I’ve said it many times already… everybody wants a slice of the tablet market. Viewsonic is no exception. I commend their attempts at making a breakthrough in this market where competition is very stiff. However, if the tablets are no good, then I ain’t gonna buy’em.
Viewsonic has recently designed and built the Viewpad 7, Viewpad 10, Viewpad 10s and the Viewpad 10pro. These tablets are currently being reviewed by many sites across the web. Unfortunately for Viewsonic, there are no positive reviews to be found. One review is even more judging than the other.
The Viewpad 7, for example, lacks flash support. The processor is extremely slow and this is instantly noticeable when using the tablet. Like the name suggests, the Viewpad 7 is a 7” tablet. It’s the smallest tablet size you can find, and the Viewpad 7 doesn’t even make optimal use of the screen size that is available.
The Viewpad 10 isn’t doing much better in the reviews. The Viewpad 10 is a much more expensive dual boot tablet with a 10” display. It can run both Windows 7 as well as Android 1.6 (with a 2.2 update available). What can I say… a dual boot tablet is a nice try. But it’s also a bit of a people pleaser that comes off as a bit desparate. The software doesn’t even work that well. Viewsonic might as well have gone with one OS that works well. Quality over quantitity!
The Viewpad 10s is the single boot version of the Viewpad 10. It runs Android 2.2 only. Now it only it worked well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. The tablet has a very lousy touch & feel to it. Another Viewsonic tablet down the crapper.
The Viewpad 10pro is another dual boot tablet. It runs Windows 7 and Android 2.2. It pretty much gets the same criticism as the Viewpad 10. The software doesn’t work. Android runs too slow. You can’t install apps on it. On top of that, the display is too dark.
Future Viewsonic tablets include the Viewpad 7x and the Viewpad 7e. These unreleased tablets will run higher Android versions with flash support. They will also have faster processors. Sounds to me like Viewsonic is tackling the biggest obstacles they are currently facing. But whether these upcoming tablets will be better, remains to be seen.
Viewsonic sure is taking its sweet time to learn from its mistakes!