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Viewsonic ViewPad 10 review

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

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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.

We liked:

Surprisingly the hardware powering the ViewPad 10 is rather responsive. The capacitive screen works well and despite the low memory capacity the Atom CPU helps make sure the Windows OS is rarely sluggish.

We disliked:

Well, pretty much everything else.

Neither of the dual-boot operating systems are relevant for this type of device and only the Windows 7 OS is actually usable; the Android 1.6 option continually fell over.

The AndAppStore too is shockingly poor. Without the Android Market to give it life the 1.6 OS is doomed forever to lie unbooted in the hardware.

Despite the responsiveness of the capacitive screen, the viewing angle is poor, the dotpitch chunky and the aspect ratio positively obstructive to anything but movie-viewing.

And the five and a bit hours of battery-life is just not good enough for a tablet. And the fact it uses up so much power just in standby is unforgiveable given that state is the one tablets invariably find themselves sat in. Especially if they're lumbered with the long load times associated with a Windows OS.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive Capacity16 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows, Android
Processor ModelN455
ColourBlack
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
TouchscreenYes
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 Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
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