Pros I was immediately intrigued by its size, appearance and features. What really caught my attention was the price - just below $200. Another interesting touch which tweaked my interest was the A/V remote control feature - my Logitech Harmony just bit the
Cons The few things which I found to be a bit wanting are the heat generated when in WiFi mode, the unrealistic colors when playing a "flash" browser based video, and the fact the tablet won't connect to the 5GHz band on my router (it does connect at the lower
Summary All in all this is one of the best gadgets I've purchased (for the price). I expected less and recieved more! How often does that occur? I encourage you to go take a look and if you have a few hundred bucks - dive in! You won't be disappointed.
Pros Superior graphics, awesome audio, long-lasting power, real GPS, easily accessible controls, nWiFi, decent front camera, excellent touchscreen & sensor response, ... these bullets merely begin acknowledging my appreciation & the targets hit by the
Cons Dimensions & ports are unique so mainstream accessories & connections may be difficult to obtain. I indicated the actual dimensions in the summary; since they are rather unique, there is a marginal market for covers & cases. The USB port is al
Summary Actual dimensions (8.125" x 6.625" x 0.375") are different than CNET's. Just beginning to appreciate the VTAB1008 & expect a lot from it. So far I haven't had any deep misgivings, but the proprietary ports may be reconsidered as well as enhanced.
For this device's excellent capabilities, any restrictions & viewing angle issues ever purportedly noticed by others are likely due to media content that they played. The device seems to be underutilized with Android 2.3 versions; that could be why an enhanced interface was incorporated. While it seems that stylus use was an afterthought, I do enjoy writing notes although there are a variety of typing methods provided.
There is a warm spot noticed adjacent to the ports, even when WiFi is off, so that is likely the power supply when burdened by the load requirements. It's relieving that it's only relatively noticeable as I've checked other devices and they had absolute hot spots. That could be an issue VIZIO should be notified about whether action needs to be taken. Battery life seems substantial; a variety of power control methods are provided to ensure energy use is reasonably applied. A remote control feature seems to be one of the main apps included along with a several other decent apps & widgets, but while some included software is merely perfunctory at least there doesn't appear to be anything negligible or terribly undesirable.
So far the VTAB1008 has handled all apps that have been downloaded, although I have much more to go in order to enjoy this device for what it can provide or to determine the limitations. I would have liked for VIZIO to give more control over the performance, configuration, & personalization. I have got a handle on controlling applications & services but, while multitasking is not a consideration for my use of this device (if not a matter that I wanted to avoid), it would be reassuring to realize that resources are available & background consumption is either minimized or eliminated.
So in consideration for those restrictions imposed, I expect that VIZIO will show appreciation to keep the device updated & maintain my satisfaction if not heed my requests. Another update has been installed while I wrote this review & these are the device details: Android 2.3.2 GRH78C, Kernel 188.8.131.52+, Hardware ID: 5 (PVT1), Software V.I.A. Plus 1.3, Uboot ver 1.1.18, Build number 1.9.30.
Pros Netflix, Skype, email, text messages, remote control for almost any electronic device. HDMI output, plenty of Ram with a SD slot for more if needed. Compact and feels sturdy. GPS......
Cons Photo quality average.
No rear facing camera.
Summary I got this for my daughter for her Birthday and I have found myself really enjoying it. For those of you who do not like the UI, you can install Go Launcher and make it like any other Android device. For the price and features, I find it hard pressed to find another tablet any better. Aside from not having the rear facing camera option which in my opinion is a necessity for taking pictures, This VTAB performs well above average.
Pros I stream Netflix on it and the picture is great. Internet is faster than I thought it would be. Considering the price I paid for the tablet this does everything I need it to and more.
I can stream Netflix for about 3.5-4 hours on a charge.
Cons Battery charges a little slow. Wish it had more memory.
Pros Price, Size, Features. GPS, WIFI, SD slot.
Cons Screen Glare, have to find an anti-glare cover.
Summary Just what I was looking for, an alternative to IPAD. I wanted tablet with GPS for NAVIATOR app. Paid 200 easily compares to $600 IPAD. I don't want the 3G feature and this does not have it. GPS works great in the car and airplane. Perfect for Electronic Flight Bag. Looks like others found it too as the price has creeped up from $200 to $300+.