Summary: purchased directly from HP. Very slick. Impressive sound through headphones. Good HD quality with broadband. Found a great cover. Cons: slow to load web-pages even on wifi, T-Mobile coverage in my area is very poor, and doesn't work at all unless I turn off the wifi, which caused a bit of confusion at first, and remains an inconvenience. After six months it began freezing frequently - though this could be a problem with specific apps - I can't tell.
Summary: I bought this one in July, 13. It was satisfactory until about late August of 14, when it became difficult to charge. The charging port was loose, and now it wont charge at all. HP wants 79 bucks to fix it, and it isn't heavy enough to use for a paperweight. I certainly expected higher quality than this from HP. I see from on line comments that this is a common problem with HP Tablets. Caveat emptor.
HP Slate 7 in works ok, but I wouldn't buy it again.
AF Phil, Amazon
1 October 2014
Summary: HP sent me an email ad offering free mobile data for life on the T-Mobile network. I looked at the cost and thought this might be good for the occasional use. The data is free for life, but limited 200MB of data per month. The first unit I received soon developed hardware problems. If I left it charging too long the screen would over-drive and be difficult to read and not work with the touch-screen.
Summary: I rented this tablet brand new from Rent-A-Center for two weeks just to try it before I bought one. I was very pleasantly surprised. On one hand, it is an awesome performer. Runs any video and/or game I threw at it without a single hitch. And to my surprise, I even got used to the smaller 7 inch size (I normally only use 10 inch tablets). And the front-facing speakers are very loud. I was really digging this tablet. But... The battery just drains and drains.
Summary: The HP Slate 7 is a quality tablet, with the Extreme priced under $200. Is the Beats Special Edition worth the extra money? In short, I don't think so. Right off the bat, I love the color and the feel of the case. Hot rod red. The 7" screen makes it a convenient size, and although i don't use cases for my devices, finding one to accommodate the external speakers might be difficult.
Summary: This tablet shines in audio, as expected. The sound of someone's voice comes through clear even sitting in the room next door. It doesn't sound muddled or faded. Could easily play music through this tablet for everyone in the house to enjoy no matter where they were. The front-facing speakers has a lot to do with how clear the sound comes through. The only thing is you have to watch for obstructions covering the speakers.
Skip the Beats and save $70 with a similar product from Nvidia/EVGA
Lon J. Seidman "lon@ lon.tv", Amazon
24 July 2014
Summary: Length:: 4:18 Mins This is a nice performing tablet that unfortunately has an expensive and unnecessary feature that adds $70 to its price tag: the Beats Logo. This product is otherwise identical to the much less expensive EVGA/Nvidia Tegra Note 7 Tablet and I recommend looking at that one over this overpriced model. Does the Beats integration add anything beyond a royalty payment to Dr. Dre? Definitely not.
Summary: I bought this mainly for the video and the video zoom. It does have video but when you zoom the video feed is in slow motion. Other than that great battery life and charging speed. Nice product the 4g wifi goes by in like one day, it's a nice feature to have so that you can reboot in the future.