2013 saw a massive surge of affordable 7-inch devices come onto the market, Google released their updated Nexus 7, Tesco introduced their Hudl to the world, Argos released the affordable MyTablet, Currys/PC World released the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7, hell, even ALDI had a stab at releasing a cut-price tablet, but who’s offering the best out of the bunch? Over the next few months we’ll be releasing a handful of reviews on the aforementioned devices starting with the highest priced tablet of the lot, the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7.
Released in November last year, Currys/PC World have managed to grab exclusivity on the Tegra Note, a powerful tablet which features a vivid 7-inch display, powered by Nvidia graphics, and sports it’s own stylus for taking notes and doodles, but with a powerful chip, a stylus to rival Samsung’s range of Note tablets, how well does it actually perform for the price?
Let’s begin with the hardware. Overall the Tegra Note is a fairly solid device that fits quite well in the palm of a relatively average-sized hand without having to stretch your fingers out too much. The device is a fairly meaty device weighing in at 11.29 ounces (320g) which is pretty heavy compared to other tablets of this size and sadly this is the first thing that you’ll notice. Next up you’ll notice the devices three layered textured back cover which feels more durable than it actually is.
Turning on the device you’ll immediately notice how busy the top/side of the device is with a power button, 3.5mm input, a micro-HDMI port, and a micro-USB port located quite close together, this busyness is also reflected on the side too with a fairly exposed to the elements microSD card slot and a volume rocker which during operation required several seconds of fumbling when looking for the power button or volume which was pretty frustrating.
Once powered on you’ll begin to notice how quick the device is. That’s because it’s powered by a massive Nvidia Tegra 4 which is clocked at a massive 1.8GHz – trust me, that’s fast but we’ll touch more on that later. The Tegra Note sports an okay IPS display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 which compared to the cheaper Nexus 7, is nothing to write home about. Sadly the low resolution display also causes colours to appear pretty washed out.
The Tegra Note’s speed does actually benefit the device in other ways. If you were to connect the device to a HD TV via the micro-HD port you’d be able to experience the device in full HD and if you’ve got a bluetooth controller you can play all of your favourite Android games via your TV too.