Excerpt: First off and just to get this out of the way; if you see the resemblance, you’re right, the ViewPad is a carbon copy of the OlivePad - No difference whatsoever. From button placements to Dual camera placement, ports et al. Obviously, the OEM for the device is the same as Olive’s. Even the originality of the name is just blah as all of these companies are simply taking a cue from Apple. After the iPad we’ve seen Pads galore. C’mon guys, where’s the creativity?
Conclusion: To wrap up, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 is cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and rightly so as it can't really compete with it on any other point. The 7-inch screen is a nice size, but other than that it fails to present the user with a pleasant experience as far as resolution and viewing angles go. Sadly, this makes the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 pretty uncomfortable for watching movies or simply using the tablet in certain positions.
Pros: Phone capabilities, Solid build, Good loud speakers, Android 2.2
Cons: Very bad viewing angles, Placement of 3.5mm headphone jack, No Flash Player 10.1 support, Slow processor
Summary: At $479 (expected to be lower through some outlets), the Viewsonic ViewPad 7 is worth a look for those who crave an inexpensive Android tablet that's easy to tote, especially if you don't want to be locked into a two-year contract. It's about $100 less than the Verizon Galaxy Tab, and you should be able to plug in a SIM Card for making phone calls and surfing the web when you're beyond hotspot range. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the 3G to work as advertised.
Summary: New gadgets hit the stores almost everyday but there are only a few among them which are decent enough to be laid hands upon. The ViewSonic ViewPad 7 is the latest gadget in the market that is in same lines as the Samsung Galaxy Tab. However let us see whether the product is really capable of causing any upsets in the market sales of the other products or is an ordinary product with not much to boast about.
Conclusion: The big thing for Christmas 2010 was, without any shadow of a doubt, the tablet. Most people are probably not entirely sure why they want or need something like ViewSonic’s ViewPad 7, but with everyone jumping on the bandwagon there’s a definite feeling of mob mentality. Everyone else has got one (supposedly), so you better get one too.
Excerpt: It's fair to say that we weren't impressed with the first Viewsonic tablet we reviewed. Running Windows 7 and Android, we felt as though the ViewPad 10 was hampered by being forced to run both operating systems. In particular, Android 1.6 meant that the tablet couldn't do half the things we've come to expect of Google's operating system. With the ViewPad 7, Viewsonic could well make up for the shortcomings of its first tablet.