Can Vizio snatch the Android tablet biz like it did with LCD TVs?
Posted 09 August 2011 - 10:39 AM
By Tim Conneally | Published August 9, 2011, 2:06 AM
Four years ago, California-based electronics company Vizio rocketed from virtual anonymity to the position of number one LCD TV maker in the United States ahead of much larger international rivals Samsung, Phillips, Sharp, and Sony. Now, Vizio is hoping to have that same impact in the field of Android tablets with the new 8" Vizio Tablet, officially launched to all retail channels late Monday evening.
Vizio's breakthrough success in the LCD TV market was largely thanks to the affordability and widespread availability of its products through partnerships with big box retailers Costco and Sam's Club. Naturally, this formula will be applied to the Vizio Tablet too, and customers will be able to pick one up at Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Walmart, Target, BJ's Wholesale, and Amazon.com for just $299.
With an 8" (1024 x 768) screen, 1GHz processor, 4GB of built-in storage and a microSD slot for cards up to 32GB, 802.11n, Bluetooth, and a front-facing 1.3MP chat camera, the Vizio 8" Tablet packs in many of the features of other Android tablets. But since Vizio is mostly a home theater component company, the tablet has a handful of special features to tie it into the home entertainment setup, including an IR blaster and universal remote app, a microHDMI 1.4 jack with HDCP encryption support and SRS TruMedia audio to play back HD video content, and the Vizio V.I.A Plus UI on top of Android, an interface which will be used in future Vizio TVs and media players.
"Vizio set out to build an innovative tablet that breaks new ground and addresses the gaps in current offerings in the market," said Matt McRae, Vizio's Chief Technology Officer in a statement on Monday.
Because one of the most common places for a consumer to use a mobile tablet is in front of the television, Vizio's brand name, and the inclusion of TV control features into an Android tablet could both prove very helpful in getting consumer interest.
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 10:00 AM
It is a solid device with good video and sound.
Our number one use is an an e-reader. We have Nook, Kindle and FBReader installed. Works great with Adobe Reader.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:25 PM
I'm new here also. This is my second tablet. I had a pandigital novel the black one which I returned, it broke.
I love this VTAB1008 got it with the case from Overstock. Com for $169 (refurbished unit).
I wanted it for the remote control application which works well but it's so much more. With the case it sets
securely in the tray on the dash of my Jeep TJ. I can easily see that 8" screen. A "get r done" Gps unit. I do plan to add
Velcro to tie it down. Access to the real Android market and a dualipoint capacitive touchscreen unlike the novel.
I was going to go Icecream Sandwich but could not wait and why fatten someone's else's wallet. Perhaps when the
dust settles we will try that snack.
Just a note my VTAB1008 came with a 3 month free trail of Hulu and you can add other devices, TV, Laptop, ect.
I almost missed that one. Netflix and Youtube also look good on this.
A LOT of BANG for the $169 bucks. That was the fly in the ointment for Vizio I think they had set the original price
too high. The also received some lack luster reviews.
I have heard that they will leave the tablet market but don't take that to the bank.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:48 PM
they had no prices and the store clerks said they hadn't yet been told what they were or the price.
(I think they were tablets - don't think they were portable tvs or players because of the shape)
Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:18 PM
They won't make any headway into the tablet market with a $300 8" tablet. There's just way too much competition at that level regarding features/size/pricepoint. Not to mention, many people still view Vizio as a "cheap" label.