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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

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Media support is woefully lacking on the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro, at least for Android. Once you run the virtual window for Android, there's no way to play movies.

The Gallery app enables you to browse photos you've loaded. But the options for capturing a photo or video don't work because apps don't recognise the built-in 1.3MP front-facing camera, which is unfortunate.

In Windows 7, the Intel Atom processor, running at 1.5GHz, is up to the HD challenge. Movies played back smoothly and without any stuttering, with good audio quality using two rear speakers.

Music played using the Windows Media Player also sounded distortion-free with rich bass. In fact, the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro is a capable media machine in terms of the hardware specs in Windows 7.

The problem is that Windows 7 isn't designed for touch, despite what Microsoft tells you. When you play music in Windows Media Player, you'll find yourself clicking several times to play songs. There's no cover flow interface where you can quickly flip through albums to play the one you want.

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And what about games? We tested those included with the tablet, which are those included with Windows 7, and most of the card games worked fine. But none of the Android games we downloaded, including Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, would even install.

Movies we played over the HDMI port, connected to a 20-inch monitor, looked terrible. The refresh rate was too slow, so our test movies were unwatchable.

Worse, when we played a movie, the entire tablet started running slowly, so resizing in a small window while typing in Word didn't work either.

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.