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Asus VivoTab Smart Review

Asus VivoTab Smart

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The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs. The first is the standard one that is part of Windows 8, which is pretty much no frills and gets the job done. But our favorite is the Asus Camera program, as it is easier to use when changing between the camera, video recorder, and panorama modes, as well as selecting options, effects, and settings.

The default Windows 8 camera program - The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs - Asus VivoTab Smart Review
The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs - Asus VivoTab Smart Review
The Asus Camera program - The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs - Asus VivoTab Smart Review
The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs - Asus VivoTab Smart Review

The default Windows 8 camera program

 

The Asus Camera program

 
The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs - Asus VivoTab Smart Review
The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs - Asus VivoTab Smart Review
The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs - Asus VivoTab Smart Review
The Asus VivoTab Smart comes with two camera programs - Asus VivoTab Smart Review

Images that we took outside were by no means jaw-dropping, but still quite good for a tablet with an 8MP autofocus shooter, as colors were natural and there was plenty of detail. Inside images were also good if there was plenty of light, though they did start to appear grainy with lower-light levels. We found the LED flash to be plenty bright to illuminate a dark scene, but the camera likes to focus first (which it can’t do well in the dark) and then turn the flash on to snap the image. It would be better if the flash came earlier to help the camera focus, like we’ve seen on some smartphones.


Recording video at 1080p is common these days, and VivoTab Smart does an OK job, though some detail is lacking. However, we did like that it maintains autofocus during the recording process, and playback is smooth and stutter-free at 30 frames per second.



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Just like with Windows RT, the Photos Hub with Windows 8 doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary with its feature set, but rather, it's a basic picture viewer that offers us the ability to crop and rotate images. As for sharing, there isn't a native option, and instead accessing the “Charms” section of the Windows 8 interface will present us some of the apps that can handle the sharing process.

The new Music Hub for Windows 8 is deliciously sweet looking, as it incorporates the Modern UI style of the platform into the music player – and also offers synchronization with your XBOX Music account. All in all, it's one of the better looking music player interfaces out there. With the speaker discretely hidden behind the microdots on the tablet's rear, it doesn't produce anything spectacular with its output. Instead, its weak and mute tones make it notoriously difficult to hear in noisy environments. Thankfully, you can overcome this by plugging in a pair of wired headphones to the 3.5mm headset jack, or by using wireless Bluetooth headphones or speakers.

The new Music Hub for Windows 8 - Asus VivoTab Smart Review
The new Music Hub for Windows 8 - Asus VivoTab Smart Review
The new Music Hub for Windows 8 - Asus VivoTab Smart Review
The new Music Hub for Windows 8 - Asus VivoTab Smart Review

The Asus VivoTab Smart supports various video codecs out of the box (DivX, H.264, MPEG-4, and Xvid), though MKV is not supported and will require you to install a 3rd party player. Video playback is smooth and looks well on the 10.1” display, through we can’t help thinking how much better it would be if the display was full HD resolution.

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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display10.1 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels (155 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Dual-core, 1800 MHz, Intel Atom Z2760 processor
2 GB RAM
Size10.43 x 6.73 x 0.38 inches
(265 x 171 x 9.7 mm)
20.46 oz  (580 g)

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