focus main camera – works, but no surprises about quality…
Mic and Stereo speakers, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Micro USB – also charges device (main power jack is separate)
MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Mini HDMI (up to 1080p)
Volume and reset buttons
Android 4.0.4

Pros
– metal housing, sturdy, no gaps, heavy, good looking
– USB charging + “standard” Coby round plug
– Bluetooth
– 2 cameras
– HDMI
– microSD expansion slot
– quite fast at 1.2 GHz, dual core (AnTuTu benchmark: 8000)
– recovery mode built in (sort of; no backup/restore though)
has accelerometer (test it with Fire truck driver from GetJar)
good battery life – around 6 hrs of use (browsing, some gaming, video playback)

Cons
no accelerometer (most probably), only screen tilt sensor
– no GPS
– no compass
– no Google apps (can be solved)
– could not transfer files through Bluetooth – don’t know if file transfer is even supported?
– only 4.0.4 Android – will be upgraded I guess as older Coby tablets were

Conclusion
A nice device, much better than MID7022 (and not that much more expensive), sturdy, quality built with right feature set. At this price, it is a bargain :)

2 Images taken with MID1060 2 MP camera:

MID1060_box_back

MID1060_sdcard

Some more images of coby Kyros MID1060-8

8mp_MID1060_front
8mp_MID1060_box
8mp_MID1060_box_back

32 Comments

1
ghost
Thursday 7 February 2013 - 4:55 am

I agree with you for that price it’s a decent tablet. I also agree with the Pros, but for me the only cons are no accelerometer and google apps.

2
HSOUSA
Friday 8 February 2013 - 9:41 am

I like ‘no Google apps (can be solved)’ :-)
Any tip about how to do this on mid1060-16gb?
Regards

3
ali_baba
Saturday 9 February 2013 - 3:44 am

Hi,

I have also bought that device in LJ Spar, but now I am wondering how to get working Google Apps on coby 1060. Searching thru the NET gives me no real findings. Can you help?

P.S: nice review and thanks

4
Cartoon
Sunday 10 February 2013 - 7:29 pm

hello,

I got my unit two weeks ago. It is working properly. I got it rooted already. I have the play store etc installed.

5
admin
Monday 11 February 2013 - 1:30 am

You have it rooted? mind to describe how?

6
admin
Monday 11 February 2013 - 1:32 am

Actually, I found out it has the accelerometer! Been playing “Fire Truck Driver” (downloaded from GetJar) and accelerometer works nicely!

7
Cartoon
Monday 11 February 2013 - 1:52 am

I am playing Temple Run 2.

8
Cartoon
Monday 11 February 2013 - 1:59 am

Admin,

I found this file ‘Root_with_Restore_by_Bin4ry_v18’ while searching the web to root my MID1060, then I followed instructions to root.

I forgot the website. Just search for it.

9
admin
Monday 11 February 2013 - 2:57 am

OK, thanks
Were you able to backup the stock configuration?

10
HSOUSA
Monday 11 February 2013 - 10:53 am

Cartoon,

thank you for your help.
After running Root_with_Restore_by_Bin4ry_v18 you were able to install play store?

regards

11
ali_baba
Tuesday 12 February 2013 - 1:00 am

I would be pleased if you can share some further information Cartoon. I am afraid I can do something wrong and turn tablet to brick. I need to get gapps works on Coby…please!

12
matjaz
Tuesday 12 February 2013 - 1:10 am

Cartoon,

i tried to root with root_with_restore_by_BIN4yr_v18 did you select 2 option(for tablet and similar)? I tried but device won’t restart by itself… which gapps did you use to install?

regards

13
ghost
Tuesday 12 February 2013 - 6:32 am

Cartoon,

I followed the video instructions (on youtube) but I get stuck when I have to press restore my data for the 2nd time and nothing happens. How did you manage to complete the process?

14
Cartoon
Tuesday 12 February 2013 - 11:56 am

I don’t know if the following zip files had also helped because I also flashed these without error and nothing happened after flashing:
su-bin-3.1.1-arm-signed
Superuser-3.1.3-arm-signed
PhilZ-cwm6-XXLSC-XJB-3.99-signed

Until I found the ‘Root_with_restore……’ and install it and Sucessful….. I hope those zip files will help you all.

This is the gapps that I used:
gapps-ics-20120429-signed

As usual, just search those files in the web.

15
ali_baba
Tuesday 12 February 2013 - 12:42 pm

Coby 1065 is google certified…it is the same HW device as Coby 1060… I hope some cross device flashing would be available soon

http://www.cobyusa.com/?p=prod&prod_num_id=10691&pcat_id=3001

BTW: still no coby 1060 model on CobyUsa site

16
jole
Wednesday 13 February 2013 - 1:37 am

Got my at Spar store also. Anyone else got this working? I maneged to get talk, youtbe and maps working, no google store and sync thoug.

17
HSOUSA
Wednesday 13 February 2013 - 10:31 am

My short story with Coby USA:

Sent: 31/Jan/2013 10:29
To: ‘techsupport@cobyusa.com’; ‘consumercare@cobyusa.com’

Dear Sirs,

just bought a coby m1060 (@portugal) and would like to know if there is a reason why i can’t find it in the oficial site and if there is a way to install play store?

From: Mike Hardial [mailto:mike_hardial@cobyusa.com]
Sent: 8/Feb/2013 15:57

Our products does not support google play.

ali_baba, you say that Coby 1065 is google certified?
One thing is certain, they don’t care much about customers…

18
admin
Wednesday 13 February 2013 - 11:20 am

While Android OS is open source and license free for any manufacturer to install on their devices, Google applications are not.
Play, Maps, Gmail, etc. cost money – manufacturers need to make licensing deals with Google to be allowed to install these apps on their device. MID1065 might have the same HW but with Google apps installed – and be more expensive because of that.

19
HSOUSA
Thursday 14 February 2013 - 2:34 am

Admin,

you are completely right. My only question is that COBY answered me some days ago that “Our products does not support google play” :-)
I bought the tablet for my son’s birthday so I don’t want to mess much with it rooting and running unsafe software.
I will wait for a better solution.

20
Ghost
Thursday 14 February 2013 - 11:10 am

Just like HSOUSA

I bought mine in Portugal after finding out that Google play store was missing. I sent an e-mail to Coby USA because the MID7065 is going to have a Google license. I asked them if the MID1060 is also going to get a Google license.

This is the answer from Coby

“We do not have any plans of google play on your model.”

They just left us (MID1060 users) hanging dry. This is how they care. So for me never again a Coby product.

21
HSOUSA
Friday 15 February 2013 - 2:53 am

Well, I didn’t mean it is a bad tablet and I agree with everything ADMIN said :-)
I still think it has a very good relation relation between cost and features.
I also belive that google play lack can be soon and safely solved. As a brand, they should improve the customer relationship.

22
Poretga99
Monday 18 February 2013 - 9:42 am

hey… i have the same problem… i stucked after 2nd restore… can you take a video of your rooting proces? It would be very helpful. I’m surfing on xda and i havent found any solution and I can’t reply on forum so I can’t tell about my problem. If anyone know how to root, please tell us.

23
Thursday 21 February 2013 - 5:54 am

Use the files in this link to root device, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2146226

24
matjaz
Wednesday 27 February 2013 - 7:49 am

Are you 100% sure that this won’t brick device? Did you try on Coby Kyros 1060. Thanks

25
Matjaz
Thursday 28 February 2013 - 4:59 am

I tried. it roots OK. How is it now with installation GAPPS? I tried to install trough recovery, but there is no google play, etc…

26
Ghost
Saturday 9 March 2013 - 1:36 am

@Toni

Thanks for the link. I’ve used crystal_root and now I have superSU installed, but I still don’t know if my tablet is rooted. I tried to install gapps and still no playstore. I tried to install gapps manually by copying the files into the system folder. It didn’t work because I was not able to paste the files I just go the msg copy faild. For those who manage to install gapps can you let us know how u did it.

27
Ghost
Friday 19 April 2013 - 10:15 pm

This is 4 all the ppl who are still strugling with the mid1060. I manage to get gapps working. I used the file from the link that Toni shared with us to root my tablet. I don’t know if I’m allowed to post what I did to get it work. If anyone still needs some help. I will be happy to share it you guys.

28
MaedaKeiji
Sunday 5 May 2013 - 8:52 am

HSOUSA Ghost Hi just bought the Coby MID1060-16 yesterday for my wife. I was like you guys sad for not having google apps, but with a few trick’s got it working and running fine. Just follow this tutorial http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/coby-generation-4/54157-coby-kyros-mid1060.html

Go to the final page if get stuck in the “build.prop” part. If you have any questions be ate ease to put them there :)

29
SEBEK
Wednesday 15 May 2013 - 8:17 am

Is it possible to install google play?

30
Rafael
Saturday 1 June 2013 - 7:09 am

Hey Ghost, can you share with me what you did to get the MID1060 working with Gapps? My email is rafasfernandes@hotmail.com, send me an email please.
Thank you :)

31
revolt
Saturday 8 June 2013 - 4:49 pm

@Ghost

I’m also from Portugal and I bought Coby 7060 which doesn’t have google play store also. 7065 model has.
Can you please help me installing it?

Thank you.

32
Italian_Dreamer
Thursday 27 June 2013 - 8:18 am

Yhea, I use the same Procedure and it worked, although I Would Like to ask all guys if you have sound issues after Suspension. The Sound don’t work until it reboot. Anyone have this kind of problem?? And with Google apps, can you install app like google earth trough the market?? or even mapps?
The market said that my device is not compatible with that app(Mid1060)
Strange!!

Best Regard



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