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

By Miles J Thomas on 14th September 2011


3G Total Score

Pros : Cheaper than both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad
 

Cons : Slow performance, lack of customisation, tricky navigation

 

Verdict : This is a tablet that doesn't quite know what it is, but it will appeal to business users who don't really want to give up their laptop

Full Review and Specification for the ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro

The full ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro Review

While tablets become evermore popular, many computer users are asking why they need one if they have a laptop - or should they ditch their faithful laptop for the new generation? So, for anyone in a quandary about what to choose, what could be better than a device that offers the best of both worlds?

 

Keep in touch

The ViewPad 10pro is navigated entirely using the touch display. On the right of the screen are four touch-sensitive buttons for return, home, search and settings.

 

It feels quite heavy in the hand, weighing in at 870g and measuring 10.1 inches - however, bear in mind that it is hiding a 1.6Ghz Atom Z670 chip under the bonnet. A 1.3 megapixel webcam sits in the top middle of the device, while there are charge and power LEDs at the top, along with volume controls, and hold and power buttons. The charger, USB and HDMI ports sit on the left side, along with the microSD slot and 3.5mm audio jack.

 

Take your pick

The big selling point of the ViewPad 10pro is that it runs on both Android 2.2 and Windows 7, so you can use Windows if you want to type up a document, and Android if you want to run a games app, for instance.

 

It's pretty simple to move between operating systems. Athough anyone already familiar with Android will find it is not quite as intuitive in navigation as the system they are used to.

 

Another downside is that you don't actually get access to the excellent Android Market - instead you have a version already on board, along with a few apps such as Facebook.

 

Surfing the net was a bit hit and miss; there is tabbed browsing, the sort of bonus you get using a laptop, but we experienced quite a bit of lag too.

 

Slow chip

In fact the tablet's chip is a tad sluggish and results in some quite noticeable lags at times. However, business users will be happy to see the familiar form of Windows 7, where you can check emails and type up your documents - and to gain access to it in a less weighty form than carting around a laptop. The display can be used to view 1080p films, although we have seen sharper screens on other devices, and the eight hours of charge on a full battery is a bonus.

 

The screen was unreliable - at times it was fine, at other times it was less responsive, which makes typing slightly frustrating. If you want to input, you'll see a graphic, which looks like it was designed in the 80s, appear - rather dated compared with the look of most Android tablets.

 

Our conclusion

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro is a tablet that just doesn't quite know what it is - tablet or laptop. It's heavier than your average tablet, yet lighter than a laptop. If portability is key, this won't be the device for you. However, business users who still want to access spreadsheets and documents, but who like the idea of entering into the world of touchscreen, might want to give it a try, although there are probably better choices out there.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro Review Scoring

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

ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro Phone Specification

Type of phone:

N/A

Style:

N/A

Size:

275 x 170 x 16.5

Weight:

875g

Display:

16 million colours

Resolution:

N/A

Camera:

1.3-megapixels (front

Special Camera features:

N/A

Video recording:

Yes

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

N/A

Video streaming:

Yes

Music formats played:

MP3, MP4, WMA, eAAC+, WAV

3.5mm jack port:

Yes

Handsfree speakerphone:

N/A

Voice Control:

No

Voice Dialling:

No

Call records:

N/A

Phonebook:

N/A

Ringtones customization:

N/A

Display description:

LCD capacitive touch-screen

Website:

http://www.viewsonic.co.uk/

SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

Black

Standard color:

Black

Launch Status:

Available

Radio:

N/A

Operating system:

Android

Connectivity:

MicroUSB, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Announced date:

Q1 2011

What's in the Box:

N/A

RAM:

2GB

International launch date:

N/A

Battery life when playing multimedia:

N/A

CPU:

N/A

FM Radio Description:

N/A

Internal memory:

16GB or 32GB

Memory Card Slot:

microSD

Messaging:

IM, Email

Internet Browser:

HTML

E-mail client:

POP3, Push email, Attachments, SMTP, IMAP4

GPS:

N/A

Java:

Yes

Games:

Yes

Frequency:

N/A

Talktime:

N/A

Standby:

Eight hours

Display size:

10.1-inches

Keypad:

N/A

Audio recording:

Yes


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