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ViewSonic ViewPad 7 (photos)

Take a closer look at the ViewSonic ViewPad 7, an Android tablet with a 7-inch screen.

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Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.
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The Android 2.2 ViewPad 7 combines a powerful processor with 3.5G-capable data technology, all packed behind a 7-inch screen. A direct competitor against Samsung's Galaxy Tab, the ViewPad is priced at $459.
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The ViewPad 7 comes with a hardcover carrying case, USB cable, headphones, and charging adapter.
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The keyboard included on the ViewPad 7 feels clumsy and in some cases defaults to a 12-key entry method that makes no sense for a screen this large.
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Here's how the ViewPad 7 (shown left) stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab (center) and the Apple iPad (right). Like the Galaxy Tab, the ViewPad 7's screen size is half that of the Apple iPad.
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The ViewPad 7 measures half an inch thick and includes slots for SIM cards and microSD cards. No microsSD card is included, which is unfortunate because the limited integrated memory isn't accessible for transferring content from a computer.
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Yes, that's a call button you see in the home-screen tray on the right. Like the Dell Streak tablet, the ViewPad 7 has full calling capabilities when supplied with a compatible SIM card. The included headphones work as a headset, if you don't feel like drawing attention to yourself by talking into a tablet.

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