Great product for the price (much cheaper than iPad)
23 November 2012
Summary: Had much difficulty accessing email and videos, while connected to my NetGear wireless router. Despite showing as connected to Wi-Fi, internet-based apps were sluggish at best and would report "No connectivity". As it were, the VTAB1008 is particular about one's router configuration. Once I changed the Mode setting from "Auto 108 Mbps" (All 802.11g, 802.11b, and NETGEAR 108-Mbps wireless stations can be used) and, instead, chose "G & B" (Both 802.11g and 802.11b wireless...
Pros: Cheap (paid 170 at Sams Club in 2011), Connects to Google Play app store (not some 3rd party app store), Access email (gmail, aol, etc), YouTube videos, Pandora (music), Flash-based games, Books, Connect remotely upload your own books and reader app.
Cons: Difficulty with wi-fi wireless network connectivity, Charging port is prone to breaking. User must not manually update Adobe Flash.
Summary: Will not purchase another Vizio product. Customer service offered one alternative. Could return it (with all my personal data) and receive a new one, or just eat the cost and be without a tablet. I'm not returning a tablet with all my personal data (credit card info, etc).I didn't have a chance to delete anything, from my 4 MONTH OLD tablet. So I'm out the cost of a tablet I had for just "4 Months"!
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Cons: Started having problems with Charge Port after just 4 months. Started to feel loose and then would not connect properly. Eventually stopped connecting and could no longer charge. Screen turned gray and just stopped working. AFTER 4 MONTHS.
Summary: This a a case of "you get what you pay for!" It was inexpensive, and lasted a little over four months.It was never top of the line, but I never expected that. I knew I had purchased a budget item. I wasn't put out that it was slow, that it wasn't compatible with a lot of the newest apps, that it often just went back to the start screen, I kind of expected that in this low end tablet, but I didn't expect the warranty service to be so attrocious!
Pros: The tablet was a nice size, and was priced to fit my budget
Cons: My tablet started getting hot while it was charging when it was about four months old. And soon the battery would no longer hold a charge. Then it would no longer turn on, even if it was plugged in. The warranty service is a joke.
Summary: I own an iPod Touch, 32 Gb. The iPod is where I store my music, use the camera/video function. Up until the Vizio Tablet VTAB1008, I've been using the iPod Touch as an "on the road" WiFi access device when motorcycling. The iPod does everything I need to do, but the screen is too small to seriously "surf" online. The Touch keyboard is small too, and difficult to poke out any sort of message beyond a 140 character "Tweet.
Pros: USB port, SD Expansion slot to 32 Gb. No carrier/service obligation. COST ! ! ! CostCo price: $189.99. We'd give it a perfect five-star rating if it had a back facing camera, more memory, wider view angle display -- Then it's an iPod and cost $600.
Cons: No back facing camera. Evidently no service/repair options.
Summary: OPENED IT NEW FROM THE UNDAMAGED PACKAGE, MULTIMEDIA AUDIO WAS NOT WORKING. UPON FURTHER INSPECTION THE HEADPHONE PORT LOOKED BROKEN. I DID NOT DO THIS, I RECEIVED IT YESTERDAY CHARGED AND TURNED IT ON. AFTER TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO TWO DIFFERENT VIZIO CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGERS THAT IT WAS BROKEN IN AN UNDAMAGED SEALED PACKAGE THEY STILL ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY SINCE ITS PHYSICAL DAMAGE. THEY REFER ME BACK TO THE RETAILER FOR AN EXCHANGE.
Pros: VIZIO CUSTOMER SUPPORT ON RECERTIFIED TABLET DENIES ANY RESPONSIBILITY ON A SEALED PRODUCT THAT ARRIVED BROKEN IN UNDAMAGED PACKAGING!
Summary: I love this tablet as the king of the value tablets. At its launch price of over $300 dollars, I would not wholeheartedly recommend this tablet. However, if you can find it new for around $200, it is a qualitative quantum leap over the offerings of Coby, Pandigital, Archos and Velocity in that same range. More importantly, it nearly matches the holy grail (the iPad) in functionality, for a fraction of the price.
Pros: I bought this tablet new for well under $200 dollars, and even with the 32 gig micro SD card, bluetooth keyboard and HDMI cable that I bought for it to fulfill what I envisioned for it (primary computing device) it is still 1/4 the cost of the iPad.
Cons: The Vtab does almost everything that I want it to do. At this point, 80% of what I would do on my personal laptop, I can do on my Vtab... and it only took hours and hour of scouring forums and falling into hacky work-arounds to make it happen:-(