TEGA v2 Tablet Arriving Today. What Do You Want To Know?

Hugo Ortega’s TEGA v2 Tablet/Slate arrives for a review sometime later today. Designed to dual boot both Windows 7 and Android the review unit will arrive with the capability to do just that, but the Android flavor is 1.6 (plans are in the works for later versions of the Android OS.) The TEGA V2 is running Intel’s Pinetrail. I plan on spending the weekend checking out the device and I’m sure there will be video early next week. So, GBM Readers, what do you want to know? Leave comments if you have things you want me to check out and I’ll do my best.

16 Comments

  1. rob

    10/15/2010 at 12:57 pm

    my question is – is it worth it? the idea that you pay $1000+ for a tablet these days is quite offensive, no matter what all it does. it is almost impossible for me to believe that anything that expensive is worth it.

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    • Anonymous

      10/15/2010 at 1:07 pm

      It should please you to learn the introductory price for the first round of units is $799 (32 GB).

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  2. Dan

    10/15/2010 at 1:35 pm

    JKontherun posted a first look this morning that the Win 7 boot time was ‘2 hours’ and therefore Win 7 is a “failure.” I suppose my take on that is that may be true but isn’t a 2 hour investment worth something in capability?

    That may be something to keep in mind as you try it out…

    Dan

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    • savagemike

      10/15/2010 at 4:28 pm

      I’m sorry – did you just say the boot time was 2 hours?

      No – there is no capability worth waiting a 2 hour boot time for. Not unless it is going to have sex with me once it comes up. And frankly, at my age, there is good chance I’ve lost interest in that too after waiting 2 hours.
      For anything else I would probably simply save time out of my portable lifestyle and drive home and use my desktop.

      2 hours !?
      2 hours !!!????

      I cannot imagine how many lives I would have taken in a rage of impatient madness in the time some software install took to be rebooted multiple times to remove and add software.

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      • Runewit

        10/15/2010 at 4:47 pm

        He misquoted. The window 7 set up was two hours, partly due to not having a hardware keyboard and having to find a usb one to hook it up to so he could choose the OS to boot to as well as installing patches to the OS. Boot time was not 2 hours.

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  3. aftermath

    10/15/2010 at 2:10 pm

    Two questions:

    1.) Set the DPI within Windows 7 to 117.51. Can you comment on the user experience different?
    2.) How far through the boot process will it get using a current Ubuntu Live boot disk? This is a serious question, and the results will convey the extent to which hardware drivers are well supported by Linux in general. Because of the choice of underlying Atom hardware, features like hardware accelerated 3D should be supported, but I’m dubious of touchscreen support.

    Thanks.

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  4. aftermath

    10/15/2010 at 2:10 pm

    Two questions:

    1.) Set the DPI within Windows 7 to 117.51. Can you comment on the user experience different?
    2.) How far through the boot process will it get using a current Ubuntu Live boot disk? This is a serious question, and the results will convey the extent to which hardware drivers are well supported by Linux in general. Because of the choice of underlying Atom hardware, features like hardware accelerated 3D should be supported, but I’m dubious of touchscreen support.

    Thanks.

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  5. savagemike

    10/15/2010 at 4:30 pm

    It’s always fun and interesting to see Thomasin’s take on stuff, Warner.

    I’d love to see the look on her face when you tell her it will take 2 hours to boot windows.

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  6. Warner Crocker

    10/15/2010 at 5:35 pm

    A couple of quick points. I’ve just unboxed and booted up my review unit. Windows 7 boot up took about 14 minutes after setting everything up. I did not need to hook up a keyboard to choose Windows or Android on the initial boot sequence. The buttons worked fine. I would say after downloading a round of Windows update and rebooting, the entire Windows experience lasted about 30 minutes, which is no different than I see on any Windows machine.

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    • DNel

      10/15/2010 at 5:59 pm

      Now that you have given us an actual boot time, it’s too bad that the 2hr incorrect time will likely spread. What is the boot time now that everything is set up? and what is the resume time (which most people will be using)?

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  7. Dan

    10/15/2010 at 6:49 pm

    I am posting this as a new comment but it is in response to one above…I cannot figure out how to reply without one of the ‘login’ places….

    Yes, sorry, the setup was quoted in the JKontherun as two hours. This, in itself, surprised the heck out of me since I just wiped my HP TC1100 clean and loaded windows 7 on it this past week. That action, and the necessity to load all the drivers to make it function correctly took about 2 hours. I am either concerned about the process with this new class of hardware, or there was a bit of embellishment going on.

    Dan

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  8. Night On The Web

    10/15/2010 at 7:05 pm

    Just one question: why not to add an active digitizer?

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  9. Anonymous

    10/15/2010 at 7:17 pm

    IMPORTANT NOTE RE: BOOT – I’m sorry to report that our friend James Kendrick dropped the ball on this one. The TEGA v2 can boot to Windows without a keyboard and can do so in about half a minute.

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  10. Stuart

    10/15/2010 at 7:26 pm

    Does it have a gps on that chipset

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  11. Fdg2001

    10/16/2010 at 4:51 am

    How well does it ink? What is the good of a slate for content creation if you can’t ink? Do programs like pdf annotator work on it? Does it have a passive digitizer that will work with a stylus?

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  12. Norman D. Robinson

    10/16/2010 at 6:50 am

    Does it support a split soft keyboard?

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