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Vizio VTab Tablet Review

Bad battery life hobbles the VTab against the competition right out of the gate.

November 07, 2011
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Device & Specs

In addition to the obvious differences in screen size, the Apple iPad 2 has a sleeker, more efficient user interface, as well as more internal memory, a better battery, and better file support. About the only area the VIZIO VTab does a little better in is the HDMI output and IR connectivity support.

Screen

The screen of the VIZIO VTab is quite a bit smaller than that of the iPad 2, but it has a competitive DPI. While both have very reflective screens, the iPad 2 is incrementally better at handling it. With an IPS display, and a more accurate color gamut, it's very easy to give the iPad 2 the edge on this one.

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Battery

As the battery of the iPad 2 is almost twice as good in every test run, frequent fliers will want the superior battery life, even if the battery of the VIZIO VTab might be enough for a trip one-way. If you hate charging your tablet often, the iPad 2 is the better buy.

eReader

Though both tablets run on separate operating systems, they both have access to relatively the same eReader apps in their respective app stores, so the experience is extremely similar with both. However, the VIZIO VTab is smaller and a little less awkward to hold, making it more ideal for those who don't have monster-sized hands.

Internet

Both the VIZIO VTab and the iPad 2 come packed with internet features, and the ability to add more of the user's choice. Though the Apple App Store has more applications to download than does the Android Market, this number is closing, so it's not unreasonable to believe that they may be more or less equally good in the future.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Blackberry PlayBook Comparison
  12. Dell Streak 7 Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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