So I bent to pressure and picked up a tablet. No iPad for me, of course, I looked at a variety before deciding on the Viewsonic gTab at Sears. Of course there are some great ones out there, the Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab, some on the way, the Toshiba Tab, but I wanted something without a cellular contract. What I liked about the Viewsonic, in all the reviews, was that while their stock instance of Android was lame, the hardware will do amazing things with a root.
So in first reviewing the gTab, I’ll give some specs, and then will provide some additional reviews down the road.
So, the gTab is running Android 2.2, Froyo. Although you would really not notice it, since Viewsonic put on their own theme over top of it. You can sort of see it in the image above–you see three panels (weather, time, and news feed), sort of widgets. Fortunately, you can now turn that off, with an update, but not so good. It comes with a Tegra 2 dual core processor. Very good, should Android soon take advantage of that. I hope to see that soon, since the hardware is pretty slick. Battery life appears pretty good in my limited use. Another thumbs down is the lack of Market support. It comes with it’s own market, which really is just a link to an online app store. You can get official market though, and I will work on that.
So, as a very brief, initial review, I like the gTab. Some little quirks, but overall a good tablet. I will report more after some further use.