Our own Joe Sirianni visited the ViewSonic booth and was able to put his hands on the ViewPad 10e. This is far from a game changer, but it’s priced right for the budget minded. If you’re looking for something basic, and not interested in playing high end games or doing some serious multitasking, this could be the tab for you. It features a 9.7-inch (1024 x 768) IPS LCD display, 1 GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 1.3MP front camera, 4GB of internal storage (additional 32GB available with microSD), WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and Android 2.3. Other than the specs, the other negative is that you won’t find the Android Market on it, so you will have to use the Amazon App Store for downloading apps.
On the plus side, it’s fairly thin at 9.14mm and there is the promise of an Ice Cream Sandwich update. As Joe noted, it seems strange that they would release a tablet with Gingerbread, and not Honeycomb. It will be interesting to see if they actually are able to come through with the ICS update. As I mentioned, this isn’t cutting edge, but the price is $279.
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