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ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Introduction:

ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Known for being a prominent monitor manufacturer, we’ve already seen ViewSonic dabbling in the tablet market for the last year now with devices like the Android powered ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10. Coming around for a second at bat with a 7” offering, they’re hoping to reel in some people with their affordably priced ViewSonic ViewPad 7e model.


Design:

Let’s be honest here, our first impression about the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e is that it looks like some sort of digital picture frame with its very cheap plastic casing – even worse, it’s very bland looking and extremely heavy. Generally, 7-inch tablets are relatively easy to hold with one hand, but with this one, its wide frame and heavy weight makes it difficult to hold with one hand.

The wide frame and heavy weight make the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e difficult to hold with one hand - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The wide frame and heavy weight make the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e difficult to hold with one hand - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

The wide frame and heavy weight make the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e difficult to hold with one hand


ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

Bringing us back to memories of long ago, the ViewPad 7e features a 7” 800x600 px. resistive touchscreen – yes folks, you heard that right, it utilizes a RESISTIVE touchscreen! As much as we’re appalled by it, we’re further annoyed by the fact that its quality is abysmally poor – to the point unusable at times. Not only is it immensely pixilated, but its very weak brightness output and terrible viewing angles washes out the display. For comparison, both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet feature 1024x600 pixels resolution capacitive screens with much better image qualtiy.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a 7” 800x600 px. resistive touchscreen - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a 7” 800x600 px. resistive touchscreen - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a 7” 800x600 px. resistive touchscreen - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a 7” 800x600 px. resistive touchscreen - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a 7” 800x600 px. resistive touchscreen - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a 7” 800x600 px. resistive touchscreen - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a 7” 800x600 px. resistive touchscreen


For the price, we like that it offers a front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera, microSD card slot, 3-megapixel rear camera, miniUSB port, microphone, and microHDMI port. Aside from using the proprietary charging port to juice it up, you can actually do the same with its miniUSB port too.

Buttons below the display - The sides of the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
3.5mm jack (bottom) - The sides of the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
microSD card slot (left) - The sides of the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

Buttons below the display

3.5mm jack (bottom)

microSD card slot (left)

Proprietary charging port, miniUSB  and HDMI ports (top) - The sides of the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Power and volume keys (right) - The sides of the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Rear camera and speakers - The sides of the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

Proprietary charging port, miniUSB and HDMI ports (top)

Power and volume keys (right)

Rear camera and speakers

The sides of the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e



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posted on 02 Dec 2011, 05:40 5

1. abaza121 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Oct 2011)


LOL why would u review such an ugly device I think it should take 0.5/10

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 06:22 4

2. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


lol of the year. No pro, only cons.
3,5 isn't too much anyway?

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 21:17

10. evanskylerrr (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


a pro could be that it comes in white. many people dig white. haha.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 07:33 1

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


EPIC FAIL

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 09:57 1

4. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


That is horrible!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:43

5. andygallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Wow. That's pretty horrible.

BTW, why are you guys using a shrunk down pic of a Galaxy Tab 8.9/10.1 in the size comparison and calling it a Tab 7 Plus? The first thing I thought when I saw that pic was, "Holy CRAP that thing is big!"

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:04

6. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


I wonder how much they ask ask for it...

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 21:51

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I got my Playbook for 50 dollars more....lol

Seriously this thing would be great.....in 2006.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 20:33 1

8. cookiemonster435 (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


Maybe my grandma would like it(: just kidding even she knows a quality product when she sees one

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 21:16

9. evanskylerrr (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


unless people are that desperate..

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 13:48 1

11. tabletpatchkid (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


As usually as it happens the bandwagon of crap tagging takes off when someone just comes with a point of view so high in the sky that everything else looks uncivilized. I just got some Viewpads 7e for my wife (which happens to be a database programmer for a major software company) and kids, and they liked a lot. If one wants to hold a 7" wide format tablet in your hand from side to side, then should go to a bionic surgeon and have implanted a larger hand, that way you can hold two. You cannot expect to have in your hand a Mercedes Benz coupe or a MiniCooper if what you have to spend after the mortgage crisis of the last two years is about $150 or less (not $200 or 250) with various extras, much less was the cost during BlackFriday/CyberMonday days at various online and brick-mortar places. If one think the Viewpad is total crap, then that means one has plenty of $400 to $900 to get a flagship tablet and drop it in favor of every new pad that comes up. BTW I have myself a cheap ($70) MID epad/apad which allowed me to play around with the firmware, change and reroot to explore the ins and outs of Android and its Linux kernel. Hybrid-resistive screens are taking over back the market: they allow you to inexpensively use tablets to write like a person, a grown up civilized person, instead of reliving again and again past times of finger painting or even using those crappy rubber boot styli. Forget the keyboard, use a stylus and relearn the joy and craft of handwriting (get a good hw recognizer, there are quite a few good ones out there). That's what tablets and slates were for, to write on, to draw, to create! Ciao.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 13:43

12. simkit (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


Dont buy one i have two ( six months old ) both have gone wrong, save up for a little longer and buy a IPOD.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 17:03

13. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I'm so sorry 4 u

:(((

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Display7.0 inches, 600 x 800 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM A8 processor
512 MB RAM
Size7.56 x 5.16 x 0.56 inches
(192 x 131 x 14.1 mm)
15.87 oz  (450 g)

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