Summary: Mixing a sluggish Windows tablet with an outdated Android one makes the Intel Atom-powered ViewSonic ViewPad 10 less than ideal for either OS.
Cons: The device lacks physical controls for volume or screen orientation, and the Android side is stuck at version 2.2 and doesn't include the Android Market. There are some frustrating interface issues, and we spent too much time troubleshooting network connectivity problems.
Excerpt: What makes ViewSonic ViewPad 10 is the fact that it's dual-boot tablet, capable of running both Windows 7 and Android OS. Unfortunately, Android runs in version 1.6 but I guess that can be updated. Rest of the specs, include a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 1.6GHz processor, 1.3-megapixel front camera (no camera on the front), Wi-Fi connectivity, 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable with microSD cards.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Conclusion: It may be priced competitively, but the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 it doesn't come close to competing with the best tablets available. Windows is crippled, Android is out of date, and the elegance promised by tablets is replaced with lumbering awkwardness.
Pros: Dual-boot offers Android and Windows. Windows OS supports Flash.
Cons: Tablets aren't Windows friendly; you'll miss your keyboard and mouse. Android 2.2 isn't the tablet-specific Honeycomb, just scaled up smartphone software. No Android Marketplace. Button functions change depending on what application you're using. Tweaked Android OS doesn't support Flash.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: There’s a really famous road — maybe you know it. It’s paved with good intentions. And by now you should know all too well where it leads. It must have been aggravating for ViewSonic — which has made Windows-based tablet PCs since 2001 — to see its market destroyed by the Apple iPad in 2010. So the company did what it (and everyone else has) had to do: embrace Android.
Summary: The $679 ViewPad 10 feels like ViewSonic took a Windows 7 tablet and decided to throw Android on at the last minute to give it greater consumer appeal. While the Windows 7 experience is passable, the Android implementation is pretty awful. You can't turn the screen off without turning off the device itself in Android mode, the app selection is poor, and you don't get enough battery life.
Pros: Attractive design, Decent Windows 7 performance
Cons: Screen doesn't turn off in Android mode, No dedicated volume controls, Confusing button layout, Windows 7 slow to rotate, Short battery life, Small Android app store
Excerpt: The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 is one of the latest tablets to enter the market. This product was designed as a tablet that could work with both Windows 7 and the Android system. This ten inch tablet has an Intel Atom N455 processor with Windows 7 Professional and the Android 1.6 operating system.