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  1. #11
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    My power connector eventually failed as the center conductor simply broke off in the end of the usb cable I was using. Now there is no way to charge the device. Luckily I purchased an extended warranty. The problem is not so much the mini usb jack itself, but the case around it. The shape of a mini-usb is like a trapezoid. the shape of the hole in the case is oval. So over time the metal outer shield bends out and no longer holds the connection firmly and offers wiggle room that eventually breaks the delicate plastic conductors inside the connector. Poor case design.

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    Mini/micro usb has to be one of the poorest connectors in general. What a bad design for something that has become so common on all sorts of devices.
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    Port is delicate. Purchased a right-angle cable that does not hang down so low and is more secure.

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    Narrower and longer is the Micro USB, the other style which is a tad bit thicker and a little shorter is called the Mini USB.​ Hope this information clears things up a bit for you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkstartablet View Post
    The shape of a mini-usb is like a trapezoid. the shape of the hole in the case is oval. ..... Poor case design.
    I contacted Vizio to ask if they had fixed this problem. They said they had "addressed it" Has anyone looked at a new one to see if this is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1776 View Post
    I went to another two stores and saw the same wobbling connector on the Vizio on display. I have several devices that use this same connector and none have ever been like what I am seeing on teh Vizio. This coupled with the inability to store anything of importance like apps on the SD card has me now looking at other tablets. It is hard to understand why a company like Vizio that has made a name for itself in good television sets, has put out something like this tablet with the problems that many are reporting. I am glad that I looked through this forum before putting out the cash - it may not be expensive but it is too expensive for something that is described as "just good enough".
    You do realize the Honeycomb upgrade fixes the "inability to store anything of importance like apps on the SD card " issue, right? I haven't had any issues with the USB connector on mine, but like others have said, I do try to treat it fairly gently.

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    I bought second hand tablet, and I guess that is why the individual sold it. I wish they had been honest what problems they were having, so I could have a good understanding what it is that I bought. I am considering buying something else.


 
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