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...
HP Slate 7 vs. Google Nexus 7 similarities in review
26 August 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.
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...
Summary: Small and compact, the HP Slate 7 is a perfect tablet to carry around but do not expect too much as it is still a model of the medium-low. Of particular note were the operating system does not just recently.
Pros: Good RAM; Autonomy; Dual-core processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Cons: No GPS, Display resolution, Memory is not very high, Quality cameras, No SIM card slots.
Conclusion: We like the 8GB Slate 7 at its current price point of $139.99 (with the instant rebate), but we’d like it a lot more at $99, which is where the market for entry-level 7-inchers is headed. And that’s where we think the Slate 7 belongs.
Pros: Storage is expandable via MicroSD card, Attractive, sturdy design, Pricing is competitive so long as $30 instant rebate holds
Cons: Relatively low-resolution display, No GPS support or gyroscope sensor, No HDMI-out
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.
Pros: Runs Android 4.1, Decent performance
Cons: Poor quality display, Some OS elements look odd, Mediocre battery life, Below-average camera
Summary: The Slate 7 is also priced too closely to the $199 Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, which offer sharper displays and better performance. Another option is the $99 Hisense Sero 7 LT -- which has half as much storage as the HP (4GB vs. 8GB), but otherwise similar specs -- for $70 less.
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