"This Best Selling Viewsonic V7E_1WNA1US7_01 ViewPad 7e 7-Inch Android 2.3 Gingerbread Tablet – White Tends to SELL OUT VERY FAST! If this is a MUST HAVE product, be sure to Order Now to avoid disappointment!"
ViewPad 7e 7" Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet features powerful 1Ghz processor, dual cameras and top apps including Twitter, TuneIn Radio, Kindle for Android, Amazon App Store for Android & more. The V7e packs rich features including 4GB storage capacity, RiteTouch w/multi-touch 800×600 LCD screen, G-sensor/Ambient light sensor, Flash 10.3 support, OTG USB and mini HDMI ports. Store your favorite media contents with expandable Micro SD card slot for up to 32GB. Stay connected to enjoy media, e-reader, social networking, surfing & apps with 802.11 g/b/n and Bluetooth support!
- not a full Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) implementation
- should have included a plastic stylus
- not Android Market (if really want it buy a expensive tablet)
- may not fit well in small hands like kids’
- plastic case casting surface not uniform (it may have been done too fast to launch it)
- should have included one complimentary screen protector
- not easy user replaceable battery
- front camera a bit grainy with low light
A definite buy for a first family tablet. Not to be compared with flagship tablets. Tablets should now be classified according to levels; it is not fair to compare this one to iPads or other $500-800 tablets. It is a star in its own level.
As a scale for comparison, a generic $70-90 tablet will be like having a Chery QQ or Tata Nano minicar, an iPad2 or or iPad3 with 4G access will be like a Range Rover Evoque, this Viewpad 7e is like a well built Toyota Corolla. If you want something like the new shrink-size Infiniti in tablets, then get a Samsung Galaxy Note.
Well done for a budget tablet. We’ll see how it lasts and endures. My review of its application for educational environments will be soon posted on my blog, [...]
As some of you already know it, the Kindle Fire costs only $199 with IPS capacitive screen, duo core and 8GB.
So if you can get this tablet under $200, you get a pretty good deal if you want something decent with a front camera for video call. Otherwise, the other good bet is MID 7022 which has a capacitive screen.
Ok, there are a lot of things to be said about this tablet. Some other reviewers have rated this tablet as bad as it could be (e.g. freezes, and etc…). True and not true.
I have a Toshiba Thrive 16GB. Comparing a 16GB 10″ screen Tegra 2 with 1GB of RAM to this little toy seems unfair, but this tablet is not bad. You just must know how to fully utilize the Viewpad 7e.
- white case
- small form factor (i.e. 7 inch screen)
- front and rear camera
- Android 2.3
- microSD slot
- 4 buttons below screen
- limited 4GB storage
- 512 MB RAM
- single core
- screen resolution
I was able to install Google Market. It’s really not that hard when you make some research on how to install it. BUT I’ve found it useless because it’s not the up-to-date one.
The 1Market and the Appstore pre-installed in the Viewpad 7e are good enough. You just have to make yourself as a SuperUser. Also, the device is already configure for the user to be able to move installed applications to the SD. Or if you want you can install App2SD for free.
Knowing that you have only 4GB, a single core, and 512 MB RAM to play with, you must know how to work with what you got. The key is to clear any unnecessary program when not in use, not to use the 3D Launch (a.k.a. SPB Shell), and definitely NO Live Wallpaper.
It may sound easier said than done, right??? Well, there’s a free app for that’s called Gemini Taskiller Widget program. After installation and setup, all you need to do is to shake the device so that it would clear your RAM every time after you close a program to open another one. My 8 year old girl can do it. Why can’t you?
With QQ Player installed, I can even play RMVB! MKV can also be played for animation episodes. This is all a cool and cheap tablet that can do it all with restrictions of course.
Overall, for something under $200, it is a nice tablet. I got mine for $170 during Black Friday.
The other thing I want to mention is the screen. It’s more resistive than capacitive. It also means that it is not as hard as gorilla glass of course.
I was a little put off by it, but I eventually get use to it. It is not that bad. It’s like in a Nintendo DS, if not better. It is acceptable.
Although the resolution is not that high, it is really acceptable when watching NON-HD episodes. Let’s face it! Who got enough bandwidth and time to download HD episodes regurlarly??? I was one of them, but then if you car recommended fuel is 87, why pay/waste for better grade?
On my Toshiba Thrive, when I play RMVB episodes, the pictures are very blurry because of the lower resolution format. On this baby, it looks more acceptable on a smaller screen @ a lower resolution.
The other downside is the Wifi. I have really good reception. I have good signal even when I am in another room with closed door. The problem is that it seems to go to sleep even when I have set up Wifi to never go to sleep. I have also set my device with static IP, and the trouble still persists whenever the device is left unused for a while.
No problem. The solution is to reset the Wifi, and to find an easy way to do it. Just put a Wifi toggle switch as a widget in different pages, and flick it off and on whenever programs stop seeing any network connection. This usually happens after the tablet has been left unused for a while (e.g. charging).
Of course, in my more expensive Tablet (i.e. the Thrive), I do not have this problem. Hopefully, there will be an update soon to fix this problem. But then again, I know my way around it.
The sound on this tablet is pretty impressive. I did not expect it to be that good.
The Toshiba Thrive has stereo speaker. This Viewpad 7e only has one, but it sounds better than my Toshiba Thrive!!!
How so? Acoustic design. The Toshiba Thrive stereo speakers just throw sounds straight from the bottom. The Viewpad 7e resonates through the tablet nicely with only one speaker to make it more lively (kind of like a tube TV in hand)! Simply amazing! And with a white case, it’s just class (with restrictive power).
- But as a Toshiba Thrive owner, I really have some hard time swallowing this. Yes, a bit mad indeed about what the Viewpad 7e can throw in the sound department. -
Also, after installing programs (then move them to SD if possible), don’t forget to reboot, then test the program.
The battery is adequate. You just have to tune down the screen brightness, and lower the volume whenever you can. My daughter just crams the volume to the MAX, and she still gets some good kicks for about 3 hours. Good enough for me! I don’t want her to be in front of the screen too long.
Like I said, once you know how to operate this baby, for the price it is a steal if you can find it close to the price range of a MID 7200.
At least with the Viewpad 7e, you can still use Skype or other programs to do video call. The Kindle Fire can’t. Also, the Viewpad has expandable microSD storage that you can total up to 36GB (4+32). But it is no duo core, nor does it have IPS screen. It is what it is. It just depends what you want for something close to $200.
Otherwise, save your money, and buy an Iconia A100 for more $$$!
The first thing that I noticed when I opened the box and pulled out the Viewpad 7e was the weight. It was thicker and heavier than I had expected. Lighter than my Touchpad but heavier than the Coby. I personally like the color combination (black & white). Build quality on my example is excellent, in my opinion.
Once I charged it and turned it on, it download a firmware update, which took about 20 minutes. After the update, I started playing with it. I have to say that I was initially disappointed with the screen quality and resolution. Then I had to remind myself not to compare it with a $500 tablet. After a little bit of playing with, I have gotten used to the resolution. The touch screen is responsive and I do believe it is a resistive type screen but it’s sensitivity is comparable to a capacitive screen.
Performance is good. The first app that I downloaded was Angry Birds Seasons and it played flawlessly without any hiccups. I’ve read other reviews here about the 7e freezing up. I have not experienced any major freezing issues, so far. The rear camera is just ok and have not tested the front facing web cam yet.
For the default home screen, I decided to make the Android launcher the default. I didn’t care too much for the 3D home screen. Maybe something that I just need to get used to. All in all, I believe this tablet to be a solid Android tablet for under $200 (Purchased mine from Amazon for $169.99). If you can find a Lenovo Ideapad A1 for under $200, than you may want to go for that unit, but the Viewpad 7e is a good alternative to the Lenovo and the Kindle Fire.
Relating to the device locking up or slowing way down, yes I have experienced that too, BUT that tends to come from problematic or poorly written apps, not the device itself.
Current model comes with Android 2.3, which is a major step up for the budget tablet market over 2.2.
Several physical buttons instead of relying on everything on screen (especially when an app locks up the tablet).
Decent storage and memory
Micro SD slot allows for large expansion.
Separate USB and charging port, but charging can come from USB if needed.
Mini HDMI port (cable sold separately but they can be found for $3-4)
Front and back camera
Light sensitive brightness adjustment (screen darkens when the room darkens so its not so bright on your eyes, can be disabled in the options)
Fast wifi connections provided you are connected to a good fast router (like WRT54x with dd-wrt)
No 3G/4G (so no data rates to pay or limits go over)
Cannot use Android Market (now called Google Play) without rooting the device, and even then usage is very limited
Camera pointing towards you is very low resolution (0.3MP)
When installing apk files outside of Android Market (now called Google Play), many times they will install and fail to work, or else they fail to install.
No GPS (the older ViewPad 7 has this option, 7e does not)
Poorly written apps can slow down or lockup this tablet, but that actually happens on many devices.
Battery not user replaceable
Screen washes out in direct sunlight
No 3G/4G so no internet access on the go without stopping at a wifi hotspot, or having a separate cell phone mifi service available
Despite the cons, this is still a very good tablet under $200 and worth a look.