ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro review

Dual-boot Android 2.2 and Windows 7 on a slate tablet sounds clever, but does it work?

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ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

The somewhat ambitious "dual-boot" ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro tablet misses on almost every count. It's not a great Windows 7 tablet and it's a poor Android tablet.

We liked


We certainly like the idea of a dual-boot tablet. This isn't it, because Android just runs in a window, but the concept of running business apps in Windows or Android apps would have made sense.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro works reasonably well as a media playback device, as long as you stick with Windows 7 and can put up with the LCD screen, which looked a bit dark and had poor contrast.

There are quite a few features for connecting PC hardware to the tablet, and vice versa. You can attach just about any USB device, and even other Android tablets. And, the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro connects to a desktop display using an HDMI cable.

The tablet also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, and 3G internet on the premium version.

The speakers on this tablet, located on the back, are better than average.

We disliked


Where do we begin? The ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro misses on several counts.

The most important problem is that Android runs in a window, so this isn't really a dual-boot tablet.

Apps tend to run extremely slowly, few of them will install at all and the tablet runs the smartphone version of Android.

Android also has trouble with the built-in camera. In Windows 7, there isn't a dedicated camera app, and there are few touchscreen-enabled apps – only those few pre-installed ones.

The screen of the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro uses older LCD technology and looked too dark. The viewing angle on this tablet is not nearly as good as the Apple iPad 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Connected to a desktop display using HDMI, movies played with too much screen stutter and the refresh rate was too slow.

Verdict


Even those few users who might benefit from having Windows 7 and Android on the same device will find some serious problems with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro.

Android runs too slowly to be useful and apps didn't install. The screen is also too dark.

Overall, this is a tablet we can't recommend.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System PlatformWindows, Android
Processor ModelZ670
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium & Android 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameViewsonic
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)800 g
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height170 mm
Width263 mm
Depth14.9 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product ModelViewPad 10pro
Product NameViewPad 10pro Tablet Computer
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberV10P_1BN7HUS6_01
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
Marketing Information

A 10" professional business tablet using latest Intel processor for ultimate mobility and productivity.

The ViewPad 10pro is the perfect companion for any professional organization. Offering an ultra mobile experience without compromising on the application or performance, the ViewPad 10pro uses the new fan-less Intel Oak Trail processor. Designed with businesses and commercial applications in mind the ViewPad 10pro is ideal for accessing office works, cloud computing or displaying high-definition video for business presentations.