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ViewSonic is taking aim right at the iPad - and would-be HP TouchPad owners - with a tablet sporting a 9.7in, 4:3 ratio IPS LCD screen. And, yes, like those fondleslabs this one, the ViewPad 10e, has a 1024 x 768 resolution - the best, we think, for folk who regularly switch from portrait to landscape and back again. …

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  1. Horridbloke
    WTF?

    4:4 ratio screen?

    That would make it a square wouldn't it? Come on guys, try harder.

  2. Milkfloat

    I think it will have to retail at £200 if it want to be a big success.

    1. jai

      yes, it'll need to be around that price to be a success. but chances are, it won't be.

    2. tmTM

      but

      With it looking so much like an ipad i'm sure someone will think they can fence it for ipad monies.

  3. dotdavid
    Facepalm

    Gingerbread

    Pretty poor decision but kinda understandable - I don't think Viewsonic are one of Google's "Honeycomb" partners (they mainly rebrand third party tablets) and Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) isn't out yet.

    If I were Viewsonic I would have guaranteed an upgrade to ICS when it is open-sourced.

    Bet the tablet isn't cheap either.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Well

      It's hardly a poor decision if they have no other option, is it?

      They can't provide Honeycomb. Ice cream sandwich doesn't yet exist.

      What decision have they made?

  4. sebacoustic
    Happy

    paper thin

    well it's a Sunday paper, doh!

  5. Clive 3
    Alert

    Oh no, it's got round corners

    The Apple lawyers will be in contact...

    1. Morri

      And 4:3 so it's a certainty !

  6. Dan Price
    Paris Hilton

    Good for the accessories market

    Hopefully it'll be a similar enough size to an iPad that it can use iPad accessories - about the only gripe I have with my Advent Vega (apart from the viewing angle, but for £200 you can't grumble too much) is that its funky dimensions make finding a decent case a real struggle.

    Paris, because.

  7. Alastair Dodd 1
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    SPB Shell 3D

    looks like it is running this excellent 3rd party launcher - have Viewsonic licensed it? If so good choice. Looks flash and works rather well too.

    If it's 200-250 quid it's a right bargain.

  8. robin penny
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    At last! We finally have an iPad competitor on the market.

    Yes, at last!!! We finally have an iPad competitor on the market. 4:3 aspect ratio AND an SD card slot to differentiate it.

    My only complaint is that it's not a full sized SD slot, so I'll be forced to buy an expensive microSD card and adapter for my digital camera.

    With the wide viewing angles as well as the 4:3 aspect ratio, digital photographers finally have something to replace the photo album or packet of photos that we used to hand round to friends.

    1. James Hughes 1

      Expensive?

      http://www.ebuyer.com/147731-kingston-8gb-class-4-microsdhc-card-with-adapter-sdc4-8gb

      8GB for £8.55 including adapter. A full size SD card would be £7.98. So 56p more expensive.

    2. LuMan
      Stop

      Expensive??

      "expensive microSD card and adapter.."

      You can get a 16Gb microSD card and adapter for under £15 nowadays. Adapters are about a quid and cards start at <£4 for 4Gb. Is it really THAT expensive??

    3. Andrew Norton

      Yeah, me too!

      I bought an 8gb micro, WITH full size adapter for $8.99 on Friday, needed it for the new digital camera i'd bought, and I only buy micros now. That way they can go in my phones (all micro) or the digital vidcamera I already had (SD), and I wasn't sure if this was maxi or micro.

      gotta love the flash media bins at the checkout at Microcenter...

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    £200 I agree

    that'd make it a good contender...

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The design of it is a little bulky for my tastes however from the pictures its user interface looks a lot better than Apple's iOS. Just my opinion.

  11. vulcan

    Doesn't look like it will be £200 if this is the same tablet

    http://store.viewsonic.com/html/ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?section=26110&item=3844686

    Another part of the Viewsonic web site says that the tablet comes with both Win7 and Android

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