Good Android tablets can be pretty expensive. While it’s easy to find the cheap Chinese ones, the really good stuff is usually priced upwards 400 dollars. The cheapest right now of the bunch spearheaded by the iPad 2 is the Asus Eee Pad. Well, that’s going to change with the release of the Vizio 8″ Tablet.
The name may not exactly be very original but it looks to be positioned by its Irvine, California-based maker to sell on the market, mainly through price. Right now, the tablet is priced at a hundred dollars below the Eee Pad – an affordable $300 at Sam’s Club and Walmart, while a bundle can be purchased from Vizio directly, with the addition of a stylus and case. The price is a bit of a surprise since the original pre-order price was around $400. The current price makes it a bit more attractive to the consumer.
So what exactly will a buyer get for his three hundred bucks? Well, first of all, you’ll be getting an 8-inch 1024×768 display. This matches it up with the iPad 2’s screen. However, that’s where most of your money is probably going to. The CPU is a single-core 1GHz Armada 600 processor, not the usual dual-core Tegra 2. You really don’t need it though for a tablet. However the memory and storage also take a budget hit. You’ll be getting 512 MB of RAM and 2 GB of storage that can be upped via a microSD port allows to 32 GB.
Other features include the standard 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, micro HDMI, a 3.5mm headphones jack, and accelerometer. Plus the non-standard three-speaker surround sound and sensor-based backlighting and pre-loaded Internet Apps Plus suite, that lets the tablet become a universal remote and has the usual suite if apps. All of these run on Gingerbread – which is a downgrade from the usual Honeycomb for the high-end tablets.
Still, overall, it’s a decent device for its price range. But if you have an extra hundred or so dollars, it would be better to use that to go to the next level.