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ViewSonic ViewPad 7x review

Verdict

A nicely put-together 7in tablet that’s quirky without being clumsy. We like it

Review Date: 3 Oct 2011

Reviewed By: Jonathan Bray

Price when reviewed: £249 (£299 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

Most manufacturers choose to leave the Android 3 software front-end well alone: it’s easy to use, looks great and runs smoothly. ViewSonic, however, has revamped the software from the ground up for its pocket-sized ViewPad 7x.

You can tell it’s different from the moment you switch it on. You can still navigate between desktops by swiping your finger, but each desktop space has an outline that makes it look like a pane of frosted glass. The controls in the top corners have also disappeared: instead, a horizontal slider is wedged above the system bar at the bottom of the screen.

Grab or tap the slider, and it zooms out to give a 3D overview, allowing you to flick between desktops much more quickly than on a standard Honeycomb tablet. The ViewPad 7x also ups the standard Android 3 desktop count from five to seven and you can add up to a massive 15 desktop spaces.

ViewSonic ViewPad 7x

Tap another button in the zoomed-out view and you can choose from a number of full-screen widgets to slot into your carousel of desktops. These take over all the space on any desktop, and there are four to choose from: a world clock panel, a weather panel, calendar and a Flickr photo panel.

The ViewSonic’s standard desktop spaces are also different. You can still drop shortcuts and widgets wherever you like, but with the ability to organise shortcuts into folders you can squeeze much more onto one screen.

ViewSonic has replaced the Android keyboard with one from specialist developer TouchPal, adding several alternative layouts. Finally, the horizontally scrolling Android 3 App Drawer has been supplanted by a vertically scrolling one.

Once you’ve finished exploring what the front-end has to offer, there’s also a selection of extra apps available, including a fully licensed version of DataViz Documents To Go (normally £10).

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User comments

Since I've got my Samsung SII I've not used anything else in my house for browsing the web. It's essentially a 4.3 inch tab is it not? My friends ipad is gathering dust since he got an SII as well. As mobiles get bigger and more powerful will we reach an optimum size for web browsing devices? I'm guessing around 5 inches for a mobile phone/web browsing device is probably about the correct size. Anyone else got a similar experience?

By CraigieDD on 3 Oct 2011

I use my HP TouchPad for a bit of browsing but I wouldn't want to have to use a smartphone or a tablet for full time web browsing.

By Lacrobat on 3 Oct 2011

Had my Acer A100 few weeks ago. Now I am thinking of trade for the 7x since the A100 is heavy and function and performance is not up to my standard. Will give the n7x a try. Poor A100.

By Dodgers on 4 Oct 2011

Waiting too long

The first time the Viesonic Viewpad7x was announced was March 22 2011. And it still is not up for sale. Wonder if it will be around X-mas time. Don't think it will. It does make one wonder why it takes so many momths to put it up for sale, even not in Taiwan where my friend just comes from today, no viewsonic 7x for sale anywhere at all.....

By trebu on 22 Nov 2011

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