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The Vizio 8 inch tablet has only been around for a short while and is a specific tablet made not only to operate as a tablet for out and about, but also to integrate with other entertainment products in the home, via remote control of home theatre and music devices; its preloaded universal remote app covers 95% of CE devices in US market. The application that allows this is The Vizio Internet Apps Plus (VIA PLUS) system that means you can remotely control internet ready HDTV’s, smartphones, Blu-Ray players and more in any room in your home, setting up each profile individually and outputting HD video to multiple TV’s and monitors.
The Vizio has three intuitive speakers that adapt for the best sound output depending on whether the tablet is being used in portrait or landscape mode. It has a high resolution capacitive touch screen a front facing camera for video chat and built-in GPS that does not need WiFi to be operated. This is a small tablet, only 6.6 width x 8.1 height x 0.48 inches in depth, weighing 1.2 pounds; probably the lightest tablet currently on the market. It has only 4 GB of internal memory, 2GB of which is usable, but has a micro SD port for additional storage up to 32GB. It runs on the V.I.A. Plus interface on the Android 2.3 operating system, has 512 MB of RAM and is powered by a 1GHZ processor.
Vizio 8 inch Tablet with WiFi is a very light, slim tablet and as it runs on the Android system it has access to a variety of applications. It is primarily an entertainment tablet, but its size gives it appeal as an E reader as for some as a 10 inch tablet is too large for comfortable book reading. The version of Android is only 2.3 and its functionality would be improved with an upgrade to Android 3.1. It will synchronize and manage just about all manufacturers’ TV’s, DVD’s and entertainment devices with regular software updates for all models. Users report that it has a well lit easy to use screen with no lag as you switch from portrait to landscape and that it plays video and uses flash very efficiently.
Most people bought this tablet primarily because it is significantly cheaper than the competition and because of the remote control function. They report that for a small tablet it has good quality resolution and is easy to use, with a battery life of around 8 hours. It does need upgrading from Gingerbread to Honeycomb but Vizio report that is on the way. For quick surfing, entertainment control, good quality sound and easy video viewing (it supports Flash) at a low price, the Vizio 8 does pretty much what it states on the box!