E-readers are becoming a huge market. This is mostly because of the booming e-book market. However, right now, Amazon’s Kindle is king of the hill. It’ll take a lot to dislodge them off that throne. Viewsonic seems to want to attempt it though. They’ve just announced the release of its 7-inch ViewBook 730, an Android tablet focused for the e-book crowd.
To say that the ViewBook 730 isn’t anything revolutionary is an understatement. An e-reader doesn’t need much after all. However, it does try to enter the current niche of the Nook, which is that of a multi-purpose eReader/tablet. Revealed specs for the ViewBook are: Android 2.2 (Froyo) as the OS, a 1GHz CPU, 8 GB internal memory with microSD card support, 1080p playback (via an HDMI out port), a VGA front facing camera, and a stylus. With a price tag of $249.99, this puts in a really good place price-wise.
What makes it so great is that along with primarily being an e-reader, it also gives consumers added functionality for a low cost. Its only main competitor in the niche is the Nook Color – and Barnes and Nobles’ e-reader has less features than Viewsonic’s. This mostly stems from the fact that the ViewBook was designed as a tablet first and then as an e-reader. This puts it ahead of the Nook Color, which needs to be rooted to get all of those delicious extra features.
If all that makes you’re pumped for its release, then you’ll be glad to know that it hits stores at the end of the month.