Viewsonic ViewPad 10 review

Is this dual-booting Windows 7 and Android 1.6 tablet any good?

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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  • Decent hardware
  • Nicely built
  • Good screen
  • Atom CPU


  • Poor battery life
  • Only Android 1.6
  • No Android Market
  • Clunky dual-booting
  • Odd screen ratio

Viewsonic's first seriously sized tablet, the ViewPad 10, gives a perfect demonstration of how little the right hardware really matters in this growing market.

Tablet PCs have been around for aeons, but until Apple got in on the action by injecting it's iPhone with growth hormones, they were poorly functioning badges of geekdom, not the highly desirable, consumer products they are (or can be) today.

As well designed and as well made as it indeed is, the iPad still represents a very locked-down look at the mobile world. What we've been waiting for is a device to rival it with the freedom of creation and expression that the more open platforms offer.

And every time we see a new tablet from outside the Jobsian world there's a little something in all of us that's hoping this time the designers and manufacturers have got it right.

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To be honest though, we hardly needed to lay eyes on the ViewPad to know it didn't stand a chance.

The first surprise is in the name. Viewsonic is not normally a name we'd associate with producing a tablet device; it's more well known for its monitors and projectors.

But thankfully, at least this is no Next tablet. The Android OS is the only similarity the Viewpad boasts compared to that poor excuse for a paper-weight. And Viewsonic has also seen fit to cram another operating system on there too in order to distract you away from any comparison. Yep, this is a dual-booting effort, packing both Windows 7 Home Premium and Android 1.6.

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The dual-booting nature of the ViewPad 10 is one of the few standout features of this new tablet, the other is the use of the Intel Atom N455 processor at its heart.

That Atom CPU is the saving grace for the Windows 7 Home Premium OS that represents the ViewPad's other boot option.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive Capacity16 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows, Android
Processor ModelN455
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium & Android 1.6 Donut
Brand NameViewsonic
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.4 cm (10")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)880 g
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height14.5 mm
Width275 mm
Depth170 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product ModelViewPad 10
Product NameViewPad 10 Net-tablet PC
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberVPAD10_AHEU_02
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 10.1" Wi-Fi, Bluetooth dual boot tablet supports both Windows and Android operating systems. It's your choice for the best mobile entertainment and productivity tools. ViewPad 10 is packed with rich features including capacitive multi-touch 1024x600 LCD screen, high performance Intel Pine Trail processor, integrated DDR3 1GB SDRAM and 16GB SSD storage capacity, 1.3 megapixel webcam and full connectivity including a mini VGA port and Micro SD slot. With compact and lighter design to carry than a laptop, ViewPad 10 is ideally designed to view Flash-based content and Office programs with Windows, and for the best mobile entertainment experience with Android.

Package Contents
  • ViewPad 10 Net-tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year