Trade in Laptop, Get a ViewSonic Tablet

Tablet mania, sparked by the relatively-new-but-almost-ubiquitous iPad, is all over town. Every manufacturer around the world, it seems, is releasing a tablet for the upcoming holiday season, and about half of them dual-boot Google Android. How do you make an also-ran into a stand-out?

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One way--in the UK, at least--is to sell it ridiculously cheap in a "trade-up" program through which users send in their old laptops and get a deal on a new ViewSonic tablet. Two models are offered: The ViewPad 7 and the ViewPad 10, with a greater trade-in discount going to the latter, which is the more expensive of the two.

(See Related: Here's Your ViewSonic ViewPad 7)

As noted, the value of the deal depends mostly on whether you get swept up in the tablet craze, which may or may not be a fleeting fad, or whether you consider tablets inferior to netbooks and notebooks. If you can touch-type on a "virtual keyboard" then have at it; if you like to get work done, on the other hand, do your research.

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