In the Market for a Windows 7/Android Tablet?

So, you want the versatility of a Windows 7 tablet, but you still long for the simplicity of a phone OS with an extensive app store? Viewsonic may have a solution for you. On Friday at IFA, Viewsonic disclosed more information on their tablet device which will dual boot both Windows 7 and the Android OS.

They are calling it the ViewPad 100 and it will feature a 10-inch screen with a 1.66 Atom processor under the hood and multitouch on top. Storage will peak at 16GB of solid state plus an SDHC expansion slot for extra storage. For a 10-inch device, the resolution (1024×600) could be a bit higher. 1GB of DDR3 memory, Bluetooth, wifi, 2 USB ports, 1.3 MP camera and VGA-out round out the devices features. A disappointment to me is both the price ($848) and the version of Android (1.6), but both of those could be easily changed before launch.

grey In the Market for a Windows 7/Android Tablet?

I’m not sure what the market for tablet devices is at this point. Apple has sold a bunch of iPads, but there are a lot of people who would buy anything simply because it had an Apple logo on it. A decent number of people I meet tell me that they think it’s a niche market and have little-to-no use for one. On top of that, what portion of the tablet market is looking for a dual-booting device with a hefty price tag? I’m not sure.

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