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The Frankentablet: Windows and Android Mashup

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the better-than-zombiephone dept.

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GMGruman writes "What happens if you take a netbook, remove its keyboard, put Windows 7 in one partition, a custom version of Android 2.2 in another, throw in a Linux bootloader, and physical buttons that match none of these? You get the ViewSonic ViewPad 10, a Frankenstein creation of technology body parts that just don't fit together. As this InfoWorld review shows, it's definitely a 'were they even thinking?' class of product."

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All on one page... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36085858)

http://www.infoworld.com/print/160508

I can answer that one (2, Funny)

cozzbp (1845636) | more than 3 years ago | (#36085860)

What happens if you take a netbook, remove its keyboard, put Windows 7 in one partition, a custom version of Android 2.2 in another, throw in a Linux bootloader, and physical buttons that match none of these?

That's easy. Exactly the same thing that happens when I take a shit.

Re:I can answer that one (2)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 3 years ago | (#36085918)

You might want to see a doctor about that. I'm not really a sissy, but that sounds PAINFUL!

Re:I can answer that one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36087104)

Win 7 on a 1GHz single-core Atom? Apparently Viewsonic wanted to tap into the masochist niche market for tablet computing.

Re:I can answer that one (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086056)

I strongly encourage you to visit a gastrointestinal specialist.

Re:I can answer that one (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086102)

blood everywhere?

Oh look (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36085882)

Yet another shitty Infoworld article subbed by its author. So does Geek.net get a little gift for greenlighting these?

Re:Oh look (1)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086600)

There needs to be a tag that indicates postwhoering by author.

Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36085888)

With a beowulf cluster of these you could have all the advantages of a small supercomputer but still be able to run windows games. And once you have 10+ of them together, you wouldn't have to buy any extra input devices!

No pictures (4, Informative)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 3 years ago | (#36085890)

TFA has no pictures. I can't really read a review about a tablet that has no images of it at all. Is there a better review with some?

Re:No pictures (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086204)

And no mention of battery life.

The meta is all ironic in that article.

Re:No pictures (4, Insightful)

_0xd0ad (1974778) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086208)

Nobody wanted to use it long enough to find out.

The InfoWorld Reviewer is the /. Submitter?!? (2)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086298)

Links to an Ad, no pictures, no mention of battery life... is there an question that if InfoWorld wasn't paying for this placement slashdot would not even run this crap?

Re:No pictures (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087612)

Oh, come now, be reasonable. For somebody to satisfy your demand, there'd have to be some kind of system that indexed *the entire Internet*. While we're at it, we might as well wish there was a system that magically tracked every image that was used on any web page anyplace in the world.

Ah, they're too late (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36085970)

They wanted to get into the Microsoft Research gallery of technological failures, but they missed the deadline.

Bad article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36085982)

TFA has no pictures / videos, also stopped reading at "... is one reason no tablets come close to the iPad" because it looks like it was written by an Apple fanboy.

Re:Bad article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086238)

Or it could be that all other tablets are half-assed pieces of shit.

Re:Bad article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086556)

Whether you like it or not, the iPad is the defacto standard aginst which all other tablets are measured.

When someone produces a tablet that isn't a festering pile of whale semen mixed with donkey feces, then that measurment may cease.

Re:Bad article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36089594)

You know. The tablet in TFA, I will agree upon--even I would rather have an iPad than that piece of shit.

However, I would never choose an iPad over my Xoom. After using both, the iPad is joke in my mind. People bitch about a couple in-and-out problems here and there on the Xoom, which I can understand. But I have far more complaints about actual usability when I try to use an iPad, as opposed to just a few quirky little things that don't even get in my way or make anything difficult on my Xoom. STFU.

Photos? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#36085986)

Why is there never any photos on those big websites?

Re:Photos? (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086212)

Takes away from bandwidth used to send your browser history and cookies to their advertisers.

Dear Viewsonic: (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 3 years ago | (#36085996)

Stick to monitors, guys. Please.

Re:Dear Viewsonic: (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086214)

Not only that, but why can't they add a DVI-D/HDMI/mini-DP input on those nice digital photo frames? They'd make really nice, low-cost secondary monitors.

No, I don't want a stupid secondary monitor that goes through USB, can only display nearly-static content because it doesn't have enough bandwidth for video and requires a special driver on top of that.

Re:Dear Viewsonic: (3, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086248)

Not only that, but why can't they add a DVI-D/HDMI/mini-DP input on those nice digital photo frames? They'd make really nice, low-cost secondary monitors.

You do realize you just answered your own question, right?

Re:Dear Viewsonic: (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#36088164)

The problem is, they don't offer those same LCD panels as monitors, even at higher prices.

I don't care if an 8" 800x600 ViewSonic digital photo frame cost 60$ and the same display cost 80$ as a monitor.

The digital photo frame also needs firmware and all, so it should be the most expensive product to begin with. By adding a digital video input to their digital photo frames, they'd sell to two target markets in one shot. It can't cost much to add a digital-only input port (I'm not asking for a VGA input).

Re:Dear Viewsonic: (1)

localman57 (1340533) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087052)

I've got a 1080p DVI ioGear USB adapter I've been quite happy with, ran me $50 from newegg. The video isn't nearly as bad as you might think, even full screen. I think it should be adequate for an 800x600 photo frame. I am frankly surprised that new monitors don't come with a USB option. If a separate dongle is $50, the Bill of Materials for the pcb and chips has to be under $20. Personally, I think the big boon for USB 3.0 will not be storage, but the ability to hang a 2nd/ 3rd/ 6th monitor off of your PC via USB, and still get decent performance.

Re:Dear Viewsonic: (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#36088172)

USB-to-video is exactly what I don't want. What I want is a quality (i.e. ViewSonic, not some no-name brand that will stop working in six months), small LCD monitor with a digital video input.

Those 8", 800x600 ViewSonic digital photo frames would be perfect if only they had a DVI-D input.

It's for a niche market (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086018)

(Mash)ochists. Okay so it's a lame pun

Windows on iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086028)

Windows on iPad [progressquest.com] thanks to ProgressQuest awesomeness.

Re:Windows on iPad (1)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086910)

Only if your definition of "awesomeness" is taking the worst ideas from Apple and Microsoft and combine them. But to each their own...

What? (1)

adamdoyle (1665063) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086060)

I don't see the problem. It's a "tablet" (by today's definition) that gives you the option of booting into Windows in the rare cases that you might need to. If it's priced right, then I think it would be a good alternative to those other Android tablets. Granted, I think the Android tablets are stupid, so maybe I'm biased. I like to think of the tablets with Wacom transducers and decent processors as tablets - not those Android-loaded things.

Re:What? (2)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086138)

The problem is running Windows 7 on a 1 gigahertz single-core CPU. I thought my brother's PC with 3 gigahertz Pentium was slow..... but this tablet at 1/3rd speed must be a real bear.

Re:What? (1)

adamdoyle (1665063) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086174)

Well it is the stripped down netbook version, right? I think it's called "starter edition," or something. (I've never used it though, so idk how "stripped down" it is)

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086762)

I have a netbook with 7 Starter, and yeah, it's great for slow computers.

Unfortunately ViewSonic puts 7 Professional and 7 Home Premium on depending on which model you buy.

Re:What? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086216)

Earth to cpu6502, comparing hertz of CPUs of vastly different generations and with significant design differences is not a useful metric.

Re:What? (1)

froggymana (1896008) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086890)

Yes, but the atom architecture also cuts out a lot of things and only does in-order execution which is slower than the out of order execcution that the Pentiums did.

Re:What? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087040)

Absolutely true. Just comparing them by clockspeed is totally useless. People are doing it with ARM cpus vs x86 these days too, for fun go look at ARM cpu floating point performance.

Re:What? (1)

froggymana (1896008) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087978)

But his point still stands of the atom of being at least 1/3 slower than the 3GHz Pentium

Re:What? (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087756)

>>>Earth to cpu6502, comparing hertz of CPUs of vastly different generations and with significant design differences is not a useful metric.

If you truly think a 1 gigahertz ATOM with its simplified structure is faster than a 3 gigahertz P4 with its large cache, out-of-order execution, and speedy pipelining, then YOU are the one who needs to be calling earth.

The MP3 encoder "Lame" runs much faster on the Pentium 4 systems. So do Adobe Acrobat, iTunes, and WinZip. Atom is like driving a poor-man's $15,000 Civic.... even if it's a 2012 model, it won't be as fast as the 2002 P4 ferrari.

Re:What? (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#36090006)

Atom is like driving a poor-man's $15,000 Civic.... even if it's a 2012 model, it won't be as fast as the 2002 P4 ferrari.

Throw them both off a cliff...

Coincidentally, that's what one should probably do with this tablet.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086538)

From what I've heard, you're the bear. (For those that don't know, he's gay and hairy).

Re:What? (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086190)

RTFA: they choose a phone version of android; not even the latest one (both articles say 2.2, or 1.6) , and not only did they not try to tablet-ize it, but it barely supports the hardware (no turning off the screen, on ly the whole tablet). So it's the ususal so-so windows experience on one side, or a significantly worse than usual android experience on the other.

Re:What? (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086794)

Honestly, Froyo or Gingerbread on a tablet isn't that bad. I'm perfectly happy with the interface of Froyo on my Huawei S7. (What I'm not happy about is how long Huawei took to release Froyo, the fact that they only released it in Indonesia and only via "authorized service center" making it take forever to get a leaked version of the update, and how horribly buggy their Eclair build and radio baseband was.)

However, if you're going to make a Froyo tablet, you should at least include the normal Android buttons. It sounds like Viewsonic's Froyo build is even worse than Huawei's Eclair build was.

Re:What? (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#36090012)

Can anyone explain what is the difference between 2.2 and 3.0 that would make the latter 'tabletized'? I haven't used Android enough to know what this could possibly mean.

Re:What? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086566)

The Wacom-equipped tablets I've seen have all been gutless wonders, usually with Pentium M. Who is making good ones and how do I find them?

Re:What? (1)

Ogi_UnixNut (916982) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086822)

Thinkpad X61 Works for me. Wacom convertable tablet with Intel Core Duo. More powerful than I think I'll ever need, lol

Re:What? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086956)

Thanks, looking now. It looks like they have both a tablet and a notebook sold as the X61, as in, a convertible AND a nonconvertible. WTF?

Re:What? (1)

kwark (512736) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087084)

The Thinkpad X201T sports an (previous generation) i7 at 2.13GHz (2.9 GHzin turbo mode), the fastest machine I own. The slowest thing about it is the Intel video.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36089010)

At least a Pentium-M would still ass-rape the pathetic 1 GHz Atom chip in this Viewsonic piece of trash.

Re:What? (1)

b0bby (201198) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086720)

If it's priced right, then I think it would be a good alternative to those other Android tablets.

It's not priced right ($600), Windows 7 runs very poorly on a low end Atom, and it's running Android 2.2 with no marketplace. So it's teh suck. Of course, most of the other Android tablets are too, which is a shame. I was hoping that by this time there'd be a decent selection of reasonably priced Android tablets out there, but so far there's nothing that's even remotely tempting me.

Re:What? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#36088322)

Google announced a new version of the Galaxy Tab earlier today, the second tablet running 3.0/honeycomb. Should be out in a month or so.

Re:What? (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 3 years ago | (#36089686)

They gave one to every Google I/O attendee, in fact, so I have one right here. It seems pretty decent, for just having used it for a few minutes. For that matter, the Motorola Xoom isn't all that bad. I'm not sure either one is really competitive with the iPad yet, but that seems to mostly be a matter of what you can actually do with them -- meaning software -- which Google is working on, too.

Creamed spinach and red licorice... (2)

_0xd0ad (1974778) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086146)

You know the Reese's ad about how chocolate and peanut better go better together? I bet whoever came up with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 had the same aspiration. The problem is this dual-OS tablet is not a delectable combination. Think creamed spinach and red licorice, not peanut butter and chocolate.

Does anybody else want to try that now?

No? Just me?

Okay...

Re:Creamed spinach and red licorice... (2)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086218)

See a doctor. My informed (through television) opinion is that you may be pregnant and not know it.

Salmon poached in liquorice... (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087708)

See a doctor. My informed (through television) opinion is that you may be pregnant and not know it.

As a quick pregnancy test, see if you like Salmon poached in Liquorice [wordpress.com] . If you like it, you're obviously pregnant. If you throw up, it's probably a bout of morning sickness...

Re:Salmon poached in liquorice... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#36088616)

And if you like fish sticks in custard, look behind you. There may be a blue phone box.

Re:Creamed spinach and red licorice... (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 3 years ago | (#36090106)

That does sound good. And if I'm pregnant then it is a MIRACLE!!!!!

Re:Creamed spinach and red licorice... (2)

Rene S. Hollan (1943) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086232)

Saag paneer (curried spinach with fried fresh acid-set cheese) often includes star anise in the spice mix. Star anise tastes a bit like licorice.

So, the combination isn't THAT outrageous, though the contribution of the star anise is subtle at best.

Now, as for the pickled herring and raspberry jam my mother once came up with, well, lets just say it looks the same coming up as going down.

Re:Creamed spinach and red licorice... (1)

_0xd0ad (1974778) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086276)

Saag paneer (curried spinach with fried fresh acid-set cheese) often includes star anise in the spice mix. Star anise tastes a bit like licorice.

Red licorice is generally either strawberry or cherry flavor.

Re:Creamed spinach and red licorice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086288)

Now, as for the pickled herring and raspberry jam my mother once came up with, well, lets just say it looks the same coming up as going down.

Certainly better than that peanut, butter, and jelly sandwich I hear all Americans like.

Re:Creamed spinach and red licorice... (1)

Rene S. Hollan (1943) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086326)

It's not "peanut, butter, and jelly." It's "peanut butter, and jelly."

Loath it if you will, but at least get it right.

Re:Creamed spinach and red licorice... (1)

_0xd0ad (1974778) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086352)

He knew that.

Still... I'm pretty sure I've seen people who put butter, syrup, and peanut butter on their pancackes.

Re:Creamed spinach and red licorice... (1)

painandgreed (692585) | more than 3 years ago | (#36088452)

Yum.

Re:Creamed spinach and red licorice... (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#36088342)

"penis butter", not "peanut, butter".

Get a 10.2" Viewsonic gTablet instead (2)

drsmack1 (698392) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086162)

The gTablet is a completely different product that is android only. Has dual 1 GHz tegra2 processor and really kicks ass. LOTS of dev support; with three viable alternate ROMs. I'm running Vegan-Tab on mine.

They can be had for less than $300 new if you look around a bit.

Re:Get a 10.2" Viewsonic gTablet instead (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086254)

Beware the terrible screen though, and Nvidia is dropping support for Harmony-based devices due to highly visible processor errata.

Re:Get a 10.2" Viewsonic gTablet instead (1)

drsmack1 (698392) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086354)

The screen is subpar compared to the Xoom or iPad - true. But it still works just fine for it's intended purposes.

Re:Get a 10.2" Viewsonic gTablet instead (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086518)

The whole "dropping processor support" thing was overblown. Nvidia said they will produce Gingerbread video drivers for Harmony.

Re:Get a 10.2" Viewsonic gTablet instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36087186)

The whole "dropping processor support" thing was overblown. Nvidia said they will produce Gingerbread video drivers for Harmony.

Nvidia said they "will provide driver support IF the vendor asks for it" Viewsonic has already washed their hands of the G tablet just try and call their support lines.

Re:Get a 10.2" Viewsonic gTablet instead (3, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086620)

I'd rather spend $400 on this [androidcommunity.com] . And then if I love it another $150 on the keyboard+extended battery+port replicator unit. I trust Asus a million times more than Viewsonic. Maybe literally.

Re:Get a 10.2" Viewsonic gTablet instead (1)

drsmack1 (698392) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086766)

If they are really $400 then that is a good deal. The things I liked about the gTablet (and the reason I bought one a few months ago) is that it has a unlocked bootloader and tacit cooperation from Viewsonic for third party ROMs.

If ASUS is the same deal - then it will be VERY popular.

Re:Get a 10.2" Viewsonic gTablet instead (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086928)

It's going to be a while before you can actually get your hands on one, because it's only becoming available today and selling out about as fast as it's going on sale, stocks are limited. It's Asus though so we know they will crank out some more if they sell, which they clearly are.

Re:Get a 10.2" Viewsonic gTablet instead (1)

John3 (85454) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087678)

Good luck finding it for $400. The supplies of this tablet are extremely limited leading to prices in the mid to high $500 range.

Re:Get a 10.2" Viewsonic gTablet instead (1)

christurkel (520220) | more than 3 years ago | (#36089832)

There was a time when ViewSonic made great stuff. I had a ViewSonic monitor that lasted for ages. What a shame.

Do NOT insult the Frankenstein monster. (4, Informative)

mfh (56) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086188)

Anyone party to the specific details of the Frankenstein story by Mary Shelly, will know that the supposed monster created was actually quite articulate, kind and thoughtful even. It was his creator who was the true monster.

Re:Do NOT insult the Frankenstein monster. (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086360)

Uh.. except for that part where he "accidentally" strangles a child, frames a nanny for that child's murder, and deliberately murders two other people?

Re:Do NOT insult the Frankenstein monster. (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086464)

I say skip to the end where that monster of a tablet runs off to the north pole to never see people again and commit suicide by fire.

Re:Do NOT insult the Frankenstein monster. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086496)

Uh.. except for that part where he "accidentally" strangles a child, frames a nanny for that child's murder, and deliberately murders two other people?

Well I'm sure we've all had days like that.

Re:Do NOT insult the Frankenstein monster. (3, Interesting)

mfh (56) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086760)

Uh.. except for that part where he "accidentally" strangles a child, frames a nanny for that child's murder, and deliberately murders two other people?

The position I carefully take is that of pity for the monster for being abandoned. Had Victor Frankenstein provided love to his creation, as a good parent would, the creation would have no hatred for humanity. Had the boy William not threatened to harm the monster, and also invoked the name of Frankenstein, the monster would not have harmed the boy. This is an unfortunate case of the monster not fully grasping the true nature of the problem it faced; the monster believed the boy and therefore the monster acted out of self preservation. Remember that once the monster realized what had truly transpired he did level himself with a great deal of guilt, but it was too late.

No, it was human cruelty that caused the monster to hate. I feel he was very much justified in his actions, sadly.

Re:Do NOT insult the Frankenstein monster. (1)

sdguero (1112795) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087626)

MOD PARENT UP!
I was going to reply to the coward but luckily you got there first. :)

Re:Do NOT insult the Frankenstein monster. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086614)

Indeed, and "Frankenstein" is the name of said creator, not the creation. Describing this thing as a "Frankenstein creation" (or a "Frankentablet" for short) seems fair enough, even at your level of pedantry; it doesn't mention the "monster" from the story anywhere.

Re:Do NOT insult the Frankenstein monster. (3, Interesting)

sdguero (1112795) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087662)

I think Mary Shelly's story actually fits pretty well. There is a lot of good qualities to the hardware and software in this Frankentablet, but the monster it has become is the result of Viewsonic's decisions.

Still better than Ipad... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086210)

Still probably rather use this than an Ipad... 2 x USB out of the box... thank god (I know you can get the shitty adapter for ipad... at extreme markup)... oh and im not ties to Apples POS app store... priceless.

Come get me fan bois.

Re:Still better than Ipad... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086648)

Then please go out & buy one. We'll quietly mock you behind your back.

Actually, seriously...I have no fucking idea why anyone buys anything other than an iPad in the tablet space. And I'm far from a fanboi - I use Linux & Windows (when I have to) on my desktop/laptop, and I think Android kicks serious ass in the phone market. But really...in the tablet space - ALL the iPad competitors suck donkey cock in comparison. Android 3 is a festering turd (although I admit it has hope), Android 2.x on tablets is fucking retarded, the PlayBook & its QNX system looks pretty but is so fucking crippled if you don't carry a BlackBerry that RIM should have just gone out and hung themselves rather than release that shit and Windows 7 on a touch interface makes good geeks want to hang themselves.

We may hate Apple for their closed ecosystem & walled-garden approach...but fuck, when it comes to the iPad, it does Just Work.

Is this Viewsonic's new marketing strat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36086378)

I own a VS g Tablet. It's a nice alternative to the more expensive and slower 1st gen ipad but Viewsonic doesn't actually make any of the tablets they sell, all they are doing is putting their name on a piece of technology. The community at xda developers has been at war with Viewsonic for months to produce the next android operating system (3.0 the article mentions) and all we're told is that nvidia has to provide the drivers (nvidia makes the cpu inside the tablets) or they cannot make the next android iteration. Meanwhile nvidia has said that they will support any android version as long as the company requests the drivers, do you think Viewsonic has asked for the drivers? hell no!. They will never support these items and if you do call for tech support you're usually routed to some off-site secondary company hired to take the thousands of phone calls that using these items ultimately produce. I used to be an avid lover of Viewsonic monitors but now I'll never purchase another thing from them again.

Linux Boot Loader (1)

sglewis100 (916818) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086654)

From the article:

I asked ViewSonic why the boot menu didn't match the actual buttons and was told that the company used a Linux boot loader.

If only they used a product whose source code was available, rather than Linux, maybe they could have changed the text to line up with the buttons.

Re:Linux Boot Loader (1)

oakgrove (845019) | more than 3 years ago | (#36089058)

Exactly. Those guys are idiots and deserve to be mocked.

Re:Linux Boot Loader (1)

awshidahak (1282256) | more than 3 years ago | (#36089090)

From the article:

I asked ViewSonic why the boot menu didn't match the actual buttons and was told that the company used a Linux boot loader.

If only they used a product whose source code was available, rather than Linux, maybe they could have changed the text to line up with the buttons.

My thoughts exactly.

I did suggest ViewSonix Linux, they didnt listen (1)

fishdish (974928) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086974)

OMG they never quit do they? back in 2004 my company, Bluescreen (a services startup in http://www.hamk.fi/ [www.hamk.fi] s business park), ran a Linux operating system, with a little bit tweaked Enlightenment for ViewSonic to replace Windows in their Tablet PCs. ViewSonic having the opportunity to corner the market 5 years ahead Apple, decided to quit making tabs altogether. Now, another smart move.

Time for the Morton salt approach? (1)

hilldog (656513) | more than 3 years ago | (#36086982)

It never fails to amaze me how some companies -insert the usual suspects- feel duty bound to rush 'me too' products to market no matter how shoddy or ill suited to their core business. The waste in money, man power and resources must be staggering. I propose the Morton salt business model - do a few things and do them really really well. When I think 'salt' I think of Morton...rain, girl under umbrella, when it rains it pours etc.

Wow... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087258)

It's almost like Viewsonic set out to do a technological demonstration on why tablets don't work.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36087724)

In my opinion tablets are a cross between ebook readers and netbooks, they seems like a good idea but they're not good for either.
The final step will be an ebook reader that can browse the internet.

Re:Wow... (1)

dargaud (518470) | more than 3 years ago | (#36087914)

In my opinion tablets are a cross between ebook readers and netbooks, they seems like a good idea but they're not good for either. The final step will be an ebook reader that can browse the internet.

...and read cbr/cbz comic book files (in color obviously).

Re:Wow... (1)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 3 years ago | (#36088012)

It's almost like Viewsonic set out to do a technological demonstration on why tablets don't work.

...or as if they got someone who hated tablets to design one which confirmed all their prejudices.

Why the bashing of Windows 7? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36087274)

Hell I like Linux much more than Windows myself, and yes, it wasnt designed to go on the "tablets" that are being released now, but still. I've used Windows on Slates and Tablets for the past 10 years and have never had anything to complain about (Well okay XP's tablet functionality was horrific, but cmon, tablets were almost nonexistent then). Personally I like Windows on my Tablets for the same reason I hate the iPad, I like devices that you know, do things.

If you lack direction throw in everything.. (1)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 3 years ago | (#36088898)

Sounds like a case of a company having absolutely no idea what makes a good tablet so they just try to do it all. Maybe throw in a lot of buzzwords to make it sound cool. The end product costs about the same as an iPad and the iPad is awesome. Why would I want to try a crappy knockoff that isn't even cheap?

Almost all of these companies would do better if they'd just create cool accessories for Apple products. I can think of many cool accessories nobody has done yet but instead I see consumer electronics companies cranking out crap tablets. You can only sell me a tablet once every couple years (and probably just once if it sucks) but I'll buy several cool accessories a year.

Yes, but it create all the beautiful life forms (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36089506)

That looks stupid, but it is the way nature design

WOW (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | more than 3 years ago | (#36090212)

That may very well be the harshest review of a piece of electronics I have ever read. Kind of reminds me of that "American Idol" show where they have these 3 judges who berate the contestants until they cry sometimes when the contestant isn't good.
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