Hands-on ViewSonic ViewPad 4 with Android 2.2

Hands-on ViewSonic ViewPad 4 with Android 2.2

When we first heard about the ViewSonic ViewPad 4, Stefan called it one of the most boring things he’s ever seen. Well, we’re here at CES 2011 and decided to get our hands on the thing to see if he was wrong.

After spending some time with the ViewPad 4, I’m having a hard time disagreeing because I’m not seeing how well this fits into the highly-competitive smartphone market. Well, the company is actually positioning it as a tablet but with only a 4.1-inch screen, this is smaller than smartphones like the Motorola Droid X.

The ViewPad 4 has a very angular design – this thing looks like a straight up rectangle with sharp edges and all. It doesn’t feel that comfortable in the hand because of it’s so sharp.

The ViewPad 4 screen itself is fine but it’s not going to blow you away like the the Super AMOLED Plus we’ve seen on the Infuse 4G. The specs are pretty solid too, as it packs a 1 GHz processor, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G, a front-facing camera for video chatting and a 5-megapixel read camera for HD video recording. Still, it’s a good-not-great device and things like the Motorola Atrix 4G make it definitely look like a last generation device.

There is no specifics about the ViewPad 4 pricing but online reports suggest around $500 or so for an unlocked device. Maybe it’s not fair to compare this to superphones like the Atrix but I’m failing to see the market for a solid-but-not-great smartphone when we’re seeing a ton of great devices for about the same price.

I only had a few brief minutes with the ViewSonic ViewPad 4 and I apologize for the brief nature of this video. Feel free to check out our CES 2011 section for all the hottest devices we’ve seen at the Super Bowl of the tech world.

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