ViewSonic ViewPad 10S: Tablet with Dual Boot for Android and Windows 7

After Apple released the much awaited iPad, many computer and cell phone brands have jumped into the bandwagon to manufacture hand-held tablets. ViewSonic’s ViewPad 10S is the third tablet device from the maker. This versatile device offers dual-boot options for scaled version of Android and Windows 7 Starter Edition. When you read the tech specs, everything appears to be just fine about this device. However, it’s only after you use it that you will come to know its hard reality.

viewsonic-viewpad-10sThe ViewPad 10S measures 10.8 x 6.7 x 0.57 inches. You can enjoy good viewing experience when you use the device in landscape orientation. However, you will not find it easy to navigate or do anything on it as the display appears narrow in landscape orientation. The tablet weighs 1.93 pounds. On the bezel of the ViewPad 10S, there are 3 physical buttons namely Power, Home and Back/Undo.

When you start the ViewPad 10S, it will prompt you to choose an OS. If you want to switch to another OS, you will have to restart the tablet. Even though touch responsiveness of the screen is quite good, handling two operating systems and its functions is not easy through touch. You can connect a keyboard into any of the two USB slots provided for easy navigation. You can use the other USB slot to connect a USB mouse.

The 10.1 inch LCD display is nice but does not support HD viewing. You won’t be able to see any Flash content on Android. In order to view Flash content, you will have to boot into the Windows OS. Upon using the ViewPad 10S for nearly an hour, you will notice that it becomes very hot.

ViewPad 10S has many features onboard such as 1.3 MP camera, mini VGA port, 2 USB v2.0 slots, and 1.67 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor. The Android version can be updated to v2.2. The battery lasts for nearly for 4 hours on heavy usage.

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