Vizio VTab Tablet Review
Bad battery life hobbles the VTab against the competition right out of the gate.
Much like the controls of the audio playback interface, the video controls are similarly unattractive. That's not to say that they aren't functional, however. On the contrary: most of the basic controls are present, even if many of the advanced controls found in the audio playback are missing or less-than-functional.
Videos that you wish to import to your tablet can be moved there via the USB storage application available online. Once you've installed this, you can hook your tablet directly into the computer via USB and drop your files in a folder you deem fit. Once you've done this (and not maxed out the tiny hard drive of the VIZIO VTab), you can browse your video files via the gallery app.
Frustratingly enough, the Vizio website doesn't list which file formats are supported, so a little bit of trial and error is required to figure this one out. At the labs, we had luck with MPEG-4 file types, so those should work for you as well.
Included in the software for the VIZIO VTab is the ever-popular Android version of the YouTube app, allowing users to browse the myriad of user-generated video clips online. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the VIZIO VTab si the first tablet that we've run across that has the Netflix app pre-loaded, allowing you to simply activate the device and start watching (assuming you have a WiFi connection).
Video Battery Life
Disappointingly enough, though the interface for video watching isn't bad, the battery life is. With a wretchedly bad battery life of 4 hours, 23 minutes, the VIZIO VTab can't very well enable you to watch movies for a long time without its battery dying. To top it all off, this is without the WiFi enabled, or any other programs running. Though your mileage may vary if you change settings, the only thing you could do to make the battery last longer is drop the screen brightness from maximum or plug it in.
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