Looking for a 10-inch tablet that isn’t the ever-popular iPad? Can’t decide between Android and Windows? ViewSonic has you covered with the ViewPad 10pro, a tablet that runs both Windows and Android.
The ViewPad 10pro is also one of the first tablets to hit the market using Intel’s Oak Trail CPU instead of the popular Nvidia Tegra 2. No doubt that’s sot eh tablet will run Windows 7 since that OS doesn’t support ARM until the next version. With the ViewPad 10pro you get everything you’d expect from a Windows 7 tablet with 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of storage space. You also get something you wouldn’t normally expect from Windows: Android. The ViewPad 10pro features not only Windows, but also Android .23 Gingerbread. The Android OS will run as an application on top of Windows, so it’s not exactly dual-booting, but it’s better than nothing, right?
ViewSonic is claiming that the ViewPad10pro will get up to 8 hours of battery life, which seems like a lot considering it’s running Windows. It will probably decrease a lot when you’re watching HD video, outputting that video via the HDMI port, or Skyping using the 1.3MP front-facing camera. But really, the battery could be surprising. If you want to try it out, or if you just really want a Windows tablet that also runs Android you can get one starting at $599. That version have 16GB of storage and Windows 7 Home premium. There’s also an option for 32GB and Windows 7 Professional for $699. Should you want it, there’s also a custom docking station for $59.