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ViewSonic is taking aim right at the iPad - and would-be HP TouchPad owners - with a tablet sporting a 9.7in, 4:3 ratio IPS LCD screen. And, yes, like those fondleslabs this one, the ViewPad 10e, has a 1024 x 768 resolution - the best, we think, for folk who regularly switch from portrait to landscape and back again. ViewSonic …

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WTF?

4:4 ratio screen?

That would make it a square wouldn't it? Come on guys, try harder.

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I think it will have to retail at £200 if it want to be a big success.

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jai
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yes, it'll need to be around that price to be a success. but chances are, it won't be.

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but

With it looking so much like an ipad i'm sure someone will think they can fence it for ipad monies.

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Gingerbread

Pretty poor decision but kinda understandable - I don't think Viewsonic are one of Google's "Honeycomb" partners (they mainly rebrand third party tablets) and Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) isn't out yet.

If I were Viewsonic I would have guaranteed an upgrade to ICS when it is open-sourced.

Bet the tablet isn't cheap either.

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Well

It's hardly a poor decision if they have no other option, is it?

They can't provide Honeycomb. Ice cream sandwich doesn't yet exist.

What decision have they made?

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Happy

paper thin

well it's a Sunday paper, doh!

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Oh no, it's got round corners

The Apple lawyers will be in contact...

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And 4:3 so it's a certainty !

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Good for the accessories market

Hopefully it'll be a similar enough size to an iPad that it can use iPad accessories - about the only gripe I have with my Advent Vega (apart from the viewing angle, but for £200 you can't grumble too much) is that its funky dimensions make finding a decent case a real struggle.

Paris, because.

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looks like it is running this excellent 3rd party launcher - have Viewsonic licensed it? If so good choice. Looks flash and works rather well too.

If it's 200-250 quid it's a right bargain.

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At last! We finally have an iPad competitor on the market.

Yes, at last!!! We finally have an iPad competitor on the market. 4:3 aspect ratio AND an SD card slot to differentiate it.

My only complaint is that it's not a full sized SD slot, so I'll be forced to buy an expensive microSD card and adapter for my digital camera.

With the wide viewing angles as well as the 4:3 aspect ratio, digital photographers finally have something to replace the photo album or packet of photos that we used to hand round to friends.

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Expensive?

http://www.ebuyer.com/147731-kingston-8gb-class-4-microsdhc-card-with-adapter-sdc4-8gb

8GB for £8.55 including adapter. A full size SD card would be £7.98. So 56p more expensive.

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Expensive??

"expensive microSD card and adapter.."

You can get a 16Gb microSD card and adapter for under £15 nowadays. Adapters are about a quid and cards start at <£4 for 4Gb. Is it really THAT expensive??

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Yeah, me too!

I bought an 8gb micro, WITH full size adapter for $8.99 on Friday, needed it for the new digital camera i'd bought, and I only buy micros now. That way they can go in my phones (all micro) or the digital vidcamera I already had (SD), and I wasn't sure if this was maxi or micro.

gotta love the flash media bins at the checkout at Microcenter...

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£200 I agree

that'd make it a good contender...

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The design of it is a little bulky for my tastes however from the pictures its user interface looks a lot better than Apple's iOS. Just my opinion.

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Doesn't look like it will be £200 if this is the same tablet

http://store.viewsonic.com/html/ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?section=26110&item=3844686

Another part of the Viewsonic web site says that the tablet comes with both Win7 and Android

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