ViewSonic has recently announced the ViewPad 7, another Android based tablet aimed to compete with the iPad.

 

It’s actually a small tablet, 7 inch screen, similar to the size of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. We are guessing we’ll see more and more of those mini-tablet running all kinds of customized versions of Android.

Google’s mobility director has recently admitted that Android is not ready for tablets, but you know, he’s just Google’s mobile director, what does he know, right?

The tablets-rush is here and no one can stop it. Not even Google…

The ViewPad 7 does look nice from the front, but oh no, check out how thick it is from the side!
 
Isn’t that what Jethro Tull meant when they released their album "Thick as a Brick"?

Some Specs for the technical people:

  • Android 2.2
  • 7 inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Front VGA video camera
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 800 x 480 screen resolution
  • Full sized SIM card slot
  • Wi-Fi and 3G support
  • 32GB microSD card slot
  • Assisted GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • USB port
  • Office document reader
  • Ebooks
  • Hand written note functionality

Like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, this one will have a complete phone functionality, although I still can’t see people using it as a phone…

According to ViewSonic, the ViewPad 7 will hit the market in October at “no more than £350” which is considerably cheaper than an iPad which starts at £529 for a Wi-Fi and 3G data plan or a Samsung Galaxy Tab which is likely to cost even more than that (according to rumors).

Gil Bouhnick,
The Mobile Spoon

5 COMMENTS

  1. Why the hell is it so thick? You make something that thick, battery juice had better be accounting for 90% of the volume. And yeah, 600mhz? Maybe they’re hoping the people who didn’t notice how thick it was wouldn’t notice how sub-par that particular CPU is?

    Good thing we’re not relying on ViewSonic as the sole developer of Android hardware.

    Well, hey, 2.2 at least, Google’s comments on prematurity notwithstanding. Actually I think that that is their way to try to control things, saving themselves to finally say Okay, now it’s ready folks. Disregard that other stuff and look for the gingerbread man.

  2. 600MHz processor? That sounds like a step back. Wouldnt that be a little slow considering the others coming out? Or is this the cheaper intro tab?

  3. i just want to know what ViewSonic is doing making tablets… by the way… have they ever made anything that didnt look/perform like crap, i can honestly say ive never been impressed with a ViewSonic product.

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