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4y, 2m agoFound 4 years, 2 months ago
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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#1
Piccy of the ex-display one. Bin is by the tills.

http://i49.tinypic.com/2irwu2a.jpg
1 Like #2
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
#3
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!
1 Like #4
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?
1 Like #5
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
#6
Daughter has one of these does anyone know best place to find info on how to upgrade rom ?
#7
Hot price.
#8
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.
3 Likes #9
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
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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.
#11
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
#12
Thanks for info - I'm assuming it is capacitive and not resistive screen?
#13
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!
#14
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.
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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
#16
ra2000
Thanks for info - I'm assuming it is capacitive and not resistive screen?

Yes, capacitive multitouch. I'm running HoneyICE ROM on mine.
#17
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.
#18
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
#19
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.
#20
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.
#21
Any better 10inch tablets at this price (or lower) out there?
#22
Even the Google Nexus has it's flaws, the one good thing about the Nexus is it should lower the prices of some of the other 7" tablets around the same price. For a decent 10" tablet with a lot of support this is one of the best, especially sub £100.
#23
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!



Thanks for the advice as I've been quite happily running vegacomb on mine for a while now and its great. A couple of niggles like browser crashes occasionally and and issue has developed with iplayer was making me want to upgrade to one of the new roms.

This is a great tablet for the price regardless of what people say about the viewing angles.

Rob
#24
this isnt that bad... for the price you cant go wrong... i had a play around with one at my local currys, was the same price.. would be great for someone with an expensive tablet who wants to get something for the kids so they keep their hands away from the expensive one ;)
#25
none of these in PC World Blackburn : (
#26
Got one of these 2nd hand the otherday for £85, really happy with it, occasionally freezes on vegacomb but a great tablet.

To the people saying wait for the google tab, 7 inch and no landscape mode is no contest imo. It purely depends what you're after.

Also on the bad screen viewing angles, if you use the tab upside down, they seem to be much much better.

Anyway, hot if you can find one! Nice find OP.
#27
Had one of these for 30 minutes when £129.97 from currys/fleabay.
10 degree deviation from the correct viewing angle and films look like colour negatives.
If you watch it upside down and rotate the view it is not too bad but not all apps rotate and its just not worth the hassle.
Got a A500 when they were £224 10 months ago and love it.
#28
Do not buy this by all means. The screen is just plain awful. I still have one, but can't seem to have time to put it on eBay.
#29
MrRee
Interesting to see whether the Google Nexus will be a flop then?

They're certainly not doing themselves any favours with poor build quality, no card expansion (which seems really weird in an 8 or 16gb limited system which makes a big deal about its HD screen) & the lack of HDMI out again seems strange given the HD pretensions.

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

I don't think so.
The £200 16gb Nexus is the only one worth considering which in my view leaves plenty of room for competitors in the £100 - £150 bracket.
Especially if one of them is the identical Asus branded version of the Nexus.........but which happens to also include micro SD card expansion & HDMI socket.
That is the one I would consider buying......and a 10" version of it would be a big draw, esp if priced at that £200 point.

We'll see.
#30
Had one of these for over a year and was in on the ROM development for a bit. Got tired of never having it as a stable device and all the niggles with constantly updating ROMs and poor screen/app crashes.

10" was too big to use on the train, casually read or hold for a long time, but is great for reading stuff like PDFs or larger comics. I rarely used my Vega even though I travel 2 hours a day by rail. I got a Nexus 7 last week and its miles better, hardly out of my hand and although smaller reading, browsing and general use it is MILES better, I even listen to music on the Nexus since it can fit in my jeans pocket.

For £100 the Vega is good, especially with the HDMI, but depending on how you use it adding the extra money for something like the Nexus is a significantly better investment.
#31
I think this is a great tab for the price, runs ICS smoothly (VegaCream runner here) and great for solo activities. Viewing angle and accelerometer are pretty lacklustre but I can live with that.

For reading magazines, browing, F1 Live Timing, Videos it works nicely, and has an SD Card Slot!! Battery is reasonable too, can cope with probably 6-8 hours viewing or 2 - 3 days standby. Bargain imho.
#32
Some people slating this and saying Nexus is coming out so why would anyone buy this. This is 10 inch, The Nexus is only 7 inches. That makes a BIG difference.
#33
Qasim7
Some people slating this and saying Nexus is coming out so why would anyone buy this. This is 10 inch, The Nexus is only 7 inches. That makes a BIG difference.
Your right.. It does (_;)
And most people who actually own both prefer the 7" form factor. The point in a "tablet" is portability, if I wanted to do something that would need a larger screen I would use my PC
I'm guilty of this. I used to sing the same old 10" > 7" (bigger is better) for ages before actually getting a Nexus 7.. I was wrong. :|

I know a lot of people put it down to "personal preference" but you can just do more with a 7" tablet..
Holding it in one hand while lying down or showing others videos / pictures and just slipping it in my jacket pocket (as opposed to a having to pack a bag) is what sold it for me. It's the small things :)

The counter argument for a 10" tablet is a more enjoyable web experience. This is very true, but tablets just don't support everything the web has to offer (silverlight, flash (I've come across many flash videos that refuse to work / crash), java and just generally "webby" stuff). Still even the greatest of tablets (iPad 3 and Nexus 7 are the two I have access to) are MUCH slower and clunkyer than even a low-spec PC. I usually have over 10 tabs open on my desktop and switch between them with ease. Multitasking on a tablet is slow and cumbersome, in the end you just accept it
Videos are also nice on a 10". But you have to have somewhere to "rest" it as holding a 10" monster through an entire movie.. Yeah :p

Edited By: Azurren on Jul 27, 2012 02:01
#34
welshblob
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!



Thanks for the advice as I've been quite happily running vegacomb on mine for a while now and its great. A couple of niggles like browser crashes occasionally and and issue has developed with iplayer was making me want to upgrade to one of the new roms.

This is a great tablet for the price regardless of what people say about the viewing angles.

Rob

running Vegacomb on ours too. As you say, apart from the browser crashes. I've installed Dolphin which performs slightly better.

I'd be happier if the community spent time fixing the minor bugs rather than trying to keep up with the latest releases. There has never been a "Stable" release yet. They're all beta releases.
#35
Had one of these and ditched it for an Aurora II. Even after a whole load of custom roms the vega is slow and clunky in comparison. 7" form factor is better IMO, far more portable and lighter and perfect for those who use it on the move.
#36
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 own an HP Touchpad running ICS, a HannSpree Hannspad running ICSD(same as this but better screen) and a Nexus 7. Gaming, browsing, ebook reading are all more pleasant on the Nexus 7.

Hands down the Nexus 7 is a winner. 7 inches is big enough for everything I need, I can hold it one-handed without breaking my wrist.

Edited By: Gazbert on Jul 27, 2012 11:18
#37
Running Vegacombe on mine and just realised that tvcatchup have released an android app (still in beta). Works a peach!

If anyone else is interested the beta download is here -

http://www.tvcatchup.com/android.html

:)
#38
These are crap and they I sold one on ebay after constant problems and the customer service is awful as well, leave well alone I say .

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