Of these units I have tested....and let me tell you, Im very anal when it comes to performance and features. While I dont have any technical testing equiptment, I use alot of side by side observation.
With this said, I am literally torn between 2 units for different reasons.
First off, picture quality is no contest.....with the (800x480?) of the Radio Shack Auvio, the picture is simply razor sharp. The level of proportionate detail is equivalent to my 1080P 42" Panasonic Plasma. What I mean by proportionate is this, while obviously my Plasma has a higher resolution, it is also a much much bigger screen. If anything, I would have to say that watching the Superbowl looks crisper and slightly better on the Auvio then on my Panasonic Plasma.
Im actually watching the Superbowl on the Auvio 7", Eviant T7 7" and my Panasonic 42" Plasma at the same time to compare the differences in images
The Auvio unit is also a solid feeling well designed TV. It feels like a nice piece of electronic equipment. It feels sturdy and tough. The screen is matte so it minimizes reflection well.
In addition, the Auvio was very intelligently engineered. It has alot of little things that give you the impression that thought about the consumer was put into each feature that is included
Such as the ability to click one of the face buttons and a real time Signal Strength meter that comes up with batter life and channel title, resolution and audio information. Also a very cool thing is the ability to bring up a channel tv guide that lists all the shows that are scheduled to come on sorted by time....fantastic
However, there are 2 things that keep this TV from being perfect, at least for me:
There is absolutely no image setting tweaks that can be made other than changing the the Brightness Level. For me this is a big downer because I like to tweak LCD displays to be a little less LCD like and more natural CRT or Plasma like. However, the picture seems to be factory tweaked almost to perfection so this may not bother most people. For me, I still like the ability to tweak my images.
The 2nd even more troubling thing for me is the antenna. Its toothpick thin...well almost. It's simply not up to the level of competition and it shows because the TV is very sensitive to movement and needs to be very still otherwise you will get artifact signal breakup at times if it takes a slight bump. I Live in North Bergen, NJ and ABC and Channel 11 are good tests of an antenna strength. Both these channels struggle to come in consistently with the built in antenna.
The other unit I am torn between is a bit of a surprise considering all the reviews I have read seemed to praise the Haier LT7 as the best 7" Portable but I found the Eviant T7 from Kmart for $79 to be the best overall (400x320?) D LCD Portable. In side by side visual testing, I found the picture on the Eviant to be cleaner and visually more natural after picture tweaking then the Prism or the Haier (which btw are the same exact unit)
Also and a huge plus is the antenna reception/tuning on the Eviant was the best most consistent of all the units. In fact, I never had to resort to my magnetic external plug in Antenna with the Eviant. I was able to successfully tune into every station with the internal Attenna from all over my house. Including those pesky ABC and Channell 11 stations
If the picture on the Auvio wasnt so damn nice, I think I would be keeping the Eviant T7 with no hesitance because of its portable reception strength and good all around albeit low resolution picture.
By the same toiken, if the Eviant didnt have such a consistently good internal reception with the attached antenna, I wouldn't think twice about keeping the Auvio!
So Im still in a dilemma because they are almost both important for me....as well as the fact that the Auvio is also $149 vs the Eviant which is only $79 making things even more difficult for me to make a final decision.
However, Its definitely between these 2....the Haier and the Digital Prism didnt impress me.
With all this said, Im leaning toward the Auvio simply because of that crisp 'IPOD-like' visual pop. Its so hard to goto anything lower once your spoiled with being able to read scrolling marquees and sports boxscores clearly on this screen!
My Plasma TV for Reference