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ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Review

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Review
Battery life is pretty good with 6-8 hours continuous usage and 25 days stand by. We practically found we could get a couple of days out of it with medium usage. Call quality is good both when using a Bluetooth headset and using the on-board loudspeaker. The person on the other end of the line reported a slight muffle when using the loudspeaker, however, nothing major.


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. That said, the ViewPad 7 is still a nice touchscreen device to surf the web on the go with. If you're in the market for an alternative, the obvious contender would be the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with the same form factor, but better specs across the board. Slightly less obvious, the Dell Streak offers a 5" screen which has greater pixel density and better viewing angles. Future options due out include the BlackBerry PlayBook, and if you’re prepared to sacrifice on phone functionality, consider the seminal mainstream tablet, the Apple iPad.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.2; Build 4027_3_16k

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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
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posted on 08 Dec 2010, 13:48

1. cellstudent (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Feb 2009)


This actually looks like something a relative of mine might like. A few questions if you don't mind.

Android Market: I saw it on there but you didn't use it. Is the market loaded by default or did you have to hack it on there? I know it's not supported on all tablets. Also, I would be getting it to use as wi-fi only tablet with no cellular package at all. Will this device support that usage?

How would it do as an e-book reader? I've got someone on my Christmas list that wants an e-book reader, but doesn't have great vision, so I've been looking for a low-price Android that doesn't just suck. This seems like it would be a great option since video and gaming won't be a priority to this user..

I didn't see any other power port structures on the device. Is the device charged through the micro-USB like standard handsets or is there another port there I didn't notice?

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 23:28

2. tuminatr (Posts: 637; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


why a review of this, why not the Viewsonic G tablet

http://www.viewsonic.com/gtablet/feature.htm

Tegra 2 1ghz dual core 10.1" screen

$379.99 at a few places

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 10:43

3. tinkoh (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)


It maybe too late to give a respond to above question

But right now viewsonic G tablet is not available in Singapore or many other places.

I purchase viewpad 7 as a compromise
but I hope to help to promote on viewpad 7

Viewpad 7 has Market, Aldiko, Maps build in

Frankly, if you just able to bear with Wifi then Archos may be another option

I got far-sight or presbyopia that viewpad 7 does help a lot as a phone.

Viewpad only got one micor-USB and use it for charge and connectivity.

There is software inside the "CD drive" when connect to a PC
That is the USB ADB driver need to work with MyPhoneExplorer

There is a reset hole that most will not notice but so far after two weeks
I did not make use of it and hope will not forever

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Display7.0 inches, 800 x 480 pixels (133 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
512 MB RAM
Size7.05 x 4.33 x 0.45 inches
(179 x 110 x 11.5 mm )
13.23 oz  (375 g)

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