ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review


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  • Review Price: £499.00

ViewSonic showcased several new products at the event we attended yesterday, but the most exciting of these were undoubtedly the American company’s new tablets, the ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10. Both offer attractive looks, more features than you could shake a stick at and some nice extras, so should the Apple iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab be shivering in their metaphorical boots? As we’ve already given you an extensive look at the ViewPad 7, we’ll instead concentrate on the ViewPad 10.

In terms of specifications, the ViewPad 10 is actually closer to a netbook than a mobile phone. As its name suggests, it features a 10in screen, making it slightly bigger than the 9.7in display of Apple’s famous tablet. Unfortunately its resolution isn’t as high at 1,024 x 600, but this is hardly surprising as it is identical to that found on practically every netbook and affordable tablet around. Potentially its most exciting feature though is that is will dual boot into either Android or a full-fat version of Windows 7!

In terms of looks and design, the 10 is one classy device. Its glass-fronted screen is perfectly integrated into a glossy black bezel vaguely reminiscent of the iPad’s, with a brushed aluminium back completing its premium look and feel. The bezel is kept clean but for three menu buttons, subtle status indicators and an unobtrusive 1.3megapixel webcam. It felt very sturdy in the hand too, though as a result is quite heavy at 835g (the Wi-Fi iPad weighs only 680g).

When it comes to specifications there is quite a bit of power under the hood. For processing duties we have an Intel Atom N455 CPU, which runs at 1.66GHz and is almost identical to the N450 found in most netbooks (like the Samsung N230). The main difference is that it actually uses more power, consuming 6.5 instead of 5.5 Watts – go figure.

It’s backed up by 1GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel’s integrated graphics, again equivalent to most netbooks. However, for permanent storage there’s a 16GB SSD. While not great by portable hard drive standards, this is plenty for a tablet and means no moving parts, less heat, no vibration and a higher likelihood of your precious data surviving – not to mention longer battery life. You can of course add more storage (up to 32GB) using the microSD card slot.

Connectivity, meanwhile, is good by tablet standards. Two USB 2.0 ports allow you to plug in anything from external storage to peripherals, while a mini-VGA port can output video to a TV or monitor. On the wireless front we have both Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth 2.1, though no 3G (that’s reserved for the Android-only ViewPad 7).

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