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ViewSonic ViewPad 10pi dual-boot tablet hands-on (video)

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10pi was announced here at CES, and according to the company, it’ll be in retail stores later this month. This is a scary proposition. Sadly, our time with the tablet was filled with glitches and frustration — as is, this dual-booter seems entirely unfit for the market. The Android 2.3 environment is nearly unusable and often freezes completely. While this could certainly be resolved with a software update, the hardware implementation is regrettably poor for Android use. Rather than capacitive navigation buttons, necessities such as home, menu and back are located along the edge of the tablet as small, physical buttons. Half the time, they didn’t even work. Our fleeting moments with a usable Android environment were generally pleasant, but the system generally locked up after a few minutes. As another black eye, Android Market is nowhere to be seen, which means the Amazon Appstore will have to suffice. We’re told that customers will need enable Android themselves, because out-of-the-box, the tablet will only run Windows 7. It’s painfully apparent why this decision was made.

With a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail Z670, we had decent expectations for performance within Windows. Unfortunately, even web browsing was generally unsatisfying. Pinch-to-zoom and scrolling were both rather choppy, and — as much as this comment pains us — we longed to return to Android. Windows has never been friendly for touch use, and while ViewSonic has included a special environment that’s designed to make applications and settings more accessible, in practice it takes a while to load and is no more useful than a set of well-appointed desktop icons. Another gripe, the included Swype keyboard would often appear at inopportune times, even when there was no option for text input. Priced at $ 849, we struggle to see much of a value proposition here. While the ViewPad 10pi attempts to be the jack of all trades, in reality it’s just one big headache.

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Viewsonic launches the ViewPad 10pi and ViewPad 10e

Viewsonic ViewPad 10pi

Viewsonic has launched two new 10-inch tablets, the ViewPad 10pi and ViewPad 10e. Both run the aging Android 2.3 OS, though the 10.1pi also dual-boots Windows 7 Professional.

The 10pi is definitely the more powerful of the 2 models specs-wise, with an Intel Oak Trail z670 processor, 2GB RAM, a 64GB SSD. and a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display. It’s also got 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and an optional 3G radio for data on the move, though it’s not clear whether this is GSM or CDMA. There’s a microSD slot to bolster your storage, and a couple of USB ports for connectivity. In terms of imaging, a 3MP main camera sits on the back, with a 1.3MP webcam on the face. All of this is powered by a 3200mAh battery, in a form factor 18mm thick…

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ViewSonic rolls out $200 ViewPad 7e Android tablet

We’ve already seen it available for pre-order at Amazon and spent a bit of time with it ourselves last month, but ViewSonic’s only just now officially getting its ViewPad 7e Android tablet out the door. It’ll be available by the end of the month if it hasn’t hit retailers already and, as expected, it will set you back an even $ 200. That unfortunately only buys you Android 2.3 (with an SPB shell on top) and not Honeycomb, but the specs are otherwise somewhat decent for the price, including a 1GHz ARM A8 processor, dual cameras, a “RiteTouch” 7-inch capacitive display, 4GB of storage with a microSD card slot for expansion, and HDMI output. As is often the case with low-end tablets, however, one key omission is official support for the Android Market, but you do at least get access to Amazon’s Appstore, as well as plenty of pre-loaded apps including Twitter, Kindle, and TuneIn Radio.

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ViewSonic rolls out $ 200 ViewPad 7e Android tablet originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro: a Windows 7 tablet that also runs Android — sort of

Life would be so much easier if you could just switch operating systems depending on what you need, wouldn’t it? That’s the thinking behind ViewSonic’s ViewPad 10pro, a “dual OS” tablet that runs Windows 7 and Android 2.3. The Wi-Fi enabled device comes with Intel’s new 1.5 GHz Atom Z670 CPU, a 1024 x 600 display, 2GB of memory, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, HDMI capabilities and a microSD slot. We had a hands-on in May and found out that the 10.1-inch device runs Android with Bluestacks’ virtualization layer for Windows, though we noticed that performance left a little to be desired. The base model comes with Windows 7 Home Premium and a 16GB SSD for $ 599, while an extra Benjamin gets you Windows 7 Professional and a 32GB SSD. If you want one soon, best get a move on, as “limited numbers” are currently available. For more information you can sonically view ViewSonic’s press release, after the break.

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Dual-booting ViewSonic ViewPad 10 gets Android 2.2 upgrade, patient owners join 2010

Good things come to those who wait. If you bought the dual-booting ViewSonic ViewPad 10, Android 1.6 be damned, we have some good news — the tablet’s getting an upgrade to Android 2.2. Just to refresh your memories, that leap from Donut to Froyo means ViewPad 10 owners will now get updated Gmail, Calendar, Google Maps, Gallery, and YouTube apps, a refined onscreen keyboard, compatabilty with newer applications, and a healthy dose of sorely needed eye candy. New customers can choose one that also runs Windows 7 Home Premium and has 16GB of flash storage ($ 599) or one with Win 7 Professional and 32GB of space ($ 679). As for those of you chomping at the bit to upgrade, ViewSonic is keeping things interesting by compelling you to download Froyo onto a thumb drive, and then plug both it and a USB keyboard into the ViewPad to install the update. Then again, something tells us the kind of person who would opt for the ViewPad 10 over other ViewSonic tablets might actually enjoy the challenge.

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Funny: Promo Image For Viewsonic’s ViewPad Shows OS X On Tablet


Ready for a little chuckle to get you over the fact that it’s Tuesday and there are like 10 more days before the weekend? Daring Fireball points out this little gem from Viewsonic, where their upcoming ViewPad is depicted as running OS X. Sorry guys, it doesn’t work like that. You could try this thing, though.



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ViewSonic ViewPad 10 and 10s hands-on

Wait, doesn’t the ViewPad 10 look oddly familiar? We review the Tegatech Tega v2 back in October and we think it’s safe to say that the ViewPad is just a rebranding. ViewSonic swapped some internals, including the move to a smaller 16GB SSD, but it’s still the same 1.66Ghz Atom x86 processor underneath. The tablet dual-boots Windows 7 Home Premium and Android 1.6 (sans Market Place access). Both operating systems run smoothly, and yes, you can pinch to zoom. Some inputs on the machine include USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD and 3.5mm headphone jack. The 10-incher also sports a 1.3 megapixel shooter on the front for your video chatting needs. The company says it’ll retail for around $ 629 when it ships next month.

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The 10′s sister, the 10s (also a 10.1-inch slate), is launching later this month. However, this tablet is running a skinned version of Android 2.2 on Tegra 2. On the top of the device you’ll find the power button, orientation lock and back button. Don’t ask us why the back button is up there — we’re just as puzzled as you are. On the right side, you’ll find a hinged door hiding an HDMI, USB 2.0 and Micro SD slot. Don’t worry, there’s a 3.5mm headphone hole and volume rocker so you can awkwardly rock out connected to the giant gadget piece. The 10s is only launching in Europe, Asia and Russia and is said to cost a rounded 430 smackaroos.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10 and 10s hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 11 Jan 2011 01:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10 and 10s hands-on

Wait, doesn’t the ViewPad 10 look oddly familiar? We review the Tegatech Tega v2 back in October and we think it’s safe to say that the ViewPad is just a rebranding. ViewSonic swapped some internals, including the move to a smaller 16GB SSD, but it’s still the same 1.66Ghz Atom x86 processor underneath. The tablet dual-boots Windows 7 Home Premium and Android 1.6 (sans Market Place access). Both operating systems run smoothly, and yes, you can pinch to zoom. Some inputs on the machine include USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD and 3.5mm headphone jack. The 10-incher also sports a 1.3 megapixel shooter on the front for your video chatting needs. The company says it’ll retail for around $ 629 when it ships next month.

Gallery: ViewSonic ViewPad 10 hands-on

The 10′s sister, the 10s (also a 10.1-inch slate), is launching later this month. However, this tablet is running a skinned version of Android 2.2 on Tegra 2. On the top of the device you’ll find the power button, orientation lock and back button. Don’t ask us why the back button is up there — we’re just as puzzled as you are. On the right side, you’ll find a hinged door hiding an HDMI, USB 2.0 and Micro SD slot. Don’t worry, there’s a 3.5mm headphone hole and volume rocker so you can awkwardly rock out connected to the giant gadget piece. The 10s is only launching in Europe, Asia and Russia and is said to cost a rounded 430 smackaroos.

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Viewsonic Shows Off ViewPad 7 And 10


A couple months ago, we got wind of Viewsonic’s ViewPad series of Android tablets, and it looks like they weren’t kidding. They really are making tablets. And it turns out that these particular tablets are slightly unlike the others out there.

The ViewPad 7, actually, isn’t much different. It has Froyo, an 800×480 screen, dual cameras, and 512MB of RAM. The usual business, and pretty much what we heard about in August. It’ll go for $ 479 some time this year.

Its big brother, the ViewPad 10, is a more interesting beast. Maybe. Well, it’s different, anyhow. This 10-inch, 1024×600 thing has a 1.66GHz Atom (model unspecified), a 16GB SSD, a nicer webcam, and… it runs Windows 7. And Android 1.6. Wait, what?!

Yes, this thing boots into either Android or Windows. I can’t imagine 1.6 provides a very compelling tablet experience, however — why they even included it is a mystery to me. Windows 7 might be usable, although you’ll feel the lack of storage (MicroSD helps). $ 629 puts it at a bit cheaper than some other Windows 7 tablets out there.

Here’s the full press release:

VIEWSONIC UNVEILS ANDROID™-BASED VIEWPADS®

Thousands of open-sourced apps available for 7” Android 2.2 3.5G capable ViewPad 7 and 10.1” dual-boot Win 7 and Android 1.6 ViewPad 10

WALNUT, Calif. – November 1, 2010 – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced its ViewPad line of Android-based devices, featuring the ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10.

“Leveraging our 20-year display heritage, these new ViewPad solutions provide users with anytime anywhere connectivity,” said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager for ViewSonic Americas. “With access to the universe of Android apps, our new ViewPads are perfectly suited for enjoying digital entertainment and social media. Office productivity is also a snap with robust web browsing functionality.”

ViewPad 7 – The Android 2.2 ViewPad 7 combines a powerful processor with 3.5G capable data technology in a lightweight, pocket-sized 7” form factor. With an 800×480 WVGA LCD screen, this device is one of the only 7” tablet solutions with Android Google Mobile Services (GMS). As a result, consumers can connect to a selection of more than 100,000 apps and games along with Gmail, YouTube and more for a superior and convenient entertainment solution that fits today’s mobile lifestyle.

With its wireless 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth® connectivity the ViewPad 7 supports instant messaging, VoIP, and all the web browsing and USB connectivity functions of a capacitive multi-touch device. The ViewPad 7 features 2 built-in cameras: a 3-megapixel, auto focus camera in the rear and a 0.3 megapixel camera in the front. In addition to the integrated 512MB of memory, the ViewPad 7 offers up to an additional 32GB of storage capacity via the micro SD card slot, along with battery life of up to 10 hours. The result is the ultimate device for connected fun and multitasking – in a compact size easier to carry than a netbook and with better media performance than a smartphone.

The ViewPad 7 will be available in late Q4 2010 for an ESP of $ 479. Third-party accessories and ViewCareâ„¢ extended warranties will also be available at launch.

ViewPad 10 – Innovative and productive, this 10.1” dual-boot Wi-Fi device gives users a choice between Windows® 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6 within the same device. With a high performance, high speed Intel® Atom™ 1.66GHz processor, integrated 1GB of memory, 16GB SSD hard drive and expandable micro SD slot, the ViewPad 10 is ideally designed to view Flash-based content and Office programs with Windows, and for an optimized mobile entertainment experience with Android. Additionally, the 1024×600 LED backlit panel includes a G-sensor and capacitive multi-touch for intuitive navigation across multiple applications. Teamed with a 1.3-megapixel webcam with built-in microphone, the ViewPad 10 is great for videoconferencing as well.

The ViewPad 10 with dual-boot OS will be available in Q1 2011 for an ESP of $ 629. Third-party accessories and ViewCareâ„¢ extended warranties will be available at launch.

For further information on ViewSonic products, please visit ViewSonic.com or follow ViewSonic on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.



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ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and 10 officially comin’ to America

ViewSonic’s heavy foray into the tablet market has been no secret, but we’ve been a bit uncertain as to where on the map its products would land. Until now that is. According to ViewSonic’s American team, the company will be kicking off its US tablet invasion with the ViewPad 7 in November. Just as we’d heard, the 7-inch device packs an Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2, two cameras (a 3 megapixel cam on its rear and a VGA front facing one), 512MB of memory and 3G capabilities. Sure, it sounds a heck of a lot like the rest of the other Android tablets we’ve been seeing, but according to ViewSonic this one will most definitely have access to the Google Market and come preloaded with Google’s apps. Well, that’s a horse of a different color, though its $ 479 MSRP seems a bit high to us. What about the ViewSonic fans out there that have been eyeing the Android 1.6 / Win 7 dual-booting ViewPad 10, you ask? Well, they’ll have to wait until the first quarter of 2011 to get their hands on that one, though at least that gives ‘em time to save up the $ 629 that it’s expected to retail for. We should note here, that the ViewPad 10 is identical in design to the Tega v2 we recently reviewed and similar in specs — it has a 1.66GHz Atom processor, 16GB SSD, 1GB of RAM and Windows 7 Home Premium. We’re still unsure where the 10-inch, Android 2.2 G-Tablet that was recently spotted in a Sears circular fits in, but we’re definitely getting the hint that Viewsonic’s in it to win it with tablets.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and 10 officially comin’ to America originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Nov 2010 08:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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