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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?

ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

App selection is just average on the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro – good, but not great. The ViewPad comes with a few apps for Windows 7.

One app called vsPresenter is designed for running presentations from the ViewPad, which is a logical use. The app functions about the same way as the Windows control panel for switching your display to the secondary screen.

ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

Another app called ViewDraw enables you to draw anywhere on the screen and save the file. The idea is to use the app for annotating a presentation, but it also works well with the slate tablet.

ViewSonic also includes a management app that's essentially just a link to the Windows 7 functions you can find through the Start menu anyway.

ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

Of course, the real draw here is the Android 2.2 operating system. A few of the included apps worked fine – we tested the Pulse news reader and the Twitter client, plus about a dozen other apps that were pre-installed, and they worked smoothly, if a bit slowly.

When we tried installing additional Android apps, however, the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro started having some serious problems.

ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

We couldn't even install Angry Birds or the Wooden Labyrinth 3D app. Fruit Ninja failed to load. Oddly, in all of these cases, the download proceeds just fine and the install process completes, but an error appears stating that the app install failed.

This is because Android 2.2 is a smartphone operating system that has been retrofitted to work on a tablet, and here it's running in a virtual window. ViewSonic said it's working on the problem.

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.