|07-21-2011, 01:54 AM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: On the other side of over there
Device: Pandigital Novel, Kindle G1 (broken), iPod Touch
Android Tablet Price Wars?
|08-25-2011, 03:13 PM||#3|
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: 39° 5' 30" N / 104° 52' 22" W
Device: Vizio VTAB1008
I've have my Vizio VTAB1008 for 3 days.
I just bought a Vizio three days ago. So far I like it a lot. I wanted a tablet smaller than 10".
The Vizio has locked up a couple of times when I tried to do several things, with non-standard apps very quickly; however, it is otherwise very stable. The initial home screen is, IMHO, too visually cluttered; however, I was able to install LauncherPro and suspect that other home screen programs will work too.
The keyboard function is easier for me to use than the iPad's keyboard. First and foremost much of the time you can type shifted symbols simply by pressing the key a bit longer. That REALLY helps reduce frustration and increase typing speed. There are other typing modes which I've yet to really explore.
The display is very nice. It is responsive and only occasionally a bit laggy. It is a capacitive, multi-touch screen. I don't know how many fingers it can sense at the same time; however, I rarely need more than two. My biggest complaint about the screen is that it is reflective and can be tricky to view when the ambient light is at a bad angle. Supposedly there are non-reflective screen protectors which might help with this issue.
The user facing camera is, um, not very special. Once Skype works on it I suspect it will be just OK for video conferencing. It is grainy. However, I am quite pleased it has a camera at all. When I want a better quality picture I'll use a camera or buy a more expensive Android device.
I have limited experience with Android devices. My first Android experience was with the Pandigital white Novel which isn't an android device I'd recommend. The Vizio's battery life isn't awesome; however, doing things like turning off unused services, WiFi!, will help increase the battery life and make it quite liveable. The battery is, so far, good for at least 8-10 hours of use. I'm using the device more than I likely will in the future so it may well last up to two days before it needs a charge. I'm not holding my breath though.
So, from me it's . For the money I give the Vizio VTAB1008 5 stars. It really sets a higher standard in its price range and puts, likely unwelcome, pressure on higher priced Android tablets to justify their price. Rumor has it that Vizio plans to release the Honeycomb Android OS sometime in the next few months. I'm looking forward to that.
|08-26-2011, 07:25 AM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Device: Kindle 5 Paperwhite and a Nook Simple Touch
I love the idea of a tablet but can't seem to rationalize the cost of them. I have a server in the basemenet and laptop that runs around all over the house. Would introduce a tablet except that I can't place third party software on it unless they are applets and this one is not.
|08-27-2011, 12:00 PM||#6|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Grass Valley, CA
Device: EB 1150, EZ Reader, Literati, iPad 2
|09-16-2011, 06:42 PM||#7|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Coast of Ohio
Device: Ectaco JBL, Archos 5, 7, 70, Kindle DXG, Craig 7, Vizio Vtab
I had been looking at the nook color for 2-3 months but let that vizio review by Lisa from mobiletechreview
talk me into the vizio 8 inch which I just received this last tuesday
other forums specific to the vizio
mention battery and heat issues which I have as well the heat can be reduced by turning virtually all apps not in use off, wifi, gps, sync, background data off and the screen brightness down and the battery usage gets slightly better, about 5-6 hours a charge (until the low battery warning comes up) running only ereaders (trying coolreader, moon+, fbreader, kobo, nook, and aldiko now) but still not at the 10? or 11? hours I thought I remembered from the adverts...
detailed review of vizio: http://www.slashgear.com/vizio-tablet-review-06168819/
and of course with my money already committed (even though I'm about 70% going to return the vizio for overall slowness and possible defective battery) it figures there is a one day nook color sale for $149 mentioned in todays cnet the cheapskate:
amazon is pretty good about returns so might take a chance and get the nook today before getting the refund started...
oh in short as an ereader the vizio is _okay_ it only freezes up about once an hour, the touch screen is a bit skittish and the bezel width isn't right for my thumb size: when I grip it my thumb overlaps over the screen an eighth? of an inch and the pages jump around
it played the two games I downloaded angry birds okay raging thunder poorly,
as that detailed review mentions it is sluggish when trying to do two things at once and the browsing speed was very slow for me, loading web pages, it reminded me of my webtv days from 1998
battery issues are pretty much my number one concern as my old archos 5 it 500gb is pretty much permanently tethered to an extension cord, I am wanting a more mobile device (yes, yes I could just cart the cord with me from outlet to outlet but some rooms the outlets be filled
edit-> after thought even though the cost has come down to about $290 the other faster more powerful 7 and 10 inchers are not too far from that price and if another $100 coupon deal like the one Staples had comes up again..... this "inbetweener" (size and price) might get passed over
oh it figures the one reason you might get this over another tablet as it is supposed to be an excellent IR remote -> no tv here
Last edited by tomereader; 09-16-2011 at 06:49 PM.
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