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Advent's iPad 2 Rival Tablet Now Costs £140

Currys has started a fire sale for its Advent Vega tablet on its Ebay outlet online shop, with the tablet costing a mere £140; although it is refurbished, it still comes with a 12 month warranty and free delivery.

The Advent Vega (opens in new tab) was the first tablet to go on sale with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC and was launched back in 2010 before all the current mainstream Honeycomb tablets. It is currently available from Currys for a whopping £230.

The device comes with 512MB RAM, a Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, a 10.1-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, a 4GB microSD card, Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi, an HDMI port, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a two-cell Li-Polymer battery with a battery life of up to 16 hours.

The tablet is a bit thick though at nearly 14mm, and quite heavy at 750g. Although it only comes with the Android 2.2 operating system, there are already hacks that allow users to upgrade to Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb.

The Hannspree Hannspad costs an additional £20, comes as new, with a better screen, four times the amount of onboard storage but with no camera. Although it is not quite as good as the HP TouchPad, it is the closest deal yet.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.