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Vizio Tablet review

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5.5/10
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The Vizio Tablet currently has an Informr score of 5.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Vizio’s take on the Android tablet isn’t fit to go up against the best of the best in its class or price range, but it certaintly holds its own when viewed from the first-time-tablet-buyer’s standpoint. The Vizio Tablet is definitely not the most advanced Android tablet there is in the market. However, while it may feature entry-level specs, it’s also good for entry-level users, who are perhaps unfamiliar with Android and want to learn what it feels like to use the Android software first-hand.

The highlights include an 8-inch 1024x768 pixel resolution multi-touch color display, built-in VGA camera, 1GHz single-core processor, 4GB of onboard storage, HDMI-out, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and microSD card support. It certainly does not have the most impressive list of specs, but its hardware features can at least be put to good use with the help of the pre-installed software. Android 2.3 Gingerbread comes pre-loaded on the Vizio Tablet, and it can be modified to your heart’s desire if you have a little knowledge of rooting.

Because of the fact that it uses a single-core processor and doesn’t have battery hungry features such as 4G LTE network support, it manages to last over 10 hours of use per full charge. That’s definitely going to be enough for an entire day of heavy use, with more juice left than necessary to get to a nearby USB port to recharge. And speaking of the USB port, it can function as a host, enabling users to use peripherals like keyboards or even a USB mouse with the tablet on Android 2.3.

It’s easy to see how this Vizio Tablet might be an attractive choice for those who want a no-frills Android mobile computer. And due to the fact that its retail price is in the neighborhood of $200, it offers a lot of bang for the buck. For someone who needs an Android computer that’s as easy to use as it is affordable, this should deliver.

Need To Know: Vizio Tablet

1. Use of single-core processor makes 10+ hour battery life possible. (The Good)

2. Price is very affordable for the overall feature-set. (The Good)

3. Pre-installed software is outdated and can only be upgraded officially up to Android 3.2 Honeycomb. (The Bad)

4. Most of the Vizio Tablet’s hardware features pale in comparison with the specs on some of its similarly-priced competitors. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
8"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Computer Shopper

Overall, the Vizio 8" Tablet is an attractive entry-level alternative to the more mainstream Honeycomb tablets, especially compared with what's available today. It's even more attractive when you look at it from the perspective of Vizio's plans to create its own V.I.A. Plus platform and its future i...

- William Harrel, Computer Shopper
Gizmodo

It's cheap, for an Android tablet. $300! Unfortunately, there's just a lot of better stuff out there. The upcoming Kindle Fire is going to be only $200 and well, it's going to be way better. If you reeeeally wanted a tablet with remote control features, the Sony Tablet S has the same IR blaster but...

- Brent Rose, Gizmodo
PC Magazine

The Vizio Tablet gets big points for being something different, and for adding functionality—a universal remote—that’s legitimately unique in the tablet space. But the tablet simply doesn’t perform well enough to measure up to its tablet competitors.

- David Pierce, PC Magazine
Laptop Magazine

Among Android tablets, Vizio's 8-Inch Tablet is worth a look if you want a slate that can control your home theater. However, the design and performance of this device leave something to be desired. It's a little more money, but we prefer the Acer Iconia Tab A100, which offers better performance, An...

- Brian Oliver Bennett , Laptop Magazine
PCWorld

The Vizio VTAB1008 is neither sleek nor cutting edge, but it is usable. The universal remote feature, while not best implementation I've seen of this feature, is a compelling extra not found on most rival tablets. If you're constrained by a tight budget, like the idea of a universal remote, and want...

- Melissa J. Perenson, PCWorld


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Screen Size
8"

The Vizio Tablet's screen size is 8 inches with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 2.3 operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown
Vizio's performance ratings are 1 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Vizio Tablet Specs

Overview
Release date July 22, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3

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Secondary OS No
Processor 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 1 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.6 x 16.8 x 1.2 cm (8.1 x 6.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 544 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, GIF, JPG
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Vizio VTAB1008, Vizio Via, Vizio 8 Tablet

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Critic Reviews


Computer Shopper

Its outdated OS and slow processor limit its appeal

from Computer Shopper

Overall, the Vizio 8" Tablet is an attractive entry-level alternative to the more mainstream Honeycomb tablets, especially compared with what's available today. It's even more attractive when you look at it from the perspective of Vizio's plans to create its own V.I.A. Plus platform and its futur...More

Overall, the Vizio 8" Tablet is an attractive entry-level alternative to the more mainstream Honeycomb tablets, especially compared with what's available today. It's even more attractive when you look at it from the perspective of Vizio's plans to create its own V.I.A. Plus platform and its future integration with the company's other entertainment devices. At face value, the Vizio 8" Tablet is a good deal. But even though it's superior to its immediate competition, it's still an outdated Android tablet. Until Vizio fleshes out the rest of its V.I.A. Plus ecosystem and upgrades the operating system, we'll have a hard time recommending it for most consumers.

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Gizmodo

Thick, heavy and perfect as a couch tablet

from Gizmodo

It's cheap, for an Android tablet. $300! Unfortunately, there's just a lot of better stuff out there. The upcoming Kindle Fire is going to be only $200 and well, it's going to be way better. If you reeeeally wanted a tablet with remote control features, the Sony Tablet S has the same IR blaster but it's much faster and more palmable

Read full review

It's cheap, for an Android tablet. $300! Unfortunately, there's just a lot of better stuff out there. The upcoming Kindle Fire is going to be only $200 and well, it's going to be way better. If you reeeeally wanted a tablet with remote control features, the Sony Tablet S has the same IR blaster but it's much faster and more palmable

Read full review

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PC Magazine

It's not powerful enough to compete with the best tablets out there

from PC Magazine

The Vizio Tablet gets big points for being something different, and for adding functionality—a universal remote—that’s legitimately unique in the tablet space. But the tablet simply doesn’t perform well enough to measure up to its tablet competitors.

Read full review

The Vizio Tablet gets big points for being something different, and for adding functionality—a universal remote—that’s legitimately unique in the tablet space. But the tablet simply doesn’t perform well enough to measure up to its tablet competitors.

Read full review

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Laptop Magazine

It's held back by sluggish performance

from Laptop Magazine

Among Android tablets, Vizio's 8-Inch Tablet is worth a look if you want a slate that can control your home theater. However, the design and performance of this device leave something to be desired. It's a little more money, but we prefer the Acer Iconia Tab A100, which offers better performance,...More

Among Android tablets, Vizio's 8-Inch Tablet is worth a look if you want a slate that can control your home theater. However, the design and performance of this device leave something to be desired. It's a little more money, but we prefer the Acer Iconia Tab A100, which offers better performance, Android Honeycomb, and a back-facing camera in a lighter, more attractive package.

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PCWorld

A pleasant surprise at a value price

from PCWorld

The Vizio VTAB1008 is neither sleek nor cutting edge, but it is usable. The universal remote feature, while not best implementation I've seen of this feature, is a compelling extra not found on most rival tablets. If you're constrained by a tight budget, like the idea of a universal remote, and w...More

The Vizio VTAB1008 is neither sleek nor cutting edge, but it is usable. The universal remote feature, while not best implementation I've seen of this feature, is a compelling extra not found on most rival tablets. If you're constrained by a tight budget, like the idea of a universal remote, and want a tablet yesterday, the Vizio tablet is worth a look. How long you'll be satisfied with it will depend in large measure on how Google handles Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Android Central

It's very well made, and while the software is a bit odd feeling, on the whole it peforms well

from Android Central

I'll cut right to the chase -- this thing is less than $300.  If you are expecting something on the level of the Xoom or the Tab 10.1, you'll be disappointed.  On the other hand, tablets in this price range aren't exactly spectacular, and the Vizio stands head and shoulders above most.&...More

I'll cut right to the chase -- this thing is less than $300.  If you are expecting something on the level of the Xoom or the Tab 10.1, you'll be disappointed.  On the other hand, tablets in this price range aren't exactly spectacular, and the Vizio stands head and shoulders above most.  Go into the purchase with the right expectations, and I think you'll be pleased.  It's very well made, and while the software is a bit odd feeling, on the whole it preforms well.  For the kids, or the less technically inclined parents in your life, this would be a great choice, and at the right price.

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Mobile Tech Review

It's relatively user friendly as Android tablets go

from Mobile Tech Review

Advanced Android users likely won't be as enamored with Vizio's UI simplifications, but they'll likely find a way to root the tablet and tweak it to their needs. That said, the hardware features and specs won't win over geeks who want the fastest CPU, cutting edge display technology and lots of internal storage.

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Advanced Android users likely won't be as enamored with Vizio's UI simplifications, but they'll likely find a way to root the tablet and tweak it to their needs. That said, the hardware features and specs won't win over geeks who want the fastest CPU, cutting edge display technology and lots of internal storage.

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Cnet

It lacks the grace, speed, and features of today's best tablets

from Cnet

Vizio deserves credit for branching out of its comfort zone and delivering an affordable tablet with plenty of unique attributes. Unfortunately, the Vizio Tablet's best features still aren't compelling enough for us to ignore its heft, mediocre speed, and poor viewing angles. As Android 2.3 table...More

Vizio deserves credit for branching out of its comfort zone and delivering an affordable tablet with plenty of unique attributes. Unfortunately, the Vizio Tablet's best features still aren't compelling enough for us to ignore its heft, mediocre speed, and poor viewing angles. As Android 2.3 tablets go, the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is still the one to beat, though the prices of Android 3.0 tablets are getting lower every week.

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Liliputing

Decent tablet, awesome TV remote control

from Liliputing

It sounds like the Vizio Tablet might be a good deal if you’re looking for a device that will let you surf the web, play games, and control your TV. But if you’re looking for a general purpose tablet you could probably do better.

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It sounds like the Vizio Tablet might be a good deal if you’re looking for a device that will let you surf the web, play games, and control your TV. But if you’re looking for a general purpose tablet you could probably do better.

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SlashGear

Overall build and look is solid and slick

from SlashGear

The Vizio Tablet will be a great choice for many general consumers. It’s currently selling for $284.99, which is an excellent price for what it has to offer, especially to the first-time tablet buyer on a budget. With affordability and a broad...More

The Vizio Tablet will be a great choice for many general consumers. It’s currently selling for $284.99, which is an excellent price for what it has to offer, especially to the first-time tablet buyer on a budget. With affordability and a broader audience in mind, Vizio made design decisions that reflect a focus on functionality, sacrificing mainly specs that shouldn’t bother most consumers while adding other unique features that enhance the overall experience.

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