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.
Pros: Access to Android Marketplace, Can use with AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card for phone calls and data, Good battery life, Loud speakers, Carrying case included
Cons: Picks up fingerprints easily, Slower processor and lower-res screen than Galaxy Tab, Front-facing camera wouldn't work with Qik and other apps, Trouble with 3G data
Summary: It may be a bit chubbier and more plastic fantastic than the high-profile Samsung Galaxy Tab or Apple iPad , but what ViewSonic's 7in Android-powered tablet, the Viewpad 7, lacks in refinement it makes up for in utility. It's small, tough and comes with a vinyl Filofax-type cover, and manages to pack in as many means of connection as the top-spec iPad for considerably less cost.