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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

On paper the Streak 7 looks like it should be the better tablet, but nothing could be further from the truth. With its constant crashing and unstable additions to the Android 2.2 user interface, the VIZIO VTab outclasses it easily. Smaller than the VTab, the Streak 7 fits into most handbags more easily, but the difference in raw performance for roughly the same price should make the decision easy.

Screen

The VIZIO VTab has a very similar screen to the Streak 7 in terms of resolution and build material, but it does hold an extra inch of screen area over it. Beyond that, the screen of the Streak 7 has an abysmal DPI compared to the VIZIO VTab, so if you like streaming any videos in HD, the VIZIO VTab is the better bet.

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Battery

Plain and simple, the Dell Streak 7 has an awful battery, as it can only play video content for half the time the VIZIO VTab can, which is saying something big. Even without any other programs running in the background, the backlight rips down the battery of the Streak 7, which is not good considering that it isn't that bright in the first place.

eReader

As an eReader, we can't make very good comparisons here, as the Streak crashed so often we were unable to get very far without our testing robot. While they have identical pieces of eReader software, the VIZIO VTab seems better-equipped to handle the task well.

Internet

Both have access to the extensive Android Market, but here too, the VIZIO VTab has the wider range of compatible applications, as it has a newer version of Android and the hardware to back it up. The Streak, on the other hand, does not seem to handle the task of even web browsing well at all.

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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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