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Initial post: May 14, 2012 7:57:00 AM PDT
Ann says:
Has anyone had any experience with the Vizio VTAB1008 4GB Tablet?
It is a great price at Costco but this is my first tablet. I want it for travel in Europe for email, downloading photos and surfing. I will not be reading on it. Any advice?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:10:32 AM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Wow! They have seriously discounted that tablet. For what they are charging, I don't think you'll find a better tablet from a name you trust.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:44:44 AM PDT
Ann says:
Thanks for your speedy reply. I noticed on Vizio's website that they are charging $329 so I think the $189 price is quite good. You think it can do all the things on my wish list?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:48:06 AM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Very easily, Ann. Though, I would like you to clarify what you mean by "downloading photos," so we're on the same page.

Posted on May 14, 2012 9:05:17 AM PDT
Ann says:
I was told that it had a MicroSD card slot which can be used for SD cards from a camera. I am not very tech savvy but I think I understand the SD cards.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 9:19:19 AM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Ah, I see. Yes, it could. However, it only has 2GB of internal storage for the user, which would limit the amount pictures you could transfer from your camera's card to the device. Depending on the camera, that's not a terribly large amount of space, especially for an extended vacation. You may want to consider something with more space.

Posted on May 14, 2012 10:01:40 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
I bought a Visio tablet from Amazon some time ago. I think I paid $289 or close to that.

All in all I liked the tablet but I was never able to get video files to sync with their audio so I finally returned it. I kind of hated to do it because otherwise it was pretty nice.

They have a different interface than most Android tablets. The home screen is the applications drawer instead of the usual Android home screens. Those don't exist on this tablet. I really didn't care for that "feature" but it wasn't anything like a deal breaker for me. Other than that it was just great.


In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 11:28:41 AM PDT
Ann says:
I was told that I could add more memory. Any thought on that?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 11:37:53 AM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
You could, but, here is the problem - only one SD card slot. So, you add an SD card to add storage, but then have to take it out again to put in your camera's SD card that you want to pull pics from. Yes, you could juggle the two SD cards back and forth, copying the pics from the camera SD to the tablet's internal storage, and then back to the storage SD card, but it's not the most convenient thing in the world. I's suggest picking up a Lenovo Ideapad A1 or maybe the Blackberry Playbook for just a little more $. Both have 16GB of storage and an SD card slot, so you wouldn't need to juggle.

Posted on May 14, 2012 11:46:53 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
You can't add memory to a tablet, at least not any tablet I'm aware of. You can add storage in the form of a micro SD card.

(I just re-read what I wrote below and I'm afraid I got more techie than I meant to. I left it there in case you're interested but feel free to skim and find the parts that are meaningful :)

There's always a lot of confusion about that, I know. Memory is what the computer (a tablet is just a computer) uses while running programs. The program is placed in memory, where it runs, and when that program ends and another program runs it takes that place in memory. Memory also holds the data that the program deals with while running. That memory is also given to the next program that runs.

When you turn the computer off, memory is erased. The computer always starts with it's memory empty.

Storage, on the other hand, holds things while the computer is turned off. When you turn it back on all the stuff in storage is still there. The memory is clean.

In a PC storage traditionally means the hard drive and memory means RAM chips. In today's tablets, and even in some PC's, that distinction is getting a little less clear, but it's still just as important. Tablets use flash memory for storage since they don't have a hard drive. Flash memory is very different stuff than the RAM used for memory but they both have the name "memory" so that makes them seem more the same. They're not.

In an Android tablet the flash memory is like the hard drive. If you add a micro SD card you're adding a second hard drive, not making the first one larger. You can't do all the same things with it that you can do with the built-in storage. Just what you can and can't do with it depends on which tablet it is.

In the worst case, and most tablets aren't quite this bad, all you can do with the SD card is copy stuff from it into the main storage to use. In the best case, and this is as rare as the first case, you can't tell the difference.

Android 3 and Android 4 tablets won't let you install apps on an SD card. Android 2.3 tablets and above do let you do that if the app itself supports it. Nearly all, but not quite all, Android tablets will let you store video files and music files and books on an SD card and play them from there. A few apps won't let you do this even if Android does, but most will.

I think I probably put a 32 gig card and put movies on it and played them from the Visio when I had it. I don't actually recall if I did but that's one of the first things I do with a new tablet so I'm very sure I did. And if it hadn't worked okay I would have returned it sooner than I did because that's what I wanted it for. So it's very likely that won't be a problem.


Posted on May 14, 2012 11:58:06 AM PDT
Ann says:
Thanks to both of you for your input. I now know a lot more about it than I did before and will go back to searching for the right table.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 12:02:55 PM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Glad to help Ann. :)

Posted on May 15, 2012 4:46:21 PM PDT
L. Johns says:
I got a VTAB through a Woot deal for $149 and at the time thought that I couldn't go wrong at that price. Boy was I wrong! I have found the tablet to be almost unusable. It constantly freezes & force closes, it takes an unreasonable amount of time for it to load apps and I find that the screen often doesn't register when I tap something. Then to top all of that off I am only getting a couple hours at most of battery life. So I don't know if I just got a lemon but I am beyond unimpressed with this tablet and wouldn't recomend it to my worst enemy.

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:19:15 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
If you mean a Visio tablet I think you got a lemon. The one I had ran well and I didn't have any problems at all except that it wouldn't sync audio with video. I don't recall the battery life but it couldn't have been bad or I probably would remember that.


In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 2:31:05 PM PDT
Ann says:
Thanks, Barryem, I appreciate your response but I have given up on the Vizio tablet. Checking other options.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 7:02:35 PM PDT
Pamela says:
CS - You have a heart of gold. With so much tablet confusion I don't know what folks would do without your help. I know you've been a huge help to me. Thanks again from all of us!

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 9:07:20 PM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Aww, thanks, Pamela! More than a couple have been contacting me via email too. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 9:30:18 PM PDT
Pamela says:
You deserve it and you're very welcome.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 7:03:36 AM PDT
The default screen, as said below, is the application drawer. You can add a launcher from the app store and have a more normal looking tablet. The only thing I was unable to get to work right was the background. Sorry, no live wallpaper on this one. At least not that I was able to do. Otherwise, a nice tablet. I have an android Nook color, a standard Toshiba Thrive and two android phones. I like the screen for the Vizio, but I'd get the screen protector. Mine scratched rather easily.

Posted on May 18, 2012 9:06:42 AM PDT
Ann says:
Thanks everyone for your comments. I have decided to keep looking but everyone has been a great help to me because I am so confused about this.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 11:13:25 AM PDT
Pamela says:
It is confusing. Try making a list of wants, needs, and things you don't want. Read reviews, ask for help. That's what I did and it helped a lot. I made a spreadsheet so I could easily compare tablets and what their specs are.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 12:09:49 PM PDT
Ann says:
Thanks, Pamela. That is a very good suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 12:49:55 PM PDT
Pamela says:
Glad I could help. ;)

Posted on May 18, 2012 5:00:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2012 5:01:42 PM PDT
Ja Ja says:
can you play games llike wheel of fortune on a tablet?

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 6:44:57 PM PDT
Pamela says:
If there is an app available through Google Play, Amazon App Store, or any of the other various application stores, and the tablet can handle it. Be careful where you buy.
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