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ViewSonic has been showing off an early version of the ViewPad 10Pro tablet for the last few months, but this week at Computex the tablet is getting a more formal introduction. The tablet’s claim to fame is that it runs Windows 7 Professional but also includes special software allowing you to run Google Android on top of Windows. You can quickly switch back and forth between the Windows and Android environments so you can edit spreadsheets or surf the web in Internet Explorer one moment and log some time in Angry Birds the next.
The ViewPad 10Pro features a 10.1 inch display, a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Z670 Oak Trail processor, 32GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 3G modem. It has a 3500mAh battery which is reportedly good for up to 4.5 hours of run time while you’re watching HD video.
The Android-on-Windows magic comes courtesy of Bluestacks. The company has been demonstrating its software for bringing Android to Windows for a little while, but the ViewPad 10pro may be the first computer to actually ship with the software preinstalled.
7″ is too small and 10.1″ is just to. d a m n big for a “Tablet”. You KNOW the only reason they settled on ~10″ is to use up all that now dead NetBook production capabilities and left over stock!! And boy the early Viewsonic G 10″ sure looked like they use those crappy Netbook LCD panels!
How about a 8.5″ screen!!? Still small ‘nuf to fit into a corner of a briefcase, small bag, backpack, etc. and big enough for decent viewing of emails, websites, pictures and video!
If I want something around a 10″, I’ll buy a REAL computer with a keyboard, big drive and a 12″ LCD! (My wife has a sliver thin HP DM3 13″ notebook, 6hr’s batt life, 320GB HDD … THAT is travelable!)
Nope, netbooks are far from dead. Though because of netbooks those screens are generally cheaper to add. But they also make them 10″ because of a balance between portability and mobility.
Balancing weight and size with functionality. While frankly it’s hard for them to push a PC tablet any smaller without switching to an ARM solution or raising the price to compensate.
While opinions vary on the perfect size but the iPad is only a tiny bit smaller than a 10″ at 9.7″ and Apple has suggested you’d have to “sandpaper down your fingers” to go smaller 😛
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