ViewSonic, a leader in making affordable gadgets, have intro'd yet another entry level tablet: the ViewPad E70. Under its hood, the 7-inch E70 screams budget in ever single way, as it houses a 1GHz processor, 4 geebees of storage, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI output capable of streaming 1080p video.

The real story of this budget-gadget isn't the specs, though - it's the software. The E70 will be running ICS out-of-the-box, which is a more than a lot of high-end devices announced thus far can say. It's not all good, however - take a look at the design:


Let's just ignore the fact that the bezel is practically an inch thick and look a little closer -- do you see the issue? Yeah. Capacitive buttons. We have no idea why VS would choose to put capacitive buttons a device running ICS, but regardless of our understanding or the practicality of it, they went ahead and did it anyway.

The tablet is set to hit the market in "late Q1" for a price of $180, but with the ASUS MeMo ME370T right around the corner after that (in Q2), I see no reason anyone would pick this little guy up.

Cameron Summerson
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  • Craig Seabrooks

    I can give you 70 reasons why I wouldn't wait on the Asus!

    • Cameron Summerson

      Ready... Go!

  • http://facebook.com/gtabletowners gtabletowners

    It's 2012, not 2010. Buy this little baby and you might as well throw your money away.

    The difference between a single core and quad core. Graphic. Screen resolution. Responsiveness. Next to the Asus Memo, this will run like a tortoise.

    Once again, Viewsonic just don't get tablet.

    • George C

      As a former owner of a Viewsonic gTablet. Don't throw your money down the drain on this company. They're known for breaking promises. It was suggested through their facebook for months it'd get upgraded to Honeycomb. Then released a statement saying it's too hard.

      Even in their Tegra 2 tablet, you could tell corners were cut. The biggest being the screen, you couldn't see it for crap at an angle and it was a lower resolution.

  • koniczynek

    Why capacitive buttons are bad?

  • Brian C

    3 words: Repurposed Froyo Tablet.

    Still, I rather like discrete buttons. Especially on smaller screens

    • slurms mckenzie

      hahahahaha yea i bet they just flashed ics on unsold froyo tablets

  • Rune

    Hmm...Capacitative with ICS....Hmmm....nope...sorry... can't think of a smart reason!

  • Aux

    Oh great, now Apple has yet another company they can try suing, thanks ViewSonic, for making a tablet that looks like a damn iPhone 4.
    There hasnt been any real innovation from this company for the past 6 years.

  • http://android-dan-saya.blogspot.com alang

    Actually this design alot resemble from LG Chocolate,

  • http://stuarthalliday.com Stuart Halliday

    Pretty obvious putting ICS in it was a late decision.

    As always with Viewsonic, you buy cheap and the LCD display will also be low angle, large bezel with a low res. How can it be otherwise?

    Last 7" Viewsonic tablet I came across had only 170MB of internal storage once the OS had booted up out of 512MB.

    Avoid tablets with less than 1GB of internal storage!
    Doesn't matter how much storage is in the microSD card. It still can't run widgets and service apps from the SD card!