About a month ago I reviewed the Viewsonic G Tablet. It performed well, but the stock ROM was not as flexible and fast as I wanted. So I decided to flash a new ROM and run the test again.
If your interested in learning about the physical design and hardware specs I encourage you to read my previous review of the G Tablet. In this review I will only be covering the VEGAn-Tab ROM.
Flashing the ROM was really easy, and there is a thread over at XDA with very detailed instructions. Within 30 minutes I had the new ROM loaded and my testing could begin. Here are a few features of the new ROM:
- Maps 5.1 with the rotation fix
- Market 2.2.11
- Updated drivers that should bump up Quadrant slightly, and significantly improves Nenamark scores
- Frame rate change from 50 to 60
- Replaced the Froyo keyboard with the Gingerbread keyboard
- Working Flash
One of the biggest problems I had with the original ROM was the lack of the official Android Market. That is why I am so happy that the VEGAn ROM includes it. In my opinion the apps in the official market are much better than on other markets.
The other problem I had with the official G Tablet ROM was the design of the screens. Even though we could switch to classic view the default Tap n Tap screens were annoying and not customizable. So even before I flashed the new ROM I still used the classic interface. With the VEGAn ROM the classic interface is the only interface.
So now on to the performance testing. I ran all the same test on both the original ROM and the VEGAn ROM. As you can see from the results below the VEGAn ROM took the top spot in all the tests.
The ROM is not perfect. The biggest problem I have with the new ROM is that all the wallpapers are messed up. Wallpapers that worked just fine with the original ROM are fuzzy and yucky in VEGAn. However, VEGAn includes some of their own wallpapers and those look fine. So far I have not been able to find a resolution and so I am left with not using a wallpaper and just going with a solid color background.
I am much happier with the G Tablet now that I have the new ROM. It does not fix the bad viewing angles with the screen, but it helps make it more bearable. The VEGAn crew are also working on a new version of the ROM that is rebased on the Gingerbread (2.3.3) version of Android. I am very excited about this because it will allow the tablet to stay relevant for a while longer. I am hoping that eventually we will see some Honeycomb ROMs coming out, but so far XDA has banned all talk of Honeycomb.
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