Thank god it’s the weekend and to make it that much better, I found an awesome Apple iPad alternative.
As some of you not know, I’m not Apple’s biggest fan. Don’t get me wrong some of their products are awesome (the iPad being one) but I feel the amount you spend on them, you can buy something at a fraction of the price AND just as good; and my latest finding is just that.
I was shopping in Uxbridge Town Centre on Wednesday and after grabbing my Oreo milkshake I went to Maplin and came across a small 7 inch tablet which caught my eye – The Viewsonic Viewpad 7. The device does everything the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the HTC Flyer can do – it plays all music and video files, ability to check your e-mail on the go, dual cameras, has access to the Android marketplace and the best part of it all is that you can use it as a phone!
Here’s the full spec from the Viewsonic website:
• Operates with Android 2.2 OS, 802.11b/g networking, Bluetooth and is 3G ready (Quad-band GSM)
• Supports Android Google Mobile Service Apps (GMS) for the easy access to Gmail, YouTube, Voice Search & more
• Direct access to Google Marketplace for more than 100,000 apps and games
• High-resolution 800×480 screen with a high-quality capacitive multi-touch panel
• Dual auto focus facing cameras for video chatting and capture the important moment in action
• Expandable memory option with Micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
• Features built-in G-sensor, accelerometer, and ambient light sensor
• Enhanced productivity with the Document-to-Go app to review and edit documents on the go
• GPS/AGPS and E-Compass and let Google Maps shows you nearby points of interests and places to go (requires WiFi or 3G)
• Enjoy eBooks, videos, photos, games and apps for full entertainment on the go
• Slim, ergonomic and lightweight design, weighing in at 0.8 lbs. and measuring 0.45 inches thick
The only downside about the device is the screen – it’s not the crisp finish like the other tablets because it’s a VGA screen rather than an AMOLED screen but to be honest I really couldn’t care. For the money you pay for this product you get your tablet needs for such a reasonable price.
Looking at the price of the product, I feel the main competitor is the soon to be release Amazon Fire – both devices will more or less be the same; though the main differences between the products will be that Amazon will be running their own Android OS, the Fire is a lot smaller and has a better processor; but again looking at both specs as well as their prices, I’d still go for the underdog, Viewsonic Viewpad 7.
Another interesting bit of information I found about the Amazon Fire is that the device will be able to track your movements across the web which, in hindsight, really does not surprise me because if you have ever used the Amazon website, they track what you view so they can recommend other products to you. It’s another method for them to up-sell and generate more revenue which, in today’s world, can be seen anywhere. Some people may find that they are being monitored a problem but let’s face it, it’s happening everywhere.
Going back to the Viewsonic Viewpad 7, I’m not saying it’s better than the iPad or the Galaxy Tab but I can assure you, you will not be disappointed.
Here’s a video which was taken at the 2010 IFA event which shows the features of the tablet.
I’m off to Maplin to buy mine and make sure you check back in a month when I’ll provide a full overview of my first month with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7.
Have an awesome weekend!