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ViewSonic ViewPad 7e review

7-inch Android tablet fails to impress

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Runs reasonably fast
  • Light and portable
  • Low price
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Good bundled apps

Against

  • Screen looks dim
  • Poor cameras
  • No Android 3.2
  • Confusing UI add-ons
  • Some missing Google apps

ViewSonic viewpad 7e review

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e's ARM A8 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM are adequate for most tasks on the tablet. There's a rash of 1.2GHz or faster tablets on the horizon, but most apps - including Angry Birds, the browser, built-in email app and productivity tools for taking notes and opening documents.

ViewSonic viewpad 7e review

Like every other tablet we've tested, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e will rotate the screen automatically, and for the most part this feature works smoothly. There isn't the slight hesitation in rotating like there was on the Acer Iconia Tab A100, and you won't feel like you need to immediately set the screen lock option.

The cameras on this tablet are a weak point. We used the 0.3MP front camera with Google Talk and found the video looked washed out and even a bit blurry in low light conditions. In fact, the front camera was worse than the cameras included even on entry-level smartphones.

ViewSonic viewpad 7e review

The rear 3-megapixel camera is also not ideal for snapping photos. The camera looks tiny when you use it with the included camera app, which doesn't offer any extra options beyond what Android tablets usually include. Photos look a bit dim and dull, as though the camera can't capture enough light.

ViewSonic viewpad 7e review

Internal memory storage is a problem. With just 4GB, we ran out quickly after adding just three episodes of the AMC show The Killing. That means you can't cram on an entire season of a TV show, or even add more than one or two HD movies or add the complete archive of an artist such as Radiohead.

ViewSonic viewpad 7e review

One other performance issue tied to the usability of the Android tablet is that when you press the Home button, you see a menu to use the Android home screen or a customer ViewSonic 3D viewer. The viewer merely shows you ViewSonic widgets and not any apps you've placed on the home screens. The viewer also tends to run slowly, so it's usually faster and easier to just stick with the Android home screen.

ViewSonic viewpad 7e review

At the same time, we appreciated that ViewSonic decided to stick with Android only for the ViewPad 7e, as opposed to previous ViewPad models that used Windows and then Android OS in emulation, and the ViewPad 10 that ran Windows 7 and Android simultaneously. It meant most apps on the ViewPad 7e ran fast and smooth, without any pausing or outright crashes.

ViewSonic viewpad 7e review

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e's 7-inch touchscreen also worked reliably - the screen isn't nearly as bright as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but at least finger swipes, gestures, and presses all registered accurately.

ViewSonic viewpad 7e review

Wireless internet connections also behaved as expected, without any sudden drops in service. There isn't a version of the ViewPad 7e that works with an existing 3G signal, though, so you need to find a hotspot in public.

ViewSonic viewpad 7e review

The micro HDMI port is handy. Using a third-party micro-to-HDMI cable, you can mirror the ViewPad's display on your HD television to watch movies or even play games on the big screen.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity4 GB
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time5 Hour
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyViewPad 7e
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelS5PV210
ColourPearl White
Operating SystemAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Brand NameViewsonic
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution800 x 600
Standard Memory512 MB
Weight (Approximate)450 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
Height131 mm
Width192 mm
Depth14.1 mm
Screen ModeSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Series7e
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product NameViewPad 7e Tablet Computer
Product LineViewPad
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberV7E_1WNA1EP1_01
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
Marketing InformationYour Digital Library

Store all of your media files and e-books with a generous 4GB of internal storage. MicroSD card support offers expandable storage up to 32GB for all your favorite music, movies, photos and more. Built-in apps with cloud storage features give you even more space and anywhere access to your favorite files.

Connect in More Ways

Stay connected with a primary 3MP auto-focus camera for photography and 0.3MP camera for videoconferencing/ video chatting, HDMI output for sending 1080p video to an external display, and 802.11 g/b/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

Package Contents
  • ViewPad 7e Tablet Computer
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year