Viewsonic Viewpad 10e tablet
Android take on iPad aspect
Out of the box, the Viewsonic Viewpad 10e lacks any Google goodies or the official Market but a ton of free apps can be found in the preloaded 1Mobile Market. I found up-to-date versions of GMail, Skype, the SwiftKey keyboard, the official Facebook, Twitter and BBC News apps and Google Maps to name only a few.
AnTuTu score appears low but performance remains more than acceptable – BBC news content tiles
If you want the real deal there is a very simple instal process to add the Android Market and key Google apps. Alternatively, you can download Amazon’s Appstore which should start to work in the UK as soon as the company's Kindle Fire is released here. Adobe’s Flash Player comes preinstalled and works a treat, even when running 1080p YouTube content in the stock browser.
Internal storage is a so-so 4GB, but at least it’s been divided up sensibly so you get 2GB for files, 1GB for applications, and the rest..? Well I can’t actually track the rest down, but the MicroSD slot is good for cards up to 32GB, so who cares?
Docs and Swiftkey
In the top right hand corner you will find a 1.3Mp camera that works a treat with Skype video calling. There is no main camera but that’s not a loss in my book.
Slimline at just over 9mm
Music sounded pretty good through the two speakers tucked away at the bottom. Furthermore, all 720p video content – no matter what format – and most 1080p MP4 files played smoothly in the bundled Vortex media player. Also, games such as Angry Birds and Sprinkle ran perfectly.
Sponsored: RAID: End of an era?