Initial Impressions of the TEGA V2 Tablet

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It has been a long time since I reviewed a tablet (or any gadget for that matter). However, when my friend Hugo Ortega, principle owner of TegaTech, reached out to me and told me he was releasing his very own tablet, the TEGA V2, and asked me to review it, I couldn’t resist. It didn’t hurt that he told me I could also use it for an extended period of time. You know me and gadgets!

Read on for some initial impressions, to be followed up later with some video going over features, dual boot options, software and more.

  • The TEGA V2 is the thinnest and most beautiful windows tablet I’ve ever used. The lines, aluminum back, and smooth touch panel on the TEGA V2 are well designed. It is easy to tell that a real tablet user designed it from the ground up.
  • This is a tablet I would be proud to carry around and use. It doesn’t scream “geek”. It looks every bit as professional as the iPad.
  • The ample bezel room surrounding the screen makes it very easy to hold while browsing the web or reading.
  • Build quality feels first rate. It is quite light, but it doesn’t feel fragile.
  • Pressing the Home button in Windows 7 quickly shows the desktop. Long holding the Home button will bring up the CTL-ALT-Delete options.
  • At boot up, I’m given two choices: Android 1.6 or Windows 7. Pressing the Home button allows me to choose the boot choice, then pressing the Return / Enter button makes the selection
  • I don’t think I’ll be spending much time in Android 1.6. I can’t get the WiFi to work and the experience just feels kind of clunky. I’ll wait for Android 3.0
  • 600 x 1024 resolution makes for some awesome reading in portrait mode, although I wouldn’t recommend portrait mode while in working in OneNote or Word. Office apps don’t feel well designed at 600 pixels.
  • Boot time is pretty darn good for a windows machine, from the touch of the power button to the log-on screen in 30 seconds
  • Battery life clocked in around 3.5 hours on balanced mode – not near as good as 10-12 hour battery life on the iPad
  • The Intel Atom N455 1.66 ghz processor has been quite speedy most of the time. Only on occasion have I felt the tablet get sluggish, and even then the processor was tapped out at just 50%.
  • Coming straight out of boot-up, the task manager showed around 47 processes being used and 600mb of RAM. That is really, really good.
  • Although the fan is constantly running, it is fairly quiet. When the processor gets kicked in to high gear, though, the fan becomes more noticeable although the aluminum backing is still cool to the touch.
  • The rotation accelerometer works really well, automatically rotating the screen a full 360 degrees depending on how you hold the tablet. Some other Win 7 tablets only support partial rotation.
  • I’ve been experiencing intermittent freezing while resuming from sleep. TegaTech tells me that it is likely a buggy BIOS and a fix should be coming soon.
  • I’m looking forward to using Thinix on the TEGA V2, which is supposed to improve the overall touch navigation within Windows. I’ll record some video on that later on.
  • The TEGA V2 comes with a touch keyboard replacement called EyesBoard. My experience with that app has been mixed so far. I can’t quite get into that keyboard as easily as I can the built-in Win 7 TIP / Touch keyboard
  • Inking on the TEGA v2 and its’ capacitive touch screen has been pretty smooth, although palm rejection isn’t there yet.
  • In using the TEGA V2, I’ve been reminded how far Apple has come in the past several months by redefining and taking ownership of the software experience on a tablet. I used to be quite satisfied with Windows + Tablet. Coming from an iPad to a Windows 7 slate touch Tablet, though, now leaves me frustrated. Try scrolling a web page or launching applications using a Windows touch tablet, then switch over to the iPad. You won’t go back.
  • I believe TegaTech’s greatest avenue for success with the TEGA V2 would be if it were an Android 3.0 or Windows Phone 7 device rather than Windows 7 Professional device. Windows 7 just isn’t working for me anymore these days on a tablet, and as I talk to IT departments tasked with outfitting large sales forces, Windows-based tablets are not even on their radar.

More to come later.

The TEGA V2 has an introductory price of $799 and can be ordered beginning Friday, October 15.

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