Video: 5″ and 8″ Android 1.5 tablets by View Quest

October 21, 2010
View Quest Tablet via Nick Dillon

View Quest Tablet via Nick Dillon

I have to be honest and say that I do not buy what View Quest are selling, figuratively and literally. According to the company, who are set to release 5″ and 8″ Android 1.5 tablets in time for Christmas, the reason why they opted in for this older version of Android is because it is the “most stable.” Sure, I cannot think of another decent reason why View Quest would use Android 1.5, but still, other builds of Android are stable enough. Perhaps they are sticking to 1.5 because they stumbled across some open source drivers that work with their choice of hardware which aren’t as available for future version. I’m completely speculating here because I don’t know much about writing drivers, but seriously, 1.5 ?

Given that the tablets are not exactly at the highest end of the market, you would expect View Quest to do something special with the OS. Probably not, though. Each tablet provides speakers and a headphone jack, and prices start at £149 ($234) for the 5” with 2GB of memory, and £199 ($313) or £249 ($392) for the 8” with 8GB or 16GB of memory, respectively.

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