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iPad Rival Alert : ViewSonic Viewpad 10S 3G Tablet Down To £225

Zavvi has cut the price of the Viewsonic Viewpad 10S tablet to £225; the tablet is similar to the Hannspree Hannspad and the Advent Vega.

It comes with a 10.1-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive display, a dual core Nvidia Tegra chipset clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 512MB onboard storage with an additional 16GB microSD card, Wi-Fi, built-in full-size USB and HDMI ports, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo.

Interestingly, the Viewsonic Viewpad also features onboard 3G connectivity which allows it to connect online without having to tether with a smartphone or an additional 3G dongle.

At 730g and 14.5mm thick, the tablet is significantly thicker - almost twice as thick as the iPad 2 - and heavier than rival tablets.

A review of the tablet by Notebookcheck highlighted that using it can be very frustrating because of the low amount of onboard system memory. But the capacitive touchscreen gets kudos for responding "extremely fast to finger inputs", although it doesn't have a GPS module.

Viewsonic also sells another tablet, the ViewPad 10e, for around £200 with an IPS screen and a configuration almost similar to the iPad.