Time for a confession: After more than a year of owning an iPad, I’ve started to look at 10-inch tablets with a bit of disdain. Sure, they’re great for video, and they allow for innovative big-screen apps, but they can be uncomfortable to hold and a pain to type on.
So in my endless search for a 7-inch alternative, ViewSonic’s ViewPad 7x gave me a tinge of gadget lust. The 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet isn’t official yet — ViewSonic is reportedly going to announce the product at Computex later this month — but Pocket-Lint has a rendering and some specs to snack on.
The ViewPad 7x has a 7-inch display (of course), an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and cameras in front and back. There’s also an HDMI output, DLNA support and HSPA+ connectivity, hinting at potential 4G options on AT&T or T-Mobile. Weight is 0.84 pounds — a wee bit lighter than the Blackberry Playbook.
I’m not in love with the funky pattern on the back, but I’d be happy if the ViewPad 7x came in a few colors besides red. My other concerns are battery life, screen viewing angles, storage capacity and pricing. Also, with Pocket-Lint based in the United Kingdom, it’s not clear whether the reported June launch date applies to the rest of the world.