So back in July Steve Ballmer promised the Windows tablet will be coming out. They are but slowly. Smaller companies like TegaTech have decided to step up to the bat at make tablets. The Tega v2 was created by Hugo Ortega; a tablet PC enthusiast from Australia TegaTech Australia was excited to see that we were interested in reviewing their products. When you see this product you will see why we wanted to review it. This tablet is pure awesome.
The Tega v2’s smooth black bezel and glossy screen look like most other tablets currently in the market. But this is not any ordinary tablet this is the Tegra. The aluminum backed tablet makes it feel similar to the iPad. Its brushed metal edges give the tablet more sturdiness.
The Tega v2 is 9.5 x 7.5 x .5 it is .02 inches thicker than the iPad. And it is very hard to notice the .02 inch difference. And it is about .2 inches than other current tablets. With those dimensions it includes a 10.1 inch screen totaling at only 800 grams. The tablet is thinner than most competitors so there is no built in Ethernet port. But there still is two USB ports, a microSD slot, a mini-VGA port, a combo headphone/mic port, and a SIM card slot (this feature is a additional $85). One think that is very noticeable about the casing of the Tega v2 is the ViewPad uses the same housing. There is also a small speaker grill on the back of the device. This speaker produces about twice the sound of the iPad. The sound woke me up when I played music without checking the volume level. Also it is great quality. No static sounds. On the left of the device there is a small fan. Yes I hate there being a fan on it. But think of it this way; a dual core processor, HD graphics processing, 2GB DDR3, and a SSD. All of those create heat. All that heat needs cooling not passive cooling but forced air cooling. The fan in not noticeable unless you stick your ear up to the grill. I did not even notice the fan until I was doing a detailed look of the sides. So you have no need to worry about the fan. I give the hardware 5 out of 5 gears.
The 10.2 inch 1024×600 screen is your basic netbook display. The main feature of this screen that makes it not a netbook display is that it is a capacitive touchscreen. That is the same screen as the iPad and if you had the fingerprint smudge issues on the iPad you will have to same ones on the Tega v2. So you should get yourself some anti-fingerprint cleaning solution. The screen also has a built-in accelerometer. It is super responsive to turning the screen but it will flicker for a brief second. The whole computer turns not just the application. It is like if you rotated your computer monitor and rotated the display.
The display has good white and black balance depth while playing movies and doing tasks. Above the screen is a front facing 1.3 megapixel webcam. We tested this out in Skype and other programs and it worked terrifically. I think that in the next generation of the Tega that TegaTech needs to add a 2 megapixel camera for the front and a HD 720P or even 1080P camera for the rear of the device. I give the screen 4.5 out of 5 gears
Software: Windows 7
As I have told people previously I believe that Windows 7 is not a tablet operating system. Microsoft has something up their selves for a table OS. TegaTech did some Windows 7 tweaking to make Windows 7 more tablet friendly. They use medium fonts, and it comes preloaded with the Thinix Touch software. With the big-button interface in great addition and makes it easier to control programs. TegaTech customized the control buttons on the right side of the device to make some tasks simpler. Pressing the Home button for one second brings you to your desk and pressing it for five seconds will bring up all of your current windows. And a third feature to this button is if you hold down the Home button for ten seconds that will act at pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete. The back button is the on/off switch for the built in Wi-Fi, and if you hold it for longer it will enable/disable the SIM card mode. I give Windows 7 4 out of 5 gears.
Well not much to say about Android. Android runs much smoother on the tablet due to Android is made for touch screen tablets. The Tega v2 only runs Android 1.6 and will receive an update to 2.2 in February/March. With the 2.2 update that will bring more of a potential for the device. And when Android 3.0 comes to all devices expect an update to this also. Google has also said multiple times that any Android OS below 3.0 is not made for tablets. Android 3.0 is featured more towards the tablet. I give Android 3 out of 5 gears but up to 4.5 out of 5 with future Android update.
The Tega v2 is an excellent tablet in hardware. But with a base price of USD $799, this is still too pricy for every home user. If you have $1000 to spend on a tablet or an iPad this device will astound you on its ability to precede the iPad or any other tablet at this time for $799. TegaTech is selling this to business men so a $799 price is reasonable for most businessmen. This device is much more powerful then the iPad and has much more of a potential. Overall I give the Tega v2 4 out of 5 gears and with an update to Android I will give it a 4.5 out of 5 gears.