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ViewSonic ViewPad 10e review

An ultra-cheap tablet for those who won't buy an iPad

Our Verdict

A cheap tablet that should do better given the cost - but too sluggish and poorly designed to be a winner.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 768
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Well balanced feel in the hand
  • Slim, easily portable design
  • Great price
  • Free apps
  • Good audio through speakers

Against

  • Dire homescreen search bar
  • Fiddly power and unlock button
  • Lack of Android Market
  • Poor construction quality
  • Sluggish processor

Having already attempted to take on the Android tablet market with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 7e, ViewSonic is back with a cut-price device.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10e pairs what, at face value, appears to be an acceptable array of entry-level specs with a cheap and relatively cheerful shell to appeal to those not convinced by the iPad's much higher price tag.

Looking to steal a couple of market share percentage points from Apple, ViewSonic has forgone a number of core Android values when adopting Google's operating system for the ViewPad 10e, most fundamental of which is the overlooking of the now standard 10.1-inch display in favour of an iPad-mimicking 9.7-inch offering.

With the unwritten rule of the tablet market seeming to be 'if you can afford it, plump for the iPad', ViewSonic has looked to dramatically undercut the market leader in an attempt to win favour with the masses, jumping in at a low price with a very impressive £199 retail tag in the UK, and $399 cost in the US.

ViewSonic viewpad 10e review

This is significantly cheaper than the entry-level iPad 2, which starts at £399, or $499.

The ViewSonicViewPad 10e is also cheaper than the leading Android tablets, save for the currently US-exclusive $199 Amazon Kindle Fire, and even ViewSonic's own 7-inch offering, the original ViewPad 7, which retailed at £300.

ViewSonic viewpad 10e review

Sadly, as will all facets of the tech market, this low-end price tag does come with a number of device-hampering limitations, with a somewhat shoddy build quality combining with a number of lower-end components and weak specs to fulfill the old truism 'you get what you pay for."

While the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e does run Google's Android operating system, it isn't a true Android tablet.

Unlike a number of its roughly 10-inch Android tablet competitors, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola Xoom 2 and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e doesn't run a fully certified version of Android.

Instead it opts for a slightly flaky version of the OS that means, among other things, it has no official Android Market.

ViewSonic viewpad 10e review

Despite some hardware and software restrictions, ViewsSonic has done something with the ViewPad 10e that the likes of Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Sony and Asus have failed to do: get the tablet to market with a price that will appeal to the everyman, not just those with a hefty wedge of spare cash and a keen interest in tech.

Although a sub-£200 price tag can't counteract all problems, a number of the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e's issues can be overlooked when you consider the device's price compared to its competitors - a trait that will no doubt be adopted by a number of consumers looking to enter the tablet scene.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity4 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Finger Print ReaderNo
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyViewPad 10e
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelA8
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Brand NameViewsonic
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen Size24.6 cm (9.7")
Screen Resolution1024 x 768
Standard Memory512 MB
Weight (Approximate)620 g
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height9.1 mm
Width241.6 mm
Depth188.6 mm
Screen ModeXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series10e
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product NameViewPad 10e Tablet Computer
Product LineViewPad
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberV10E_BNA1EU7_01
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Surfing, Reading and Mobile Entertainment

ViewPad 10e Android 2.3 Gingerbread 9.7 tablet features a brilliant, high-resolution IPS 1024x768 display with capacitive multi-touch and wide viewing angle in an ultra slim, compact design. Made for ultimate on-the-go entertainment, ViewPad 10e includes a powerful 1GHz processor, 4GB memory storage, 1.3MP camera, mini HDMI port and micro SD slot for memory expansion. Amazon Appstore for Android, 1Mobile Market and Kindle for Android offer instant access to thousands of apps, games and ebooks. ViewScene 3D user interface creates an intuitive customizable experience, making ViewPad 10e the ideal all-in-one device for any mobile entertainment needs.

Package Contents
  • ViewPad 10e Tablet Computer
  • AC Adapter
  • Micro USB
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Compliance Information
  • 1Mobile Market QSG