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.
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.
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