Finally, got to meet up with Viewsonic ViewPad 7, the 7-inch Android Tablet. I have quite high hope for it as it sports a decent specs. However, when I played with it, I find that it is not as responsive as Samsung Galaxy Tab and a fingerprint magnet.
When I first read about Viewsonic Viewpad 7, I was thinking that it could be a competitor with Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, when I played with it, I am less forgiving.
The tablet itself is a fingerprint magnet. Look at the back of this ViewPad 7.
The front is quite standard with a bezel around it for the ease of holding it without touching the touchscreen.
According to Viewsonic, it has a 800Mhz Snapdragon processor and running on Froyo (Android 2.2). When I searched ago the Internet, it seems that it has a 600 MHz processor. I think I was given the wrong information.
When I tried to scroll the pages, I could feel that it is not snappy. There seems to be a lag.
And the camera is 3 MegaPixels and with a screen resolution of 800X600. It has quite the standard stuff on a tablet nowadays. Front and rear facing camera, 3G and WiFi. The whole experience feels that it is just an Android phone with a bigger screen. Here is a picture of it with HTC HD2 (also a 800×600 resolution screen at 4.3-inch).
Overall, it might boil down to price factor when competing with other brands. Based on my understanding, it will retail at 399 Euro.
If you want to see the press release and the hands on experience, click on the below link.
If you want to take a closer look at it, here is the video.
BTW, Viewsonic also has a 10 inch tablet but it was not at the booth when I was there. It sports a 1 GHz Intel processor and dual boot. It has Windows 7 and Android 2.2. That, to me, is really a blessing. Imagine, if you want heavy processing work, you can switch to Windows 7 and if you are just doing light stuff, you can switch to Android 2.2. I guess the trade off is the battery life. BTW, it will retail at 529 Euro (or 599 Euro?).