Viewsonic ViewPad 7e Android Tablet Priced to Compete with Kindle Fire at $200

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  1. dgstorm

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    The Viewsonic ViewPad 7e Android tablet will be coming out later this month, and will be very competitively priced at the same $199.99 price as the Amazon Kindle Fire, even before the Amazon tablet is even launched. It's specs are even pretty decent for an "entry-level" device and actually offer some things that the Kindle Fire does not. Here's a quick breakdown:
    • 3D UI designed by the same developer who created the SPB Shell 3D Android launcher
    • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
    • 1GHz single-core processor
    • 7″ display
    • microHDMI port that transfers 1080p quality video
    • 3mp camera on back with a 0.3 mp camera up front
    • Storage memory is 4GB with a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of storage.
    • New “AirSync” program that will keep the device up to date via OTA upgrades via the built in Wi-Fi connectivity
    Those are some pretty tempting specs for the price, and ViewSonic typically makes quality hardware. It's about time someone started getting serious about a competitively priced Android tablet. Does this seem like a bargain to you guys?

    Here's the full Press Release,
    Source: AndroidTablets.net
     
  2. johnomaz

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    I hope that render isn't of what the device will actually look like.
     
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    I love how the display was photoshopped. LoL. It doesn't look like a bad looking device though.
     
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    The question is, who do you have to beg and bribe for them to put out a dual-core version of that?
     
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    Dual Core on a device that costs less than $200 dollars??? Better find a Touchpad!
     
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    With my luck, someone would just carve up some apples and pears, toss their cores atop the tablet, and put out a press release claiming that multi-core support is included. "We've managed to have 20 cores sitting atop the screen and include a new 'fruit juice' scent for $300!" ;)
     
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    It's interesting to me that these bargain tablets don't include 3g. Amazon offered 3g hardware AND a free connection for only what, $49 extra on the old kindle? How much does 3g hardware really cost?
     
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    It's not the hardware, I think, it's the bandwith. The fire is color and movies will be played on it. The 7" works pretty good for movies (I have a cheap 7" one and put a converted movie on it and it looked nice). The 3G Kindle, from what I've read, doesn't have a great internet browser, so most probably use it for uploading new books where there isn't free wifi.

    So until there's a data plan attached to a tablet, you won't be seeing 3g on these little tablets.
     
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    Just buy two!
     
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    that would be an understatement. I have a 3G Kindle & a Kindle DX & the browser is so poor/slow etc. it is almost unuseable.

    I don't care as all I use the devices for is reading books & they are awesome for that (better than my ipad 2), but the browsers are something you would only use in an emergency.

    ~John
     
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    :D That's the same excuse people give for unauthorized tethering... :biggrin:

    I just mainly use my 7" tablet for reading. Sometimes I play a game or two. I also wanted it to view crochet patterns on (some have color instructions). Or movies or TV shows, although I only did that once to test the battery.
    It has wifi so I just go to a wifi place (McDonald's) and download what I need. Or I sideload apps, documents, etc.
     
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    How about the Kindle Fire? it has a dual-core processor. When you get tired of watching movies just hack it and put ICS on it then watch movies from a browser.

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    I don't think the display was photoshopped. The desktop is SPD 3D Launcher, you can get it from the market for your phone. It is pretty slick actually, I have it.
     
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    Look at notification bar and battery icons that is froyo not gingerbread.
     
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