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Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 review

Super fast £180 Android tablet has disappointing build quality
Fri Nov 22 2013, 14:42

Product Advent Vega Tegra Note 7
Website www.nvidia.co.uk
Specifications 7in 1280x800 resolution touchscreen, Nvidia Tegra 4 1.8GHz quad-core+1 Cortex A15 Processor, 72-core Nvidia Geforce GPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera, VGA front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, 200x120x9mm, 320g
Price £180


CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia teamed up with Dixons Retail group's hardware brand Advent to launch what it claims is "the world's fastest 7in Android tablet" earlier this month, calling it the Vega Tegra Note 7.

With a price of just £180, the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor touting a 72-core Geforce GPU, which Advent and Nvidia say makes it the fastet tablet on the marklet.

Nvidia and Advent's 7in Android tablet - the Vega Tegra Note 7 overall

But what makes the Tegra Note 7 special is its "Directstylus" technology and bundled stylus, which is stowed away in the tablet's body, much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Design and Build
Picking up the Tegra Note 7 for the first time you'll realise the poor build quality right away.

From the front it's not so obvious, as it looks like an average 7in tablet device, but picking it up and turning it over, you'll instantly notice the Vega Tegra Note 7's cheap looking plastic, which is similar to a cheap MP3 player from the '90s with a printed brand that scratches off with a fingernail.

Nvidia and Advent's 7in Android tablet - the Vega Tegra Note 7 back

Though not so aethetically pleasing, especially when compared to the Google Nexus 7, which for £30 or so more has a much more premium design quality, it does feel sturdy and robust like it would withstand a few knocks while remaining intact. It's the Vega Tegra Note 7's cheap looking black and silver finish that we're particularly disappointed with.

Nvidia and Advent's 7in Android tablet - the Vega Tegra Note 7 side view

Display
The Vega Tegra Note 7 boasts a 7in 1280x800 resolution touchscreen, which for a 7in device isn't too bad. It doesn't compare to the Nexus 7's 1920x1200 display, as pixels are visible around text and images.

Nvidia and Advent's 7in Android tablet - the Vega Tegra Note 7 viewing angles

Advent has evidently kept the screen resolution down to reduce costs and thus keep the tablet under the £200 price range, but we can't help but think that people would pay slightly more for a better quality display. Saying that, it does have decent enough quality for a display of this size for all your daily needs such as movie watching, web browsing and reading. It's just a shame that it doesn't match the display on the 2013 Google Nexus 7, which retails for a similar price.

Unlike most tablets on the market though, the Vega Tegra Note 7 has great viewing angles and we were able to continue watching movies even when sat at an awkward angle.

Next: Stylus, operating system, performance.

 

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