For those of you residing in the UK, ViewSonic is offering up to £125 (around US$200) for you old laptop or netbook when you upgrade to a ViewSonic ViewPad. The 10-inch model qualifies you for the full trade-in value, while the 7-inch device qualifies for up to £100 (about US$160).
You can't just pick up a busted netbook off Craigslist for pennies on the dollar and trade it in, however. ViewSonic says it has to be in working condition with "reasonable wear and tear accepted," which we take to mean that a few scuff marks is okay, but if there's duct tape involved, you're probably out of luck. The old notebook/netbook also has to be less than 4 years old with a functioning battery.
Caveats aside, the promotion runs until the end of December. See here for more info.
Display maker Viewsonic on Tuesday officially let the world know about its upcoming ViewPad 7, which the company is billing as the world's first Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet with phone functionality, multi-tasking, multiple cameras, and other goodies.
"We are proud to announce another world first at Viewsonic. 3G phone functionality combined with dual cameras gives the ability for use of Android apps to use augmented reality or video calling on the move with the benefit of an excellent 7-inch screen," says Derek Wright, European Product Marketing Manager. "The ViewPad 7 is aimed at users who require the 'always on' connectivity they are used to from a mobile phone with a more agreeable screen size for longer term use."
In addition to front and rear facing cameras, the ViewPad one-ups Apple's iPad with a microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB of storage. Other features include Wi-Fi, USB connectivity, assisted GPS, Bluetooth, text/mms messaging support,, and a G-sensor.
The ViewPad will be shown off at the IFA Convention in October.