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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

ViewSonic viewpad 10e review

Far from the finished Android tablet that would appeal to the hardened tech fan, the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e does just about enough to appeal to its budgeting target audience, with its impressive £199/$399 price tag a redeeming factor for some but not all of its downfalls.

We liked

Thin, light and pleasant in the hand, the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e is, for the most part, a well styled tablet that ticks all of the boxes in terms of portability and first impressions aesthetics. Despite being poorly pieced together, the black plastic exterior even suits the device.

With a screen that offers extremely wide viewing angles while displaying crisp, vibrant images, the tablet is more than capable of being a personal entertainment hub, with its speakers providing impressive audio that far exceeded expectations.

What appeals most about this entry-level device, however, has to be its price tag. At just £199/$399, a £200/$100 saving over the lowest-specced iPad 2 will be too hard to overlook for many entering the tablet market for the first time. And for that money you could do a lot worse.

We disliked

Having Google's fully-certified Android operating system installed on the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e as opposed to the rehashed copy that actually features would bring more credibility to the tablet and offer a much smoother, more functional and better-looking user experience.

Elsewhere, poor construction further highlights a number of design faults exaggerating their troubles. Top of this quite expansive pile is the device's power and unlock button. A seeming design oversight, the button is infuriating to use, bringing down the mood of excitement as soon as the tablet is out of the box and providing disappointment before it's even turned on.

Sputtering its way through standard task requests, a dated CPU and ill-implemented software ensure that a smooth, pleasant user experience is always just out of reach, with each redeeming quality quickly offset by an equally infuriating stumbling block.

Final verdict

By far one of, if not the best-looking budget Android tablets on the market, the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e has traded a sleek, ultra-thin form more reminiscent of its higher-end competitors for basic function. Having compromised on a number of key components, primarily the uncertified Android operating system, smooth user interaction is never quite on the cards.

While to achieve such a low price point we know some corners must be cut, such poor craftsmanship to the point where the screen is easily coming free from the frame is inexcusable, no matter how much money it saves.

That said, for just £199/$399 the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e is a well positioned entry-level tablet for those looking for the latest plaything and little else. While it might struggle with more taxing tasks, chances are that it'll come up against them on very few occasions.

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