- Screen: The screen is of average quality. Colours aren't as vibrant as the ZTE Blade screen. Viewing angles could be better, however, it isn't too much of a problem for me. The software "home" and "back" buttons (in the notification area) are a little "hit and miss". You have to press them in just the right place. Also, I've found that dragging icons around the desktop is a bit flaky too, in that if you don't apply the right amount of pressure, they keep getting dropped. However, the touchscreen within apps (Gmail, Browser, etc.) is perfectly acceptable.
- Build Quality: The device has a good build quality (especially for the price). The hardware buttons seem pretty solid and the flap covering the HDMI and USB sockets seems to be sturdy too.
- Sound: The audio output is really very good. Plenty loud enough to hear, although not very bassy, but I think that's to be expected. Compared to my Dell Mini 10v netbook speakers, it is great.
- TV/HDMI: I connected mine via HDMI to my 50" Panasonic plasma and it worked instantly. The Android OS appeared on both the Vega and my Plasma. Admittedly, it was upscaled and looked a bit blocky on my big screen. I haven't tried direct movie playback yet, so cannot comment on the HD output of videos yet.
- Stock Software: Quite disappointing to be honest. The provided launcher and selection of applications was very restricting. I installed some third party market applications and it improved the situation a bit. However, see the "MCR Software" point below, you'll be impressed!
- MCR Software: Paul's latest addon pack (including the performance pack) has vastly improved the usability of the tablet. Before, it felt like a tablet web browser, now it is a full Android experience device with Gmail, Calendar etc. Installing this addon has effectively doubled the quality and usability of the tablet.
- USB: I use Ubuntu and it is recognised by "lsusb" and "adb" perfectly fine. Currently, you have to use Windows to install official firmware updates (provided by Advent) which is a bit annoying, but hopefully this will be addressed soon.
- Bluetooth: I've successfully paired the device with a couple of other bluetooth devices and it works fine.
- Wireless: I've connected to several wireless networks (including my Three mobile MiFi device). It supports full WPA2 security and obtains an IP address relatively quickly (even after awaking from sleep). For example, if I awake my device from it's overnight coma, it literally takes about 5-6 seconds for the WiFi to connect and IP address to be obtained. By the time you've opened an app or browser, it is ready.
- Nice To Haves: Unfortunately, the Vega lacks 3G support, GPS and a Compass, which is a bit of a shame. However, for my purposes (e.g. sitting in the lounge), it is perfectly acceptable. When combined with a MiFi device, it is perfectly usable. Please consider this before purchasing one. If you want to install this in your car as a dashboard mounted computer, then it probably isn't the right device for you. If you just want to have a home tablet device, then it is perfectly acceptable.
- Battery: I received my device with approximately 95% charge. I connected the charger only temporarily when I first switched it on whilst upgrading the official firmware (as recommended in the instructions). I used the device for about 5-6 hours (heavy usage) on the first night, left it in standby all night and all day the second day while at work, had another 4-5 hours (heavy usage) the second night. It was left in standby all through the second night and the third day (again, while at work), and then had another 2-3 hours usage on the third night. By this time, the battery was at 5% so I plugged it in to charge. I was using it heavily whilst charging and it took about 2-3 hours to fully charge. Overall, the battery life is perfectly acceptable to me. I'm sure it would last well over 12-15 hours of constant heavy use. During my usage, I had WiFi on permanently, Bluetooth switched on and Brightness at about 50%.
- Overall: With all the additions MoDaCo have provided, it is a really good device, and considering the price, I'd recommend it to other people. However, compared to an iPad, it isn't as polished etc., but the iPad is almost 2-3 times more expensive, and remember, like all iOS devices, it has no direct USB connections, so you have to transfer everything via iTunes. Unlike Android, where I can just download music, videos etc via USB, SD Card or just by downloading it.
Hope this helps!
Edited by JingleManSweep, 26 November 2010 - 07:17 AM.