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Viewsonic ViewPad 10 review

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The Viewsonic ViewPad 10 currently has an Informr score of 4.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 is one of the latest tablets to enter the market. This product was designed as a tablet that could work with both Windows 7 and the Android system. This ten inch tablet has an Intel Atom N455 processor with Windows 7 Professional and the Android 1.6 operating system. The problem is that at the time of writing, the ViewPad costs around $650, which is almost $100 more than the Motorola Xoom that has Android 3.0, and $150 more than the Apple iPad 2 WiFi.

Thus the question remains as to whether having both Windows 7 and Android 1.6 makes this tablet a worthwhile purchase. The answer is a resounding no. The fact remains that the Android 1.6 OS is now ancient, with most competitive tablets having 3.0 instead. Also, tablet users seem to prefer Android to Windows 7, as it is easier to use and faster on tablets. The only people this will appeal to are those who want a tablet with Windows 7.

Despite the poor Android system, there are bright aspects to this tablet. It has a beautiful design and with its 10 inch screen is only 0.57 inches thick, making it both classy and elegant. However, at 1.8 pounds, it is one of the heavier tablets around.

The screen has a 1024 x 600 resolution, which is far superior to most tablets and is even comparable to netbooks. However, the glossy screen is extremely reflective, and watching movies with any kind of light in the area is difficult. It is also difficult to type on the ViewPad, with the screen becoming difficult to view at certain angles. It was only when the brightness was turned all the way up that the screen was visible.

In terms of applications, there is no Android market as Android 1.6 does not support it. Google's suite of applications (Gmail, Google Talk, Maps, YouTube, etc.) is not available either, and the only way to download applications is through the AndAppStore. This store has some decent applications but nothing compared to the Android market.

The old Android system, coupled with a lack of applications makes this an expensive, unappealing tablet to most people. However, if you are someone looking for a tablet that is modeled on netbooks with Windows 7, this might be the tablet for you.

Need To Know Facts: Viewsonic ViewPad 10

1. Classy design (The Good)

2. Netbook quality screen resolution (The Good)

3. Android 1.6 operating system (The Bad)

4. Few applications and no Android Market (The Bad)


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.66 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

Nowhere close to being in the forefront of the tablet space, the outdated and non-optimized Android experience with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 is an appalling step backwards in the opposite direction that Google is taking their beloved platform. Though, it’s nice to see that you literally have t...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena
ZDNet

The ViewPad 10 is unlikely to dent the iPad's dominance of the touch-screen tablet market. But, like the Airpanel before it, the problem is not so much with the hardware as with Microsoft: although Windows 7 is a much better proposition for touch-screens than its predecessors, it still can't compete...

- Kelvyn Taylor, ZDNet
Techradar

So all in all the ViewPad 10 is a very confused li'l device.Neither of the operating systems really do the responsive hardware justice. Windows 7 Home Premium simply isn't an OS designed to work well on these machines.I'm happily running it on my flip-screen Acer because that laptop will effortlessl...

- Dave James , Techradar
PC Pro

We're left frustrated by the ViewPad 10. At its core, it's an excellent idea: a blisteringly fast Android-based tablet with the ability to add a keyboard and mouse to create a flexible computing device. The fact it runs Windows means it could even become a fully functioning PC when you reach your de...

- Tim Danton, PC Pro


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Viewsonic ViewPad 10's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.66 GHz

There is a Atom N455 1.66 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3200mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3200 mAh battery. Viewsonic's performance ratings are 7 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

ViewPad 10 Specs

Overview
Release date January 31, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium

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Secondary OS Android
Processor Atom N455 1.66 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 27.5 x 17.0 x 1.7 cm (10.8 x 6.7 x 0.7 in)
Weight 975 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Front-facing
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, TIFF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Viewsonic ViewPad 100, Vpad10

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Critic Reviews


PhoneArena

It is nowhere close to being in the forefront of the tablet space

from PhoneArena

Nowhere close to being in the forefront of the tablet space, the outdated and non-optimized Android experience with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 is an appalling step backwards in the opposite direction that Google is taking their beloved platform. Though, it’s nice to see that you literally hav...More

Nowhere close to being in the forefront of the tablet space, the outdated and non-optimized Android experience with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 is an appalling step backwards in the opposite direction that Google is taking their beloved platform. Though, it’s nice to see that you literally have the full advantage of a mobile laptop thanks to Windows 7 – even more when you’ve got various ports at your disposal to enhance the experience. However, the poor implementation of Android, plus the mediocre screen and insufficient battery life leave an overall bitter taste after using the tablet more extensively. It makes us think if the device wouldn't have been better off if designed solely as a Windows tablet, since we don't quite see the point in having such an inadequate Android experience. If you're intent on using the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 exclusively as a Windows device, then we presume it might fit the bill. But even then its other drawbacks prevent it from becoming a desirable product.

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ZDNet

It is very unlikely to dent the iPad's dominance of the touch-screen tablet market

from ZDNet

The ViewPad 10 is unlikely to dent the iPad's dominance of the touch-screen tablet market. But, like the Airpanel before it, the problem is not so much with the hardware as with Microsoft: although Windows 7 is a much better proposition for touch-screens than its predecessors, it still can't comp...More

The ViewPad 10 is unlikely to dent the iPad's dominance of the touch-screen tablet market. But, like the Airpanel before it, the problem is not so much with the hardware as with Microsoft: although Windows 7 is a much better proposition for touch-screens than its predecessors, it still can't compete with operating systems designed from the ground up to work with fingers rather than keyboards. That said, if you need the familiarity and compatibility of Windows 7, there are currently few alternatives to the ViewPad 10.

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Techradar

Neither of the dual-boot operating systems are relevant for this type of device

from Techradar

So all in all the ViewPad 10 is a very confused li'l device.
Neither of the operating systems really do the responsive hardware justice. Windows 7 Home Premium simply isn't an OS designed to work well on these machines.
I'm happily running it on my flip-screen Acer because that laptop w...More

So all in all the ViewPad 10 is a very confused li'l device.
Neither of the operating systems really do the responsive hardware justice. Windows 7 Home Premium simply isn't an OS designed to work well on these machines.
I'm happily running it on my flip-screen Acer because that laptop will effortlessly switch between tablet and notebook modes in a trice, not because it's the best system to marry with a touchscreen.
Likewise the rapidly ageing Android 1.6 OS is at best an abortive attempt to be relevant and at worst a horrifically frustrating experience that's likely to be responsible for turning more people away from Android than the iPad.
And that is the problem right there. Every tablet is now going to be compared, rightly or wrongly, to the iPad. That machine is a perfect example of computing designed for the optimal end-user experience.
The ViewPad may as well come with an irreplaceable desktop wallpaper with the words "screw you" standing out in high contrast for all the effort ViewSonic seems to have made ensuring the usability of its device.
Given the ViewPad 10 costs the same as a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad, the comparisons are going to continue to be made, and never made favourably.
It's a shame because, battery-life aside, the hardware propping up the two failing operating systems actually works pretty well. I'm not sold on the too-widescreen aspect ratio, and the viewing angle is fairly poor, but the Atom and 1GB RAM are as responsive as the touchscreen is.
The build quality too is generally good; there's no creaking and no flexing of the frame when you pick it up one-handed. It's a little on the heavy side, but nothing too serious.
The ViewPad 10 then is an ideal example of why the likes of Asus and MSI are steering clear of the tablet game for now, or putting their prototypes out there for OEMs to pick up and furnish themselves.
The long-awaited EeePad and WindPad from the Taiwanese twosome are unlikely to come before there is a functional OS ready and waiting to look after the capable componentry that's already on offer.
So, in terms of the iPad-beater, we are still waiting.

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PC Pro

Atom-powered Android tablets could have a bright future, but this one is hard to recommend

from PC Pro

We're left frustrated by the ViewPad 10. At its core, it's an excellent idea: a blisteringly fast Android-based tablet with the ability to add a keyboard and mouse to create a flexible computing device. The fact it runs Windows means it could even become a fully functioning PC when you reach your...More

We're left frustrated by the ViewPad 10. At its core, it's an excellent idea: a blisteringly fast Android-based tablet with the ability to add a keyboard and mouse to create a flexible computing device. The fact it runs Windows means it could even become a fully functioning PC when you reach your destination.
But this first incarnation has too many flaws to walk away with a recommendation. ViewSonic's interface isn't usable enough, and it has failed to tie the hardware to the software properly. The fact it runs Android 1.6 rather than 2.2 is again a big hurdle; you can't assume a seamless transition in the future. And the lack of 3G support is yet another body blow.

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