ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

Summary: Getting in just ahead of the launch of another tablet later this week, ViewSonic has announced the immediate availability of the ViewPad 10.

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Getting in just ahead of the launch of another tablet later this week, ViewSonic has announced the immediate availability of the ViewPad 10.

This 10.1-inch slate recently made its official debut at Mobile World Congress 2011 in February. The big deal about this tablet is that the ViewPad 10 is capable of supporting "the best of both worlds." Hopefully for you, Windows 7 and Android 2.2 fits in with that idea.

Here's a refresher on the rest of the important specs that make up the ViewPad 10:

  • 10.1-inch LED-backlit, capacitive multi-touch display (1,024 x 600 resolution)
  • Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor
  • 2GB of memory
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Supports Flash-based content (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat)

Pricing starts at $599 for a 16GB solid state drive and jumps to $679 for a 32GB SSD. Buyers can also opt for either Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional. Does any of this pique your interest enough to purchase the ViewPad 10?

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • Heavy thick plasticky device with barely usable OS and low battery life

    <b>Pathetic.</b><br><br>Rachel, why did not you report any of these qualities of this new tablet? You are deluding some ignorant readers into believing that this device has something to do with actual tablet functionality -- by which iPad-like meant, not tablet-PC from 2000s.
    DDERSSS
    • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

      @denisrs

      I think you've confused this space with someone who actually reports on stuff and doesn't just spit out regurgitated press releases.
      wendellgee2
    • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

      @denisrs <br>If you look really close at the item in question they put a Mac version of, what looks like, Word in the screen shot, lol! sad part is they did not even do a good Photoshop job on it.
      Rick_K
    • Speaking of Pathetic!?!

      @denisrs<br>You have become the consummate definition of a TROLL. Interesting that for many people in this World..... TROLL and Apple Fans are becoming synonymous with mentally disturbed fools. That are always posting "FIRST" like some child in grade school, who jumps in front of others in line for lunch like a big bully. To the point that YOU now live only to Troll this entire ZDNet web site. Seems you're always lurking 24/7 like it's you and your Apple fan buddy's duty to defend them and that's as if they are being attacked, instead of being the attackers in a tablet market began by MS's Origami devices!<br><br>But..... no wonder you're so freaked and in need of meds. This ViewSonic ViewPad 10 puts about every feature and piece of hardware you could want in a 10" tablet at a really great price. I don't see iPad 2 even in the same ball park or game field, playing anything other than water boy to this tablet PC. Not only that but it represents everything the iPad isn't!!! ....and in a whole lot more OPEN future, that includes the next generation of FLASH with "3D MoleHill" enabled web games and application content. It will only be available to all the WP7, Windows7, Android, WebOS, etc devices.... not iDevices. If you don't know what 3D MoleHill and why Steve better start thinking of adding in FLASH support for it to your iDevices... then you need to get educated in how it hardly uses any CPU power with graphics rendering all handled by the GPU (the GPU in iPad2 could handle it)!<br><br>btw.... lol... that's Photoshop CS5 Publisher on the screenshot. So you're looking at Windows 7 booted for all you iFools. This is no consumption only device like iPad. It's a full fledged tablet capable of content production, with it's 2 gigs of ram built in and it's new newest dual core 1.6ghz generation Atom chip (like what will be in Mac Mini)! YES.... these totally awesome devices beat the pants off all the competition.... including Apple's newest iPad 2, that will be dead before it's even out. Slow.....? WayToo sloooooowwwww with it's downclocked 800mhz Samsung dualcore chip..... with what?!? ...256mb ram again!?! lol....

      Mac version of CS 5:
      http://photolatio.net/photoshop-cs5.html
      Monarky
      • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

        @Monarky

        From your reply to @denisrs it looks like it takes a troll to know one. I guess you are the other side of the coin an anti-Apple bigot. Fine by me me, the worlds a big place, vote with your wallet on the technologies you buy. For me Viewsonic lost me as a customer after three lousy 32" LCD TVs, it is a shame as they once had a superior product when they sold CRTs. I had one of the units in my hands on Saturday, bulky plastic and ran very hot. Thanks but no thanks.
        geoff.schardein@...
      • Ouch!

        @Monarky
        A bit harsh but I see your point. I have to admit I too am a bit tired of reading through the fanboy stuff and yes I am tired of people saying that they can do everything on the iPad they can on a laptop. (it must not be much of a laptop is all I can say) I too need a device that is not strictly a consumption device so this is a step in the right direction. I had forgotten about Origami, it was a first step but not enough. I need a device that does real work, can join my network as an equal and for cryin out loud would you put a phone in the thing.
        pllamonica@...
      • Which means that you can not argue with the facts that ViewPad 10 is ...

        @Monarky:<br><br>1) heavy<br>2) thick <br>3) plasticky<br>4) no battery life<br>5) unusable OS/platform<br>device, for which any "serious" applications are useless due to low speed and memory, while for "light" application such device is apparent overboard in hardware and ineffective in UI.
        DDERSSS
      • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

        @Monarky Hi pot, meet kettle.
        eak2000
      • Some Food to Feed the Trolls!

        Just so you all have something to chew on.<br>@denisrs I now appoint you the Official Leader of the ZDNet Apple Dumpling Gang of Trolls. That in no way indicates how laughable you all are with your blind dumb statements:<br>Placticky? lol.... It's a brushed aluminum back case fool! Thick? ...yeah I guess you mean like your head? I've already illuminated you Apple fools on the hardware specs comparison that leaves the iPad and iPad 2 put together crushed by this device, along with (get this) Millions of Applications available on Windows along with Millions of FLASH Applications that will soon include "3D MoleHill" Apps and Games!<br>Battery power on Android is at least 7hours browsing videos on YouTube. For full desktop applications on Windows (including Adobe CS5) it'll still run 4 to 6 hours and....... yes run it down and you can pop a spare in for twice that. Can you do that on your iPad? Not hardly so even battery life is not debatable with a total of more than 14hrs on Android w/ just one spare and 8 to 12hrs on Windows!

        btw.... you others: I rarely post comments here and have never posted on Apple related stories because I have no interest in Apple products or their closed system architecture Operating Systems. Steve has been touting iApps for years that don't run on anything but particular versions of their own OS. Where Planned Obsolescence is their key Moto!

        Further note: Besides having the metal back (which is an indication that none of you have ever held one in your greedy little Apple Trolling hands, Viewpad is anything but heavy, being well under 2 pounds. Except in having the heavy duty power to change what we can do with all that Intel 1.6ghz dual core computing power along with 2gigs of ram to work with. I personally, will install Chrome OS as my dual boot OS so I can actually feel get the sense of instant gratification from the ultimate in speedy web surfing, cloud apps, FLASH compatibility and battery efficiency! :D ....being just a shell OS running a browser and is perfect for a slate PC, don't you think? ;)
        Monarky
      • It's only a tablet!

        @Monarky
        No need to get your tit in the ringer. If you believe in this one, just go out and buy one.
        Never heard of Photoshop CS5 "Publisher"!
        bmovie2
      • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

        @Monarky
        You must be clueless. The overhead in Windows 7 requires it to have higher specs to carry out he same tasks that other OSes do with half the Memory, or processor speed. The Dual core Arm Cortex (1GHz) is actually faster running iOS than any desktop flavor of Windows (being you can?t get Windows 7 to run on an Arm Cortex processor). But don?t let things like facts get in the way, just call people ?iFools? (First sign of a Windows Zealot). I do not believe for one second, anything I do not see first hand. If you cannot see that the image was Photoshopped not the device, then you are truly mistaken. If you cannot admit you are mistaken, then you are truly sad.
        Rick_K
  • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

    Total P.O.S. !! Android 1.6 ??? Really ?? Who'd Buy It, Not Me !!
    Macterryh
    • Android apps are compiled for ARM, not for Intel's IA-32

      @Macterryh: so while theoretically Android OS could be compiled to run on this thing, there are no applications compiled for IA-32.
      DDERSSS
    • Official Member of the Apple Dumpling Gang I See!

      @Macterryh<br>Your name says it all though!!! But just so you know, Viewsonic will have a web store for it. But when you've got Millions upon Millions of Apps available for Windows, the only thing you'll need Android for is web surfing, YouTube and email!
      Monarky
      • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

        @Monarky
        Typical Apple hater; instead of disputing the contention, Insult the messenger. Do they teach that, at the I hate Apple meetings?
        Rick_K
  • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

    If this thing runs Windows 7 then why did the cut and paste a Mac version of the app in the screen? Why not use the Windows app?
    Rick_K
    • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

      @Rick_K
      Monarky addresses your concern. You're looking at Photoshop CS5.
      gsenior
      • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

        @gsenior
        It just so happens to be Photoshop on a Mac. The image was photoshopped onto the screen. If you know the difference between the two OSes, you?ll notice the clock in the upper right hand corner, as well as the three circles right below the toolbar. Those my friend are Mac UI cues. not Windows 7 UI cues. Also the shadow is not correct, but it is actually added as an effect. So who?s really the fool?
        Rick_K
      • RE: ViewSonic's 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 tablet now available

        @gsenior
        In OSX? The top left of the header has the 3 colour dots. I thought this was supposed to be windows 7.
        DaveMTL
        DaveMTL
    • That's Photoshop on Windows7 Fool!

      @Rick_K Nuff said!!!
      Monarky