Review: Coby Kyros MID7127 Android Tablet

For Christmas I received a Coby Kyros MID7127 from my mother-in-law, which I picked out myself based upon some good reviews I have read beforehand. The tablet itself feels solid to the touch and everything works from a hardware point of view but it does have some software issues.

First thing to note is that the device comes with Android 2.3.3 and not 2.3.4 as advertised. It’s a very much cut down version of Android, it doesn’t come with Android market or any of the Google framework to allow connection to your Google account. Instead you get the GetJAR Market, which only has a small selection of apps to download compared to Android Market. the 7127 does not include the Google calendar or contacts app like more expensive tablets, such as the Galaxy tab.

It has another annoying problem with the Wi-Fi connectivity, it’s fine when first switched on, but if you let the device go to sleep, when it resumes, the Wi-Fi speed is reduced to 10% of what it was. Before the devices sleeps, the connection speed on my home network is nearly 12Mbit, after resuming I am getting less than 0.5Mbit, the only way to fix the issue is to reboot the device. However I have found an app that seems to fix the issue, the app is called Advanced WiFi Lock Free and is available from Android Market, Advanced WiFi Lock also solves the secondary problem of the MID7127 constantly waking from sleep, which is a massive drain on on battery power!

Performance wise, it’s great, it’s 1Ghz CPU does a solid job, I’ve noticed no slowdown after two days of use, battery life is fairly good, you’ll get between 4 & 5 hours constant use between charges. The MID7127 comes with 4GB of flash storage build into the device (3GB available) and features a microSD card slot to expand the device upto 35GB (32GB card + 3GB internal).

The front facing camera output quality is fine for video calling but don’t expect great looking photographs, it’s designed for video calling and nothing more, but that’s what I expected given it’s $180 price tag. But the camera is next to useless for video calling as it doesn’t work with popular video calling application, Skype, it does voice calling well enough but video does not work, even with the very latest version of the software, Skype thinks the MID7127 has a rear facing camera instead of front facing camera. The 7in screen is bright and easy to read boasting a resolution of 800×480 in 16:9 widescreen. The capacitive touchscreen is very responsive, only a very light touch is required and after two days of use, it has only failed to recognise a handful of keypresses.

The MID7127 has stereo speakers built into the device but the overall volume is disappointing, even at maximum volume, it’s very hard to understand what is being said in movies, so a set of powered speakers or headphones will be required unless you happen to be in the world’s quietest environment. Video quality is acceptable, although it’s a little washed out overall. Music playback is much the same as any Android device, but the music player does lack any EQ or effects settings like my Exhibit 4G phone. The sound is fairly balanced, but bass tones tend to be on the light side, however plug in the supplied headphones and things sound much better, good all round tone.

I would definitely recommend the MID7127, it’s a great little device for it’s price point. It’ll work fine out of the box for many people but for power users like myself it may fall a little short, but there are ways to add the Google Framework, Android Market and other Google Apps. As I write this, I have not found a way to add Google contacts or calendar to the MID7127 but the default calendar does sync with your Google account. You can find a how to guide at, which walks you through rooting, installing Android Market and Clockworkmod Recovery. I recommend that you do installed CWM Recovery and make a backup. I broke my MID7127 twice while trying various hacks, booting into CWM has saved my sanity numerous times in the past!

Update [August 11, 2012]: Having owned the Coby Kyros 7127 for eight months, my views on this device has changed somewhat. First of all, all the hacking that needs to be done to get basic Android features like Google Calendar sync and Play (formerly Android Market) is way too much for many people, I have “bricked” and “unbricked” the 7127 half a dozen times, testing out different ROM’s to be able to get features than come as standard on Samsung’s tablets for example. The operation of the 7127 after installing a dozen or so applications, such as Gmail, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus etc is very sluggish, even from a fresh boot; and this is after I have reverted to the original ROM with added Google framework for Market and Gmail functionality. Not only that, I get random reboots while using some apps, such as Angry Birds and even Firefox browser, which both work perfectly on my wife and I’s Android phones. After eight months, I have to say that I wouldn’t recommend a Coby tablet to anyone, you’ll be better off getting the new Google Nexus 7 tablet for $200; it has all the Android features you’d expect along with the latest version of Android (4.1). Obviously when I wrote the original review, I recommended it at the $200 price point; as the Samsung Galaxy Tab was double the price of the Coby Kyros range, but now you can get that same level of performance from the Nexus 7 from Google for $200, I see Coby devices dropping in price very quickly given the Nexus 7 tablet!

14 thoughts on “Review: Coby Kyros MID7127 Android Tablet

  • Atif
    April 26, 2012 at 07:13

    How can we check the internal memory avaiable. When I see from the storage tab it totals to 260 Mb (used + free) though the product said it is 512 MB.
    So is the rest used by the device in additon to 1 GB from the 4GB

  • Hi, Atif, to check your RAM; goto Settings >> Applications >> Storage Use, press on the “Running” tab on the right, at the bottom of the screen you’ll see RAM usage, mine only shows 348MB total, I can only assume the remaining 164MB is reserved for Android system use. For other storage figures, go to Settings >> Storage and you’ll see NAND Settings which should total 3.08GB and SD Card Settings, which will total the capacity of your SD Card if installed. But don’t confuse RAM with storage, two very different things, the 512MB quoted in the specs is RAM, the 4GB is Secure Digital storage, in this case called NAND. I Hope this helps.

  • chantal
    April 26, 2012 at 22:51

    does anybody have a backup file for coby kyros mid7127 if so email please thankks

  • I have a stock recovery for the Coby Kyros MID7127 with the addtion of Quickboot that you can download from this site, but I offer this recovery without any warranty, use it at your own risk. It’s a clockwork mod recovery backup that I downloaded from another source about three months ago, I can’t find the original source any more, so have upload it here!


  • chantal
    April 27, 2012 at 09:35

    ok thamks……its cant make it worst it wont even boot rite now

  • For people that have ‘bricked’ their Coby Kyros MID7127; watch this video below, it shows how to unbrick you device from various states of Brickedness…

    – I used this method myself after installing a bad image!

  • chantal
    April 27, 2012 at 10:51

    md5 mismatch .. :(

  • I have explained to Chantal via Email but I will repeat here for everyone, to restore the stock recovery I posted above, you’ll need to be using Clockwork Mod Recovery v4, not v5!

  • Cesar Salazar
    June 27, 2012 at 23:26

    Thanks your files save my kyros!!!

  • chad
    December 6, 2012 at 08:35

    anyone have the stock for the 7127?

  • Unfortunately not; I have not seen an actual for this device in my travels around the Internet; I have a Clockwork Mod Recovery file for the MID7127, the link is a couple of comments further up the page, sorry I can’t help you further.

  • Steve Buttabi
    October 17, 2013 at 14:54

    any have a files for fwdn support of this tablet?

  • bernardo saenz
    January 12, 2014 at 10:36

    hola , buenos dias, necesito que me colaboren donde púedo conseguir el software para mi tableta coby kyros mid7127 android. muchas gracias por su ayuda.

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