ViewSonic G Android tablet rocks Tegra 2, 10-inch screen, $400 price

Android, Tegra 2 are in the ViewSonic G tablet
Android, Tegra 2 are in the ViewSonic G tablet

Where should you go for a high-end tablet? No, you shouldn’t go to TJ Maxx, you should head over to Office Depot to pick up the ViewSonic G tablet because this Android-powered device looks pretty powerful.

How powerful? Well, the ViewSonic G Android tablet is powered by the Tegra 2 processor, which has performed quite admirably on Android benchmarks. This should just be the first tablet to utilize Tegra 2, as we’re expecting a slew of devices to emerge next year.

Like the Apple iPad, the ViewSonic G tablet will feature a 10-inch screen. You can look for 1080p HD video playback and 1024 x 600 resolution.

You can also look forward to a front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth and WiFi (including 802.11n), a microSD slot and USB connectivity. There should also be 16 GB of onboard storage and 512 Mb of RAM.

The ViewSonic G tablet will be powered by Android 2.2, or Froyo. While Google has said this isn’t optimized for tablets, we’ve found it to be very solid on devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Some of you may be hesitant to buy a computing device from ViewSonic, which is mostly known for high-quality monitors. We’ve had a chance to check out the company’s other tablets and we came away impressed with the build quality and overall polish of the device.

One of the best things about the ViewSonic G tablet is that is should cost $399 from Office Depot and the online stores. That’s about $100 cheaper than the Apple iPad (unless you’re able to snag it from TJ Maxx) and it should also be cheaper than the WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab, which should hit Best Buy early next year.

As tempting as this device is, I’d still advise most people to wait a few months before diving into this market. After CES in January, we should know more about the competitive landscape.

[Via Office Depot

  • Bruce

    “I’d still advise most people to wait a few months before diving into this market. After CES in January…”

    I don’t entirely agree. I don’t see any reason to wait for an iPad. If you want one, get one. Apple will not start selling new models of iPads in January, or February, or March.

    For the Android pads, yes, I’d say wait for Android 3.0 – unless you are curious and you understand that this is somewhat of a hobby device as opposed to a mass market product. I bough an Android phone back in Android 1.6 days, and I don’t regret it. On the other hand I didn’t start recommending Android phones for most other people until later on when 2.0 and 2.1 came in.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re absolutely dying for a tablet this holiday season, I’d say you should go with the iPad. The new version with cameras and FaceTime will be announced in just a few weeks actually (late Jan.) so I’d still advise people wait if they can.

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        • Anonymous

          Awesome sauce. It is quite tempting. How’s the UI?

          • Anonymous

            Throw on Clockwork Mod .8 and TnT lite 2.2. Then add Flash 10.1 and the full Android Market through a hack with Titanium Backup Pro. Add HomeSwitcher and LauncherPro. This will allow you to change the home screens so they are scaled for the large size of the tablet. (ie 10×10 grid of icons instead of 4×4) Add Rock Player for hardware based decoding of Xvid and DivX support. Then you have an absolutely fantastic tablet. It is blazing fast. You can find out how to do all of this on the XDA forums and some other Android sites.

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