HP Slate 7 Extreme Quick Review: Not All Tegra Note Devices Are Created Equal
28 January 2014
Summary: All in all, I like the HP Slate 7 Extreme more than EVGA's Tegra Note 7, despite the fact that it has yet to receive the update to Android 4.3. The build quality is better, the display is better (even if only marginally), and I prefer the overall experience. For the same price, I think the S7E is a better buy than EVGA's model, but if you've already bought the TN7, don't sweat it – the difference isn't that drastic.
HP Slate 7 review: HP's budget Android tablet is less of a hit, more of a miss
3 July 2013
Summary: For a casual user, the Slate 7 might be a good enough tablet, but at this price, good enough just doesn't cut it. Simply put, the display is disappointing, even for a budget product, and the specs prove better in theory than in practice. It simply can't hold a candle to devices currently (or soon to be) on the market. If this tablet were $40 cheaper, our verdict might be more generous, but as it stands, it's overpriced for the quality you get.
Pros: Sturdy design, Inexpensive
Cons: Washed-out, low-res display, Latency and stuttering during routine tasks, Disappointing battery life
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
Conclusion: It’s important to keep in mind that HP stripped a lot away to make the Slate 7 one of the most affordable 7-inch tablets on the market. At $169, the HP Slate 7 is only $30 cheaper than a Nexus 7, and it has twice as much storage and better performance all around. The downside is that there isn’t very good camera functionality, but it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the jump. I think it is.
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.
Excerpt: The HP Slate 7 is a surprisingly speedy tablet with an enticing price tag, but it's competing with tablets like the Google Nexus 7 which features a better display, faster performance, and more up-to-date software. And the features HP touts as distinct feel a bit contrived—the wireless printing support is currently limited to HP printers and Beats Audio doesn't make that big of an impact.
Summary: The HP Slate 7 fits the bill as an entry-level tablet. It's features and performance are average in every way. What makes it stand out is its low $170 pricetag.
You can certainly get a better tablet than this one, but you won't get a better one for less money.
Pros: Bargain price for a brand-name tablet, Decent feature set, Nearly "stock" Android with virtually no bloatware
Cons: Relatively low-res screen, Marginal battery life
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