Finding the best tablet available is challenging for the average consumer as the market becomes increasingly saturated and competitive. Tablets are designed to be slim and beautiful, in addition to combining the portability of a laptop with the operating power of a mobile device. Though all of them are functionally similar, the real differences between tablets boils down to features, performance, and, ultimately, price. One of the newest products available, the gTablet from Viewsonic, also strives to be technologically innovative while user-friendly. Read more of this Viewsonic gTablet review to see if this new slate lives up to the publicity.
The Viewsonic gTablet has a distinctive, instinctual design, with home and search buttons that make it easy to navigate but do not sacrifice its sleekness by adding unnecessary bulk. From the manufacturers of arguably some of the best LCD screens on the market, the gTablet provides a clear touch screen with intuitive touch interaction. Due to the configuration of its 10.1 inch screen, consumers must view the screen from a certain angle or the screen becomes blurry, reducing mobility. The casing is made of plastic, which actually aids in the tablet’s lightweight heft, as well as its durability.
Generally, the features on the Viewsonic gTablet are common among other slates available on the market. However, with gTablet is able to have Adobe Flash, which not only allows for smooth gaming, but is also a step up from the tablet’s biggest competitor, which cannot use Flash. Although the user must install the program, this feature is a serious boon for the gTablet. Finally, the “Tap ‘n Tap” interface mimics a common computer desktop, which creates a comforting familiarity for users who are unaccustomed to using tablets or slates.
The operating platform is easy to use for the average consumer, but even those who are a little more tech-savvy appreciate the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. However, it must be stated that other Android-based tablets passed over the Froyo, opting for a stronger, more powerful version more suitable for slates. In light of this, the performance of the Viewsonic gTablet to may feel listless and unresponsive to experienced users. Notwithstanding the performance issues, the battery life of the gTablet is unrivaled, boasting nearly 10 hours of continuous use. Unlike other operating platforms, the gTablet is open, allowing knowledgeable users to customize options and software.
- 10.1 inch TFT-LCD multi touch screen
- 1.55 lb
- 8-10 hours battery life
- Wi-Fi capability
- Bluetooth 2.1 EDR connectivity
- Mini USB (Host)
- USB 2.0 (Slave)
- Google Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system
- 1.0 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
- 16 GB internal flash memory (expandable to 32 GB with a SD Card)
- 512 MB memory
- 12V Power Adapter
- Built-in 2 x 1-watt stereo speakers
- Dock for HDMI, Headphone, USB (optional)
Much like other slates, the gTablet has regular software updates, fixing bugs and user complaints along with unbeatable customer support. With other tablets waiting for the release of new versions, gTablet is already equipped with a front-facing camera and fantastic stereo speakers, both ideal for video chatting or gaming. Added to this, the gTablet is inexpensive – in some cases, several hundred dollars less – than comparable slates, making it ideal for consumers interested in joining the slate craze for little cost. The overall Viewsonic gTablet review is somewhat mixed: a great, mid-range tablet for those interested in the latest technology but are willing to sacrifice performance and capabilities.