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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:05 am 
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ViewSonic ViewPad 10e: Brilliant screen on a budget
The ViewSonic ViewPad 10e is the latest Android tablet to be revealed by the Taiwanese company. The 10e joins the existing and recently spotted ViewPad 7e at the affordable end of the company's tablet line-up....

...Affordable tablets have to make sacrifices along the way and usually it's the screen that suffers. However, in the case of the ViewPad 10e you get a 9.7-inch IPS display with a 1024 x 768 resolution...

...Sitting at the core of the ViewPad 10e you'll find a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal memory. This can be boosted by microSD card via the slot on the bottom...

...There is no GPS....

...James Coulson, European marketing manager of ViewSonic Europe: "We are very excited about this product as it is the culmination of ViewSonic's experience in the tablet market to date and continues our core belief of bringing an affordable high quality Android tablet experience. A slim 10-inch tablet with a high quality IPS display, available this side of Christmas at a value orientated price point under the ViewSonic brand, we know will be attractive to anyone considering any mobile tablet purchase."

Recognizing that I myself gave Archos a hard time regarding 512MB of memory on a Honeycomb device, I must now acknowledge that they were simply first to market such a device and are not alone.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:13 pm 

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Earlier builds of Android were bloated and got very memory heavy. Honeycomb has better memory management and space saving settings than FroYo, and ICS will have better memory management and more aggressive handling of RAM than Honeycomb has.

The system can take mini-screenshots of apps and then close them out extremely quickly and efficiently compared to older versions of Android. Of course more RAM is better, as you will have more space, but this is just proving that it isn't actually needed.

People complain about how the apps are closed and have to re-open, but that's just how Android works. Apps aren't meant to stay alive forever in the background like on a desktop OS. Very few apps are elevated high enough so they don't get killed by the aggressive memory management setup that Android is (and will continue) using.

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