Tablet PCs are the current rage, with the successful launch of the much anticipated iPad last year, everyone from kids to media CEOs love these multi-purpose tablets.
ViewSonic has released the ViewSonic G-Tablet earlier this month and while it’s not the iPad it does pack an impressive punch of features and some really killer video playback. The screen is 10.1″ large and comes preinstalled with Android 2.2 operating system and a 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra-2 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 512MB DRR start up memory and 16 gigs internal storage, for a full list of the specs on this tablet visit here.
The screen is very shiny, almost like a mirror, and while this is a bit of a problem it’s not a game killer, if the screen isn’t black you won’t have a problem with the reflective screen.
The tablet is fairly nice, though I found the speed of the G-Tablet slower than the iPad. The video play back, however, is very nice on this tablet and the sound is good, with speakers on both sides of the device. Once updated to Flash 10.1 flash videos ran smoothly from YouTube and across the web. The apps installed are few and far between and the layout just seems a bit messy and not as user intuitive as the iPad.
You’ll definitely need to visit a few websites to get the most from this tablet, there are some good APK files to install that will increase the responsiveness and look of the tablet, you will also need to download a Folio APK file pack to get Flash working. This is another problem with the G-Tablet, because unless you know how to install those APK files this tablet will severely under perform.
Once you figure out and install all the extra files that actually make this tablet run right, the user interface is drastically improved along with all the features the G-Tablet is capable of. But, for the average consumer who will simply want to buy and play with their tablet out of the box they will notice a distinct difference between the iPad and the G-Tablet.
While the G-Tablet ($379) is over $100 cheaper than the iPad I’m not sure it’s in its league. Overall I think the ViewSonic G-Tablet is a decent purchase if for some reason you hate Apple products or want an Android operating system tablet that you don’t mind doing some work to get running right.