The £180 price tag attached to the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 might be what initially catches your eye, but this impressive new tablet has far more to offer than affordability alone.
Advent's seven-inch device is a pocket-sized powerhouse – a slim and light touchscreen tablet that serves up remarkable performance thanks to a high-speed quad-core Tegra 4 processor .
Its raw power is allied with 1GB of RAM and a 72-core graphics chip, enabling the Note 7 to make light work of even the most demanding multitasking and gameplaying.
When you lift the 320g, 9mm-thick frame of the Note 7 out of its box you'll be presented with a tablet that – despite its dimensions – feels satisfyingly solid to hold, with a textured casing that won't slide out of your hand.
Power it up and you’re presented with the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system – and a clean, uncluttered version of it, at that. Swiping through the home screens feels smooth and slick, and the Note 7 handles multiple apps without missing a beat.
Great for gaming
You’ll also find it very smooth when watching video content or flipping through browser tabs, but to see what the Note 7 is really capable of, you need to load up a game such as the fast and fluid Zen Pinball HD or the graphically demanding Dead Trigger 2. When faced with this kind of test, the 72-core graphics chip kicks in, running fast-moving graphics without a hint of lag or juddering.
The touchscreen has a resolution of 1280 x 800, which on a seven-inch display translates into sharp, well-defined images. Colours are vibrant and viewing angles are exceptionally wide, so it's easy to share your viewing with others. The front-mounted speakers pump out clear, quality sound at a strong volume.
Flip the tablet over and you'll find a five megapixel camera in one corner and a stylus that slides out of another. The stylus is a great additional feature: the Note 7 dedicates one core of its Tegra chip to powering it, and it's a boost that makes it remarkably responsive.
The stylus feels natural and impressively precise – just like a real pen or pencil – and it's shaped so you can easily create fine or broad strokes. Flip the pen over and the end of it can be used as an eraser. It's versatile too: use it while browsing the web, for instance, and you can quickly highlight and annotate part of a page, copying it into a document or email.
The camera is powered by the smart Camera Awesome app and includes the High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature that creates balanced shots from difficult lighting conditions. There’s also a 2MP camera on the front for video chats.
As for connections, the Tegra includes a headphone jack, a mini HDMI output and a micro USB port. Inside is 16GB of storage, with a microSD slot providing the option to boost storage. The Note 7 battery will give you up to 10 hours’ use.
There's an awful lot to love about the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7, and the more you explore it the more impressive that price tag becomes. This is a fast, slick tablet that will give its competitors across all price points plenty to think about.