Haven't you always dreamed of a 7-inch tablet on which you can make phone calls? We won't blame you if you haven't, we are also a bit skeptical about that new trend. But it is out there, it is a fully functional tablet and it is on sale for $599 on Amazon.com. We are talking about the ViewSonic ViewPad 7, where 7 is for the screen size, not the OS, which for good or bad is Android 2.2 Froyo in all its glory.
Now, we just saw Samsung make a showy appearance with the Galaxy Tab at the same price tag and ViewSonic is not far behind. We don't see however what might tilt the scales to the ViewPad 7 except the voice call support. The processor is running at a slower 600 MHz rate and screen resolution is noticeably lower at 800x480 pixels. GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microSD support are on board just as on Samsung's tablet. This would be all good with us if the ViewPad 7 went on sale at a much lower cost, but at the current price tag it looses much of its appeal. And with the Galaxy Tab hacked to make voice calls on the T-Mobile network, this might be a deal-breaker. Did anyone order the ViewPad 7 already? Let us know what you think.