The fusion between those who want a tablet, but also want the Microsoft Windows experience has arrived. The Viewsonic Viewpad 10 delivers both Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Microsoft 7 Home Premium. The combination of both operating systems in one tablet is huge. Not only do you get an Android tablet that runs on an Atom processor, it is running on 2 GB of RAM! It screams lighting fast in Android, and delivers a very fast response in Windows 7 too!
The internal capabilities of this tablet are pretty good too. It has a 10.1″ LCD Capacitive multi-touch screen with LED backlight, with a resolution of 1024×600. For connectivity, it has Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The ports in the Viewpad are a 3.5mm audio jack for stereo headset, 2 USB 2.0 ports, mini VGA port, Micro SD card slot. For the camera, it has the 1.3 megapixel camera (front only) webcam. The processor is the Intel Pine Trail N455 1.66GHz, with 2 GB of 2GB DDR3 RAM. Storage comes in either a 16GB or 32GB SSD drive. It is packaged with Android 1.6, but is available to upgrade to the Android 2.2 version from here. Click on this link to get instruction on how to upgrade your Viewsonic Viewpad.
For me, the combination of Android and Windows is just what I was looking for. To me, it is more like a netbook than a tablet, but with the touch screen capabilities, makes it portable and extremely attractive. The windows touch capabilities are not as great as Androids, however, I still really enjoyed the functionality and touch. The virtual keyboard is able to make large or small, and responses well and fast. The bonus also is the ability to plug in through the USB hard drives, keyboards or any other USB peripherals. The VGA port is great if you want to plug it into a larger monitor as well.
The only downside that I can see is that it is a little larger than most Tablets, a little heavier, and the storage for both Windows and Android is sparse. If you do buy one, I would suggest getting the 32GB version because the 16GB is definitely not enough space for any extra software you might want to put on their. However, you do still have upgrade-ability for storage through the SD card slot, where you can get an extra 32GB of space.
Another issue is on Android, there is not a Android Market, but you have Viewsonics version, obviously trying to capitalize on the apps market. There are ways to get Android Market on their, however, another noticeable issue is there is not a lot of support out there for this product. For comparison on size, I have included the Viewpad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab to show the size difference. It is much larger, but not as large as it would seem.
Regardless, the Viewsonic Viewpad 10 with its dual operating systems, is a great tablet, one that I hope will be copied from other companies. The ability to have Android and Windows is huge for those who like Microsoft and their products.