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Notebookcheck

High performance but inconsistent build quality

Advent Vega Tegra Note 7"

from Notebookcheck

Nvidia wants to compete in the tablet market with the Tegra Note 7. Its price means that it has to face the very good Google Nexus 7, but it cannot take the top position. The much more expensive Apple iPad Mini Retina is also on a completely different level. However, the review unit can surpass the rest of the competition...

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Nvidia wants to compete in the tablet market with the Tegra Note 7. Its price means that it has to face the very good Google Nexus 7, but it cannot take the top position. The much more expensive Apple iPad Mini Retina is also on a completely different level. However, the review unit can surpass the rest of the competition.

Well, the first reason is the IPS display with wide viewing angles. Besides a subjectively good picture with a decent contrast and high luminance, you can also use it outdoors. Web browsing, movie playback and gaming are really enjoyable. The experience is also supported by the comparatively good stereo speakers at the front.

Speaking of gaming: The Tegra 4 is still well suited for smooth gaming experiences with all current titles from the Play Store, and TegraZone also offers games that are optimized for the SoC. The general application performance can convince us as well, even though some other manufacturers offer even faster devices. The Tegra Note 7 uses the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system.

The connectivity is decent with micro SD, micro USB 2.0 and micro HDMI ports. A good WLAN signal as well as GPS and Bluetooth 4.0 complete the connectivity. The Tegra Note 7 also offers a precise stylus with the corresponding software.

We are not completely convinced by the inconsistent build quality and the mediocre cameras. Similar to the Google Nexus 7, we would have liked to see a higher display resolution.

We can still recommend the tablet because of the many positive aspects and the good price-performance ratio if you can live with the mentioned drawbacks. Potential buyers should still have a look at the Google Nexus 7. 

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What Mobile

Packs quite a punch

Advent Vega Tegra Note 7"

from What Mobile

The general usability of the Tegra Note 7 can be enhanced by plugging it into a TV via its mini- HDMI port. This will be of particular interest to gamers who wish to take full advantage of its fast processor and who don’t want to be limited to its relatively small screen.

You can also pair up a compatible gamepad via Bluetooth and play a bunch of great titles. Nvidia curates optimised games that take advantage of the processor’s power in its TegraZone portal app – a mini app store. As a result, the Tegra Note 7 is a decent console alternative that can be fun for all the family...

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The general usability of the Tegra Note 7 can be enhanced by plugging it into a TV via its mini- HDMI port. This will be of particular interest to gamers who wish to take full advantage of its fast processor and who don’t want to be limited to its relatively small screen.

You can also pair up a compatible gamepad via Bluetooth and play a bunch of great titles. Nvidia curates optimised games that take advantage of the processor’s power in its TegraZone portal app – a mini app store. As a result, the Tegra Note 7 is a decent console alternative that can be fun for all the family.

Sound quality is something of a hindrance though – speech in particular seems to be too quiet, despite playing with the audio settings – and its screen is a little dim.

Nonetheless, it’s a contender. Aside from some clunky design issues, the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is a powerful and punchy little machine. If you’re after a compact and affordable tablet, its speed sets it aside from its rivals as a device that’s great for gaming, customising images and browsing the web. 

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PC Pro

Great performance, low price

Advent Vega Tegra Note 7"

from PC Pro

The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is a mixed proposition. It's clear that costs have been cut in the choice of screen and the tablet's overall build quality, but with a price this reasonable, top-notch performance and proper, pressure-sensitive stylus support, it's possible to overlook such tribulations. It certainly offers something different to its rivals....

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The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is a mixed proposition. It's clear that costs have been cut in the choice of screen and the tablet's overall build quality, but with a price this reasonable, top-notch performance and proper, pressure-sensitive stylus support, it's possible to overlook such tribulations. It certainly offers something different to its rivals.

 

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TechRadar

A very good value for money

Advent Vega Tegra Note 7"

from TechRadar

If you thought Google had mastered everything in its own Nexus tablets then think again. Nvidia has pushed the design brief beyond a typical budget Android tablet and shown that power, flexibility and a great Android experience can be had for a price that makes it accessible to everyone.

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If you thought Google had mastered everything in its own Nexus tablets then think again. Nvidia has pushed the design brief beyond a typical budget Android tablet and shown that power, flexibility and a great Android experience can be had for a price that makes it accessible to everyone.

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Tech Advisor

A powerful budget Android tablet

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from Tech Advisor

For the price, the Advent Vega offers an awful lot and is better than the Tesco Hudl in almost every way. Google’s new Nexus 7 is better overall, mainly because of its excellent screen and battery life, but it costs £70 more and has no microSD card slot for adding storage. If you&rsqu...More

For the price, the Advent Vega offers an awful lot and is better than the Tesco Hudl in almost every way. Google’s new Nexus 7 is better overall, mainly because of its excellent screen and battery life, but it costs £70 more and has no microSD card slot for adding storage. If you’re after a budget Android tablet, the Tegra Note 7 is a great choice.

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TrustedReviews

A powerful and affordable 7-inch Android tablet with a great stylus

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from TrustedReviews

You can get the Tegra Note 7 16GB model for £169.99 and that is great value for money. The Nexus 7 2 is more expensive at £199 and its main advantages over the Note 7 is the vastly superior screen quality. The same can be said about the Kindle Fire HDX 7, although you will have to be locked into that Amazon ecosystem....

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You can get the Tegra Note 7 16GB model for £169.99 and that is great value for money. The Nexus 7 2 is more expensive at £199 and its main advantages over the Note 7 is the vastly superior screen quality. The same can be said about the Kindle Fire HDX 7, although you will have to be locked into that Amazon ecosystem.

For a first attempt at making a tablet, the Note 7 is an impressive starting point for Nvidia. If it can ramp up the screen resolution and some of the build quality, the Nexus 7 could have a small tablet fight on its hands.

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Tracy and Matt

You get high specs for an unbelievable low price

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from Tracy and Matt

The Advent Vega is the star of the show as far as Android Tablets go. It delivers on it's low price and high specs. Forget what you have read on other reviews about the build quality, it's fine! Grab a 32gb MircoSD card and whack it in. Use it lots and you'll get used to the fiddly button arr...More

The Advent Vega is the star of the show as far as Android Tablets go. It delivers on it's low price and high specs. Forget what you have read on other reviews about the build quality, it's fine! Grab a 32gb MircoSD card and whack it in. Use it lots and you'll get used to the fiddly button arrangement and keep it up to date with the latest firmware and things will get smoother. Finally visit Paul's forum at Modaco, get the customisation mod and you'll never look back. This is simply great value and the best 10" Android Tablet on the market.

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Tech Advisor

The Advent Vega is a train wreck

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from Tech Advisor

It would be kind to explain away the Advent Vega as an over-enthusiastic attempt to get a knock-down price iPad into the hands of the masses in time for Christmas. But this poor copy of Apple’s tablet appears more as another embarrassment to the Dixons Stores Group and its house-brand Adven...More

It would be kind to explain away the Advent Vega as an over-enthusiastic attempt to get a knock-down price iPad into the hands of the masses in time for Christmas. But this poor copy of Apple’s tablet appears more as another embarrassment to the Dixons Stores Group and its house-brand Advent. Like the Toshiba Folio 100 tablet that DSG is alleged to have removed from sale after so many customer complaints, the Advent Vega is not especially fit for purpose. The key issues are that it cannot download new apps from the Android Market, its screen is nearly unviewable at most off-axis angles, and the promised Adobe Flash support is so flakey it had to be removed from future stocks of the device. There may one day appear tablet PCs cheaper than the Apple iPad that deserve attention. Until then, the Advent Vega joins the pile of cheap cash-in products that we’d recommend avoiding.

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SlashGear

There are times you will forget how cheap the Advent Vega is

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from SlashGear

There are times – web browsing, for instance – when we had to remind ourselves how cheap the Vega is, given its performance lived up to other far more expensive tablets. At other times, the cost-cutting required to hit that price reared its head, with the lacklustre viewing angles of...More

There are times – web browsing, for instance – when we had to remind ourselves how cheap the Vega is, given its performance lived up to other far more expensive tablets. At other times, the cost-cutting required to hit that price reared its head, with the lacklustre viewing angles of the display being a particular frustration. Reading text or looking at photos or video is simply a more enjoyable experience with the iPad or Galaxy Tab’s displays.
Out of the box, there’s definitely a sense that you get what you pay for. Advent could have done themselves major favors by throwing in some custom apps for social networking, IM or video calls, or by preloading things like Fring or Skype. Instead, there’s a webcam that only gets used to take vanity stills and a processor that’s massively under-utilized.
Spend some time tinkering, however – whether that be the basics of installing a third-party app store, or going the more complex route of flashing an alternative ROM – and the Vega proposition is far more appealing. That appeal seems to have caught the Android dev community, for whom Advent’s limitations are of no real consequence. Mainstream users, however, will likely find the Vega underwhelming in its pure form.

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Pocket-lint

It's not as promising as you think it would be

Advent Vega

from Pocket-lint

The Advent Vega is an interested piece of kit. It will probably appeal to those who either know a lot about Android, or nothing at all. The former group will take it and change it, the latter group will accept it as a simple browser and media player. The middle group, however, will probably never...More

The Advent Vega is an interested piece of kit. It will probably appeal to those who either know a lot about Android, or nothing at all. The former group will take it and change it, the latter group will accept it as a simple browser and media player. The middle group, however, will probably never be happy with the limited range of functions available on the Vega as it is.
We’re impressed with the screen – it is vibrant and responsive to the touch - even if the viewing angles are a little tight. We found it to be great for watching (compatible) movies, with just enough sound gusto to cope with watching TV without having to use headphones. We also enjoyed the freedom of browsing the internet with Flash video support, meaning video sites could be enjoyed from the stock browser.
But overall the Advent Vega is an odd device. It lacks the full-on Google sweetness of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and it doesn’t seem to have a skill it is really pushing, other than Flash video. We’re left with a device that offers great potential as a powerful toy for those who want to mod it, but should otherwise be approached with some degree of caution.

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Cheap, good performance, No Repair support from Currys / PC World

Advent Vega Tegra Note 7"

This is very good value for money, good spec, expandable but there is something few of us consider when we buy any product - can it be repaired? well after breaking the glass but it still functions, PC World said they would not repair it, not even give me a price (even though it might be more than what...More
This is very good value for money, good spec, expandable but there is something few of us consider when we buy any product - can it be repaired? well after breaking the glass but it still functions, PC World said they would not repair it, not even give me a price (even though it might be more than what I paid for it) . Now, if that is the case then I would not consider buying Nvidia (I have been looking at the Nvidia Shield), Advent, or buying anything from PC World or Currys again. I can find spare screens for just about every other tablet out there (Apple, HP etc). This must be a common form of damage, so why isn't this tablet supported better? price must part of it. Ask the question before you buy any tablet - can you get a replacement screen? Less

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