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ViewPad Tablet Released – Offers Dual-boot to Two Operating Systems Not Designed for Tablets


The ViewPad 10, from ViewSonic, is the latest new tablet and potential iPad rival to hit the market. It was released yesterday and BGR has a rundown of its key specs:

… the ViewPad 10 is an Atom-based tablet that features a 10-inch 1024 x 600-pixel touchscreen display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. Most notably, however, it features a dual-boot configuration that allows users to boot either Android 1.6 or Windows 7 on demand.

It’s priced at $599 at Amazon and elsewhere online for a 16GB model running Windows 7 Premium and $679 for the 32GB model running Windows 7 Professional – so both models are priced higher than the equivalent WiFi only iPad 2.

This is a device that I just can’t see having any impact or success in the tablet arena, for one simple reason: it dual-boots to two operating systems that are not designed for tablet devices. Those being Android 1.6 and Windows 7 as indicated above. Windows in particular seems a horrid choice for a tablet. It’s funny to see that one of the feature section at the ViewSonic page for the ViewPad 10 is titled ‘Windows Hits the Road’. I think that’s what it needs to do when it comes to tablets, but not in the same sense that ViewSonic is thinking. Smile

For more details on the ViewPad 10 and buying links, see the ViewSonic pages for it here:


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ViewSonic Announces Two Upcoming iPad Rivals


ViewSonic has announced details for two upcoming tablet devices it plans to release in the next few months. The ViewPad 7 has a 7-inch screen and runs Android 2.2, while the ViewPad 10 will have 10-inch screen and will dual boot Android 1.6 and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Here are the full specs for each, from ViewSonic’s press release:

ViewPad 7 — The Android 2.2 ViewPad 7 combines a powerful processor with 3.5G capable data technology in a lightweight, pocket-sized 7″ form factor. With an 800×480 WVGA LCD screen, this device is one of the only 7″ tablet solutions with Android Google Mobile Services (GMS). As a result, consumers can connect to a selection of more than 100,000 apps and games along with Gmail, YouTube and more for a superior and convenient entertainment solution that fits today’s mobile lifestyle.

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