We review the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7. Is this low cost Android tablet a good alternative to the Nexus 7?
Many of our readers may remember the original Advent Vega, which launched just over 3 years ago. How time flies! It arrived at a time when 10” tablets were expensive and underwhelming, bringing with it a rock bottom price tag, support from a top UK retailer and a powerful NVidia chipset. Throw in a high degree of hackability and it was exactly what the market needed – it sold in huge numbers and to this day is fondly remembered amongst Android fans.
The successor has been a long time coming and while it shares some key features with it’s predecessor – a NVidia processor is still on board and it’s still very competitively priced – it has also changed to reflect how the tablet market has matured since the original was released.
The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is, as the name suggests, a 7” tablet. The release of the Nexus 7 – another NVidia device – changed the tablet market completely. Prices dropped, practicality increased and the device was a runaway success. With the 2013 Nexus 7 moving to Qualcomm internals, you could argue that the Vega device is that device’s spiritual successor too.
We review the MaxMon Quatropus SA, and device that harnesses the power of an Android phone to monitor and protect a remote property
The MaxMon Quatropus-SA is a collection of products designed to help you monitor and control a remote property, such as a caravan, boat or even a classic car in a garage.
It can alert you to any suspicious or unexpected activity, that you can then respond to accordingly.
The bundle is based around a four-port Quatropus, a hub to which you attach assorted transducers that are able to monitor motion, humidity and so on, as well as a remote control power socket so you can turn the lights on and off from a remote location.
We review the Acer Liquid S1 Duo, an Android phablet that supports two sim cards.
We can’t pretend to like the term ‘phablet’ but it does do a fairly good job of describing a device that is too large to be strictly speaking called a phone and too small to be strictly speaking called a tablet. Screen sizes below 7-inches but over 5.5-inches fall into this category and for want of a better descriptive word, we’re sticking with it.
A lot of phablets are expensive and for the most part you are looking at more than £500. While Samsung’s Galaxy Mega is under £300 there’s nothing in the phablet category that can match the £220 of the Acer Liquid S1 Duo which has the added advantage of two microSIM card slots.
Considering its relatively low price there is an awful lot going here. We did find a bit of flex in the chassis, but the overall design is attractive and the 5.7 inch screen nestles quite well without too much bezel adding to the overall device size. Even so, the Acer Liquid S1 Duo is large for holding to the ear to take a call and slipping into a pocket.
The Linux User Raspberry Jam will be the first Raspberry Jam on the south coast, held on 5 April at the RNLI College
Linux User & Developer magazine is holding its first ever Raspberry Jam event, so why not come along and learn about making and programming with Raspberry Pi?
The Linux User Raspberry Jam will take place on 5 April at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset and there are places for 120 Raspberry Pi enthusiasts to get together with other like-minded programmers, makers and Raspberry Pi experts to learn and share ideas about their creations.
Entry is £5 for the over 16s, but children can come for free. The Jam is a non-profit event and this money is to cover the cost of putting on the event; any money left over will be donated to the RNLI and the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
We review the Mad Catz MOJO, the latest Android games console. Is it good enough to replace your Xbox?
Traditionally, if you were looking for a quality gaming experience you’d turn to a games console. Playstation or Xbox for the more seasoned player, Wii for fun family game time, perhaps a PC for the hardcore gamer. Almost certainly a Nintendo handheld if you wanted to take your gaming mobile.
Times are changing however, and increasingly powerful mobile devices are drawing people away from conventional gaming experiences and high quality, low cost games on mobiles could spell trouble for the gaming incumbents. Players are moving towards having their game time at their convenience on devices that they are already own and carry with them.
Mad Catz are looking to create a blend of the two concepts with hardware that’s strikingly similar to your phone or tablet but played on the big screen and with a conventional controller. An interesting concept and certainly the idea of paying a few pounds per game instead of £50+ is appealing, but does it work?
We review the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. Does the high res screen and innovative S Pen justify the high price tag?
Samsung revolutionised tablet computing with its Galaxy Note bringing stylus based input to the smartphone and tablet worlds. The stylus concept has been emulated by some, but for many Samsung still reigns supreme.
The 10.1 inch tablet sized, stylus receptive Note launched in 2012, and this latest edition, with its rather ungainly name of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition updates the unit.
You do pay a premium for the stylus based features with the Wi-Fi only version we reviewed starting at £450 and with 4G support added starting at £599. These are prices for the 16GB version.