Android or Windows 7? Why not both?

Today marked an interesting day in tablet history:  The first dual boot tablet was released.  ViewSonic today announced the availability of the ViewPad 10, a 10.1” tablet that can boot into Windows or Android. Buy The ViewPad NOW!

So what does this tablet do well?  There’s a few things that stand out to me from the research I have done.  First, since it has the Windows 7 operating system, it can do FLASH. Since the other main tablet players (iPad, iPad2, and Xoom) currently do not support Flash (note: Xoom is getting Flash support eventually and you need to be booted into the Windows OS to have Flash support) don’t, this could be one of its main draws.

It also has two USB 2.0 ports, mini VGA, and a micro SD slot that can support up to 32 GB of additional storage not to mention a 1024X600 LCD capacitive multi-touch screen with LED backlight.

There are some areas where it doesn’t quite seem to hold up all that well.  First, as is the issue with most Windows 7 tablets, the battery life is approximately 4 hours.  That’s less than half of the iPad/iPad2 and Xoom.

Another issue I see is the version of Android the ViewPad 10 employs.  It’s using Android 1.6 (aka Donut) which was released over a year and a half ago.  That’s a pretty dated OS to be using with a brand new tablet.

The other glaring short-coming for the user-on-the-move is a lack of 3G/4G support.  You do get Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi of course but for a lot of mobile users this might be a deal breaker.

It would appear that ViewSonic is going after the mobile business user that wants to have a little fun but with the older Android OS and short battery life is it going to catch on?  Time will be the judge of that but with its competitive price point, solid feature list (full spec sheet), and unique OS option it’s sure to gain some followers.

To see how the ViewPad 10 stacks up to the Motorola Xoom and Apple iPad 2 check out the chart below:

~ by Rizer on March 11, 2011.

One Response to “Android or Windows 7? Why not both?”

  1. I have been wanting a tablet for a LONG time and most devices in the industry were all missing something.

    I really wanted Bluetooth, SD slot, and USB ports. I like Android, but NEED Netflix. NEED to chill on the ride home after a long day at work and watch some movies…

    I began the long frustrating task of reading online magazines, online blogs, and crappy paid for opinions… On March 11th I found this review and watched some videos. Several people liked the device and the only thing they didn’t like was that it was not an iPad…

    Windows 7 is the big bang behind this. The touch experience is smooth and snappy and everything loads quick. The important thing is to keep things simple for the Tablet. Do NOT use this as a Desktop. Keep your most important apps installed and do not overload…

    The on-screen keyboard is great and your finger becomes the mouse. The accelerometer is cool too.

    I am very happy with this and I highly recommend it.

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