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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?

Our Verdict

Windows 7 and Android on the same tablet, but there are a lot of problems

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Android OS in a window
  • Good movie playback in Windows 7
  • Windows 7 apps
  • ViewSonic touch apps

Against

  • Dark screen
  • Poor contrast ratio
  • Android apps don't install
  • Heavy and bulky

ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

Testing large tablets like the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro reveals that currently in the tablet market, you have to go thin and light. Toshiba's recent announcement of a much thinner Android tablet proves the theory. The ViewPad is just unwieldy for anything but casual use, mostly at a desk.

That's actually one selling point, though. The brick-like lack of mobility at least means the tablet will stay flat on a desk and won't slip around.

ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

ViewSonic offers a small dock you can use for propping up the tablet, and you can also connect a USB hub and then a mouse and keyboard. When you use the HDMI-out port to connect the tablet to a desktop display, the ViewPad 10Pro becomes a desktop PC.

Of course, slate PCs with this functionality have been around for years. However, it's handy to run Android 2.2 in a full-screen view with a keyboard and mouse. The only other way we've done that recently is with a Motorola Atrix smartphone. But the desktop operating system, once the tablet's docked, isn't actually Android anyway.

ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

The tablets-as-desktops approach has some advantages, but not as many as we'd hoped. For one thing, few Android apps ran correctly. We'd imagined playing Angry Birds at a desk, then switching over quickly to Word and typing up a long document, then going back to Android.

Until ViewSonic figures out the app support problem, its ViewPad 10Pro even has limited appeal in a desktop configuration.

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.