Vizio Begs Consumers – Whip Me, Whip Me

Some companies just won’t get the message, at least not until they hear the swoosh sound of the whip falling on their exposed backside.

People don’t want to buy just any tablet.

They want only the Apple iPad.

How hard can that be to understand.

But some folks just won’t listen and keep rolling cheap and not-so-cheap tablets with grandiose hopes.

Mark our words, these tablet johnnies-come-lately won’t even pick up crumbs.

The desperate discounting of all the major non-Apple tablet vendors lately, including by recent entrant to the market HP, is adequate proof that consumers are giving the cold shoulder to non-iPad tablets.

In the latest display of public masochism, cheap TV vendor Vizio has gotten into the tablet game with a $299, 8-inch cheap tablet that runs on the Android OS.

Vizio Launches $299 TabletWhip- Me, Oh Please, Whip Me


Consumers get only internal 2GB usable storage with the Vizio tablet but they can add storage up to 32GB through the microSD card.

Like all Android tablets, the Vizio too has only a few hundred dedicated tablet apps.

Now, keep in mind that the iPad has over 90,000 dedicated apps.

And going by some of the reviews on Amazon, Netflix streaming does not work on the Vizio tablet. 🙁

Some Amazon reviewers are also complaining that the battery life is coming in way below the promised 10-hours.

All in all, not promising signs.

Vizio tablet supports Flash and includes a built-in HDMI port with HDCP support for content protected HD playback on the big screen, a microSD slot and three-speakers.

Sam’s Club, Walmart, Costco and Amazon are peddling the Vizio tablet.

Key Specs of Vizio Tablet

Screen Size: 8″
Resolution: 1024×768
Capacitive Touch: Yes, Multi-touch

Camera, Photos and Video
Camera: Yes – Front facing, VGA Chat Camera / 30fps
HDCP Compliant: Yes, play licensed media from your Tablet to TV
Premium Audio: SRS TruMedia

Carrier: n/a
WiFi: Yes – 802.11b/g/n

Built-in IR Blaster: Yes – For Universal remote functionality. Preloaded universal remote app covers 95% of CE devices in US market
Bluetooth: Yes

UI/OS: V.I.A. Plus interface on Android platform
Flash Support: Yes
Processor/CPU: 1GHz

Processor Memory (RAM): 512Mb
Built-in Storage: 4GB
User Available Storage: 2GB
Maximum User Storage: 32GB

Micro HDMI 1.4 (type D): 1
Micro USB: 1
Micro SD Card Slot: 1
Headphone Jack (3.5mm): 1

Gross: 2.5lbs.
Net: 1.2lbs.

Product: 6.6″W x 8.1″H x .48″D
Packaging: 7.5″W x 9″H x 2.4″D

Additional Specs
Sensors: Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Battery Life: Up to 10hrs of normal use
Power: 5V 2Amps (5V2A)
Language: English, French and Spanish
Environmental: BfR & PVC free, WEEE and No CFC’s
Certifications: UL, FCC, IC, HDMI, Bluetooth
Package Contents: Tablet, USB power adapter, USB cord and cleaning cloth

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2 Responses to "Vizio Begs Consumers – Whip Me, Whip Me"

  1. முனிAndy   August 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Vizio TVs seem to be well established now (getting 4-4.5 star reviews on most products) and don’t seem to as cheaply priced as before..

    There are 8 positive reviews out of 9 for this tablet on the Costco website.. the only negative one was for a completely broken one. Responds:

    1. On Amazon (a more reliable source for reviews), four out of nine consumers gave the Vizio tablet 2 or 3 stars. Not a good sign.


    2. Vizio TVs don’t seem cheap any more because the others have dropped prices so much over the last few years.

  2. Naveen   August 10, 2011 at 2:28 am

    It doesn’t seem like iPad has any true competition. Samsung Galaxy probably comes a distant second.

    Apple truly owns this market and it seems they will continue to do so for next few years. Responds:

    1. There will be a carnage here with billions of $$ in losses for the non-iPad vendors.

    2. You write: Samsung Galaxy probably comes a distant second.

    More trouble for Samsung Tablets. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked in Europe

    You probably read reports that Apple was briefly the most valuable U.S. company today.

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