Pros Hardware is cutting edge, looks to be able to handle at least Honeycomb. Flash can be side-loaded, supports up to 32 GB MicroSD storage, USB will read FAT32 formatted flash drive, solid out of box apps pre-installed
Cons TapNTap UI is horrendous out of box, slow and unresponsive until updated to latest firmware. Once updated, better but not great. Viewing angles are off, HD playback limited to encoding.
Summary I purchased one of these from Staples ($399.00), and out of the box I was really disappointed. While the hardware is cutting edge, the TapNTap UI that Viewsonic puts on the tab bring the thing to a crawl out of the box. Recent updates help, and the latest firmware makes this a usable tablet for those not technology inclined. All the basics are covered, and the default apps are actually pretty solid.
But when you root this thing and load a custom firmware (Bekriebel, Roebeet, Gojimi and Rothnic at XDA-Developers should be commended for their efforts) this tablet is a beast. If you're a little squeamish about rooting and side-loading applications, this makes a decent tablet. But you'll need to root and load to get the most out of it. I did, and it's replaced my laptop for everyday use.
And to Viewsonic, you should hire the guys at XDA to write your UI. Seriously. Pay them whatever they want.
Pros With deepest regret I do not have any. No more PO's signed for VS products by CSU system. Although most are Dells occasional orders of VS screens will no longer be approved.
Cons My Viewsonic stopped functioning soon after arrival. I contacted them and after 2hrs obtained an RMA#. The tech stated that an email with instructions would follow. 3 weeks passed I cantacted them again and they again assured that the email would come. Se
Summary Regardless of value Viewsonic products are not what they used to be. Now having to deal with their service I know why. Stay away!
Pros Fully engaging, anything you can think of you can do. Viewsonic updated the software so you can mod or not mod. Plenty Of OS choices. Hardware 2nd to none currently on the market. You can access. Android. Market or Amazon. Plug and play, flash drives, US
Cons Doesn't have honeycomb yet.
Summary Best bang for the buck. Tabs are consumption devices but this one defies that label. Once you get into mods and custom ROMs it becomes a learning device. Therefore the ultimate tech toy, doesn't brain drain but encourages learning. Customization of this tablet is endless. It conforms to you, not you to it. Not an ipad killer but an load mass murderer. It kills ipad over and over and over again.This tablet is at the price point they should all be priced at. Unlike Apple iPad you don't have to compromise your proprietary content uploading data to a site to download on to the device, or employ work-arounds, compromising your copyrights. With this tablet you have the capability to plug a flash drive or cable directly into the device, so your proprietary content isn't bouncing off or resting on servers. Flash drives and sdcards increase your file storage capacity. For business it offers you maximum flexibility,usage & you can access a cpanel securely from GTab. If you have a Google Apps Device Policy application/subcription which you get from Android Market, you will have access to remote wiping you can utilize the feature.
Updated on Apr 15, 2011
G Tablet is more than a consumption device it is a learning tool. Once you start rooting, hacking & testing custom ROMs you are increasing your knowledge of the Android OS making it a great learning tool for getting-under-the-hood of tablet-like gadgets.
Pros Can sync notes, contacts, calendar across desktop, phone and laptop
Able to create and edit word, and excel documents, view pdf files
Many applications are free, others are low cost
Cons screen finger prints
can't remove all icons from "dashboard" home pages
Summary Since I am a business user, I don't have the same hardware requirements as gamers. I immediately downloaded the viewsonic update, and then started adding the apps that I needed. Some of the applications are designed for a cell phone, not a tablet, but I only tried one that caused any issues installing. Much of the software was free or low cost.
Loading and using excel and word documents with Office Suite was fine. Editing both was straight forward. Of course Igoogle provided most of the syncing between my desktop, phone and tablet. It is nice to add an entry or contact on one device, and have it updated to the other two.
Wifi connection was fast, and internet browsing was similar to my desktop. I opened multiple sites, and it didn't seem to tax the "g".
Some mentioned the viewing angle, and again it was fine for me. Of course, I don't want a wide viewing angle, and it is highly unlikely I would show any information to another person.
I haven't explored the limitations of printing material yet, but in most cases when I will be using the tablet, a printer will not be available.
Battery life is nice compared to my laptop. At least 8 hrs. I did play a couple of Youtube videos just to be sure that the Flash install was okay. They performed just like my desktop.
The keyboard is okay, but I would love to find a small portable wireless keyboard that I can take with me on the road (for longer documents).
Summary: This tablet, having longer battery life, a charger that can work overseas, great portability without sacrificing a decent screen size, and a quick start up with flash memory, will replace my laptop on business trips and during work in customers manufacturing plants.And I don't have to deal with Verizon or AT&T
Pros Easy to modify
impressive battery life
Cons it was very easy to mod but if you don't think you are up to the challenge then maybe it is not for you
Summary I was pretty nervous about unboxing the g based on all the reports I had heard about the protective film and the stock software. But, to my surprise, everything went pretty smooth.
First I charged the g. That took about 4 hours for the first full charge.
Next I fixed the protective film. The g comes with one protective layer that you peal off and through away. The second layer is a free screen protector. I like that. My second layer has a few bubbles but was also slightly off in two corners so I had to peal it up and rearrange it. I used a credit card to put it back down. I did end up with a few bubbles in it but I was able to work them out of the viewable area.
Now it was time to bring up the tablet. It started up fine and it was pretty easy to configure the wifi. After an update I set about using it for an hour. To my surprise, I actually thought the stock software was okay. I don't have a lot of android exposure so it didn't seem foreign to me. But after an hour, I was ready to mod the ROM.
I did some research before beginning and I had notes on exactly what I needed to do along with the files I needed to install. I took it slow to make sure I did it right and I found the process fairly painless. Being able to hook the g up to my laptop like a USB harddrive was nice. Once I completed the mod I was able to bring up the g with the new ROM. I probably spent an hour on the ROM updating process (I also applied the Market fix and loaded the adobe flash player while I was at it).
Finally, I spent an hour playing with the new ROM. It felt much more like the LG Ally which I suspect is more of the standard Android look and feel. It was impressively fast and I watched some videos from CNN that played great.
Overall, I am a pretty easy going person as long as things don't get too complicated. For me I liked the stock g and, so far, I'm loving the TnT Lite 2.20 g. The process was well within my comfort level so I never had any moments of fustration. I have noticed with the LG Ally that there is a bunch of junk software on it that can't seem to be removed. But with the g I feel like I have much more control. I'm sure I'll spend time expanding my knowlege of Android and tweeking the software and I think the g is the perfect tool for this.
As for battery life, my first charge took about 4 hours. On that charge I used the g for a few hours a day for several days. It seemed like the battery meter was very slow to go down and I was beginning to wonder how long it would last. But once the meter got around 50% it seemed to run out quickly. Overall, I easy got 8 hours + before the battery ran out.
I completely drained it. The second charge took about 3 hours. If I get 8 hours of use for a 3 hour charge I'll be estatic.