ViewSonic G-Tablet Review
As far as tablets based on Android version 2.2 Froyo go, the ViewSonic G-Tablet is a great product. ViewSonic is mainly known for its PC monitors but has ventured into the world of Android tablets with the G series. There many nice features with this product, not least its hardware and design, even if Android 2.2 is not the perfect OS for tablets. The build is very robust and has a solid feel to it. Its well-finished piano black body is quite attractive as well. It has a screen of 10.1 inches which looks great with an OK resolution–1024×600–the netbook standard, which goes well with the size of the screen.
This resolution is adequate for watching high quality video and works well with gaming applications. It is also a relatively lightweight product at 1.55 pounds; the dimensions are 10.5 x 6.8 x 0.54 inches. Those are attractive figures, particularly the fact that it’s so thin. The 1.3 megapixel camera is suitably positioned for video calls.
It offers an impressive battery life of more than 10 hours from a 3650 mAh battery pack. which is more than you would expect from such a powerful tablet. Speaking of which, the hardware consists of an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz. Furthermore it has 16 GB of internal memory as well as Micro SD and USB slots. Other connectivity include a stereo headphone plug and a power connector.
It operates on Google’s Android 2.2, which is unfortunately not the best for the tablets as it’s primarily designed with smartphones in mind. Therefore it has a hard time competing with Android 3.0, which is built from the ground up for tablets. Experienced users who know how to “root” the system can customize it to their liking, but as for the rest of the population the interface will feel awkward at times and some applications may not look as intended.
The tablet offers support for MS office and PDF documents, which is a welcome addition for the office worker on the move. Other than that it of course include the usual full set of Google apps such as Google calendar and other iGoogle support, which are all nicely integrated into the interface as opposed to some apps that you download from the Android marketplace.
Another positive aspect is its support for Wi-Fi N high speed wireless technology. Thanks to the Tegra 2 processor it can also produce great 3D effects for games and other applications.
Overall this is a good product with powerful hardware, but Android 2.2 falls a bit short compared to some of its competitors including the iPad and Android 3.0-based tablets.
• Tegra 2 Processor.
• 10.1 inch LCD touch screen with 1024×600 resolution.
• Weight: 1.55 pounds
• Micro SD and USB support plus a 1.3 MP Camera.
• Wi-Fi 802.11g , b and n
• Operating System: Android 2.2