iPad Rival Alert : Advent Vega Tablet Now Down To £160

The first dual core Android tablet to go on sale in the UK in 2010, the Advent Vega, can now be purchased from as little as £160 from online retailer Science and Technology; the device which has been refurbished by the manufacturer comes with a one year warranty and a complimentary 16GB microSD card.

Although it comes by default with Android 2.2 Froyo, the tablet has an unofficial upgrade route to Gingerbread and even Ice Cream Sandwich.

Even after nearly 18 months, the specifications of the Vega are still pretty much mainstream. It has a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 16GB storage (via a microSD card), a 10.1-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, a front-facing camera and can play back up to 6.5 hours of full HD video thanks to a 2-cell battery.

Other features include a USB port, HDMI, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. As Pocket-Lint puts it in a review, it lacks the complete Google package and is best used by someone who knows a lot about Android, when out of the box. An update is available to get Flash running.

The only other tablet that matches the Vega for value for money and hardware specification is the Hannspree Hannspad tablet, which was until recently available for £150. It doesn't have an onboard camera, although it has a slightly beefier battery than Advent's model.