Wednesday, March 9, 2011

ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Dual-Boot Android / Windows 7 Tablet Available Today

Behold the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 dual-boot tablet that allows you to work in either Android 1.6 (weird!) or Windows 7 on demand. This device runs a 10-inch 1024 x600-pixel touchscreen display, 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, has a total of 2GB of memory, connects via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. The odd thing about this device (if all those specs weren’t enough) is that we were introduced to a very similar tablet by the name of ViewPad 10 Pro, one that ran Android 2.2 Froyo, at Mobile World Congress 2011.

Another odd bit is that we were told that the “Pro” would be running Android 2.2, and that this “Pro” version would replace the ViewPad 10. THEN he said that the ViewPad 10 would be sent an OTA update to Android 2.2 Froyo in March (aka now) to update it to the level of the Pro, which should also be released on March. What in the world? Either we’re just losing our minds, or ViewSonic really needs to differentiate their model numbers with more than a letter of a number.

That said, having the ability to boot to either Windows or Android in one device does seem fun, if not unnecessary. In our experience, working with a tablet means you’ve got a certain number of things you want to accomplish, thus you pick the one that’ll accomplish them. Having two systems on one single tablet to us seems indecisive.

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