HP Slate 7 hands-on review: welcome to the party [MWC]
8 March 2014
Conclusion: The HP Slate 7 does just enough to differentiate itself from the competition because of the cameras and Beats Audio support. But it isn’t a hugely impressive tablet. While it’s good enough for very basic pootling about in Android, using email and browsing the web, it’s not the tablet you want if you want to watch video (get a better screen). The Nexus 7 remains our 7-inch choice.
Conclusion: In the end, the HP Slate 7 is just an OK tablet, and it would be a good option for casual users who don’t need the greatest device, but want something just to play around on. It’s low $169 price tag is definitely something to keep in mind, but we’d really just recommend saving up only $30 more to buy the Nexus 7. It comes with all-around better performance, a better-looking display, and the latest version of Jelly Bean.
Summary: Affordable entertainer. HP's seven-inch Slate 7 tablet brags to be an able companion for all multimedia situations and is partly available for far below 150 Euros (~$195) despite this versatility claim. We took the manufacturer at its word and tested the Slate 7's capabilities in our test course.
Pros: Solid casing, Bright screen, High viewing angle stability, Latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version, Decent application and gaming performance, Low purchase price, The good performance despite the budget price. The Rockchip RK3066 SoC delivers enough power for all requirements placed on games and apps.
Cons: No GPS module, Awful webcam, Weak primary camera, 12 month warranty, A tablet that boasts multimedia use should feature better camera modules. The webcam is virtually useless although the 3 megapixel primary camera shoots feasible pictures.
Conclusion: There aren’t many Android tablets under $200 worth your time. There’s a certain threshold to inexpensive slates – stay above it and value balances out with price and performance, dip below and you might as well have just flushed that money down a toilet. The HP Slate 7 is *just* on the wrong side of that threshold because of its display. It’s one of the most important elements of a tablet.
Pros: Runs Android 4.1, Decent performance
Cons: Poor quality display, Some OS elements look odd, Mediocre battery life, Below-average camera
Summary: We like some aspects of the HP Slate 7, but we'd like the tablet a lot more if it cost less. On the plus side, this $169 device has a premium design, long battery life, a microSD Card expansion and Beats Audio. The Slate 7 also performs fairly well with its dual-core processor. However, the low 1024 x 600-pixel screen resolution pales in comparison to the 1280 x 800 display on the $149 Hisense Sero 7 Pro, which also boasts a speedier quad-core CPU.
Pros: Solid build quality, Beats Audio built-in, microSD Card slot, Long battery life
Cons: Low-resolution display, Runs older Android 4.1, Not as fast as competing tablets, Lackluster cameras
Excerpt: HP Slate 7 is an entry-level (and affordable) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet with a 7-inch 1024x600 pixels screen, 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 3.2MP camera on the back, VGA front-facing one, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD memory card slot.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
HP Slate 7 – the Nexus 7 competitor exudes Envy style, falls short when it comes to hardware
8 May 2013
Conclusion: The only thing making the Slate 7 worthy of some attention are the nice design and most importantly, the price – you’ll be able to get this tablet for only $169, just $10 more than the original Kindle Fire. It’s actually not a bad deal, and for some reason, I think that HP will lower the price even further.
HP Slate 7 vs. Google Nexus 7 similarities in review
24 April 2013
Excerpt: While the announcement of the Galaxy S4 from Samsung was a huge deal at MWC, we can’t help feel more excited about the release of the HP 7 Slate, but only because the tablet was there to be touched. From what we can make from this, HP looks set to get into the business once again, as we all know they had to discontinue the TouchPad.
Summary: More entry-level tablets are good for the market. HPâ€™s Slate 7 is a long way from being amazing, but if itâ€™s priced well itâ€™s nothing but good news for the consumer as it offers something a little different and is pretty good looking too in our opinion.