ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Review

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.

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.

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.

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.



1. Hello-dirt

Posts: 102; Member since: May 02, 2010

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

2. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

KIler tablet if it ran Android 2.4 or 3.0 :( but sadly no -__-
ViewPad 10
  • Display 10.1" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Camera / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Single core, 1660 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh

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