ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro
A new tablet PC on the market
What can be better for mobile computing than a tablet? Smartphones can do a lot of things today, with all the new features developed on a daily basis, but they have their limitations at some point, and that’s where the tablets intervene. ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro was designed just for that, for offering qualitative work on the go by occupying a lot less than a laptop and having availability rate a lot higher, up to 8 hours of computing. Here is the test performed by our review team. 🙂
Intel 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor
ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro is loaded with Oak Trail Z670 processor, an expert in power management. you can have access to all your Windows files and applications, while still enjoying the friendliness of the Android 2.3. It has WiFi connectivity, running the new Intel 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor, 2GB of memory, HDMI capabilities and has a 1.3 megapixel camera which is not the best we’ve seen in a tablet, but will do, after all. The display is 10.1- inch and weighs 1.8lb, meaning that is approximately half pound lighter that the iPad.
Dual boot Android / Windows
We were very pleased by the usage of the two OS in ViewPad 10pro, who work as one in the smoothest way. Forget about rebooting! One OS is at a tap away from the other and the transition is smooth and safe for your work. It comes preinstalled with the basic Android apps for web browsing, email, audio and organizing and not to mention Android Market access.
It is easy to hold without the danger of slipping from your hand, but it hasn’t been designed to be used on a flat platform, because of the rounded back of 10pro tablet. It may be for the sake of the good appearance, but there must appear cases when you would want to use it on a table for example, but it will wobble. Also what may seem strange is that it has a front faced camera, but lacks the rear one.
The ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro comes with Swype, a keyboard very popular among tablets that uses a different way of tapping, faster and clearer. Also, the whole multi-touch is altogether a more pleasant experience, thanks to the G- Sensor. Moving files, pitching, zooming and other gestures are natively represented and more accurate.
The appearance is not very sophisticated and it lacks the glossy touch so popular among tablet. It is made entirely of plastic and feels rather robust, at least if you think of those that also use metal in the chassis. The logo is on the long side on the bezel, while the other long side hosts the 1.3 megapixel camera. On the short edges you can find the ambient light sensor and the Android buttons for Home, Back, Search and Menu. Also, on the top of ViewPad 10pro there are the buttons for volume control and screen lock.
HDMI and USB 2.0 ports
All that you need for connectivity can be found on the short left edge, including HDMI port and USB 2.0 ports, a micro SD card slot and also a SIM card slot, a headphone/microphone combo jack and a round-pin power jack. If you miss the use of a mouse and real keyboard, you can connect these to the USB 2.0 port and they work perfectly with both Android and Windows. And there are other interesting crossovers between the two. For example, if you work on the Android and you insert a readable device, Windows will be called for “help” because it handles files better. The battery life of 10pro was also good, a nice surprise for our review team.
We appreciate that ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro tablet is user friendly and capacitive, mostly because of the interesting combination if the two operating systems. In the test performed for this review it works smoothly and comes loaded with a variety of Android Market apps. It has a nice touch and the 10.1-inch display is responsive, although in bright light there is the risk of not being able to see much on it. Other than that, we couldn’t find anything else upsetting in its use.