Tablet Market Contender: Viewsonic
Since it's fitting to end at the beginning, and since Viewsonic was one of the earliest companies to begin producing tablets a decade ago, it's worth listing the Walnut, Calif.-based solution provider's multiple tablet products. First, Viewsonic has launched a 10.1-inch Android 2.2 device known as the G-Tablet, which includes built-in speakers and Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 processor. In addition, the device offers the best pricing of any tablet in the 10-inch space at $280 and can be overclocked to 1.4 GHz speed. The ViewPad 10 is priced between $560 and $580.
Viewsonic also launched the 7-inch ViewPad 7 device as well as the 10-inch ViewPad 10, a dual-boot tablet that allows for working in either Windows 7 or Android operating systems. The $425 ViewPad 7, which comes with a slot for a SIM card, can double as either a smart phone or a mobile handheld PC. Viewsonic's ViewPad 7 weighs less than 13 ounces, measures 7 inches-by-4.5 inches-by a half-inch thick, and includes 600 MB of storage.