The Advent Vega Tablet device, which is often regarded as the best value alternative to the iPad 2, has dropped in price again, and now costs less than half as much as the iPad 2 using the promotion code "easter5" which is valid until midnight tonight.
The Advent Vega shares a few features with its more expensive rival; they both have a dual core system on chip; the one on the Advent Vega, the Nvidia Tegra 2, runs at 1GHz. They both come with a VGA front facing camera and 512MB onboard memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well.
Unlike the iPad 2 though, it has a bigger screen (10.1-inch vs 9.7-inch) albeit with a lower resolution (1024x600 pixels), but it makes up for it by having a microSD card slot (4GB included), a HDMI & USB port and support for Flash via Android 2.2 Froyo.
Advent quotes a battery life of up to 16 hours when playing audio only and up to 6.5 hours when playing 1080p content. Apple's product though is miles ahead when it comes to finish; the iPad 2 is not only lighter but also slimmer.
The Advent Vega was the first dual core tablet to appear on the market last year and was an instant hit because of its sheer value for money.
To some extent, the tablet, which is only available at DSGi stores helped to define what the market can expect at this price range; dual core, 512MB, 10-inch capacitive touchscreen and Android 2.2 Froyo.