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Advent Vega 10" Tablet £99.97 @ PC World instore

HanonymouseHanonymouse

Won't go into detail about the product - GIYF. Lousy screen viewing angles, everything else pretty much top notch once upgraded to Android 4.0 ICS. Trust me, had one since day one and paid over £230 for mine.

Anyway, in the Milton Keynes branch of PC World today (note - PC World, not Currys/PCWorld up the road), they had 1 left ex-display at £79.91 - didn't buy it because of a few minor screen scratches - but more importantly the member of staff who helped me was just covering up a display that said "Advent Vega 10" Tablet, Clearance £99.97" - and told me stock was arriving daily, they had 2 this morning already sold.

Best tablet under a ton, IMO.

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    Hanonymouse
    Piccy of the ex-display one. Bin is by the tills.

    http://i49.tinypic.com/2irwu2a.jpg
    andreapedrazzini
    cheap was pretty alright, I just got fed up of having to lie in bed with it tilted down slightly to watch a film and replaced it with a xoom
    daveph85
    I owned one of these for 2 days. It was on ebay after a few hours of receiving it. The viewing angles are just awful. I wouldn't buy it at half the price I'm afraid!
    Hanonymouse
    I did say the viewing angle is poor - "no expense spent" in that department. But then again, I tend to look at most things I am reading/watching straight on - nobody reads a newspaper from 60degrees below it, or sits 2 feet higher than their desktop monitor do they!!? Well I don't.

    Aside from the viewing angle (which is still not the worst of any of these tablets, I've seen worse), you find a fast dual-core processor, 512Mb RAM, camera, wifi, bluetooth, full size USB port, HDMI out, PROPER Google Play (formerly Android Market), plus you can update it to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which is the best Android OS so far, with proper support for Tablet use. Not many of the sub-£100 Chinese tablets can do all that, and still be reliable, fast and have a long battery life?
    Hanonymouse
    Can't believe all the minus's - this thing was around £230 new, why is £99.97 not a good deal?

    Is it because it's not named after a big round green fruit, fanboys???

    I am pretty convinced that many (most?) HUKD users vote based on their appreciation of the product, not the deal.........

    Edited By: Hanonymouse on Jul 10, 2012 18:34: Wanted to clarify
    mickymcd
    Daughter has one of these does anyone know best place to find info on how to upgrade rom ?
    stu83
    Hot price.
    MrRee
    With the Google Tablet only a week away at £159 ..... only a mug would buy this - wait, people, wait, the google is a cracking tab.
    Hanonymouse
    Try TabletRoms - I'm happily running VegaICS on mine - although that has been discontinued in favour of VegaCream.

    I have to say, since VegaCream a fair few people have complained that the ROM upgrade caused a failure in the touchscreen - I think some evidence suggests that early models had a different touchscreen which is damaged by an excess of heat when this thing boots for the first time after a ROM upgrade, and the advice is not to boot it whilst plugged in to the mains. The perils of installing a non-standard ROM I suppose? YMMV.

    For me, VegaICS gave me none of these problems - installed and run fine. See no point in moving to VegaCream as right now the ROM's are at the same stage, the change would give me no benefit and it would be silly to risk the touchscreen.

    Also available is VegaComb, which was based on Android 3.2 Honeycomb - that was a very rounded ROM, worked well, no installation issues.

    All of these are better than the stock Froyo 2.2 ROM, which was not ideal for a tablet as it was a phone OS.

    Good luck - and do the update at your own risk of course!



    Edited By: Hanonymouse on Jul 10, 2012 18:33
    Hanonymouse
    MrRee
    With the Google Tablet only a week away at £159 ..... only a mug would buy this - wait, people, wait, the google is a cracking tab.


    Have you tried a 7" tablet compared to a 10" tablet? No contest IMO.
    Hanonymouse
    Hanonymouse
    I have to say, since VegaCream a fair few people have complained that the ROM upgrade caused a failure in the touchscreen


    Oh apparently that's been fixed and explained here.

    Edited By: Hanonymouse on Jul 10, 2012 18:32
    ra2000
    Thanks for info - I'm assuming it is capacitive and not resistive screen?
    MrRee
    7" is portable - 10" isn't.
    Hanonymouse
    MrRee
    With the Google Tablet only a week away at £159 ..... only a mug would buy this - wait, people, wait, the google is a cracking tab.


    Have you tried a 7" tablet compared to a 10" tablet? No contest IMO.


    Yes, I have, 7" is portable - 10" isn't.

    I know what you mean though - the 10" may be able to replace a LapTop ...... but why not just use a laptop for those times?

    7" is just perfect for mobility.

    The major point about the Google Nexus is, of course, the fact that it will be a total and complete winner .... with all the benefits of owning a winning Tablet (just look at the iPad!!) .... all other tablets will be totally redundant within 10 days, that's why deals like this abound at the moment.

    This Tablet will be £25 in August to clearout and, most importantly, all support will cease ..... nice paperweight though!
    Shezza 1971
    Using mine to view this, OK the screen isn't the best but for this price it's a bargain if you're willing to spend 30mins installing a custom from on it, heat from me.
    andreapedrazzini
    MrRee
    7" is portable - 10" isn't.
    Hanonymouse
    MrRee
    With the Google Tablet only a week away at £159 ..... only a mug would buy this - wait, people, wait, the google is a cracking tab.


    Have you tried a 7" tablet compared to a 10" tablet? No contest IMO.


    Yes, I have, 7" is portable - 10" isn't.

    I know what you mean though - the 10" may be able to replace a LapTop ...... but why not just use a laptop for those times?

    7" is just perfect for mobility.

    The major point about the Google Nexus is, of course, the fact that it will be a total and complete winner .... with all the benefits of owning a winning Tablet (just look at the iPad!!) .... all other tablets will be totally redundant within 10 days, that's why deals like this abound at the moment.

    This Tablet will be £25 in August to clearout and, most importantly, all support will cease ..... nice paperweight though!


    my 4.3" phone is perfect for mobility. and a 10" tablet does not replace a laptop. a 7" tablet is between a phone and what's of a good enough size to watch a film on and light enough to be portable. films on a 7" monitor would kill my eyes in the long run.

    I personally use a laptop for when I have to work outside of home, a tablet for entertainment, reading the news, watching films, etc. I would NEVER EVER EVER trade my 10" tablet for a 7" one. it's like having an oversized phone (consider that the galaxy note 2 will be 1.5" smaller than the nexus 7) to carry around. absolutely not worth it.


    Edited By: andreapedrazzini on Jul 10, 2012 19:28
    LongPockets
    ra2000
    Thanks for info - I'm assuming it is capacitive and not resistive screen?


    Yes, capacitive multitouch. I'm running HoneyICE ROM on mine.
    MrRee
    Interesting to see whether the Google Nexus will be a flop then?

    I predict that, within 3 months, all other Tablets will be in the bargain bucket ...... it's that simple.
    Hanonymouse
    MrRee
    Interesting to see whether the Google Nexus will be a flop then?

    I predict that, within 3 months, all other Tablets will be in the bargain bucket ...... it's that simple.


    I reserve judgement till I've seen it - but I have to say I think I agree with Steve Jobs - what is the 7" tablet good for? Too big for a phone, too small to do anything productive - having used both an iPad and my Vega, I can't imagine how hard work a 7" tablet will be. So will the Google Nexus 7 just be a glorified "movie viewer"? Will they follow it up with a Google Nexus 10 maybe?

    However, at the right price point, it will hopefully drive the prices of all the other tablets down - the NATPC T10A that Wendy Lou sells at Amazon looked pretty smart, but at a similar price to the Nexus 7 would you chose the import (single core CPU, but on a 10" screen) or the Google-supported gizmo...

    Edited By: Hanonymouse on Jul 10, 2012 20:03
    abfmdf
    Hanonymouse
    I did say the viewing angle is poor - "no expense spent" in that department. But then again, I tend to look at most things I am reading/watching straight on - nobody reads a newspaper from 60degrees below it, or sits 2 feet higher than their desktop monitor do they!!? Well I don't.

    Aside from the viewing angle (which is still not the worst of any of these tablets, I've seen worse), you find a fast dual-core processor, 512Mb RAM, camera, wifi, bluetooth, full size USB port, HDMI out, PROPER Google Play (formerly Android Market), plus you can update it to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which is the best Android OS so far, with proper support for Tablet use. Not many of the sub-£100 Chinese tablets can do all that, and still be reliable, fast and have a long battery life?


    Many people like to lie their tablet flat on a table, while they type (say if writing notes). Try that with this tablet.....

    Many people like to share what they are watching/presenting. again try that with this.

    Viewing angle is a very important part of a tablet, which simply can not be dismissed by saying "I look at things straight on"

    It was a decent tablet 6 or 7 months ago, but technology has moved fast. There are now plenty of tablets which outperform this (even considering the price).

    The touch screen is adequate, but you dont realize how poor it is till you use an ipad/playbook or xoom. Roms are OK, but hassle and all have their faults (HDMI work on some but not others, others have acceleration others dont, somemore prone to crashes)

    This is like the OSF, once a favorite among those on HUKD, but now dated and there are far better deals if you bide your time.
    andreapedrazzini
    MrRee
    Interesting to see whether the Google Nexus will be a flop then?

    I predict that, within 3 months, all other Tablets will be in the bargain bucket ...... it's that simple.


    all i'm saying is it's going to take over the 7inch part of the tablet market. the 10inch market will stay the same.

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