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Viewsonic ViewPad 10s review

Will this Android-toting 10" tablet right the wrongs of its predecessor?

Our Verdict

Though it isn't a total tablet disaster, we simply can't recommend the ViewPad 10s over the competition.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Nice design
  • Fast web browsing
  • Good price
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • USB hosting

Against

  • Not a tablet UI
  • No Google apps
  • Poor viewing angles
  • Annoying performance glitches
  • No built-in memory and won't connect to PC over USB

There is a ludicrously thin 9.7-inch shadow over tablet releases at the moment. The iPad 2 has landed, and we judged it the best tablet yet. However, that doesn't stop the march of Apple's competitors.

We first saw the ViewSonic ViewPad 10s at CES, and we quite liked it. However, we also remember the pitiful excuse for modern electronics that is the ViewPad 10 (Note the lack of 's').

Fortunately, the ViewPad 10s has much more in common with the Motorola Xoom than it does its own predecessor, packing in Nvidia's Tegra 2 system on a chip for power. It actually beats Moto's great tablet in one area: Flash is included for internet browsing.

That means twin 1GHz ARM processor cores and powerful graphics capabilities, backed by 512MB of RAM, which should keep Android 2.2 running smoothly on the 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 display.

Viewsonic viewpad 10s

The ViewPad 10s is very similar in build to the Tap UI-totign Hannspree Hannspad, but while the US-only Viewsonic G Tablet has that same overlay, the Euro-zone 10s has vanilla Android 2.2.

The Hannspad features nearly identical specs to the ViewPad 10s, right down to the multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, so we were interested to compare the two.

Viewsonic viewpad 10s

The ViewPad 10s also features HDMI output at up to 1080p, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and a microSD card slot. This last feature is vital, since there's only a few megabtes of built-in memory. A 16GB microSD card is included, but it instantly puts it behind the Hannspad, which had 16GB built in, which could then be expanded further with a memory card.

There are twin speakers on the back, for blasting out all those Flash videos, or your other movies and music. On the front is a camera, rated at 1.3 megapixels. There's no rear-facing camera, which could disappoint some.

Viewsonic viewpad 10s

There's also a full-size USB port, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. No HDMI or USB cables are included in the box, and headphones are absent, too.

The ViewPad 10s is on sale for just under £300.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity512 MB
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor Model250
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameViewsonic
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory512 MB
Weight (Approximate)730 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardDDR2-667/PC2-5300
Height15 mm
Width276 mm
Depth179 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product ModelViewPad 10s
Product NameViewPad 10s Tablet Computer
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberV10S_1BDA0EU2_01
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The high-speed 1GHz NVidia Tegra T250 dual-core processor, integrated high speed 512MB RAM and a Micro SD Memory slot that supports up to 32GB memory cards provide sufficient computing power and abundant space to carry applications, personal data, electronic books, music and video.

Package Contents
  • ViewPad 10s Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter