Enterprise Mobility: ViewSonic Android Tablets Include ViewPad 7, ViewPad 10 with Windows 7
Consumer electronics gadget maker ViewSonic Nov. 1 introduced two tablets geared to challenge existing offerings such as the 9.7-inch Apple iPad and 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab. ViewPad 7 offers consumers a 3.5G-capable machine with an 800-by-480 WVGA LCD screen. ViewPad 10 strikes at the iPad, as it is a 10.1-inch touch-screen tablet with a unique value proposition: It is configured to run both Android and Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium. Curiously, while the ViewPad 7 runs Android 2.2, the most current build available, ViewPad 10 runs the rather ancient Android 1.6. That means there will be some application limitations. Presumably, the availability of Windows 7 on that tablet is meant to offset the issue. The ViewPad 7 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010 for $479, more than $100 less than the $599 Galaxy Tab on Verizon Wireless. The ViewPad 10 won't ship until the first quarter of 2011, costing $629, or the base price of the iPad WiFi+3G models sold by AT&T and now Verizon Wireless. Both devices will face tough competition from Samsung, whose Galaxy Tab pricing on Sprint and T-Mobile is questionable, costing more than $1,000 over the terms of their contracts, and the iPad, which has shipped millions of units already.