Tegra Note.

Pure Nvidia, pure Android and under $200 will catch a lot of attention from Android fans

Nvidia is no stranger to Android. Being an original partner for the Nexus 7, and Tegra processors in millions of phones and tablets have surely left a mark, and their recent offerings with the new Tegra 4 offer some screaming performance even when partnered with folks who might not have the best software installed. 

A real highlight of all this was the Shield. Designed in-house at Nvidia, the Shield is a real screamer that also gets plenty of love with the updates. Running a mostly untouched build of AOSP with all the Google applications surely helps here. The Shield never took off with consumers, and most pundits blame the odd form factor and the price.

The Tegra Note fixes both of those issues. It's a standard 7-inch tablet, that checks in just shy of $200. And it has a secret weapon — Nvidia's "active stylus" is on board, delivering an integrated pen and digitizing solution that's on par with devices costing quite a bit more.

I've been fiddling with the Tegra Note for a bit, jump through and see what I think of it.

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Hands-on

All the boxes are ticked. It's fast, it's cheap, and it's not burdened down by crazy software. Chances are you like what you see, so let's have a deeper look at the hardware and features.

The exterior

Tegra Note.

The Tegra Note is surprisingly well-built for an inexpensive Android tablet. Constructed of three different types of plastic (fire away haters), consisting of a soft-touch and rubber coated mix on the rear and a more traditional matte finish hard plastic over the front-facing dual stereo speakers. It has a nice feel to it, and handling is easy. You won't be afraid you're going to drop the Tegra Note. The front plastic ring also frames the glass, and the fit is tight and looks good. The sides have a slow, rounded bevel and the seam where the sides meet the front is visible, but not obtrusive.

It's fast, it's cheap, and it's not burdened down by crazy software

Atop the Note, you have a micro SDcard slot and the volume rocker (it's plastic, not ceramic) on the left-side corner. Follow that corner around, and you'll come to the power button, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a micro HDMI connector and a microUSB connector. The USB connection may follow the standard, but the placement on the bevel and the depth of the components means you'll need to use the included USB cable for charging and connecting to your computer. The cable is well made, but the male end is about 1.5mm longer than a standard USB cable. 

Tegra Note USB cable

The rear of the Note also includes a 5MP camera, that we had some pretty high hopes for. Nvidia has shown off the camera capabilities of the Tegra 4 before, and seeing a home-grown product from them that includes it all is something we've been wanting to see. Unfortunately, we have to wait until a December update to get to try the AOHDR (Always On High Dynamic Range) feature in action. More about the camera later. 

when added to a game immersive sound is great

Up front there's a pretty special treat. Not only does the Note have dual stereo speakers, they're front facing and thanks to Nvidia's PureAudio processing and a honest-to-goodness bass reflex port, they sound pretty darn nice. Jump into the settings of your audio player and play with the EQ a little bit, and the sound output rivals the HTC One or even the Shield and it's freakishly good speaker. This is great for listening to music or watching a movie, but when added to a game immersive sound is great. It can make the awesome gaming performance of the Tegra Note even better.

Tegra Note.

The specs

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As you can see by the listed specs from Nvidia, there are a few areas where the Note doesn't match up with other tablets in the 7-inch class. There's no dual-band ac Wifi. Nor will you find 2GB of RAM. We'd also like to see 32GB of storage, specifically because this is gaming-focused machine and games are pretty big apps. Andlast but not least, the screen resolution is awfully low for a late 2013 tablet.

The good news is that you'll probably not miss the RAM. We can't help you with the storage and Wifi, but we do understand the screen resolution. A smaller screen (we're talking pixels, not dimensions) uses less system resources and will refresh faster — especially when playing processor-taxing high-end games. That doesn't help when you're surfing the web or reading a book, but we understand why it was done. 

it passes my real-life benchmark

My own experience was good. The Wifi seems strong. The battery lasts a good three hours of serious gaming (Dead Trigger 2 or Asphalt 8) with an additional couple hours of more general use. The speakers are as advertised and sound really nice. It probably benchmarks really well, but I wouldn't be able to tell you any numbers because I didn't run those kind of benchmarks. I used it, and was pleased with the way it handled everything I asked it to do. it passes my real-life benchmark.

The ActiveStylus

Tegra Note.

It's called the Tegra Note for a reason, and the ActiveStylus is it. It's an unassuming chisel-point stylus that tucks neatly away into a hole in the tablet's body, and it works really well. I'm a fan of active stylus support in small devices, and this is what had me most excited about using the Tegra Note. I wasn't disappointed. Nvidia explains it like so:

The compute capabilities of Tegra 4 is used to analyze data from a standard touch sensor and recognize the difference between fine-tip stylus, finger, eraser and palm. From a technology perspective, you can use a fine-tip passive stylus to draw lines of different widths by simply varying the applied pressure. From an end user perspective, users can write accurately and naturally using a simple passive stylus, while the opposite end of the stylus can be used as a marker or eraser.

The magic Nvidia is doing in the processor for the stylus works, because this version one product is as smooth and responsive as the competition's third-generation version. It can keep up with the quickest scribbles, and tracks things well enough for even the most intricate writing or drawing. Physically the chisel-point is well designed, making shading a drawing or signing your name easy without lifting the stylus from the screen. 

Tegra Note.

The software is a little lacking, which will be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you're looking for. Pressure sensitivity works excellent in the Tegra Draw app that's built to support it, and the Write app is a fine note-taker, but you'll not find a slew of dedicated S-tylus applications in the menu when you first pull the stylus from it's slot. One handy feature is a "lasso" that's enabled when you remove the stylus, which you can use to select any portion of the screen to share with any application that can open a picture file. 

this is the best tablet you can buy under $200

Using apps that weren't built with direct support, like PhotoShop Touch or SketchBook Pro still works very well and everything is far and away better than any passive stylus I've used on other devices. While it doesn't have the software features that Samsung bundles with the Note series (you knew we had to make the connection eventually), you'll find that the package as a whole works very well. I rarely give a "score" in any review, but I give the ActiveStylus integration of the Tegra Note a solid 9 of 10.

The Software

Tegra Note

This part of the review will almost write itself. Nvidia took Android 4.2.2 as built, added Adobe Reader, the Tegra Zone, Google's app suite and their ActiveStylus support and apps. They are quick to remind us that this is "pure" Android (for what that's worth), and even though they have also added in functionality for better game controller support, we have to agree.

you'll not find a slew of dedicated S-tylus applications in the menu

This is important for anyone who is a regular reader of Android Central. It means that updates will come directly from Nvidia, and if the Shield is any indication of how well Nvidia will support their own in-house devices, updates will be fast and furious, relatively speaking. In fact, the 4.3 update is expected in December. 

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As expected, the Note shines when it comes to games. The Tegra 4 and the relatively low-resolution screen means games run at high frame-rates even at the highest settings, and the "stock" build of Android uses little in the way of system resources so you don't notice that you only have 1GB of RAM. During normal use, I found myself wanting a higher-resolution screen, but when I would load up a game I changed my mind. Pick any of the latest 3D titles — Asphalt 8 is a good one if you can afford all the damned in-app purchases — set all the graphic settings on high and enjoy.

The improved game controller support is also appreciated, as Nvidia shipped us a Nyko controller to evaluate the Note with. When you use a properly supported controller in a game that's programmed for one, you'll never want to go back. Your scores will be higher, you'll lose less lives, and most importantly, you'll have more fun. 

The camera

Tegra Note.

We had hoped the Tegra Note would finally be the tablet with a camera that doesn't suck. The default camera application is an optimized version of SmugMug's Camera Awesome, which should debut for Android shortly, and all the good things we've heard about the T4's camera and image processing had us looking forward to this one.

Unfortunately, the (supposedly) awesome AOHDR support — where multiple exposures are taken at the same time, and seamlessly stitched to try and get the perfect exposure and white balance for every situation. It's expected soon, and we should see it as part of the 4.3 update coming in December. 

We'll talk more about Camera Awesome's features (it deserves its own post) and definitely look at the camera again after the coming update. In the meantime, here's what to expect if you insist on using a tablet to take pictures.

Tegra Note camera sample  Tegra Note camera sample

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Tegra Note camera sample  Tegra Note camera sample

The current implementation of HDR isn't anything worth writing home about. We hope the real deal comes soon, and is worth the wait.

Tegra Note camera sample  Tegra Note camera sample

The verdict

Tegra Note.

I really like this thing. It ticks all my checkboxes, with a great price, great performance, excellent active stylus support and not a ton of feature-bloat that I'll never use. But it's not going to suit everybody.

Pros that are also cons

  • It's a bare bones build of Android
  • It has a Tegra 4 processor, so updates will entirely depend on Nvidia or a change of heart about their GPU openness.
  • It has a 1280 x 800 screen

With the price bump to the Nexus 7, I can confidently say this is the best tablet you can buy under $200. If you like to play 3D games, or want stylus support built in to your next tablet, or just want to try and get your money's worth from your purchase, the Tegra Note is for you.

If you want a better experience browsing the web, watching video or (especially) reading your eBook library, you'll probably want to spend the extra and pick up the Nexus 7 or something from Samsung or LG. 

I'm going to enjoy quality-time with Dead Trigger 2 and Riptide GP2 on this while I have it, and will be eagerly waiting for the December update to 4.3 and camera improvements. I don't think this will change any of the above recommendation, but it's something you have to keep in mind. We'll revisit in a month or so — hopefully in plenty of time for holiday shopping.

 
There are 88 comments

cgardnervt says:

Clearly they do not want to play with the big boys...AKA Google's Nexus line so no thanks. I will pass. Had some hope it would have been much better! (No reason to go cheap on the RAM when its inexpensive to begin with!)

jdevenberg says:

What makes you say this? They undercut the Nexus on price and chose different features to go high end on. N7 has a better screen, TN has better speakers. N7 has more RAM, TN has a pen support. Personally, I'd rather have the Tegra Note than the Nexus 7.

atmancloud says:

Wait for Kikkat on this device and you will not see a difference. The new ART runtime and the memory saving management is unbelievable.

Allen Brown2 says:

That's what I was thinking. I'm kind of hoping Kit Kat breathes new life into my Nexus 7 2012, because the pauses and lag annoy me enough to get another tablet. The device has served me well for the past year though.

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I've been waiting for this to come out so I could put it in my wall mount. Gaming with hdmi, front facing speakers, and a awesome price. If you like the idea, please vote. 200 votes and my idea might become a reality. Thanks all.

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brendilon says:

Clearly you didn't bother reading the review. You can't put top of the line specs in a <$200 device.

worknman says:

No, but they'll sure keep trying :P

fm123 says:

Yeah, people seem to want everything for little money.

fm123 says:

Both PS3 and Xbox360 use 512MB and have much better graphics and games than we are seeing on tablets. RAM isn't as cheap as you think, because neither Amazon or Google have to make money when they sell a tablet.

Devhux says:

I can't imagine Samsung would be too happy with the name of this tablet.....

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djw39 says:

Didn't Nvidia announce a "retinal" display with the Shield? They are on fire with these names

Saneless says:

Note is the name of it and one of its differentiators is a stylus? Even fairly educated consumers might think it was in line with Samsung's devices.

mavrrick says:

Yea. This is just screaming for a lawsuit from Samsung.

unglued94ta says:

I thought the same thing a couple months back when this thing was first announced but Samsung never "trademarked" the term "Note". Therefore I think it's all fair play.

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It's not a trademarked name....

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grydlok says:

Looks ugly as sin. ugh I just couldn't do it

ajfink says:

Right? That back, and holy bezel, Batman!

tylerb2002 says:

Bezel should actually be a good thing when writing with the stylus. I just got the (other) Note 3, and I'm considering getting this for writing tasks. Screen is not much bigger, and low res...but the bezel gives you something to rest your palm on so you should be able to write legibly all the way to the edge of the screen.

Harlemknight says:

Samsung Lawsuit in 3...2...1...Go!

jwyche007 says:

Samsung didn't trademark the word "Note". This has already been discussed on the AC podcast.

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unglued94ta says:

Lol. I just posted the same thing above.

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fbales says:

I doubt you can copyright a word like note, same as you can't for words like pad, or slate.

return_0 says:

Double the RAM and increase the resolution and they might get somewhere... but not like this.

Posted from my pure Google Nexus 4 using the AC app.

jdevenberg says:

Double the RAM and increase the resolution and you have a $300-$350 tablet and suddenly are competing against the Galaxy Note 8 instead of the Nexus 7.

brendilon says:

Exactly. Why do people not get this?

reddragon72 says:

that and people are not getting that this is targeted for gamers more than casual users. Buy it for the games and stay for the power to manipulate your pics from a decent camera.

Screen res is not everything as I am happy with my 4.7" 720p screen.

QwertyJuan says:

But... this is a 720p 7" screen... same pixels as you but stretched over a MUCH larger screen.

My original Nexus 7 is on the verge of being too low resolution for me.

abbott says:

What most people don't realize is how much performance improvement you get from 2GB of RAM. On an Android 4.3 device with 2GB, it uses over 800MB just to idle, with no apps open. Having one gigabyte on a gaming centric device just doesn't make sense at all when it would have probably cost less than $5 to double it.

shiltz says:

On a Samsung Galaxy device filled with Samsung bloatware and carrier bloatware with 2GB, it uses over 800MB just to idle, with no apps open.

Corrected your statement, in general people vastly over-estimate how much ram they need, it's also a great selling feature to lure un-educated people, that's why there are so many budget video cards with 2-4GB of ram, despite the fact that they could never use that much.

Would it have been nice to have 2GB of ram? sure, and they really should have spent the extra money to go to 2GB of ram and 32GB of memory and bumped the price to $210, but in reality they will likely sell a lot more at this this spec/price point than if they had bumped the price by $10 for the added memory/storage,for some reason in many people's minds $199 is way cheaper than $2xx, heck put something that's $199.99 vs something that's $200.00 and people will think they are getting a way better deal with the $199.99 because the first number is a 1 instead of a 2, despite it being a penny difference.

neo4uo says:

I am glad you said it and not me. Abbott 800mb is bloatware as stated. If you look at a plain Jane Google dev Rom 200 and Maybe a few. I can remember when the OG had like 256mb of Ram and was still beast. This tablet is a straight up Google experience not to mention an SD slot. Even if moving games to SD is not supported there are plenty apps in the app store that will do that. ;) This tablet hands down has my vote :)

kalo88 says:

Erm not true at all, my nexus 4 on 4.3 would idle about 400mb and about 500mb with quite a few apps open.

I agree though that if they put in 2gb ram it WOULD of been nice and i'm slightly confused why they didn't given the cost.

return_0 says:

Google has a tablet with double the RAM and increased resolution for $230. So does Amazon. Sure, both companies primarily make money from other services, but doesn't Nvidia primarily make money from processors and GPUs? I was under the impression that these devices are made to get the Tegra platform out there, serving similar purposes to the Kindle Fire. So shouldn't the tablet be priced and specced more compellingly in order to achieve that?

fm123 says:

Not really, because EVGA isn't a brand name to people. If Amazon, Google, and EVGA have a tablet all at the same price with similar specs, almost no one will buy EVGA (maybe 10%) because they know who Amazon and Google are not EVGA. Not to mention Amazon and Google have many ads on TV and print, etc... EVGA would have to offer a better price to get interest in the product (and they can't afford same specs at lower price), this is very common in the marketplace. People will spend more for Coke compared to Sam's cola, and Starbuck's compared to donut house generic coffee.

Many people shop for price primarily on entry level products, unless it's brand name. That's why you see many ratings for Hisense tablet (Nexus 7 2012 clone) at 4.5 stars at Wal-Mart with over 800 reviews. Cheap and does the job even though it's a no-name.

K White1 says:

Well, I like the front-facing speakers.

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Me too! Why don't more manufacturers do this? Samsung dropped this feature in their 2013 tablet line.

Suntan says:

I could see this being very attractive if a person wanted it primarily for games. Alas, I just don't get to play as many games as I'd like to anymore.

-Suntan

Hand_O_Death says:

Same here brother, same here. *sigh*

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Suntan says:

That said, I've got 16 hours riding in a van over the next two days... I knew I was saving "Horn" and "MC4" for something!

-Suntan

stevedo says:

"It passes my real life benchmark ".
Nicely put.

Via a cool AC App on a great Nexus 4

codiusprime says:

Seriously, I'm completely over synthetic benchmarks.

fbales says:

Any word on there being a 10" version of this?

someguy01234 says:

For $200 those specs it is perfectly fine to me, tablet camera is pointless and microSD support is a worthy consideration over the Nexus. For gaming NVidia GPU is on the top.

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I don't get it, this tablet along with new N7 & hdx 7 fail to give you the best of what's available. Where is the 7" tablet with S800 2.3ghz quad core with Apple retina like resolution, throw in 3gb ram, 16gb storage minimum with SD card capabilities all for under $300. Instead Google and the Android faithful companies give us mediocre equipment.

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Saneless says:

So you really think all of what you're asking can be done for under 300? Google makes almost no money on their Nexus phones and a much smaller screen, less RAM, no SD card costs us 350.

someguy01234 says:

No thanks, I'll take the ordinary 323ppi screen of the Nexus 7 and 299ppi of the Nexus 10 over the premium 264ppi retina display of the iPad Air.

What you are asking is a $400-500 tablet not $300 for 2013, don't dream on it. You're only get good specs for cheap due to Google, it's not the same with other brands.

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jdevenberg says:

Can't be done for under $300. High resolution screens are expensive. Maybe they could do it at $400, but not for under $300. If it could be done, Google or Amazon would because they would then own the small tablet space.

BldyIdt says:

I have some breaking news for you: Santa is not real!

coolqf says:

The higher the resolution, the more ram the device needs. The resolution size of this bad boy is pretty low. I agree, more ram would have been nice. 3GB of ram on a 7' tablet is truly over kill. You'd want that if you're connecting it to a larger monitor, using a keyboard, and trying to multitask on it. But then again, I just described a tablet that turns into something bigger, which starts hitting the 'hybrid' devices territory.

Now, on the latest high-end 10' tablets, the RAM because more important.

ScottJ says:

Um. If your tablet is 10 feet in size I don't think you can call it a tablet anymore.

Why do you think you need 3gb of ram? im not understanding all this ram talk and how it should have X amount, just because Samsung put 3gb in the Note 10.1 doesnt mean its actually needed, the Note has a lot of bloatware on it that uses the ram (and it still lags), we dont need 3gb of ram in any device, look at the newest ipad, it has 1gb of ram and its as fast as anything if not the fastest thing out there.

Unfortunately most people are spec whores, they have no idea why or what they need these high end specs for, i would bet a weeks wages that if this unit was put in front of most people and they was asked "how much ram is in this" they wouldnt know if it was 1,2,3 or 10gb of ram

EddiePanetti says:

I think this is an excellent budget gaming tablet. People keep forgetting that it's a sub 200 dollar tablet with a tegra 4 and stylus support. Sure it doesn't have a super high res screen but what it does have is not bad by any means. Another thing to take into consideration is that with 4.4's low memory footprint and ART compiler, this tab is going to be pretty fast. I don't think its fair to compare it to the Nexus 7 because while the Nexus 7 is a more polished device, it's also, A. More expensive. And, B. Has a much weaker chipset. This makes it more of a media consumption device like Jerry said. I dunno, I haven't tried it out myself but for such a cheap price...I might be giving this a shot as a gaming backup and leave my Nexus 7 relegaed to work and research responsibilities.

DaGODFather says:

Wouldn't it make more sense for them to sacrifice the camera to add a higher resolution screen, upgrade the RAM and still keep it at around $200?

splitfinity says:

No, well, at least not for me, I'd be buying this for my kids. They wont notice the specs, but they sure as hell will notice it not having a camera.
Us geek buy the nexus 7, this tablet is secondary and for non geeks who dont care whats under the hood.

Not really considering the cost of these camera`s is likely to be less than $5

umbrarchist says:

No, it has the same resolution as my Nexus 7-12. I was totally satisfied with that. But the camera would be more useful than higher resolution.

cluckkillerb says:

wru Nexus 5 review?! ;(

I always wonder why reviewers don't plug in headphones and tell us how it sounds. I listen to much music, but I guess audio quality is simply not a consideration with most people.

Petya19 says:

I would welcome a gamer tab, like this with an 8 inch 1080p display and two gigs of ram and more storage of SD card support like the shield and drop the support for the stylus. And I would also add a console mode thing and a controller mapping tool and the game streaming stuff.

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jloz10 says:

how would the stylus compare to the note 8.0? For regular notes of course not for anything fancy like drawing. Its has pretty cool features for sub 200.

fm123 says:

Video is a bit biased, but still you can see the Tegra in action.

On youtube: NVIDIA DirectStylus Comparison Video

arrasmith says:

This is a great design for K-8 education. Many schools are standardizing on Google accounts for student email and assignments.

With the Tegra4 Platform ...
Handwritten homework you can digitally assign and collect? Yep.
You can use AndroSensor to log tablet sensor data and then analyze with Octave? Yep.
USB hosting to plug in a cheap dongle and keyboard for typing large projects? Yep.
Communication with individual, group, class, and school level? Yep.
Cheap, light, and tough enough? Yep.

I don't know. At under $250 with a good case and more than one seller (HP Slate7 Extreme is another Tegra4) ... this could be widely used in education.

fm123 says:

Completely agree! This will make it easy to use in any language, including scientific and artistic ways. It is truly groundbreaking to incorporate this functionality without extra hardware, which is why they have patents for it.

Jerry, is there any multitasking problems because this guy just has 1GB of Ram.

RESPECT THE TECHNOLOGY

davinwv says:

Hey Jerry - does it have palm rejection like the Galaxy Note 10.1?

arrasmith says:

Other reviews online mention that it has palm rejection and a pen-only mode as well.

bob_the_job says:

Good thing I waited. The microSD card slot in addition to the stylus make this a better purchase then the Nexus 7.

MrJazz says:

I believe Monoprice has USB cables that will do the trick...

Lehjr says:

nVidia may not be a stranger to Android anymore, but when it comes to opensource, they're still only vaguely familiar at best, and if you want to do any modding that requires changes to those closed source binaries (libraries and executables), you're pretty much screwed.

JeffDenver says:

Lack of benchmarks makes me a sad Panda =(

But I like everything I see. Nice display, decent processor, it checks all the right boxes (2 cameras, SD expansion ect..). Ram is a little light, but acceptable. Vanilla Android! Fugly case, but the look of the case is the last thing I care about when buying a tablet.

Nvidia gets it! There is hope for 3rd party Android tablets after all.

The cnet review has benchmarks, it's super fast, I'm noticing that the hp slate pro 8 also is a tegra 4 with 1gb of ram, must be something to this

skinja99 says:

Jerry,
How bright is the screen?
Nits?

Thanks

plunder says:

There are some aspects of this device that do appeal to me; but others drive me away. I would prefer the screen and RAM of the N7,2 because don't play games and do read E-books. Actually I am waiting for a different blend of features.

Awesome A C

LOVE_ANDROID says:

If I didn't have note maybe but right now nope

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chuckh0308 says:

I've been thinking of buying a Galaxy Note 8, but this looks pretty nice for about half the cost! Hmmmmmm....

unopepito06 says:

This actually really piques my interest. I own a Nexus 7 2013, but if I was buying today this would be a serious contender. That being said, knowing me it would probably lose due to its 1280x800 screen. However I'm sure there's many people like me who WILL pick up this tablet because of it's unique feature set: Tegra 4, AOSP-based, front-facing speakers, microsd expansion, native micro HDMI output port, and pressure-sensitive stylus support w/ a stylus housed right on the device. One of a kind right now, that's for sure, and I can see this being big over the holidays.

EDIT: "and the volume rocker (it's plastic, not ceramic) on the left-side corner". Damn. Without ceramic buttons, this just isn't worth it. Do not buy. :l

Ravjot98 says:

I really want to buy this.But my only gripe is the display.Any advice?

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fm123 says:

I think your only option would be to wait, as there may be other versions out next year. In the meantime you'd want to see one in person first to check it out.

chuckh0308 says:

My POS 10" Toshiba Thrive is the same resolution and I find it satisfactory, though certainly not great. But at 7 inches, I think the Tegra Note would be just fine as long as the display is otherwise good (color, etc.). IMO.

Ravjot98 says:

I really want to buy this.But my only gripe is the display.Any advice?

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speculatrix says:

Yes. Don't buy it. Get the new Note 10" 2014.

My ASUS tf300 has about same resolution on a 10" screen ... I say on 7" it's way better. I don't see the screen as a problem ... but otherwise tf300 is on VERY slow m/f ... since day one its been lagging severely, and now with CM 10.2 it's still very slow ... i don't know it it's my device or the tegra.... I had transformer prime for 3 weeks - it was same supe slow POS ... I think it's tegra!!

chuckh0308 says:

Hmmm, my Toshiba Thrive also has a Tegra processor, but it's the old dual core 1 GHz. Is that what the tf300 uses? My Thrive is also just dreadfully slow...almost completely unusable, even after removing almost all the apps I had installed on it. Toshiba pushed out the ICS update to it last year, which was a complete mess, and then the stupid d-bags left it there with no way to go back or anything. But, I'm not sure if that's what is causing the slow down or if it's something else.

Can you please please please tell me if you tried using any ecommerce card wipes with the Note's headphone jack? Especially the intuit and Square readers. This is the make or break decision when buying a tablet for me. Thannks

iandblog says:

I have been watching this tablet a while. I personally can't wait until it's released on Nov 19th. I think this will be a great competitor in the smaller tablet space. With Smart Pen Support it can compete with the Galaxy Note series of devices. This could be a hot item on Black Friday/Cyber Monday

speculatrix says:

My daughter really loves drawing and painting. A galaxy Note tablet is out of budget but this would be great.
I hope it'll go on sale in retail stores.

speculatrix says:

Can anyone confirm that this is sold under the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 brand in the UK?
If so, it's up at PCWorld/Currys for £180, about US$270, not such a bargain.

Scott Kenyon says:

I realize it's been forever, but yes. It's Advent Vega in the UK and other places. EVGA in the US.

petalmasher says:

I actually think I want one of these. When I think about my samsung galaxy tab three 7.0, what would really make the tablet better for me is if it were faster and I would love better sound. I use Pandora a lot, so the speakers would be appreciated. I would also like to have a better camera . I have an SD slot on my tablet now I don't know what I would do without it. I don't think I've ever wished for more RAM. I was at an Apple store recently. When I held the Retina Display iPad Mini next to the old version, I had to try really hard to see the difference between the screen resolutions . The only problem with the 1200 by 600 display I have now is that is too small. That's a sacrifice I make, however for the ability to hold it in one hand like a book.

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