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Viewsonic 7 ViewPad Tablet, Too Expensive For What It Offers

The Viewsonic 7 ViewPad is certainly a worthy Android tablet on its own but compared to the rest of the competition, it starts to look like an over-rated, expensive device that is going to lose out unless its price is massively cut down.

Viewsonic, which is known more for its monitors, uses OEMs to build the tablet which means that the ViewPad shares its design with a number of other tablets on the market, notably the OlivePad which is quite popular in India.

The Viewsonic 7 Viewpad costs £399.99 at Misco and currently runs a trade-in offer that allows users to trade in their old laptop or desktop and claim up to £110 off the price of the Viewpad until the end of the month.

If you want to buy more than two, want to buy it in January or do not have a notebook to exchange, then you will be stuck with the £399.99 pricing.

And as it stands, the Viewsonic 7 Viewpad doesn't stand a chance against the Samsung Galaxy Tab which costs the same and comes with many more features.

It comes with a screen resolution of 1024x600 pixels, nearly double that of the Viewpad. It packs a 1Ghz Hummingbird processor compared to the 600MHz one on the Viewsonic model.

Its camera is a 3-megapixel one compared to the 5-megapixel model on the Galaxy Tab and it has only 512MB onboard memory while the tab has 16GB.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.