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ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Superficially, the ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience, but seeing that it’s not a “with Google” device, it lacks such useful things like the Android Market, Gmail, and YouTube. The Amazon App Store is there to provide us some support with third party applications. Alternatively, its ViewScene 3D UI dishes up a lot of eye-candy with its 3D carousel effect, but besides the glitzier presentation, there’s nothing advantageous about it. Despite the loss of the Android Market.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e features a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience


Even though its single-core 1GHz ARM A8 processor with 512MB of RAM doesn’t seem impressive on paper by today’s standards, it’s decent enough to provide ample processing power when it’s needed – though, it exhibits some choppiness every now and then.

Typing on its resistive screen is a nightmare on its own! Besides experiencing some inaccuracy issues with the stock Android keyboard, it can be rather sluggish with its response. Still, the Swype keyboard proves to be a little bit more tolerable.

Virtual keyboards - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Virtual keyboards - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Virtual keyboards - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Virtual keyboards - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Virtual keyboards - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Virtual keyboards - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

Virtual keyboards



Camera:

As much as we’re pleased with ViewSonic for throwing a pair of cameras onto this thing, the results are nowhere close to acceptable. Specifically, still shots simply look as though someone painted them with a thick brush, as they boast muddy details and a mostly out-of-focus appearance. Better than nothing?

Camera interface - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Camera interface - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Camera interface - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Camera interface - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Camera interface - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Camera interface - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples taken with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Outdoor samples taken with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Outdoor samples taken with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Outdoor samples taken with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Outdoor samples taken with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Outdoor samples taken with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Outdoor samples taken with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

Outdoor samples taken with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e


Strong - Indoor samples - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Medium - Indoor samples - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Low light - Indoor samples - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


Things don’t get any better with its maximum 1024 x 768 video capture, well, that’s because it quality is severely softened by its muddy appearance and sensitive exposure – albeit, it moves smoothly at 29 frames per second and captures clear audio.

ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Sample Video:




Multimedia:

With the stock Gingerbread music player, it lacks any visual flare, but is more than functional in getting us rocking to our tunes. However, its speaker quality is profoundly shrill to the tone, which ends up being more irritating to the ear than anything else.

The stock Gingerbread music player - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The stock Gingerbread music player - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
The stock Gingerbread music player - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

The stock Gingerbread music player


Interestingly, the ViewPad 7e is able to play our test video encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution – and with no problems at all! Nonetheless, our eyes can’t get over its dull looking display – thus, making the experience less than pleasing.

Video playback - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Video playback - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

Video playback


Thankfully, the microHDMI port on the tablet provides us the usefulness of having a mirrored experience, which comes in handy for quickly sharing multimedia content with our TV.


Internet and Connectivity:

Whereas most Honeycomb tablets offer a decent web browsing experience, the ViewPad 7e requires a lot of patience since it’s evidently tedious with its operation. Actually, the entire thing suffers from plenty of slowdown and lag! Meanwhile, things don’t get any better when Flash content is present.

Web browsing - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Web browsing - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Web browsing - ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

Web browsing


At its price point, it’s hardly expected for a tablet of this caliber to offer anything beyond Wi-Fi connectivity as its main source of data connection – and rightfully so, we’re dead on the mark.

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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: 3034; 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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