45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2011
I have been wanting a tablet for a LONG time, and although there were great devices on the market like the Galaxy Tab, Archos 101/70, and iPad they were all missing something.
I really had an eye out for Bluetooth, SD slot, and USB ports. Even though I love Android, it still wasn't compatible with Netflix. Let's face it, everyone wants to chill on the couch with their tablet to watch some movies.
So, as usual, I set out to look for a tablet just right for me. On the morning of 2/11/2011 I found this, watched some videos, and read some reviews. As soon as people began saying it was snappy and the only downfall to it that it wasn't an iPad - I knew it I wanted it.
Well, I had it overnighted.
I played with Android long enough to see what 1.6 was like. Well, it's Android. It's like a big smartphone.
Windows 7 is really where it's at. The touch experience is smooth and snappy and everything loads really quick. I never expected heavy use out of it, so I'm not bogging it down with more than three or four programs being open (Firefox, iTunes, OpenOffice).
The on-screen keyboard is great and the accelerometer makes it so easy to switch screen perspectives without having to right-click (or in this case long-press).
Your finger is your mouse. Just like having a touchscreen PC.
Other people who have reviewed this product always compare it to the iPad. Unless you just want it for Android, the iPad doesn't even compare because Windows 7 opens up a whole new avenue of possibilities as compared to those phone OSes.
Plus, using an Intel processor means you can install just about any OS you want.
I am very happy with this and I highly recommend it. Worth EVERY cent.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2011
First, what I wanted it for: Primary - taking notes during meetings and conferences for work, and storing them electronically, linking them to emails, documents, etc. Secondary - web/email.
I looked at a LOT of tablets. I started with some of the laptops that have touch screens... these got shot down early because of the price, the weight, the battery life, and the fact that HPs newest one is on backorder until who knows when. I moved on to the Ipad - mostly because I wanted Microsoft's OneNote integration. It was fine, but I want the unit for work, and my work environment is Windows, so I had to abandon the Ipad because I was going to need all these apps to open documents and all of that. I then looked at the ZOOM tablet. I use an android phone, so I was really familiar with the Android platform. But ZOOM is $800 and you have to buy at least one month of Verizon service to get the Wifi to work. And again, you are stuck having to download a bunch of apps to integrate with an Office environment. Then I looked at the V-tablet, Staples caries them... also Android, but less expensive than ZOOM. I was pretty set on that one because it was inexpensive, light, and I figured if I had to choose between Android which I know and Apple, which I don't, I figured I would go with what I knew.
So I went back to work, and searched on Amazon for the V-tablet that Staples had to compare pricing... I found this tablet as well as the Asus Slate. The Slate was pricey, but given the amount of time I had spent looking, I was ready to just spend the money and be done with it. Until I found this tablet. What I like: The price, the mini VGA adapter, 2 USB ports, Wifi and bluetooth, built-in webcam, and the dual boot feature.
The dual boot feature is nice, but not as nice as it seems on the surface. The GOOD: using the android system to surf the web gets you a mobile version of websites. This makes surfing with your finger a whole lot easier than the full web experience and the screen just makes that experience larger. Using the Windows7Pro (which they don't tell you that you get pro with the unit) side gives you access to all your Windows programs, and the security features that your IT department wants you to have if you are going to use one of these things for work. The BAD: The dual boot feature takes up a lot of space on the unit an space is at a premium! Also, the Android feature is first in the boot list, so you can't just turn it on and walk away, you have to wait for the unit to boot up and select Windows if that is what you want.
General Comments: The BAD: the unit has very limited storage space on the hard drive... a micro-sd card is an absolute MUST with this unit. Right now, they don't make anything larger than 32gig in that micro size but you have to install all your programs to that card, so don't plan on swapping the card with other cards. Also, the screen needs some help... the resolution is great - IF you are looking directly at the unit... if you tip the unit at all, you lose quality fast... This isn't a huge deal for me because I am using it for note taking and if I am surfing the web, I am staring directly at it. The other note to make is that the tablet is running Android 1.6... There doesn't seem to be any plans to upgrade this... It will be great to surf the web with, but developers aren't writing apps for this version of Android, so don't expect much in the way of apps - at all... Really, don't buy this for the Android platform. Buy it for Win7Pro and Android to just surf the web in Mobile style. The GOOD: The USB ports allow you to buy an Ethernet to USB cable that then allows you to plug the machine into your network - AWESOME for downloading updates and for remoting into the tablet so you can use it from your desktop. It also has bluetooth, so you can either get a bluetooth keyboard and mouse or a wireless one and use the USB port to drive the keyboard and mouse. It is awesome. The unit boots fast, so you can be up and running in less than 2 minutes. The unit weighs only a little more than the Ipad, it fits perfect into my notebook. It is quiet (not as quiet as the Ipad)and very quick.
In short, I am glad that I took the time to do my homework and found this unit.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2011
The pad is a great piece of tech and operates very well. It is not a desktop replacement, but it's not designed to be. Also, one thing I caught, that others may not. The CPU listed in the extended spec information is incorrect. What it should be is the Intel N455 1.66Ghz, which is an Atom class processor that has ONE (1) single core, but processes 2 threads. This model does NOT have an Intel Core Duo processor, they're two different animals, so please be aware. The tablet itself is comparable to a decent netbook and am pleased with its performance and options given.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2011
While I was wondering about getting the new Asus Slate a friend of mine bought this before me and told me the store I could get it from would let me try it out for 2 weeks. That was about 1 month ago. This device is awesome and it doesn't get 5 starts simply because it's not perfect.
The device seems underpowered when you compare it to the hardware of the Eee Slate, w500 or new Lenovo Slate but the Intel Atom processor is actually quite speedy and the 1 GB of DDR3 surprisingly handles everything well. This system has never bogged down on me even though I have been downloading torrents, web browsing, watching videos, or streaming music at the same time when possible.
The capacitive touch screen is excellent and works great with Firefox (with Chrome you need extra drivers). You may have to try 2 or 3 times to drag little sliders but you can adjust the sensitivity from being precise to being more generous. Also, my friend was trying to use it but couldn't use her finger nails to interact with the screen.
The weight of the device is fine for one-handed use in most positions but I found that my thumb would often end up touching the bottom of the screen, which will negate any input from your finger. I think I'd prefer the bezel of the Hanvon B16.
I can't really speak about battery life since I normally have it plugged in my car but while in the house I've never had an issue with the 5 or so hours it provides. Obviously, you can configure your power options to no end in Control Panel.
The virtual keyboard is almost perfect. I have used a mouse, keyboard and ext DVD drive as well with no issues, and typing slightly lengthy notes with both index fingers is not a big deal. The reason it's "almost" perfect is because it does not automatically switch to capital letters when starting new paragraphs, etc. Maybe there'll be an update for that.
I would've preferred:
32GB or 64GB SSD
SDHC port instead of microSD
Standard HDMI Out
Louder Speakers (they're only good in enclosed spaces)
Standard ROMs (I couldn't delete Android & install Tiny 7)
In all, the Viewpad 10 is quite amazing especially at about $500 used. My friend, who owns a $700 iPad2 and the Viewpad 10, mostly only uses his iPad2 for games now. Whereas Android and Apple devices have limitations, the Viewpad 10 give you true freedom. Once you get used to the touch screen you may find yourself smiling as you transfer a file from your friend's flash drive while streaming your favorite shows from Hulu, or you may be downloading some files while browsing actual websites instead of going through apps. Basically, the Viewpad 10 may be the first truly good portable PC tablet.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2011
I purchased one of these about 3 weeks ago. I heard about it last last year and its ability to handle the Windows 7 OS and the Android OS. I thought this was a neet idea allowing the use of full blown Windows Apps on a tablet. After waiting about 3 months for it to become available, I purchased one.
The box contained the device, a power adapter and instructions to set up Windows 7 OS. No instructions on how to use the Android OS or the preloaded Apps for Android. After some effort (and a call to Customer Support), I got the devise to work and I loaded OpenOffice on it and tried to download Windows Live Essentials. During this installation, much to my surprise, a message came up that I was out of space and had to abort. Upon further investigation, it turns out the 16GB SSD has closer to 13GB space and the bulk of that is taken by the Windows OS. So much for being able to run Windows apps. You can surf the web, but not much else.
As far as the Android apps are concerned, they may be useful, but most will not work without some operating instructions. I cannot download Android Apps from the Android Marketplace because the system won't recognize the device on the Android account. I could not get any support from Google, because they say that the Adroid OS, on the devise, is a custom build by the Manufaturer.
I have tried to get the manufaturer to tell me what I can do to resolve these issues. However, no information has been forthcoming. Unless the support issue changes soon, I guess I'll have to write this off to a bad experience, not to mention the nearly $600.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2011
The touchscreen is very innacurate even after calibration. I got a capacitive stylus and it is still off. This thing should go in the trash. it sucks that it is only multi-touch and not capacitive AND resistive). You cant use a regular stylus when you are trying to be more accurate. Like trying to drag down the scroll bar, i can never seem to get the cursor on it. Ive calibrated many times. It just needs a different digitizer. I really like the look and feel of the case though.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2011
After 3 weeks, things have stopped working in both Android and Windows 7. Tech Support at viewsonic was nice but useless. Indicated the product was sprung on them and certainly wasn't trained at all to handle a call about this product - wasn't even familiar with menu system and thought product came with disks (no disk drive). I love Android and it was really fast at first, but now I'm sorry that I didn't buy an I-pad!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2011
Is it true this just came out with a 2009 version of Android v1.6 or is it a typo? -Bill