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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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Can this dual-booting Windows 7 and Android 1.6 tablet be a serious alternative to the iPad?

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Having a relatively speedy processor humming away in there means the Microsoft OS has a fighting chance of actually being usable, and at 1.66GHz the Atom N455 actually punches pretty well for its weight.

The rest of the specs include a 16GB SSD, a ropey looking 1.3M webcam and 1GB of memory; all housed beneath a 10-inch, capacitive multi-touch panel with a thoroughly widescreen 1,024x600 resolution.

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There's also a micro-SD slot too, capable of coping with up to 32GB of teeny-tiny storage.

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That though is not the neat extra you might think it is. Nope, the micro-SD slot is completely essential, as a large quantity of the apps you might wish to install in the increasingly geriatric-feeling Android 1.6 OS will do precisely nothing until you add in an SD card.

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The operating system cannot even distinguish between a USB storage drive and an SD card - it sees them as the same if you plug anything into the two USB 2.0 ports on the one side of the ViewPad 10.

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As well as these two confused USB sockets there's also a mini-VGA output if you can find such a lead capable of firing the images into an external panel, with a standard size headphone jack beside it too.