Just the other day we heard the announcement of the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and we were really anxious to get our hands on it. Low and behold, we ran across it at IFA-2010. We must say, for a 7 inch 2.2 Android tablet that is said to cost £350 ($539) with 3G and Wi-Fi data access, this tablet looks very compelling when compared to its direct rival the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The ViewPad is a solid feeling tablet, with a glossy back and metal band around the sides. On the the back sits a 3 megapixel camera along with the company's logo, also there is a front camera for making those video conference calls. The capacitive touchscreen was reasonably responsive, and the screen looks very nice. ViewSonic said, that you will be able to use the tablet as a cellphone also, when a survey reported most people said they would like the functionality built into it.
Running the tablet is a 600MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which is a little low compared to the other tablets and phones we have been seeing, but pages loaded quickly and the games ran without any lag. ViewSonic has left Google's Android OS alone without any skinning on top, and have not made any mention of whether 3.0 Gingerbread will be available to the device. It seems like we could have a winner here at the cheaper price point that the ViewPad has. This device is unlocked and not paired with any carrier, so let's see if it stays that way.