While we've been following Viewsonic's tablets for some time now, we haven't yet paid much attention to what, if any, phone efforts they've made in the past. We can't really promise that will change in the future now that we've had some hands-on time with the decidedly utilitarian ViewPad 4. It's not that there's anything wrong with a blocky, squarish, bare-bones Android phone, it's just that there isn't anything particularly inspiring to be had here. Granted, we had a prototype here, as they hadn't yet even loaded up Google's apps on the device.
Spec-wise, we have a 4.1" 800x480 screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 with Quad-band GSM, 512MB RAM and 2GB storage, Bluetooth 3.0, a 5mp camera (720p video) on the rear and VGA on the front, and a 1400 mAh battery powering it all. Sort of amazing to be ho-humming specs like that because there's really nothing to complain about. Hey, it's running Android 2.4 Gingerbread, so maybe a little more wide-eyed wonder is called for - we'll see how we feel when we find out pricing and availability later this year.
Check out some photos and a video after the break
I don't understand why they spent the development dollars on this. In fact it looks like a rebundling of some main line phone manufacturer's last years model, and since Viewsonic has very little phone experience, its probably exactly that. They hired it done, or it fell out of their tablet product effort. But why bother? Its obsolete before it hits the market.
This might be the device Virgin Mobile US is thinking of bringing to the prepaid world. It looks a lot like the huawei U9000 too.
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