ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review

ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Review
Introduction:

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.



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.


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.



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13 Comments

1. abaza121

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 02, 2011

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

2. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

10. evanskylerrr

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

EPIC FAIL

4. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

That is horrible!

5. andygallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 21, 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!"

6. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

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

7. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I got my Playbook for 50 dollars more....lol Seriously this thing would be great.....in 2006.

8. cookiemonster435

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

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

9. evanskylerrr

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

unless people are that desperate..

11. tabletpatchkid

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 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.

12. simkit

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

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

13. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I'm so sorry 4 u :(((
ViewPad 7e
  • Display 7.0" 600 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3300 mAh

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