Today Only (Again): ViewSonic G-tablet — 10.1″ Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz CPU, Android 2.2 for $279

Posted on 07 May 2011 by

viewsonic gtabletEither Woot is selling these things like hotcakes, or they bought way too much stock and need to get rid of them… this is the third time we’ve seen the deal-a-day site, Woot.com, offer this well speced tablet. It’s the same device as last time so what we wrote previously still applies:

Today’s Woot is actually quite tantalizing. You’ll be getting a brand new, impressively speced ViewSonic G-tablet for a mere $279. This thing has the powerful Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset with a dual-core 1GHz CPU packed inside, not to mention 512MB of RAM. It’s running Android 2.2 as well.

The only show stopper? No official Android market access. They’ve pre-loaded a third party store called the G-market which actually links you up to apps that Handango offers. You won’t find official versions of Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, etc. on this device, but if you did some looking around, you may find a way to enable such functionality.

There’s also a custom interface layered over the standard Android which is reportedly somewhat sluggish. But, according to a release on ViewSonic’s site, a recent update allows the user to switch between the customer interface and the default one (hurray for choice!).

Important Specs:

  • Android 2.2 (no Android Market access)
  • 10.1” capacitive touchscreen @ 1024×600
  • Dual-core Cortex A9 Nvidia Tegra CPU @ 1GHz
  • 512MB of DDR2 RAM
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 1080p hardware decoding: H.264/H.263/ VC-1/MPEG-2/4/WMV9/DiVX
  • Front-facing 1.3MP camera
  • MicroSD slot, full-sized USB 2.0 slot, MicroUSB slot (for charging)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

LaptopMag has a solid review on the ViewSonic G-tablet if you are looking to do some pre-purchase research.

Of course the question we must ask is whether or not this really is a deal. According to Froogle (aka Google shopping), it would appear as though Woot’s offer is the best price you’ll be able to find for a brand new ViewSonic G-Tablet. Amazon is selling the tablet for $314, so going the Woot option will save you $35 or 12%.

If you are interested, head over to Woot to check it out. Don’t forget that this deal will be gone after 12:59AM EST (that’s just how Woot rolls).

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Brett says:

    I saw this and I was really wondering if it would be worth it. I heard that someone was able to put Honeycomb on this, and that it was an update from ViewSonic. Do you know if this was true or was it after rooting?

  2. Ben says:

    Haven’t heard anything about Honeycomb coming to the ViewSonic G-Tablet yet, but ViewSonic is planning a 7″ Honeycomb device so perhaps that’s a possibility down the road.

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