ViewSonic ViewPad 10 dual boot tablet now shipping
You might know ViewSonic from cheap PC monitors, but they also make tablets. One of their new devices is called the ViewPad 10 and is now shipping from dynamism.com, starting at $599. This tablet is actually a bit interesting (in theory), as it has both Windows 7 and Android on board. Unfortunately the Android version is 1.6, which is beyond ridiculous with Android 3.0 shipping on everything else. The 10.1″ 1024×600 capacitive screen is also a bit of a mess, as it’s too high res for that old an Android version yet too low res to really use Windows properly, like with many netbooks. The 1.66Ghz Intel Atom N455 CPUis necessary to run Windows, but gives it a battery life in real life tests of 2.5 hours (probably why Dynamism “forgot” to add that spec).
The rest of the tablet is pretty much the same thing; 1GB RAM is barely enough for Windows, and 16GB of storage certainly is on the low side for what’s really a computer (it does have a microSD slot though). This tablet reminds me of my Vilis S5 which also came from Dynamism; a neat device for those who like to tinker with “real” OSes and whatnot, but doesn’t belong in any normal consumer’s hands. It has its uses though.