Vizio VTab Tablet Review
Bad battery life hobbles the VTab against the competition right out of the gate.
Device & Specs
On paper, these two devices are quite different outside of screen size, but they perform rather similarly. Though the VIZIO VTab does not have a dual-core processor or a full GB of RAM like the PlayBook, processing speeds and how each tablet handles tasks happens at a relatively commensurate speed. Beyond that, the Playbook has better hardware across the board, as well as a smaller profile and more attractive user interface.
The VIZIO VTab has the larger screen, but also the more disappointing of the two. With middling color and contrast performance, the PlayBook passes it easily by having a better resolution, better color gamut, and far better peak brightness (allowing it to be seen in brighter lighting conditions).
While the battery life of the PlayBook can be termed "average", that of the VIZIO VTab can be considered to be awful. It's not as bad as some laptops, but the Playbook has a bit better battery life, which can be extended by not maxing out the incredibly bright screen.
Though both have virtually identical ways to read eBooks, the VIZIO VTab has a larger profile, making it a little more awkward to hold in one hand than the PlayBook. We advise trying it out before buying, as tablets this size can vary greatly in terms of their usability in relation to the size of your hand.
Despite both user interfaces being based on Android 2, the PlayBook artificially limits itself by clipping a large swath of the applications in the Android Market from availability to their users, while the VIZIO VTab does not do this. If you are a huge app fan, we would caution you against picking up the PlayBook.
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