The Vizio tablet surprised me. The look and feel belied its $300 price tag. The weight of it feels good in my hands, it just feels well put together. The finish is very high quality. As soon as I connected to my home network, a major update was automatically downloaded and installed, which tells me Vizio is continually improving and refining the device. I have no information on what the update addressed but it was a big download.
The overall performance is excellent. Web pages load quickly, it locked on to my wi fi network right away, it has full market access, apps open and close quickly, the sound quality is very good, the display is very good, the form factor is dead on, in short, it performs and does everything a user would expect.
I do have a few concerns however. It runs the android 2.3 gingerbread OS but it can't run live wall papers, you can't change the wallpaper for your homescreens and during heavy web browsing, the back of the tablet will get a little hot, I suspect it's the wifi radio. The Vizio user interface is boring and rigid. I did install Launcherpro, an aftermarket homescreen replacement app, but I still can't change to my own wallpaper.Not showstoppers by any means, but I do like to customize my devices.
If those small issues can be addressed, this may be a keeper. Right now I'm on the fence about returning it. I also have a Xoom table which I use heavily for school and work so I am not necessarily a first timer to using a tablet.
In conclusion, if you are a user who will take the unit and run with it, then by all means, this is an excellent buy. If you are a user who likes to tinker around under the hood, this may not be the device for you. This is also a huge win when you compare to the sub $200 junk tablets that are currently flooding the market.
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