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To iPad 2 or to ViewPad'¦ is it even a question? Harvey Norman, the store with the owner that wants to GST more is getting ready for incredibly long queues of die-hard fans all waiting to get their hands on Viewsonic's latest Android tablet.

Ok, ok, so long queues for Viewsonic's Android tablet, the ViewPad 10s, are clearly only happening in a Bizzaro-world alternate reality, but what's real in this universe is that the ViewPad 10 has landed at Harvey Norman.

The big question will be, of course, who actually wants one, given that various models of the iPad 1 and 2 will be cheaper than the ViewPad 10s AUD $599 price point, with the ViewPad 10s being a different and third model to the previously released ViewPad 10 and ViewPad 7 models.

Good candidates for ownership are those that aren't interested in Apple's ecosystem of apps or reliance upon iTunes, but Viewsonic's mission would have been much easier had the ViewPad 10s been available with Google's latest Android OS 3.0, instead of the smartphone-optimised Android OS 2.2 that it comes with instead.

Naturally, despite knowing the ViewPad 10s will not generate the same kind of cult-esque consumer excitement that Apple has mastered, Viewsonic's Australian Country Manager, William Tse, said: 'ViewSonic is pleased to have the ViewPad 10s ranged in Harvey Norman stores. Harvey Norman is one of Australia's top electrical retailers and with their support we are excited to be bringing our recent addition to the ViewPad range to consumers.

'The ViewPad 10s is a smart tablet that focuses on entertainment making it the perfect product for technology-savvy Harvey Norman customers looking for a personal multimedia device', added Mr Tse.

While the ViewPad 10s only has Android OS 2.2, it does otherwise come with some of those high-end 'speeds and feeds' that Steve Jobs decried as largely irrelevant during his iPad 2 unveiling, but even so, speeds and feeds do meet geek needs.

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The ViewPad 10s commands an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, supports 1080p video, HDMI, Flash 10.1, USB, MicroSD slot, SIM card slot, '3D' speakers, a microphone and a 3.5mm headphone socket - weighing 730 grams and being 14.35mm thick.

The son of Mrs Robinson, Frank, didn't get into plastics, but instead retailing, and is the National Product and Marketing Manager at Harvey Norman.

Mr Robinson stated that 'Harvey Norman is delighted to offer the new ViewPad 10s to its customers. Tablet PCs are all the rage at the moment and demand is rapidly increasing. The ViewPad 10s is a rising candidate in the Android tablet category and we foresee a positive response from customers with this addition to our rapidly growing range of mobile products.

'With Harvey Norman's energetic spirit and enthusiasm we look forward to boosting the ViewPad's standing in the market and being a part of Harvey Norman leading the way in the tablet PC segment', concluded Mr Robinson, frankly.

As Viewsonic notes, the ViewPad 10s is its third 'ViewPad' device in Australia. It's supposed to be compatible with 'over 200,000 apps' from the Android Market (although your mileage will vary when it comes to non-tablet apps stretching to the ViewPad 10s' 10-inch screen), as well as all the usual Google apps.

Viewsonic itself says that the 'ViewPad 10s is the ideal device for professionals and players designed to provide a complete and convenient mobile entertainment experience'.

If only it came with the sweet Android OS 3.0, where droids comb through digital lands of e-milk and honey.

Ah well. The ViewPad 10s is part of the Android army of tablets that are arriving en-masse at last, but while the iPad 2 is around, it'll probably be quite some time before droids do dream of electric sheep.

 

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