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This review is from: EVGA TEGRA NOTE 7 Tablet - 16GB Flash, 1GB RAM Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 4
Pros: Snappy, very good built quality for price, crisp bright screen, stylus, active updates to 4.4.2, VALUE.
Despite some of the negative reviews, I took the plunge when it was on sale a few weeks ago. I have rarely been as pleased with a purchase for the value I perceive I get, versus what I paid. I am not a gamer, so I can't comment on that kind of performance, but lots of reviewers already have. I use this for work and personal emailing, web surfing, ebook reading, and probably two dozen or so "must have" apps that I use on my phone as well as on this tablet. Perhaps the market is so saturated that this tablet stays under the radar, but honestly, this is without question one of if not the best 7" android tablets you can get. There are always cons (I've listed some) but for the price you can't beat this tablet feature for feature. I've shopped for about a year on-and-off waiting for the right time to grab one, and Newegg's sale price for me was the time!
I love the stylus and have used it many times now (as have my kids). Like the Samsung devices with a stylus, you need special apps to take advantage (on which there is almost none for the Tegra Note except what it comes with). However, it works wonderfully with other apps instead of your finger, and is far, far superior to the eraser head pens.
Battery life for my use is fantastic, tons better than my phone! I'd say I get around 5-7 hours continual use (again, I'm not a gamer).
Cons: As many have said, the camera is lacking. I think it is very usable (and I have extensively for example with Camscanner), but so-so in quality. The camera controls are great, but sadly there is not a hardware component to match that nice software. I think this must be a price point constraint with ALL the 7" and honestly almost all of the Android tablets - seems like you have to buy a phone to get a good camera on an Android device. Front camera is close to worthless (another price issue I'm sure).
Many reviewers have commented negatively on the micro usb charging port. After owning the tablet, I share their concern over this, but am hopeful that my care in plugging and un-plugging usb connections will pay off long term. I have at least 15 micro usb cables, and tested many with this tablet trying to see if I could get one to fit snug and firm. I did. It seems that if you can pick one with more pronounced tension "fins" (the little fins that stick up for tension once attached, on the bottom or longer flat side of the usb connector) it holds better. I guess time will tell.
I also had lots of trouble getting the tablet to update to 4.4.2. I'm willing to tinker, so this is not a big deal to me - there were helpful solutions in both the EVGA and nVidia forums. I'm sure some folks would be very upset by this, it took some doing but is working great for me now.
Pros: Works (at first). Access to the Google Play store. Cheap.
Cons: All the cons need to be framed within the idea that is is uber-cheap in cost. I can't compare this to 7" run of the mill no-name tablet. Its still way cheaper than those. Bought this for my son who is 9. He used it about three or four times a week, mostly to play games downloaded off the google play store. I was able to get about four movies onto an SDCard for him, and he watched all those once, one movie around three or four times. The touch screen became non-responsive about three weeks ago. Hard reset, soft reset, reboot, palm slap - nothing works. It starts up, and waits for you to unlock, but nope, touch screen no workie. In reviewing the RMA process it would cost me within $5 to go through the process of having it replaced. This can't be by accident. Ours worked, with honestly relatively light usage, about six weeks. Battery life if horrible by the way, as many others have said. We never ever got more than about an hour out of it without having to plug in. My son got accustomed to simply playing with it plugged in. Cheaply built, as you would expect in this price range. The cheap price sucked me in. Hopefully, you have better luck, for at least longer than I did.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Convenient, reliable, excellent quality PDF scans of documents and receipts (esp. in color).
Cons: Software tries to do everything - this is really what you're paying for without knowing it. The software is bloated and slow, but actually pretty darn good at reading your documents and receipts and providing a full-blown database system for your documents, receipts, and business cards. Did I mention it is slow... slow to start, slow to scan, slow to file, slow at everything it does.
Other Thoughts: I've had this unit for just over 3 years now. Still going strong. I only use it while on the road, which was extensive the first year I had it. The last two years, it has been used probably only about once every two weeks (but consistent). I still use it for all my expense reports because it is fantastic at scanning and generating reports of receipts. You have to spend some time with the software - like all *good* software systems, you have to take the time to learn how it is the designers want you to do things, and then you will appreciate it. I'm surprised at the review on his third unit after only a few months - I've had mine in my laptop bag for years surviving drops, bumps, and you name it! Its been a trooper, and I'd buy again (and will) when mine fails. Don't buy it to do what you'd do with a dedicated document scanner, if you do, it will dissapoint (both this USB powered unit and the software are slow). But, its wonderful to sit in the car or hotel room and scan important docs and have them email-able in a short time.READ FULL REVIEW