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ViewSonic ViewPad 10e Review by 3G.co.uk

By Simon Thomas on 01st April 2012


3G Total Score

Pros: Apps run well; nifty 3D interface


Cons: Poor build quality; laggy web browsing; no access to Android Market; glitches

 

Verdict: A poorly built tablet that doesn’t run well enough for us to recommend it

Full Review and Specification for the Viewsonic Viewpad 10e

ViewSonic has not got a great track record when it comes to tablets – sure it has produced a couple of decent budget tablets such as the neat ViewPad 7+, but the less said about the ViewPad 10 Pro the better. If you’ve seen the scores for the ViewPad 10e, you’ll be aware that it follows in the footsteps of the 10 Pro.

 

Poor construction


At first we thought the device was pretty well built – we tried to get some distortion on the display by pushing it, but there was no give, which impressed us. However, after a few hours of use, the fact that a slim strip of plastic on the back of the tablet had come loose became apparent. It had come off in one corner, leaving a gap where dust could get into the inner workings. It also meant that when we used the volume controls we had to push really hard to get the volume to move down or up. The power key was hard to use too – it was very stiff. At 200 quid, these are not things you expect to encounter.

 

Looks-wise, the ViewPad 10e looks much like the other Android devices on the market. There’s a slim black bezel around the display, which offers just enough space for you to hold it, without making the whole device too big. It’s not exactly a lightweight, although at 620g it’s lighter than the new iPad. There’s not much to see on the front, either, apart from the Home, Back and Menu touch-sensitive keys below the display, and the 1.3MB snapper.

 

Turn on the tablet and you can choose between the usual Android Gingerbread desktop and the neat 3D interface that ViewSonic has included. You’ll have seven desktops to use, all of which can be customised by bookmarks, widgets and app shortcuts. To browse through them, choose between flicking through with your digit or tap the ViewSonic logo and you’ll see a 3D spinning wheel (called ViewScene 3D) that gives a view of all the desktops at the same time. This makes for a far smoother experience than flicking through, which can be a tad juddery. We did seem to hit a glitch that occasionally locked up the ViewScene 3D when adding a widget, which was a bit of a pain, although easily sorted out.

 

On the screen


The screen is nothing to shout about – it’s what you expect to see on most budget tablets. It offers reasonable colour and has impressive viewing angles, but you’ll notice the lack of crispness when viewing HD content. However, we were still able to enjoy a smoothing viewing experience when watching a TV programme. The 10e’s speakers are decent, offering reasonable sound quality and volume.

 

Browsing the web is not such a smooth experience. We found busy sites, such as BBC News, suffered from judder when browsing through, because the tablet doesn't have enough in the way of processing power. There was also some lag when scrolling through, which is a nuisance too.

 

However, web pages load speedily enough using Wi-Fi , and the display is responsive if you want to pinch to zoom in or out. Tapping on tiny menu options and links was easy. The browser also supports Flash video, although in practise, when we tried to play YouTube or BBC iPlayer content we were confronted with a message stating ‘content doesn't seem to be working'.

 

You also can’t access Android Market (or to give it its new name Google Play) to download apps, instead our option is choosing from the pared-back selection included in 1Mobile Market – however, the big names such as Google Maps, Angry Bird, YouTube and Temple Run are there. It is possible to get Google Play working on the 10e, but you’ll have to mod the device.

 

We were surprised to find that the apps experience was far better than our web browsing adventures. We were able to run Angry Birds perfectly, with no evidence of the game slowing down. And the touchscreen was really responsive too.

 

A fully charged battery gave us a good six or seven hours of usage time, when we were running apps constantly.

 

Our conclusion


There’s not much to recommend the ViewPad 10e – with its glitches, slow web browsing and disappointing build quality. You could pick up a Tablo for half the price and get a far better tablet experience. It’s a pity because Viewsonic has produced some good devices, such as the ViewPad 7x, so let’s hope this is just a minor glitch for ViewSonic.

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Viewsonic Viewpad 10e Review Scoring

  • Style and Handling
  • User Friendliness
  • Feature set
  • Performance
  • Battery
  • Overall Score

Viewsonic Viewpad 10e Phone Specification

Type of phone:

N/A

Style:

N/A

Size:

242 x 189 x 9.1mm

Weight:

620g

Display:

N/A colours

Resolution:

N/A

Camera:

1.3MP front-facing

Special Camera features:

N/A

Video recording:

Yes

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

Yes

Video streaming:

Yes

3.5mm jack port:

Yes

Handsfree speakerphone:

No

Voice Control:

No

Voice Dialling:

No

Call records:

N/A

Phonebook:

N/A

Ringtones customization:

N/A

Display description:

1024 x 768

Website:

www.viewsonic.com

SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

N/A

Standard color:

N/A

Launch Status:

N/A

Radio:

N/A

Operating system:

N/A

Connectivity:

Wi-Fi, MicroUSB, Bluetooth

Announced date:

N/A

What's in the Box:

N/A

RAM:

512MB

International launch date:

N/A

Battery life when playing multimedia:

N/A

CPU:

1GHz

FM Radio Description:

N/A

Internal memory:

N/A

E-mail client:

Push email

GPS:

No

Java:

N/A

Games:

N/A

Data speed:

N/A

Frequency:

N/A

Talktime:

N/A

Standby:

N/A

Display size:

9.7-inch

Keypad:

N/A

Audio recording:

Yes

 


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