ViewSonic ViewPad 10 – Double Dose of Calamity

Gadgets — on June 13, 2011 at 12:15 am | Comment Now

ViewSonic has been making Windows-based tablet PCs since model year 2001, and that’s the reason why it would have been infuriating for them to see Apple iPad ruling their market in 2010. So, the company decided to do, what they must do and that is to, embrace Android.

As a result of which we got the ViewSonic ViewPad 10, which we are reviewing here. The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 is a dual-booting 10 inch, Windows-Android tablet having plenty of compassion and supercilious goals, and an absolute disaster on almost every front.

In all fairness, we will like to say that Android is a completely new ball game for ViewSonic, and when you boot the ViewPad to Windows, the device isn’t half-bad. But that is not to say that it doesn’t have its share of minor flaws: It took us an hour of wondering and frustration to make the two USB ports of the tablet work, and also we experienced constant crashes almost everyday we used the tablet. But if you really want a Windows OS in a slate-tablet design weighing 1.9-pound, we would say that the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 is at least drivable.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 failed to complete any of the actual benchmark tests we subjected it to, and there’s a strong chance of that being because of its only 2 GB of RAM and 1.6-GHz Atom CPU. The good thing here is that the Tablet was sufficiently responsive in normal use in comparison to our low expectations, and that supposedly could be because of the inclusion of an SSD hard drive, which although was only 32 GB but we think was sufficient.

If you want to switch back to Android mode, you will have to reboot Windows, and then will have press the button on the right side at the right time when the choice for OS prompt appears. And ones you are in Android mode, you won’t be having a lot of fun.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 originally comes with Android 1.6; the only upgrade to Android 2.2 was available in first week of May. We used the tablet extensively in both the environments, and neither of the environments seems to be satisfactory for most of the casual tablet users in the market. And we won’t be exaggerating it when we say that with Android, there isn’t any facet of the system where we didn’t faced problem.

The tablet doesn’t have Flash, for which ViewSonic blames Adobe, and the battery life for the tablet was even lower on Android, with the system delivering battery like of 3 hrs, 10 minutes, the same becomes 3 hrs, 30 mins on Windows. Probably, that is because the screen of the ViewPad doesn’t suspend or auto-dim in Android, and there even aren’t any options to make that possible.

Even there aren’t any Volume buttons on the system. The back and home button also doesn’t work properly, and sometime the home button takes you back and the back buttons brings the contextual menus of the tablet. If you’re an Android phone user, you never will get use to it, and neither will you want to get use to it.

So with all the Android problems in the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 it becomes almost hard to complain about the strange decision to put the 10.1 in screen with 1024 x 600 pixels of native resolution off-center, the very weak LCD, and the complexity of interacting with diminutive Windows motivates using a fingertip.

We will leave our review at that and will request you to have your thoughts on the Tablet and in fact will urge to have a look around in the market before putting money down the table for the ViewSonic ViewPad 10.


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