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ViewSonic ViewPad 7 review

Does this 7" tablet go down well?

Our Verdict

The ViewPad 7 just doesn't stand out enough to beat its peers.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480

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For

  • Decent price
  • Google services

Against

  • A poor phone
  • A slow tablet

When is a seven-inch tablet not a tablet? When it's strangely labelled a smartphone, like ViewSonic's ViewPad 7.

At this small size it's not really competing with the iPad scale of tablets, more the Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Like those two devices, the ViewPad 7 is running Android, this time in 2.2 trim.

But the strange thing is that ViewSonic is marketing this as a smartphone rather than as a tablet. Admittedly, you can slap a SIM card into the top of the ViewPad and it will operate like a phone, but you'll get a bit of the Dom Joly's should you use it in the street.

We've actually already seen this device under a different name. Like the ViewPad 10, this seven-inch edition has simply been picked up lock, stock and barrel by ViewSonic from an OEM manufacturer and renamed. In its previous guise it was the Linx Commtiva N700, a £330 tablet that got a decent four stars.

So what has ViewSonic done with it?

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity512 MB
Processor ManufacturerARM
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time6 Hour
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS
Product FamilyViewPad 7
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameViewsonic
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Standard Memory512 MB
Weight (Approximate)375 g
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Height179.4 mm
Width110 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Screen ModeWVGA
Product Series7
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product ModelVPAD7_E1-D
Product NameViewPad 7 VPAD7_E1-D Tablet Computer
Product LineViewPad
Aspect Ratio15:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVPAD7_E1-D
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
Marketing Information

ViewPad 7 - The ultimate mobile companion

The ViewPad 7 is the perfect tablet for those wanting to see how a fully enabled communications device with full Android experience can change their life. Designed to fit into your life, the ViewPad 7 offers the latest certified Google Android experience with access to over 100,000 application via Android Market, Google mail and maps. The ultra light, yet durable design means that this device can literally go anywhere and will always be ready when you need it. The ultra responsive capacitive multi-touch display is a window into this phenomenal device, allowing users a level of interaction previously not experienced. With integrated phone capabilities, Bluetooth, wireless, GPS and mp3/video playback, the next hardest decision you will have to make is which of your previous redundant devices you should leave at home.

Package Contents
  • ViewPad 7 VPAD7_E1-D Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year