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ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review

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Camera and Multimedia:

We’ve already pointed it out before, but the ViewPad 10’s 1.3-megapixel front facing camera is primarily going to be used for video chat and shooting self-portraits – and nothing more! When running the camera app in Android, we’re once again presented with an untouched interface as the viewfinder only takes a small portion of the display. Although we managed to snap a few shots of some scenery, you can forget about using it for taking any good-looking photos or videos. It's obvious that the cam is there only to enable video chat.

The camera interface - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
The video camera interface - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Camera settings - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
The Gallery - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review

The camera interface

The video camera interface

Camera settings

The Gallery


Outdoor samples made with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Outdoor samples made with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Outdoor samples made with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Outdoor samples made with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Outdoor samples made with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Outdoor samples made with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review

Outdoor samples made with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10


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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples



There’s nothing pretty with either the stock Android music player or Windows Media, but they’re more than functional in playing some tunes. Meanwhile, its two speakers in the rear are able to muster up some decent sounding tones, but luckily it doesn’t crackle at the loudest volume setting. However, it’s once again puzzling why ViewSonic decided to omit a volume rocker – which becomes more annoying when you have to go into the Android settings in order to modify volume.

Windows Media Player - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
The stock Android music player - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review

Windows Media Player

 

The stock Android music player

 

After loading a video encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution in Android, we experienced some instances of pixelization and choppiness with its playback. Oppositely, the same video looks astoundingly better in Windows 7 seeing that we didn’t experience any hiccups in its movement. Still, its drab looking display doesn’t particularly enhance the overall experience.

Watching videos in Windows 7 with ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Watching videos in Windows 7 with ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Watching videos in Windows 7 with ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Watching videos in Windows 7 with ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review

Watching videos in Windows 7 with ViewSonic ViewPad 10


Watching videos in Android - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Watching videos in Android - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Watching videos in Android - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Watching videos in Android - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review

Watching videos in Android


With our unit, its 32GB solid state hard drive might seem insufficient for a Windows 7 tablet, but it’s remarkably copious for Android. Regardless, you can still supplement is capacity by adding microSD cards up to 32GB in size. Finally, you can pop in any USB flash drive to it, and in Android, it’ll recognize it like a microSD card.


Internet and Connectivity:

At first, we were somewhat surprised to see a wireless control that enables 3G connectivity in Android, but sadly, the control is only a guise – so there’s no cellular connection whatsoever. Regardless of that, data connectivity is established thanks to its 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi – which is capable of retaining a solid connection to an access point that’s placed 30 feet away.  In addition, GPS is available to get a precise location fix, while Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR allows us to connect peripherals to it – like Bluetooth keyboards. And since we find standard USB 2.0 ports and a mini VGA port, we’re able to convert to a mini computer setup quickly by adding a mouse and keyboard to it.

For a tablet, the web browsing experience isn’t all that spectacular in Android – especially when it’s riddled with choppy pinch zooming and lacks Flash support. Thankfully, it’s nothing detrimental to its overall performance, but it doesn’t come off as being satisfying to say the least. On the other hand, Internet Explorer takes advantage of the touchscreen, though it’s not quite as smooth in its operation versus the Android browser. Specifically, pinch zooming is painfully slow in resizing pages, but at least kinetic scrolling is fluid. In any event, you get that full-featured web browsing experience since Internet Explorer is fully equipped in handling even the most demanding users out there.

Surfing the web with Internet Exlorer - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Surfing the web with Internet Exlorer - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Surfing the web with Internet Exlorer - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
Surfing the web with Internet Exlorer - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review

Surfing the web with Internet Exlorer


The Android browser in ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
The Android browser in ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
The Android browser in ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review
The Android browser in ViewSonic ViewPad 10 - ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review

The Android browser in ViewSonic ViewPad 10



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posted on 01 Apr 2011, 12:51

1. Hello-dirt (Posts: 100; Member since: 02 May 2010)


So...I should go and buy this if I want a tablet. Is that what you are saying?

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 21:09

2. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


KIler tablet if it ran Android 2.4 or 3.0 :( but sadly no -__-

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Display10.1 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (118 ppi)
Hardware
Single core, 1660 MHz, Intel Atom N455 processor
2048 MB RAM
Size10.83 x 6.69 x 0.65 inches
(275 x 170 x 16.5 mm)
30.86 oz  (875 g)

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