Product Type: Advent Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Can it keep up with the market leading iPad
Member Name: sam_toland
Date: 27/09/11, updated on 27/09/11 (55 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap and functional
Disadvantages: Heavy, not quite as good as an iPad
After I had my iPad for probably around 4 months, my Dad decided to purchase this Advent tablet, as it was the cheapest one on the market, to see how it performed in comparison. Therefore this review will be a deconstruction/comparison between the two.
I personally feel that the iPad wins this battle between the two, sporting its all-in-one glass display and curved metallic back. This tablet on the other hand has a fairly cheap feeling plastic body but a glass display, so it isn't quite as luxurious as the iPad but makes an attempt, opting for a glass display instead of a cheap and nasty plastic one. This product does not have any buttons on it's face, so it looks a bit like a digital photo frame, unlike the iPad which has its home button, so this a plus for the advent. It also has a front facing camera, looking very similar to that of the iPad 2, only it is landscape rather than portrait. It also has button around the edges, similar to that of the iPad, only these are made of a cheap looking shiny silver plastic instead of the subtle black colour of the iPad ones. Furthermore this is plagued with holes and flaps etc for different cable attacthments that are, although very useful, not the prettiset things in the world. And most importantly, it is nowhere near as thin as an iPad, being about twice the thickness. In my opinion this product is just simply not as appealing as the iPad, although it isn't far off.
The Advent's display is taller and thinner than the iPads, so it is less proportional to an A4 piece of paper, which is what I feel a tablet should be similar in size too. Furthermore the Advent takes longer to boot up than the iPad, but only fractionally, but can be locked using the power button, similar to the iPad. The display is not as bright as the iPad's and does not feature the 'Retina' definition that the iPad sports, so things are not quite as crisp edged. Furthermore it is not as smooth in operation as the iPad, for example it can be a tad stilted when moving from page to page and does not glide like the iPad's display. And finally the touch screen is not quite as responsive as the iPad's, but in fairness to it, it is not far off, and is more than an acceptable quality.
This tablet runs the Android OS which since it came out has been in competition with the established IOS software powering all of apples touch screen products. For me, IOS will always be the best, I personally feel that the interface is easier to use and has superier features. However this Android software runs pretty well on here, allowing you to display apps and widgets on your home screens and providing you with an app menu, and also a very helpful pull down menu from the task bar which is, I have to admit, a superior way of displaying notifications than that currently seen in IOS. I have, however, had lots of trouble with the android app store, with apps not downloading and then not calibrating correctly, and doodle jump not working at all. This is a massive problem that I have found and hopefully it will be fixed fairly soon.
To begin with, this device only has one camera, which is forward facing, which instantly makes it inferier to the iPad 2's dual camera setup. Furthermore, it is a landscape camera as apose to a portrait one, which I feel for a forward facing camera is not as easy to use.
Battery life is good, lasting about 5 hours of constant use with wifi turned on, which is good but not quite as good as the iPad's 8 hours. It is very simple and quick to connect to your wifi and then once connected runs very quickly and smoothly.
This tablet comes with not only a headphone port but also a USB port, an HDMI port and a slot for an SD card. This makes it far superior to the iPad as the iPad has no way of connecting to an external hard-drive or flash drive which means that it's content is limited to only that which you can fit onto your device's memory. Also this means that you can display your device onto an HD ready TV without having to buy an expensive attatchment. This comes in handy for giving presentations or just wanting to enjoy your film content on a bigger screen.
The speakers on the device are also of a good quality, just as good as those on the iPad, but there can be the occasional crackle if you play music too loud or the bass is too heavy, which can be the case for most modern music. The SD card is also very useful for increasing the internal memory of the device, which otherwise is capped at 4 GB.
Now this will be fairly quick, this device is MUCH better value for money than the iPad, being available for around £150, compared to the £400 of the iPad. This is a huge selling point as it means you can get a lot more for your money, and despite being not quite as good as the iPad, this price more than makes up for it.
To summarize, this product does pretty much exactly what the iPad can do, perhaps not quite as well, but it does them. And for £250 less this is more than worth it. My advice would be that if you are an iPhone user, get an iPad as it's a system you are used to and the two work together perfectly. And if you are an Andriod user, buy this tablet as it is the cheapest and yet possibly one of the best tablets on the market. This is also a great tablet if your a person who loves to tinker with operating systems, as there a plenty to put on here and mess around with, unlike IOS which you can't change without jailbreaking your device.
Summary: Brilliant if you are an Android user
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