I had high hopes for the iiView Vpad Tablet when I first saw it over at Notebooks.com. And why not? On the surface it looks like the UMPC we always wanted: a 10″ slate running Windows and weighing in at under two pounds for $499. The devil’s in the details, as they say, and the details show at least two major limitations. For starters, the Vpad runs Microsoft’s Starter Edition of Windows 7 (s msft), which doesn’t include ink support. While not everyone desires that feature, a more modern CPU isn’t something to pass up. The Vpad unfortunately sports a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU (s intc). Hey iiView: 2008 called and they want their N270 back!
Joking aside, there’s no reason that iiView couldn’t, or shouldn’t, offer a CPU refresh in the Vpad. The newer Atoms offer a wee bit of performance boost, but more importantly, offer longer run-times on a single battery charge. That $499 price tag is for the lowest end model, which includes a 160G GB hard drive and a single GB of memory. Bumping the storage, memory and adding integrated 3G marks up the price to $699, which still isn’t bad. If the guts were more up to date, I could see the Vpad competing well with the upcoming slate from HP, although there’s still ongoing discussion about the pricing for that device.
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