Advent Vega review
Just looking at the price, an Android Tablet for just £250 has got to be pretty rubbish hasn't it? After all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is almost double that price. Fortunately, this is a misconception and the Advent Vega proves that a decent tablet doesn't have to cost the earth.
It's made of plastic, so doesn't have the build quality of the Apple iPad, but Advent's done a really nice job and the Vega feels tough and doesn't exhibit the creakiness we experienced from the Toshiba Folio 100. It also keeps the weight down, with the Vega weighing a spritely 700g. This makes it comfortable to hold for long periods, although the 10.1in screen means that it's better suited to resting on your lap than holding in the hand - unlike 7in tablets.
We were looking for places where Advent has cut corners to keep the cost down, but aside from the plastic casing there's very little evidence of this. The 10.1in capacitive touchscreen has a resolution of 1,024x600 (the same as a netbook). It's a pretty decent screen, too. Horizontal and vertical viewing angles are good, although at extreme angles colour accuracy starts to diminish. Still, for personal use it's more than adequate, with a bright image and vivid colours.
We felt sure that Advent must have cut costs by installing a slow processor, but the 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 250 proves this isn't the case. As well as providing plenty of processing power for the Android 2.2 operating system, the Tegra 250 can play Full HD video without juddering. The Vega felt very responsive in every task, such as pinching to zoom on a web page. Sound is pretty reasonable, producing loud and clear audio, although bass is a little lacking. For personal listening there's also a headphone port, or you can output everything to an HD TV via HDMI.
Thanks to Android 2.2 there's support for Flash, which is pre-installed. It's good to see that Advent sets the browser to use plug-ins on demand, so you have to tap a Flash element to activate it, rather than having it start automatically and drain battery power.
This shouldn't be too much of a problem, though, as the battery life of this tablet is actually very good. It should last around eight hours (roughly a couple of days of normal use) for standard tasks, such as web browsing and email, while video will reduce the battery life to around five hours.
Can anyone help at short notice
I have just bought one of these really wanting quickly to be able to load via USB photos up onto facebook during an overseas holiday. The USB device inserted would be an xD card adaptor. I bought this model after reviews since the spec and reviews all refer to the USB port but I cannot get it to recognise anything but my computer and it worries me that the quick start sheet points to the USB port and says (Tablet-PC connection only) - have I been duped into thinking this had full USB connectivity and will it not do what I want to achieve and that is the upload of photos from this device - not via an SD card or the PC as I wont have that means available?
By VivienneS on 31 May 2011
As you are probably now aware the Vega is not quite the bargain it seems! Calling the port USB is misleading as it is not universal being one way on this device and can only be used to upload to your PC. On the earlier versions it was possible to load a mod from MoDaCo to allow USB switching but made mine with the latest software inoperable. Wish I had know this before purchase as I too am off on my hols!
By Superplonk on 13 Jun 2011
It depends which rom you are running . If vegacomb (android 3.0) You need to turn the device off, when the device has turned off press the power button untill the backlight comes on, when it does release the power button and hold the back button (the rightmost button on the top of the tablet). Keep holding the back button until your wallpaper is displayed.
Hostmode should now be enabled.
To get out of USB host mode simply reboot your Vega with no USB drives plugged in.
By Cripper2 on 8 Aug 2011
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