Viewsonic VPAD7 Multi-Touch Tablet
Overpriced and underpowered
Typically when I review a product I first list the Pros and Cons. However, with this particular item I cannot in good conscience list any "Pros". So lets get to the Cons: #1 PRICE - Off the top of my head I can name two 7" tablets [Acer Iconia A100] and [Dell Streak 7] which can be found for less money (A100 here at Gamestop) and boast equal or better features in EVERY catagory. #2 HARDWARE - The SOC is vastly underpowered at a feeble 600mhz. The two cameras (vga front and 3mp rear) are inferior to nearly every mobile device and tablet on the market(including the two I mentioned earlier). At 800x480 and 133ppi, the screen resolution is embarrassingly low. 512mb of RAM again... inferior to current competitors. Also has 512mb of internal storage which means your favorite apps better support app to sd. #3 SOFTWARE - With the large selection of ICS, Honeycomb (and even Gingerbread) tablets, why would anyone tolerate 2.2 Froyo? I wouldn't. In closing, it's not about "being the coolest kid on the block" it's about paying more money for an inferior product. Do yourself a favor and get an A100 (less money better perfomance and features). Or if cell phone cabability is a must get a Dell Streak 7 (less money, better perfomance, oh... and 4G) At $300 NO WAY.
Good multi-use device to get, if on a budget!
First off- this device is NOT for everyone. This is especially true if you're the type of person the other reviewer is. IE: Must have cutting edge, cool/wow factor. If you're that type of person, skip this product (and review). HOWEVER, IF you are on a budget, and would like to get your feet wet with an android tablet that also can be a phone, a wi-fi hotspot (for your laptop, other computing devices) and have moderate needs- then this might be the device for you. Yes, it is older, slower technology - and yes, Viewsonic just announced a newer, more powerful version of this product... Which means, the price of this one will only go down... Get one USED for less than $200 (I did, and don't regret it). It comes with UNLOCKED 3g cell phone capability. The Android OS (v 2.2 AKA Froyo) let's you, out of the box[!!], set it up as a **portable wifi hotspot**. So, if you already have a sim card and a cell data plan, just pop it in, and you're good to go with mobile hotspot goodness. It does do bluetooth. It may not be 3.0 bt, but it can and does work with such accessories as the Motorola Motorokr S9-HD Bluetooth Stereo Headset. It doesn't play the latest, hottest, cutting edge games (Kongregate, sadly is a casualty) - but Plants Vs Zombies, Angry Birds and other massively popular offerings play respectably, even for the sub-1ghz processor speed... AND- because it's unbranded by any mobile carrier - you CAN get to the Android marketplace as well as Amazon appstore!!!! So, if you want a phone that can connect to decent accessories and be a tablet and a hotspot/tether point ... this just might fit the bill. PS- for the reviewer who gave it such low marks- why do you think it's always sold out? Not because it sucks, but it's a good bargain, as long as you can temper your 'Apple-itis' urge to be the coolest kid on the block...
not worth $199 never mind $399!!
this device is not the worst i have seen but for the price they ask omg is it a nightmare. this device rocks a very old school stype cpu 600mhz witch im sure is a downclock (save battery) but in my eyes is way way to low for a tablet with new tablets (tegra 2 gaming tablets) reaching 2ghz 4 times faster an for only chump change more while it does have 3g an gps an bluetooth an so one so doesnt every other tablet now or days only problem is this tablet has older parts only g wifi when others are now using n network bluetooth is 2.1 now or days 3.0 is not even that new so guess how old 2.1 an android 2.2 is not new buy an means tablets now are aleast 2.3 an not the better ones are 3.0 so dont let then fool you with the all new android 2.2 bs o ya an the design is well look bulky so to sum it all up is it junk! no is not bad but for $400 spend the extra $50 to $100 an get a tegra2 powered tablets out there double the speed, power,an wayyyy! better an more fetures an is setup for gaming with the tegra 2 dual core cpu(only tabletan mobile cpu designed with gaming graphics in mind (its a nivida that makes it so daa its for gaming lol) )hope i helped