BigRedDogATL wrote:A local TV station did a Tablet 101 segment and they mentioned the Vizio tablets. The Vizio tablets according to the report, comes with a special app and ability to use the tablet as a remote for Vizio TVs and other products.
I owned one for a month, and yes, it does have an IR blaster built in, and a universal remote control app. I found that it had a wide range of devices you could program it for, including Windows Media Center (need an IR receiver for your rig to make it work, naturally), but the control options were lacking. No customization of buttons to get ones you want, removes ones you don't (at the time I used it - maybe been updated?) - I think that'd be one of the first things desired on such a device's uni-remote app.
Anyhow, I really liked some things about it, but ended up returning it for a few reasons. Here are some of my main memories of the vTab1008
1: Speakers are good - I liked them best in landscape mode, because the two speakers it activates will shoot sound sideways, as opposed to both shooting it up when in portrait mode (it has 3, and changes which it uses with the orientation).
2: Good screen size - I have a 5" tab, and have used several ~10" or so, and just really liked the mid-sized 8" this gives.
3: Most apps worked rather well, including the GPS apps I was tinkering with (Sygic, BeOnRoad)
4: Video calling with front-facing camera - note: at the time I was using it, Skype did not work for video. It could do audio, but when I enabled video in Skype the whole call would deteriorate and then Skype would crash. I used Oovoo, and that worked nicely.
1: Poor responsiveness - I often found myself waiting moments for it to catch up to me. My Galaxy Player 5 doesn't have the same problem.
2: One of the touted features is the HDMI out, however the app called "Movies" is completely hidden! I didn't find out that it was even included until using a file browser and clicking on a video file, when it asked if I wanted to play with the app I'd downloaded or with "Movies."
3: I REALLY didn't like the home screen, and the way they changed it. It felt to me that a lot of the lag I got was because it was running Vizio's custom overlay. Perhaps I'm wrong, but it was my impression.
4: Skype functionality - see above.
5: Battery life - it wasn't pessimal, but it wasn't grand. Now, for the price? Not too bad, I guess.
6: The first one I got had a bad microphone. Costco switched it out for me just fine, but 'twas a turn off.
I still haven't decided I don't want one, and they still have them at Costco, but what I really want is a Transformer Prime. So I'm biding my time, thinking, and trying to save up the difference in cash!