Pros + Everything you love generally about tablet computing. Portable and convenient
+ Cost! Great value considering the HW package and the price seems to be dropping even more
+ More flexible Android OS
+ Lighting fast operation
Cons - Extremely glitchy out of the box
- Few custom cases and accessories available
- Lower Screen resolution (not viewing angle), but not that bad
Summary Just a few cleanups after owning gTablet for more than a month now. I actually returned it to buy it again. I gave it 5 stars at the $390 I paid for it. If I could give it 6 now that I replaced it at $299, I definitely would. It really does blow my mind what you can get for $299 versus the competitors at $599. The competition may very well be better (XOOM, iPad 2, Galaxy Tab 10) but there's no chance it's $300 worth of better. I also upgraded to TnTLite 4.4.0 ROM and it's a tad slower (but still really quick) than 4.2.0 but much more complete and way more stable. This is an incredible deal.*** P.S. If you will buy this Tablet I suggest you have compare prices before you decide at: www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004EPV7TK?ie=UTF8&ref_=dp_olp_new&condition=new#?ie=UTF8&tag=***************&********=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
I also decided to elaborate on the screen issues since it seems to be a big deal to a lot of people. It's not as good as an iPad screen, which means you can't view it every which way. It's absolutely fine most of the time. The biggest issue you'll run into is with dark screens (likely from video content). This is where the viewing angle becomes most evident. Again it's fine with what I call natural angles but any odd angle and you'll lose the picture. Having said that, I can't for the life of me figure out why so many people are bothered by it. The only time I notice it is when I'm trying to view the tablet when someone else is using it and when the tablet's on the nightstand charging. Neither of which seems like a make or break limitation but to each their own I guess.
About two weeks into the purchase, I love my GTab. So much that I kept it over a Refurbished iPad 1 I got on clearance for nearly the same price.
If you're reading this review, chances are you're a lot like me. You realize a tablet's not an essential purchase but you want one anyway as a nice to have. You're thinking about jumping into the tablet market, perhaps ready to finally get an iPad/iPad2 but you're looking for possible (cheaper) alternatives. You like the reviews you've seen so far on the GTab, but you're exceedingly anxious as to whether you have the tech credentials (or even the patience) to Flash a new ROM.
My advice. Do it. The GTab represents a tablet computer. The iPad is an iPad. While this doesn't have the finished product appeal of the iPad (thin form, slick finished edges, stable SW out of the box), it represents a much better addition to my device arsenal. I also own a 2Gen Kindle and an EEEPc Netbook for class (I know...) and if I wasn't so extremely picky about how I'm using each device, GTab could really replace both.
I tinkered with the GTab a bit out of the box as I was curious to see just how terrible the stock ROM was. While I didn't think it was terrible (I think I had a more up to date version than some of the earlier reviewers), it was a "Force Close" field day. Lots of applications and processes failed, which is not something you expect to see with a brand new product. So I went online for the directions to flash a new ROM and within about an hour I had TNT Lite flashed on it. There are really good, step-by-step directions on how to do it out there!
Having flashed the new ROM, I immediately started to realize it outdid the iPad 1. This thing is FAST. Really fast. It snaps from app to app in a heartbeat. It often feels faster than my i7 desktop without a full Win7 OS slowing it down. Ports! SD Mini and USB! You can upload and download files without a computer, attach a peripheral, etc. File Management Apps that let you handle files like you do on your PC.
Android Market lets you get Apps that seem more flexible than Apple apps (like live wallpaper, widgets, file management, internet browser, etc) then lets you set those as the defaults! You never have to look at the stock internet browser or video player again if you don't like them (but I do).
ADOBE FLASH! You'll miss it more than you think you will. Nothing beats opening up pages like CNN.com and ESPN.com and having video content start up. It's amazing how many Apps you don't need when the browser supports the entire internet. I went through my iPhone to see which apps I should check the Android market for and I realized I didn't need many of them as a weblink on the home screen was the best option when working with a 10inch tablet.
I could go on all day but I won't. In summary, I think the GTab is a great tablet paired with TNT Lite ROM but you've got to be prepared to tinker a bit. TNT Lite helps a ton but the open development environment will mean you can still crash it occasionally if you get carried away (which is easy to do because there's so much to explore out there!). I don't consider myself terribly computer savvy (although definitely a gadget *****) and I was able to figure it out.
Updated on Aug 22, 2011
Pros Dual Core nVidia Tegra 2 CPU, 512MB RAM, 16GB built-in memory, MicroSD slot, miniUSB & USB ports, webcam, 10.1" capacitive touchscreen, 802.11 g/b/n wireless, and Android 2.2. Thumb drives and usb keyboards work great. $100 cheaper than iPad.
Cons 1.3MP webcam isn't high quality. No included case. Included OS does suck and needs to be rooted to fully use the hardware.
Summary I bought a Quantaray 7" tablet from Wolf Camera and took it back a few days later. Awful resistive touchscreen is not worth it. I then found this GTablet at Staples (for twice the price), and it's worth every penny. One hundred bucks cheaper than the iPad, with better specs and features. Ignore the Apple fanboys and newbies who can't/won't go the extra mile to root their tablet. If you want it to truly shine, you need to do some research (http://forum.xda-developers.com/) and turn this tablet into the powerhouse it should've been. I've put tnt lite ROM on their, along with flash, android marketplace and a wide assortment of apps. If you're into benchmarks, my GTablet scores 2511 in the Quadrant Benchmark. Spend the time to customize your GTablet and you won't be disappointed. If you don't enjoy tinkering with the OS, go buy an iPad.
Pros Really fast , easy to use and now with the new update you can customize the backgrounds,widget etc... Great for college, now I don't need to carry around my books. The adobe flash that i downloaded for view sonic home page works fine.
Cons For some reason after I did an update all my pdf files were erased and my app download were gone.
Summary After the update (12/24/2010 update) It went up to awesomeness for me. It has a new app ( found in the home page of gtablet) were it allows you to download a good range of apps. The customizable back ground and 3d backgrounds are sweet. In a bunch if your a person that needs to be online, read a lot , play a lot , videos , music etc well this is for you. Great battery life, it last around 7 to 8 hours. Cheaper than the ipad and you can use micro sd up to 64gb and it has a mini usb and a normal usb. :)
Pros Form factor is great, weight and feel are nice. Screen is sharp and clear, easy to view web pages and video
Cons The out-of-the-box interface is clunky and slow. I replaced it with a custom ROM very easily by following instructions available on Android Forums.net in about 20 minutes. Since then I have full access to the Android Market, flash player, YouTube etc
Summary Great tablet for the price. The ability to expand it's storage is a iPad killer in my opinion. Don't be afraid to change the software, it is well worth your time and effort.
Pros Solid hardware, great screen, very easy to customize, and it runs Android, so there is an app for everything. The touch screen is responsive and bright, and there are plenty of ports: HDMI, USB, etc. With TNTLite or Vegan, this is a great tablet.
Cons The default firmware leaves a few things to be desired - it lacks the standard Google Market and support for Flash, for example. However, this is very easy to remedy using the TNTLite or Vegan firmware, which are both free and very simple to install.
Summary I bought a number of Android tablets before I purchased the Viewsonic G. I think it is a great tablet that delivers a good value for the money.