The Viewsonic ViewPad 10e boasts a 9.7 inch TFT LCD 1024 x 768 VGA touchscreen, surrounded by a black bezel that offers 3 touch sensitive buttons (menu, back and home).
On the front you’ll find the only camera provided, a 1.3 megapixel which is more likely to be designed for video calls rather than taking photos.
The tablet is rather slim, at 241.6 x 188.6 x 9.1 mm but the build quality could have certainly been better.
On the edge of the device you’ll find the micro-USB connector, power in (note that USB charging is not supported), mini HDMI ports, a micro SD card slot and a headphone jack.
In terms of performance, this tablet sports a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM, and while this configuration should be enough for basic tasks such as watching low resolution videos or web browsing and etc, you can’t do anything too substantial.
The tablet offers support for MPEG1, AVC, MPEG2, VC-1, Flash video, MPEG4, VP6, Xvid, motion JPEG, WMV9 and DivX.
The menu navigation was overall slow, taking more time to perform than it normally should and as we noticed during our tests, even video playback had issues, struggling even with decent quality videos. If you’re wondering about HD videos however, the tablet does play them, but you’ll see jagged movement since the processor won’t be able to keep up.
Light, slim and comfortable to hold, the ViewPad 10e is nicely styled tablet that manages to bode well in terms of aesthetics as well as portability, and even though it seems to be a bit poorly put together, the dark plastic exterior suits the tablet. The screen offers user quite a wide viewing angle and it displays sharp, rich images, this model clearly having potential for being a compact entertainment hub. The speakers only added to our aforementioned impression as they deliver excellent sound, thus somewhat exceeding our expectations.
The relatively affordable price is also a plus since this entry level tablet is even cheaper than the lowest version of the iPad 2.
One of our most notable complaints we’ve had regarding the ViewPad 10e is that, we would have loved to see a fully certified Android operating system on it rather than the subpar copy it’s equipped with, something which would definitely also increase the tablet’s overall performance as well as improve the user interface.
We’ve also noticed quite a few design faults, this device seeming a bit poorly constructed. The fiddly power and unlock button for example proved to be quite annoying to use most of the time.
Poorly implemented software and a sluggish, dated CPU noticeably affect the device’s performance and thus offering a subpar user experience.
While the Viewsonic ViewPad 10e definitely looks good for a budget Android tablet, it unfortunately compromises on quite a few other key components, among which we can mention the uncertified Android OS. Poor craftsmanship is also a significant downside when it comes to this device.
If you’re looking for an affordable entry level tablet, then this might be worth checking out, provided you’re willing to put up with the aforementioned flaws.