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Advent Tegra Note 7: Battery Life and Verdict

Michael Sawh

By Michael Sawh



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Advent Vega Tegra Note 7


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Advent Vega Tegra Note 7: Battery Life

The Note 7 promises up to 10 hours battery life for HD video playback, something that's helped by the Tegra 4's fifth, lower power companion core for running background tasks, playing HD video and other tasks without draining the battery too much. Nvidia also includes the power saving modes we’ve mentioned earlier and additionally includes switching off PRISM Dynamic Backlight to reduce battery consumption by adjusting the backlight levels in the display panel.

In general use, with the battery saver mode the Note 7 manages to last around the 8 hour mark and will get you through a day’s play doing some browsing, gaming and using the DirectStylus apps. If you enable the PRISM Dynamic Backlight mode you can get a couple of hours longer, so it’s a good performer, even if it falls a little short of 10 hours without any manual power saving features enables. If you are planning to do more gaming than anything else, this is clearly going to alter performance and you can expect to get closer to five hours.

In more extreme testing running a downloaded HD video on loop with the backlight mode enabled, the Note 7 manages 7-8 hours putting it up with the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX realms of staying power. It’s a quick charger and the added power management features give the Note 7 great staying power.

Should I buy the Advent Tegra Note 7?

If you want a tablet for gaming and a stylus experience to rival the more expensive Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, the Tegra Note 7 is a solid performer. The Tegra 4 innards mean it runs fast and as smooth as the Nexus 7 2 and Kindle Fire HDX 7. The minor tweaks made to the Android operating system, like the power management settings and Camera Awesome, are really useful features to improve battery life and actually make picture-taking not such a bad experience.

You can get the Tegra Note 7 16GB model for £99.99 and that is great value for money. The Nexus 7 2 is more expensive at £199 and its main advantages over the Note 7 is the vastly superior screen quality. The same can be said about the Kindle Fire HDX 7, although you will have to be locked into that Amazon ecosystem.

For a first attempt at making a tablet, the Note 7 is an impressive starting point for Nvidia. If it can ramp up the screen resolution and some of the build quality, the Nexus 7 could have a small tablet fight on its hands.


The Advent Tegra Note 7 is a powerful 7-inch Android tablet with a great stylus that’s just a great screen away from matching the Nexus 7 2.

Next read our look at the best Android tablets to buy

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Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 8
  • Build Quality 7
  • Design 7
  • Performance 8
  • Screen Quality 6
  • Software & Apps 8
  • Sound Quality 7
  • Value 8


December 16, 2013, 12:12 pm

Very helpful review, thanks.
Would you be able to find out where we can purchase the slide cover. It is not included in the box. I cannot seem to find anywhere that sells it. Currys do not stock it and there is no mention of places to buy it on the nvidia or advent website.

It would be really helpful if you could perhaps ask them about it.

Keep up the excellent work.


December 19, 2013, 8:41 pm

have you tried checking amazon or ebay they might have what your looking for


December 20, 2013, 10:53 am

Tried those sites. I've tried generally googling and even the various manufacturer sites to no avail! Seems as though the only place to get hold of one is to purchase from newegg.com in America but even hey seem to have limited stock! I did ask in Currys but they know nothing about the sliced cover and said they do not plan on stocking it, which is a shame.

katherine gleeson

January 10, 2014, 8:59 am

Ive been looking for one too :) and a doggie for it.


January 23, 2014, 6:08 am

What do you mean by "It’s a little reflective to use outdoors and you can begin to notice the visible lines that comprise the capacitive touch system"? The note 7 i just got has lines that resemble a sheet of college rule paper embedded on the screen even while its off. I hope thats not normal


February 7, 2014, 1:02 pm

There is no Note 7! (I have the 3 and 8.)


February 10, 2014, 10:35 pm

can it be connected to a tv ?


February 21, 2014, 5:48 pm

No pressure sensitivity for the included stylus? What's the point if it's like any other tablet that you could just buy a nubby stylus for? What a waste.

Rob Coe

February 25, 2014, 10:49 pm

@ pastiebasher - yes, use the mini HDMI socket.

This review could do with an update - NVIDIA have now sent out OTA upgrades for both Android 4.3 and (last week) 4.4.2 (Kit Kat).

Not necessarily night-and-day differences but does show an on-going commitment from the manufacturer.

The Slide Cover is shown on PC World/Currys website, although haven't got one myself yet.

Price up to £140 now but compared it to several competing tablets before purchase - in no way disappointed.

Apparently an LTE version is on the horizon, with a Tegra K1 version also in the pipeline (mooted to have 2GB RAM and a higher-res screen).

Looks like NVIDIA are getting very serious about the tablet market!


March 1, 2014, 12:03 pm

it does have a special inbuilt system to make the capacative stylus sensitive, its own invented system


March 9, 2014, 12:28 am

Where can it be found by £99?


May 21, 2014, 10:37 am

PC World right now! I missed it before xmas and wasn't missing out this time. Ordered today.


June 13, 2014, 5:33 pm

Bought one last week as my Nexus 7 (2012) has a broken USB port till I fix it. Love it, love it, love it.
For 99 quid , this is amazing . Read a few reviews beforehand, cheap build .- rubbish! lack lustre display - rubbish. Buy 5 , cheaper than an IPad - fantastic product


June 29, 2014, 5:10 pm

Well there is the Tegra note 7.

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