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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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Conclusion

If you look at the VIZIO VTab solely as a competitor to the Sony Tablet S, in many respects is does okay. It has an IR blaster like the Tablet S, and the applications to handle it. The user interface is even a little more attractive, but a little heavy for the hardware to keep up with, which shows some of the VTab's rough edges a bit.

As a pure tablet, the VIZIO VTab falls short in many areas, most notably battery life. While it does last as long as the average laptop might, the fact of the matter is the battery is just too anemic to handle the common functions like internet browsing or using the apps. Unless you love dropping everything you're doing to recharge your battery every couple hours, you may not want to keep this tablet around the house.

As a remote, this tablet is mediocre at best, and the battery gets in the way of this too. While Vizio and Sony certainly do much to set themselves apart from the crowd of Android-running machines, they fall far short of being able to compete at their price point.

Our advice is to only buy this tablet at a clearout sale or lower price than MSRP, as it clearly isn't ready for primetime, nor does it compete well with other similar tablets. With bad battery life and no upside to the tradeoff, the VIZIO VTab will find it difficult to stay alive in a field with better average performance, and the coming race to the bottom for tablet prices, kicked off by the Amazon Kindle Fire.

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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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