We took a little time with the upcoming Vizio tablet at CE Week NY. What we found is that it’s a solid Android tablet and a great universal remote control with endless possibilities.
The Vizio tablet comes in a unique 8″ form factor. One of the best parts of this tablet is the ability to use the integrated IR blaster to control just about every remote controlled device in your house. To make it even better it allows you to store multiple profiles in the remote control app. Have one profile for the living room with your big LCD screen tv, stereo system and set top box. Go into your bedroom and the Vizio tablet knows that there’s a smaller tv and a blu ray player in there.
But the Vizio tablet is by far from just a remote control. Since it’s using Android 2.3 instead of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it has access to over 230,000 apps in the Android market. Via wifi you have access to the same Android experience you’re used to from Gingerbread.
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Vizio has also rebuilt the UI from the ground up giving users of Vizio equipment a similar look and feel as they break into the tablet world.
The other unique thing about the Vizio tablet is its speaker layout. The Vizio tablet features top speakers in both portrait and landscape view. Their speaker system allows for a stereo listening experience no matter what way you hold the tablet. As Vizio points out a lot of tablets have the speakers at the bottom which takes away from the tablet experience.
The best part is that the Vizio tablet will cost you only $349 and it’s going to be available at Vizio retail locations including Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Costco, Amazon and many more.