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Default Impression of the Vizio VTAB1008

I already have a Tegra2 tablet (nVidia Tegra2 dualcore Android tablets). I wanted to give the Vizio a try to see how well it performed with videos (read my second post for the answer to this question).

Hardware:
-I really like the formfactor, it physically feels like what a tablet should be, light and not long. I don't like the forms of any 10" tablets I've used since they seem larger than necessary and/or long. I like this device more than the 7" Acer A100 as well, which is thin and long so not as comfortable to hold as portrait mode. Typing with thumbs is really easy, the device is short (regardless of landscape or portrait) so its easy to hold and reach.

-The speaker and screen image of the Vizio is pretty good, better than some Tegra2 10" tablet such as Acer A500 and Toshiba Thrive. I think the color saturation is just right, not too much more too little. But viewing angles won't compete with IPS displays. The speakers are placed in ideal position as well, on top and stereo, not in the bottom or behind.

-It charges using microUSB, but the charge time is long, even with my 2Amp Asus Transformer charger. Better use the wall adaptor, as charging from computer will take a long time. However, USB charging is a big plus.

-The device does gets warm in the back, not hot, but I think using a case will be much more comfortable.

-Wifi signal is pretty good, should be no problem.


Software:
-Overall, I don't like the interface that Vizio implemented because it has animation for the most basic tasks that can not be turned off. These animation really slow down usage of the entire system. Laggy experiences are sometimes due to the design, not due to performance of the hardware. I believe when there are custom roms for this device with basic Gingerbread interface, no animation, it will feel very responsive and speedy.

-Web browsing speed is fine. Web pages with too much media contents, flash or plug-ins may have lag when navigation, but shouldn't destroy the experience. I tried ezPDF to view large PDF books and it does a fine job, maybe half a second or a second slower than Tegra2 devices to parse a page, but it's fine.

-It runs Android 2.x Gingerbread, so it will not support apps built specifically for Android 3.x Honeycomb, such as PolarisOffice. However, this isn't a problem because probably 99.9% of apps supports Gingerbread.

-This device is no slouch when it comes to video playback, but your videos must be encoded in correct format. If you want to view videos smoothly, use Handbrake to convert your video to 720p or 1080p h.264, with "baseline" settings (ie. iPod4 and iPad presets), this tablet will have no problem handling them.

-Currently (as of firmware version 1.3), the device is tuned to work with Adobe Flash 10.1, if you force update it to newer version it will not perform well. In-browser flash videos play well up to 480p, but struggled with 720p similar to any Tegra2 tablets.


Conclusion: If you are not into too much geeky stuff, use tablet lightly, read ebooks and also want the extra remote control feature to control your TV and players, than this can meet your needs. I recommend to wait until there is a way to root this device and custom roms before getting it.

If you want to use your tablet as a netbook or laptop replacement, have superb performance on webpages with heavy multimedia contents and multitask, then this isn't your device.
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