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Thursday, March 10, 2011

ViewSonic's Newest Tablet: An Unholy Alliance of Android and Windows 7

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"If you'll recall, this one's rocking a 10.1-inch touchpanel (1024 x 600), 1.66GHz Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a version of Android we forgot about in 1994."

Not much to say about this one. You can get it with Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional with 16 or 32 gigabytes of storage. The real kicker is the 1.6 installation of Android. Why? I mean, everyone is two or three iterations on, with Honeycomb being the latest hot thing for tablets. Honestly, unless there is a good technical reason for going with Donut over, at the very least, Froyo, this is just plain dumb. Viewsonic is shooting themselves in the foot here, and I would be surprised if this device gained any traction at all.

Am I way out in left field on this one, or do you agree that this device is doomed to fail?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Viewsonic Showcases Android Goodness

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 04:00 PM,+and+Updates)

"If you’ll recall, we mentioned ViewSonic had a couple of devices in production, such as the ViewPad 4 and the V350 and it looks like the MWC showcase indicates that they have almost reached fruition. ViewSonic’s appearance at MWC brought along the impressive duo with a new and fresh perspective."

I remember when ViewSonic used to make monitors. I think they still do. However, their two recent offerings, the ViewPad 4 and ViewSonic V350 (and how, exactly, do they come up with these names?) look like decent products. What has caught my interest is the dual-SIM nature of the V350. Yes, there are other devices that offer dual-SIMs but they are still relatively rare in Canada. The nature of our wireless market means that most mobile phone hardware we buy is locked into a specific carrier, so the thought of dual-SIMs and its implied multi-carrier status means that either Canada will only see this through importers, or a castrated version will appear.

One other trend I have noticed though, is with the number of Android phones growing faster than bunnies in Australia, I am getting really frustrated with the "universal" accessories market. There are plenty of accessories for iPhones, Blackberries and extremely popular Android devices, but if you have anything else, you have to settle with car mounts that wiggle, or non-existent docking stations. Does anyone know of a store out there that sells accessories for less popular gadgets?

Friday, January 7, 2011

CES and More: News Bits You May Have Missed

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 07:30 PM

On the go? Just need the facts? That's why I'm here! I've been dishing out news assignments to our editors here and over on Windows Phone Thoughts, and figured I'd pop my head in with the headlines that didn't make it (Not for lack of merit!). Here we go...

Not too bad huh? And it's really only from the last 48 hours!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Viewsonic ViewPad 7 Disappoints

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 03:00 AM

"At first glance, the ViewPad 7 looks like an iPad 4 that’s been taking injections of gadget growth hormone. Like the latest iPhone, ViewSonic’s tablet has rounded-off edges, a handsome metal band skirting its circumference, and a glossy black backing plate. From an industrial design perspective, it’s the slickest Android tablet we’ve tested. And, while the ViewPad 7 easily bests the Dell Streak and lesser Android tablets from a real-world use perspective, it falls short of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, and lags far behind the iPad."

I'm really having a hard time figuring why there hasn't been an awesome Android tablet yet. At least from my perspective, the requirements don't seem too stringent. Make it do the same thing my phone does, just in a larger package. You can also drop the 3G coverage and make it WiFi only as far as I'm concerned as I'll mostly be using it where there is a network or just tether it to my phone. Now come on, somebody get it done!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sneak Peek At Viewsonic's G Tablet and Tegra 2

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"The slate computing market is about to explode, with a literal flood of new tablets releasing over the coming months. Many of them will be Android based, running Nvidia's Tegra 2 SoC."

Here's a preview of Viewsonic's new G Tablet and the performance of Tegra 2. The tablet boasts a 10 inch WSVGA screen, Tegra 2 SoC and Android 2.2. Also included along with the preview is a comparison with the Galaxy Tab. Take a look and let us know which one you would be more interested in!

Monday, November 29, 2010

When is an iPad not an iPad?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 01:00 PM

"The iPad, without doubt, energized a genre by pretty much redefining it. Of course, that energy is boosted by competition and nowhere is this stronger than the small army of Android-powered tablets that are now available for the seasonal shopper."

If anyone mentions the word tablet these days, most people will immediately think iPad. Slate tablets have definitely been around a long time, but the recent generation of tablets are unlike anything we have seen. While the iPad continues to dominate, there are many competitors which might be worth your consideration. Based on the reviews and comments from Daniweb, there seems to be many limitations to the current crop of Android tablets, and it may be best to wait for them to start supporting to newer Android OS versions which are much more tablet friendly. These tablets also seem to be lacking support for the Android Market, which pretty much means that that lovely tablet you just bought is likely to offer very little in terms of what you can do with it. If you must go Android though, the Froyo tablets are your best bet as they will give you as close to a full Internet experience as can be had. Otherwise, look towards the Fruit for your tablet needs.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Viewsonic ViewPad 7 Unboxing

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 05:30 PM

"The ViewPad 7 gets unboxed!! In case you missed it, its got a 7-inch display capacitive touchscreen with 800×480 resolution, phone capabilities, front and back-facing cameras, 3G connectivity, a SIM card slot, and Android 2.2 "Froyo"."

Pretty good looking tablet, advertised as a Smart Pad with a Phone! Nice additions include SD and microSD slots. The ViewPad 7 ships with a case, with the case differing by geography. If you're in the UK, you can take part in Viewsonic's upgrade plan where you get up to £125 cash back when you trade in an old laptop, notebook or netbook. No additional solid details are available, like estimated price or availability in North America.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Viewsonic Shows Off Android Tablet

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

"Viewsonic was showing off their first Android tablet, the Viewpad 7, at IFA this week and we got to spend some quality hands-on time with the device. What I found was a pretty remarkable first effort from Viewsonic, but the Viewpad 7 will not be able to take on the Samsung Galaxy Tab."

The Viewpad 7 is a great looking Google-approved device, supports full-size SIM cards, and a front-facing camera for video-conferencing on the go. Anyone out there planning to purchase an Android tablet soon? If so, what are you most desired features?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dual-boot Tablet Runs Windows 7 & Android 1.6: The Best of Both Worlds?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

"After warning us last week of their impending dual-booting tablet, ViewSonic has now spilled the beans on the ViewPad 100's specs. I don't think anyone will be impressed by the Android 1.6 flavor, even if Windows 7's also there too."

I'm honestly not sure what to think of this device. Spec wise it looks to be a very nice "netbook-like" tablet, something I could see myself using while on the go. The part that I don't really get is the fact that you can choose to either boot into Windows 7 or Android 1.6. Beyond the fact that it is Android 1.6 and not 2.2, why would I ever boot a Windows tablet into Android? What do you guys think? Do you see any benefit in being able to choose to boot into Windows or Android on a single device?

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