Like many of you who are reading this, I have been focused on the Amazon Kindle Fire, with an expected release date of November 15, 2011. So why has the ViewSonic 7″ tablet computer — with more features, and priced the same as the Amazon Kindle Fire — gone unnoticed by us? What is also surprising is that Amazon has been offering the ViewSonic 7″ tablet for pre-order since September 1, 2011.
Three features that ViewSonic is offering on its tablet that the Amazon Kindle Fire does not offer are:
- Two cameras: One rear facing camera at 3 MP and one front camera at 0.3 MP.
- HDMI connector with full 1080p video.
- MicroSD support for up to 32 GB of storage.
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e should be available for delivery by the end of October, which will beat Amazon’s delivery of the Kindle Fire by some two weeks or more. But will consumers buy the ViewSonic model over Amazon’s? I do not believe they will and here is why. Amazon has the expertise and know-how on how to build a tablet. The company has garnered a vast amount of experience from its very popular Kindle family of e-readers. In addition, Amazon has name recognition, something that people may feel more comfortable with, when compared to the ViewSonic device.
The Amazon Kindle Fire also has a dual core processor and the ViewSonic advertises only a single core. Amazon will also be offering unlimited cloud stroage for keeping your stuff. This means that a user will not be limited to approximately 20 GB of storage that the ViewSonic has. The Fire also a higher resolution screen than does the ViewSonic model. Though ViewSonic has more features, I believe that the Amazon Kindle Fire will be a better tablet, over all.
Would you buy an untested ViewSonic ViewPad 7e with more features over an Amazon Kindle Fire, or would you stick with what seems like a safer bet? Comments welcome.