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The ViewPad 7 marks the ViewSonic's first foray into the tablet arena. The device packs a fair number of features into its squared-off 7-inch frame--most notably the ability to handle 3G data and the ability to double as a phone (if you pay for a voice plan and insert a SIM card into the slot). Unfortunately, the ViewPad 7 disappoints in other respects, including display quality, button navigation, and battery life. And you'll pay dearly for the contract-free flexibility of the ViewPad, which is priced at $430 as of January 31, 2011. The unit runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), just as the Dell Streak 7 does, but Its configuration isn't as beefy; the ViewPad 7 carries 512MB of internal memory, a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 ARM11CPU, and 512MB of user-accessible flash memory (upgradable to 32GB via the microSD Card slot). Among its other features are a 3G radio, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity. The ViewPad 7 has a 7-inch capacitive multitouch LCD screen, with 800-by-480-pixel resolution--lower than the resolution of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. I found the LCD display too bright for reading books and documents for more than about 10 minutes. Text looked pixelated, with the dots in the letters distractingly easy to see.
There's no shortage of Android tablets these days, and most of the options available are almost completely indistinguishable. Viewsonic, however, has made smart moves in trying to set itself apart from that cadre of me-too products with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7 ($599 direct). The Viewpad 7 is a 7-inch Android tablet with a wider-than-typical assortment of features including voice calling, dual cameras, stereo speakers, and full access to the Android Market. The problem, though, is that for all the things the Viewpad 7 does, it doesn't any of them particularly well. For its high price, and given its competition, this tablet doesn't work well enough to recommend - despite its promising specs. The tablet's design isn't notably different from most other Android tablets, from the Cherrypal Cherrypad ($188, 2 stars) all the way up to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It's a 7.06-by-4.33-by-0.45-inch (HWD) rectangle with a black bezel, black back panel, and silver sides. It's made of plastic, but still manages to feel solid. It's slightly thinner and shorter, but slightly wider, than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but they feel essentially the same in hand. The device weighs 13 ounces, and is much more manageable to hold than an Apple iPad ($499-$829, 4 stars).
When is a seven-inch tablet not a tablet? When it's strangely labelled a smartphone, like ViewSonic's ViewPad 7.At this small size it's not really competing with the iPad scale of tablets, more the Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Like those two devices, the ViewPad 7 is running Android, this time in 2.2 trim.But the strange thing is that ViewSonic is marketing this as a smartphone rather than as a tablet. Admittedly, you can slap a SIM card into the top of the ViewPad and it will operate like a phone, but you'll get a bit of the Dom Joly's should you use it in the street.We've actually already seen this device under a different name. Like the ViewPad 10, this seven-inch edition has simply been picked up lock, stock and barrel by ViewSonic from an OEM manufacturer and renamed. In its previous guise it was the Linx Commtiva N700, a £330 tablet that got a decent four stars.So what has ViewSonic done with it? Seeing as the ViewPad 7 costs more than the same device under Linx Commtiva N700 nomenclature you'd expect to be getting a bit more for your cash.
It seems like we've all been waiting for "the iPad killer." It's not that anybody thinks Apple's slate device needs to be knocked off its perch directly, but let's be honest, consumers benefit from competitive options to choose from, whether it be strictly on price or performance and innovation. 7 and 10-inch Android and Windows based tablets have been trickling out from various manufacturers over the past few months, though the pace of both development and release of these devices doesn't appear to be happening fast enough to keep pace with Apple this holiday season. Sure, Samsung stepped up with some significant buzz for the Galaxy Tab, but in a lot of ways the total solution just didn't have the same punch as Apple's new thin and light ultra-portable. And so we wait, while Android continues to become more robust as an OS and manufacturers from all over continue to polish and refine new slate PCs. ViewSonic is a household name that many consumers can identify with in terms of their lineage in the LCD market. So, at least on the surface, it would make sense that a panel manufacturer (akin to Samsung actually) would have solid leverage in components and materials, to compete in the white-hot tablet arena.
All we're hearing about these days is tablets - they're going to be really big in 2011 - and PC manufacturers and mobile makers are all climbing aboard the bandwagon. Now Viewsonic, which is famed for its monitors, has come up with its own swathe of product launches - it has two devices out already. The Viewpad 7 also runs on Android 2.2, so boasts some nifty features - but how does it compete against the devices already on sale? Good looking While the iPad has been called a giant-sized iPod Touch, the Viewpad 7 is reminiscent of a giant iPhone 4. With its flat glossy black chassis with silver trim, and its squared corners, it takes on the ‘industrial chic' feel of the new iPhone - albeit with the traditional four buttons (Back, search, Menu and Home) in place of a single OK button. On the back of the device is a three-megapixel camera, while the front is home to a 0.3 megapixel camera for video calling. On the power front it comes up somewhere in the middle with a 600MHz CPU, a mediocre 512MB memory on board - and no memory card in the box.
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7 is a 7-inch Android tablet that answers the call for a carrier-agnostic alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Priced around $450, the ViewPad 7 offers an impressive spec sheet, Android Market access, and all the accoutrements of Android 2.2. It isn't an iPad killer, but its accessible SIM and memory card make it one of the most flexible high-end Android tablets available. The ViewPad 7 is a bit of a brick, with its squared-off edges and paperback dimensions. A few editors remarked on how the silver plastic bezel that wraps around the edge makes it look like a giant iPhone 4. Measuring 4.3 inches tall, 7 inches wide, and .5 inch thick, the ViewPad 7 is slightly more pocketable than the Galaxy Tab, and takes up less than half the space of an iPad. The screen sports an 800x480 resolution, and is covered with scratch-resistant glass. Like on most Android products, there are four touch-sensitive buttons that run along the screen, providing keys for Home, Menu, Search, and Back. We think ViewSonic's home button looks more like a mushroom cloud than a house, but maybe that says more about us than the product.
Since the iPad, a flurry of large screened capacitive devices have been bidding for our cash, from Apple's own offering through to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Dell Streak and the soon to be released BlackBerry PlayBook. It's understandable that Google's open source Android is on the majority of tabs out there, and this means across this OS, there's a fair bit of choice. At the lower end of the Android tablet market is the ViewSonic ViewPad 7, a 7-inch tab with phone functionality, a front and rear camera and Froyo on board. Looks good so far, but does it deliver?The ViewSonic ViewPad 7 is a thick tablet with presence. Unlike the Dell Streak for example, which is slim to the point that it could just be classified as a big phone, at 7 inches, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 is most certainly not a phone, despite offering phone functionality. It comes with a cool leather folio case that doubles up as a stand.The capacitive measures in at 7 inches and has a resolution of 480x800 pixels. As expected, this makes for soft detail and an overall lack of crispness. While brightness levels are OK, viewing angles are terrible, reminiscent of some budget non touchscreen handsets.
While there's a number of Android tablets on the market, most of them are pretty awful. With the exception of the Samsung Galaxy Tab other devices we've tested have been marred by poor design, a lack of apps, lackluster performance, or all of the above. The Viewsonic ViewPad 7 ($459 starting in mid-December, and as low as $429 through some retailers) is a cut above those tablets. This device not only looks attractive, it has full access to the Android Market, lasts more than 7 hours on a charge, and can even be used to make calls--when you plug in a SIM card. However, compared to Samsung's slate, you'll have to make some sacrifices. Is the ViewPad 7 worth it or should you just spring for the Tab or iPad?While many tablets have been likened to oversized iPhones, the ViewPad 7 probably comes the closest to imitating Apple's design. But is that a good thing? Like the iPhone 4, both the front and back of the ViewPad 7 are glossy black, and the edges are bordered in a silvery plastic. While the overall look is somewhat sleek, it picks up and shows fingerprints fairly easily.Overall, the 7.1 x 4.3 x 0.45-inch ViewPad 7 is about the same size and weight (13.2 ounces) as the Samsung Galaxy Tabs, but where the Tabs have a slightly rounded underside, the ViewPad 7's is flat, making the edges somewhat sharp, a la the iPhone 4.
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