|Screen Size||8 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 768 pixels|
|Max Screen Resolution||1024 x 768 pixels|
|RAM||0.512 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||4 GB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||10 hours|
VIZIO 8-Inch Tablet with WiFi - VTAB1008
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- Android 2.3, 8 inches Display
- VIA ARM 610 1 GHz
- 4 GB Flash Memory, 0.5 GB RAM Memory
- 2.5 pounds
- Android 2.3 operating system, 1 GHz Processor.
- 512 MB Mmemory, 4 GB (2 GB user accessible), microSD memory cards up to 32 GB.
- 8-inch LED-backlit LCD with multi-touch capabilities.
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Keep entertainment freedom at your fingertips with the VIZIO 8" Tablet with WiFi. Featuring a high definition 8" touchscreen -it's your movies, TV shows and music in a thin, ultra-light design. Stay ahead of the game with hundreds of thousands of apps from the Android Market. Part of the VIZIO Internet Apps Plus experience, the VIZIO Tablet offers an elegant, easy-to-use user interface. It redefines entertainment with more choice, more fun, more freedom for all. Its universal remote app controls everything in your home theater, while its built-in HDMI port enables HD video output to your TV. Three strategically placed speakers deliver stereo audio in landscape and portrait modes for movies, music, games or video chats. Built-in 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth capability offer optimum connectivity, a front facing camera makes it ideal for video chats, and you can store all your media thanks to 2GB of internal storage with a MicroSD card slot for added space. Now that’s entertainment freedom.
Top Customer Reviews
After doing some research on the VTab, I decided to buy it a few days later. Sure, the VTab isn't dual core and doesn't have a lot of features, but at under $300, it seemed like a good deal. I brought it home that night and quickly started downloading all of my favorite apps...well, the ones available for it, anyway.
There are a lot of apps I use all the time that don't show up in the Android Market for the VTab. Not being able to download TouchDown, which I use to access our Exchange email and calendaring system at work, nearly had me repackaging the device and returning it that very day. Fortunately TouchDown's publisher had a direct download link on its website and I was able to install using that without a problems (and the app works great).
The TouchDown experience gave me an idea: I knew that the Astro file manager (which I had installed on my phone) allowed me to back up my apps to my SD card. So I backed up everything I couldn't install on the tablet and transferred the resultant apk files to the tablet via my laptop. Using Astro on the tablet, I was able to open and manually install the apps and all of the ones I tried worked, except for Facebook.
I wasn't crazy about the custom Vizio launcher screen, so I quickly installed Launcher Pro as it was the only launcher I could find that was available in the Market. I wasn't crazy about it either, so I was extremely happy to see that Go Launcher Ex worked just fine after side loading it via the process noted above. Having certain widgets available to me, front-and-center, all the time was important, so I'm glad I wasn't stuck with the default interface.
After a couple weeks of use, I've been pretty happy with the VTab. The screen size is just right for reading (I've used an iPad before and I don't think I'd be comfortable using it as, for instance, an e-reader) and the weight (probably about 2 pounds with the case on) isn't too bad. Battery life seems decent (it gets me through the day, but the battery is kind of low by the time I get home), but we'll give it the true test when I head off to a conference next month.
At this point I haven't done too much with video, but I have watched a number of YouTube videos and they always play smooth and sound good. The orientation sensing speakers are a nice touch. Having a browser available in meetings to show off work on projects is helpful; I'm thinking about getting an HDMI to VGA adapter so that I can connect the tablet to our conference room projectors to make that even easier. I haven't tried to set up any video chat software, so I can't comment on that apparently lacking feature.
I set up the remote control app to control all of my home electronics and just about everything works--even my old bookshelf stereo that I got back in middle school, some 20+ years ago. The only thing that didn't was my off-brand VCR, but I haven't used it in probably 10 years, so I'm not too upset. Using the tablet as a remote is kind of bulky, so I doubt I'll do it often, but I could see it being handy in a pinch.
It seems, from every review I've read, everyone seems to love this tablet or hates it. For those that dislike it, many seem to have a misunderstanding of Android in the first place. Android is not iOS and Android tablets will never work the same as an iPad. Both systems have pros and cons, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Android/iOS debate is as hot as the Windows/Mac debate in a few years.
The lack of support by apps is more on the part of the app developers and how they set up their application manifest in the Android Market, and not so much on the device. Though I have no experience with other Android tablets, I suspect that they, too, may suffer from this same issue.
The VTab1008 is, IMHO, a great option for anyone looking to but a first tablet without spending a lot of money. Despite its hardware shortcomings it runs very well (and, if you think about it, it has a ton more power than an average desktop PC did 10-12 years ago!), and its multimedia features are impressive. If you are just looking for something to use for web surfing, checking email, playing a few games, and occasionally watching a movie, this tablet is a great option.
-What I like about the tablet is it is small enough to mount in a car and load all kinds of music and video on.
-You can also use it for hands free calling-well, after the tap of an app that is- because it has Bluetooth.
-It is awsome for reading in the Kindle app and also for pdfs. I can print feeds to primopdf and read them on the go, or just upload pdf books to read.
-You can use it as an alarm clock if vacationing.
-Use it for generally organizing notes and other things you need to remember.
-It has built in GPS so it can connect to the satelites for navigation while driving.
-It can replace alot of devices if you're looking to find one device with multiple purposes.
-There is not much I don't like about the tablet. I would like to see better free apps on the android market so as to find more uses for the tablet.
-Over all the four stars is because there is no way to connect it to the cell towers like the iPad, and the GPS sometimes can only connect to one or two satelites if any(This is also due to my location) so it's GPS is not incredibly strong. But save a google map while on wifi and you've got your directions anyway.
-IN A NUTSHELL
If you're thinking about buying this tablet for just the fun of having a tablet, then it is a very fair price for what you can do with it. It is not as crisp and beautiful, or as large a screen size as the iPad, but you're paying alot less. Basically if you're not planing on using it as a reading device,vehicle entertainment/ GPS, maybe a remote control, or just an alternative to the iPad, then you may want to rethink before you buy. I personally have found many uses for it and would recommend it for any one with simular needs for a tablet device. And Vizio makes great products.
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If I had known this tablet was going to just frustrate me on it's quality of processing speed/ lag, I would've just purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Better features with a dual core processor chip. The only plus about this Vizio tablet is the hdmi port, yet it does not make up for the slow speed and it's poor quality front facing camera (no rear camera either). Go buy the SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 2 FOR $200 or buy a HDTV ON AMAZON AND THE GALAXY TAB 2 IS FREE!