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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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Controls

As far as controls go, physical buttons are limited to "power" and "volume." Beyond that, the controls you will be able to use are going to be accessed through the capacitive touch screen, which is very responsive. Because the VIZIO VTab is based on the Android 2 operating system, many of the controls and functions are identical to those on other tablets with the parent operating system.

One of the features we've only seen once before on a tablet is a built-in IR blaster, which allows you to control your TV set much like you would with a remote control.

Connectivity

The VIZIO VTab has several connectivity options, and for many consumers, this will be the main draw to this product. Not only can you export video in 720p to your TV, but included in the VIZIO VTab is a built-in IR blaster that will allow you to control any Vizio TV if the Bluetooth connectivity won't. This tablet was seemingly built around the idea that it could replace just about any handheld instrument in your entertainment setup, despite its shortcomings in other areas.

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Battery Life

In general, the battery life of the VIZIO VTab is on the bad side of mediocre. While it certainly lasts around the same time as some older laptops, as far as tablets go that's really not all that great. You can only watch video for 4 hours, provided the WiFi is off, you're not listening to music, or doing anything else, or if you have any other programs running in the background (which don't automatically close themselves, you must terminate them via the running processes menu). While the VIZIO VTab is still better than a couple tablets we've reviewed, it isn't by much.

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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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