ViewSonic ViewPad E70 hands-on
So far, the Amazon Kindle Fire showed us how well inexpensive tablets can be – seeing it offered the perfect mix of ingredients to show itself that it’s one capable device. With this pre-production ViewPad E70, we have to be frank with this one because it’s far away from being the most premium thing on the block. In fact, it’s hardly a winner in the design front since it’s mainly comprised out of a white plastic shell that feels rather cheap in overall quality.
When you’re trying to make a tablet for dirt cheap, you know there are going to be some compromises made somewhere with it. From what we can gather so far, its 7” WVGA display isn’t much of a surprise to us, but unfortunately, its quality makes our eyes tear up with its poor viewing angles and high evidence of pixilation. Of course, we’re glad to see it sporting a micro-HDMI port, front-facing camera, microSD slot, and Wi-Fi, but it’s uncertain at this point whether or not it’ll be packing along a rear camera. Well, that’s because there’s black dot in the rear that seems to be a placeholder for possibly a camera of some sort – so it’s anyone’s guess if it’ll make the cut.
Thankfully, the tablet is running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich – and it’s a stock experience from what we can see right now. However, the experience is painfully dulled by the slow-as-molasses performance being exhibited by its single-core 1GHz processor. Yes, it’s not going to be a pencil pusher in the performance department, but then again, we have to reiterate that we aren’t we surprised at all.
Cheap is good, right? Of course, but there is still some expectations that these affordable tablets need to meet in order to have a chance of being respected – though, $169 is pretty hard to beat.