Viewsonic has blamed underbaked Android support for large-screen devices like its 10.1-inch GTablet, an unoptimized Adobe Flash plugin and issued getting its custom UI working properly with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset for the poor "user experience" reported by early adopters. Having seen the Android 2.2 Froyo GTablet pulled from Staples this weekend over what the retailer described as a "manufacturing defect", Viewsonic is arguing that in fact simple software updates will address the issues.
It's a massive day for posts, where even SlashPhone has a fresh blast of news on this pre-holiday day. Lots of sales, lots of products being introduced. And then there was Black Friday. So much Black Friday you're going to explode! Luckily, we've got a column for you by the fabulous Don Reisinger titled Black Friday Is Never Good For MY Tech Addiction. Of course, if you just can't get enough of the Black Friday goodness, we've got a littering of links to sales below plus one list-tastic post by the name of The SlashGear Black Friday Deal Guide of Complete Excellence, an ever-growing post where you'll not only find a batch of odd sales you almost certainly find listed anywhere else, but a split between offline and online so that you might choose to sit at home and chill or rough it out with the maniacs! Then we've got a lone review, one single review for the most amazing Samsung 256GB SSD 470 Series SSD. Stay tough, and be thankful for what you've got today (and tomorrow!) on The Daily Slash!
Products galore! it's a morning of some large amount of announcements of product releases and/or sales - this you can expect for, well, probably the next month or so. Especially since we're nearing the epic BLACK FRIDAY. Are you one of those people who gets really pumped up for Black Friday and stands in line for hours and punches people in the face to get a deal? Well you're going to LOVE the Black Friday Guide we're putting out later today. There's a couple of teasers in today's SlashGear Morning Wrap-up - and oh my goodness! That's where you are right now! Hooray and joy!
Very first of all, let me point you toward our big time huge post: Holiday Gift Guide 2010! It's full of EVERYTHING you could ever want (this year.) Then we've got reviews of both the Verizon AND the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab (both!), a review of a bigtime thin Full HD panel display, and an expanded look at all the stuff Mark Zuckerberg said about the future of communication today at the Facebook announcement event. And BONUS: Google CEO Eric Schmidt reveals not only a working Nexus S, but Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well! All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!
If you are keen on an Android tablet rather than the iPad, you may have been following the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 with interest. The tablet landed a while back and in October, we spent a bit of hands on time with the thing and liked it well enough even if Android 1.6 was not what we really wanted to see on the tablet.
ViewSonic's new ViewPad Android tablets aren't expected to reach the US market until later this year, but company VP Adam Hanin is already taking a fighting stance when it comes to Steve Jobs' criticisms of 7-inch slates. Speaking to Laptop, Hanin says the Apple CEO "may be a little afraid of this category" and is lashing out at "whatever he can to attack because he sees (7-inch tablets) as a challenge to the dominance of the iPad."
Last week we caught up with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 tablets as the pair of slates made their UK debut. Now, ViewSonic has confirmed availability and pricing for the two tablets in the US, with the 7-inch model arriving in late Q4 2010 for $479, while the 10-inch dual-booting model will arrive in Q1 2011 at $629.
ViewSonic's ViewPad 10 is the bigger, dual-boot sibling to the all-Android ViewPad 7, offering a choice between Android or Windows 7 in one, 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen slate. Back at IFA 2010 it was still known as the ViewPad 100 and all the company had to show was a rather unstable prototype; now, with the full launch expected on November 15 priced at £449 and with the same trade-in discount scheme as the ViewPad 7, we caught up with the ViewPad 10 to see if its dual-personalities had bedded in.
Two 7-inch Android tablets, two versions of Froyo and two pretty different price tags: the Samsung Galaxy Tab and ViewSonic ViewPad 7 are each taking on the iPad, but they're also challenging each other in the process. We pitted a production version of each against the other to see whether there was a clear winner.