"Does what I use a tablet for."4.0 starson by Allison_Wunderland
Pros: USB port, SD Expansion slot to 32 Gb. No carrier/service obligation. COST ! ! ! CostCo price: $189.99. We'd give it a perfect five-star rating if it had a back facing camera, more memory, wider view angle display -- Then it's an iPod and cost $600.
Cons: No back facing camera. Evidently no service/repair options.
Summary: I own an iPod Touch, 32 Gb. The iPod is where I store my music, use the camera/video function. Up until the Vizio Tablet VTAB1008, I've been using the iPod Touch as an "on the road" WiFi access device when motorcycling. The iPod does everything I need to do, but the screen is too small to seriously "surf" online. The Touch keyboard is small too, and difficult to poke out any sort of message beyond a 140 character "Tweet."Purchased this tablet. Returned it to the vendor in less than an hour. (We wish the product was not bolted to a display that prevents looking at features (like the SD and USB ports).
I looked at NetBooks -- 11" Acer Aspire One; half the size of my 15.4 laptop. I'm looking for something to fit in a Harley Davidson saddle bag, and a 15" laptop takes up all the space. 11" NetBook cuts the space consumption in half, but an 8" tablet takes up nearly no space at all. (And I have cargo pockets on pants it will slip into.)
No moving parts, I worry about motorcycle vibration and laptop keyboards, disk drives. Solid state flash memory eliminates those concerns.
Mostly, it's an affordable solution to what I need on the road. I have the iPod as a complementary device . . . The Vizio Tablet VTAB1008 offers usable screen size, ample storage (with an SD chip). I don't store my tunes on the tablet, no videos, no photos. What I need on the road is an 8" screen where I can check email, log into WiFi, FaceBook, surf the web, use maps, weather.
It's a larger screen complement to the iPod -- WITH a USB slot, which is a feature the $500 iPad doesn't offer.
CostCo is selling the Vizio Tablet VTAB1008 for $189.99, and they stock SD chips too.
Updated on Apr 26, 2012
USB port on this tablet is a "mini" USB -- basically the terminal for the charger -- it DOES NOT support USB plug ins like a flash drive or other device.
SD slot is hidden on the edge of the frame.
The tablet wouldn't set up, wouldn't recognize my existing Google acct. I kept getting messages: "Your phone acct. is not set up to transfer data." It IS set up to transfer data.
Chat support gave me a "ticket number" and told me to call Tech. Support. Tech Support.
Tablet kept going into "sleep mode." Wouldn't shut down, wouldn't re-boot, wouldn't set up.
After maybe a half-dozen attempts, Tech Support dropped my call. I suspect they're on a time/quota system and felt they were spending too much time with me.
Couldn't set up, crashed out of the box, poor Tech. Support.