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5 Reasons Why The Advent Vega Is Better Than The iPad

The Advent Vega is one of the hottest commodities currently on the market, so much so that demand for the device significantly outstrips supply at DSGi, the exclusive distributor of the device, leaving hundreds furious.

The surprising success of the tablet reminded us of that of another well known tablet, the one that rules them all, the Apple iPad but here are five reasons why we think that the Advent Vega is better than Apple's tablet.

The Advent Vega is more powerful; it comes with a dual core ARM-based Cortex A9 processor (an Nvidia Tegra 2) which is more powerful than the A4 SoC on the iPad. It has twice the amount of memory (512MB RAM) and a faster onboard graphics module.

It has more physical connections; the iPad had a proprietary 30-pin connector while the Vega has a full size HDMI port, a 1.3-megapixel front cafing camera, a microSD card reader (with 4GB onboard and upgradable to 32GB), a USB port and a headphone jack.

It is also cheaper; at £249, it is less than half the price of a comparable Apple iPad 3G tablet and costs significantly less than equivalent Android-based tablets like the Toshiba Folio 100.

It runs on Android OS 2.2 and will be upgradable to Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread). It means that it will be able to do cool things like being used as a wireless hotspot. It doesn't come with Android Marketplace pre-installed but with a proprietary version courtesy of Archos, the AppsLib store which has around 5000 apps.

It comes with a built in 3G broadband modem that's full size, not microSIM. How can that be relevant, well apart from the fact that you don't need to hack your SIM with a meat cleaver, it means that you will be able to enjoy a significantly broader choice of mobile broadband offers.

True, the tablet can only do 6.5 hours of video playback or 16 hours worth of audio playback, less than the iPad but packing so much for so little means that many of its shortcomings are easily forgiven on the whole.