We just got a chance to mess around with ViewSonic's upcoming ViewPad 7
(one of possibly four
tablets they plan to release
this year), and while it is indeed a plastic rebadge me-too Android tablet, we mean that in the best sense. Let's take these one by one:
- Plastic: It looks and feels enough like metal / glass that we won't fault ViewSonic for the cost savings here.
- Rebadge: ViewSonic has an exclusive on this design for its particular markets (Europe), while the OlivePad is doing its version over in India.
- Me-too: This might be the biggest knock, since ViewSonic is dropping the ViewPad into a world that's going to be up to its knees in 7-inch Android tablets in a few month's time.
ViewSonic wins points for an above average build quality, better than crappy LCD (it's not great, but we've seen a lot worse, and the capacitive response is just fine), passable processor (a 600MHz Snapdragon won't win any bake-offs, but it also makes Android 2.2 completely usable in our opinion), and better-than-Augen
Google blessing. Check out our video hands-on after the break.
ViewSonic ViewPad 7 hands-on