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Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 review

The 7-inch tablet powered by plenty of Nvidia oomph and with a stylus to boot

Apart from the stylus and TegraZone, the other most obvious adjustment to Android on this tablet comes in the form of a replacement camera app. The stock Android app can't claim to be among the best, despite serving its brief, so Nvidia made the canny decision to replace it with Camera Awesome from SmugMug, available to other Android users at a £1.87 premium.

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Camera Awesome brings with it a slick, tablet-friendly interface that includes a variety of modes including burst, panorama and HDR. These are all accessed from a tab just above the shutter button, while ISO, white balance, grid options and a gyroscopic alignment tool are all available without having to dive in to a single menu.

Along with plenty of settings that any discerning, albeit slightly bizarre looking tablet photographer would ever require, Camera Awesome also caters for the Instagram army with an abundance of filters, frames and textures to apply to your photos.

So now you may be wondering how that 5MP sensor actually performs, and the results as far as a tablet goes are pretty mixed. In good lighting results are acceptable and manage to avoid being overly noisy, though zoom further in and you'll see plenty of image processing going on.

Even indoors, pictures come out pretty well without a huge amount of ISO noise, but unfortunately detail starts to deteriorate pretty quickly. Without any LED Flash, taking pictures in complete darkness is out of the question.

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Colours come out a little cold, and motion quickly gets blurry, but for a quick tablet snapper, things could be a lot worse here.

Video tops out at 720p and again manages to verge on the side of acceptable. Motion was handled happily and colours come out vivid, despite the overall picture lacking in contrast.

For selfies, the front-facing camera is verging on embarrassing. It's as if it's been fished from the bin of smartphone parts from pre-2009, and its VGA resolution and over-processing from Camera Awesome make it pretty useless for anything other than Google Hangouts or Skype.

The 4.3 update brought an always-on HDR mode to the Note's rear camera, and it did appear to improve shots, particularly in lower light, and though not everyone will appreciate the vivid, somewhat unrealistic, colours HDR can bring, it's done real harm to the camera quality, and Nvidia claim it to be greatly improved.

Sample images

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Indoor in fluorescent lighting, the rear camera captures a reasonable shot

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In low light outside, details start to blur but colours are reasonably accurate

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In bright outside light, the sensor picks up some good details and colours are better

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The front facing camera lacks sharpness, detail and contrast.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
HDMIYes
Product FamilyVega Tegra Note
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 4.3 Jelly Bean
Brand NameAdvent
Form FactorSlate
Processor TypeTegra 4
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)320 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
DigitizerYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height120 mm
Width190 mm
Depth904 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerAdvent Computer
Product Model074792
Product NameVega Tegra Note 074792 Tablet
Product LineVega Tegra Note
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part Number074792
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.adventcomputers.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Vega Tegra Note 7" Tablet

Combines speed and power with full mobile capability and an affordable price-tag

Whether you want to play games on the move, watch videos at home or get on with some work while commuting, the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7" Tablet will help you make the most of your time.

Package Contents
  • Vega Tegra Note 074792 Tablet
  • AC Adapter
  • DirectStylus Pen
  • Quick-Start Guide
  • USB Charging Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year