Hands-on with ViewSonic’s new 4 and 10 inch tablets

ViewSonic unveiled two new tablets last week, or a tablet and a phone, depending on how you look at it. ViewSonic calls the 4 inch model a tablet with phone capabilities for some reason, but everyone else in the world is probably just going to call it a 4 inch smartphone. The new tablet is a 10 incher called the ViewPad 10S, which won’t be available in the US, where we get the dual-boot ViewPad 10 with Windows 7 and Android instead.

The 10s has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and runs Google Android 2.2 as well as HDMI and USB ports and a micro SD card slot. It seems like a decent tablet, if a bit large and heavy to hold in one hand — like many 10 inch Android tablets I’ve had a chance to play recently.

The ViewPad 4, by contrast, feels great in the hand. It’s got an extraordinarily angular design that’s bordering on boxy… but in a good way. It’s a striking looking little machine. Unfortunately the 4 wasn’t functional when I wandered by the ViewSonic booth, but the folks at Engadget managed to get a few images with the screen on. The little guy has an 800 x 480 pixel screen, a 5MP rear-facing camera that can shoot 720p video, 2GB of storage, and 512MB to 1GB of RAM.

ViewSonic says it’s working with phone operators to bring the ViewPad 4 Stateside. Unfortunately there are no plans to offer a WiFi-only version of the ViewPad 4.

  • Anonymous

    For some reason i would love to see the 4″ without the phone bits. Am i old fashioned?

  • Anonymous

    So it can shoot 720p videos of the user looking at himself? That is not very useful. It would be better to have the high-resolution camera facing forward like any camera (this is the way most people use a camera). A rear-facing camera need only be low-res if it is only to be used for video-calling. Most people cannot see the difference between “front-mounted” and “front-facing”….it really is not that difficult folks !!