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ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro review

Dual-boot Android 2.2 and Windows 7 on a slate tablet sounds clever, but does it work?

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There's a germ of an idea on the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro that makes sense. Why not use Windows 7 Home Premium for business apps (say, a CRM tool that requires Internet Explorer) with an Android overlay for the fine touchscreen control and Angry Birds series?

The Android 2.2 operating system runs in a window using the Blue Stacks OEM software, that enables you to switch between the Android and Windows interfaces.

This isn't an app you can just download and start using – it runs only on specific tablets such as the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro. As such, it's a compelling feature for those who need Windows and Android on a touchscreen tablet.

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Unfortunately, this concept doesn't play out well. Android runs too slowly, for one thing.

The Linpack benchmark test scored it only 8.02 – far below every other Android tab. The Antutu app, which we normally use to test benchmarks on most Android tabs, wasn't available on the Amazon store.

That's another "feature" on the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro, too. There's an app for downloading Android APK files, with a handful of good apps such as Pulse.

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There's no way to search for apps, though. Once you actually select an app, you're redirected to download the Amazon app store app. Then, you can search for one of many thousands of apps and install them, although Android seems blissfully unaware of the process.

Confusing? Yes. Switching back and forth between Windows 7 and Android 2.2 is fairly slick, though. The Android 2.2 virtual window loads quickly even if it runs apps extremely slowly.

And, because of how Windows memory management works, once you load the Android window and close it again, if you re-open the window later it loads even faster – in our tests, almost instantly.

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ViewSonic also includes a full-screen interface that runs on top of Windows 7. The idea is sound: in Windows 7, you can touch large buttons to start apps. There's even a touch browser that worked well for touching large buttons that refresh the URL or move you forward and back.

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The icons included with the Windows UI are all just links to Windows functions and the web browser. So, there isn't a Facebook app for the interface, the button just loads Facebook.com in the touch browser. Still, it's a novel attempt.

The user interface would be much more useful if there were apps you can download and use for it.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System PlatformWindows, Android
Processor ModelZ670
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium & Android 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameViewsonic
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)800 g
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height170 mm
Width263 mm
Depth14.9 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product ModelViewPad 10pro
Product NameViewPad 10pro Tablet Computer
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberV10P_1BN7HUS6_01
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
Marketing Information

A 10" professional business tablet using latest Intel processor for ultimate mobility and productivity.

The ViewPad 10pro is the perfect companion for any professional organization. Offering an ultra mobile experience without compromising on the application or performance, the ViewPad 10pro uses the new fan-less Intel Oak Trail processor. Designed with businesses and commercial applications in mind the ViewPad 10pro is ideal for accessing office works, cloud computing or displaying high-definition video for business presentations.