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HP Slate 10 HD Review: A Mobile Internet-Capable Tablet For A Bargain Price

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HP Slate 10 HD Review: A Mobile Internet-Capable Tablet For A Bargain Price

Reviews Michael Grothaus 12:30, thirteen Jun 2014

HP's Slate 10 HD will get you on the internet straight out of the field for £149 with two years of bundled-in 3G connectivity

Typical Worth: 
£149.00
Execs: 
Nice worth for a full-sized finances pill, particularly with two yr’s free 3G service
Cons: 
No Android KitKat. Display ppi is a low 149
Verdict: 
For a ten-inch pill that allows you to accomplish all of the fundamentals after which some, whereas solely costing £149--together with two years of free 3G--it’s not a nasty gadget in any respect.

When you’re like many the newest Apple iPad Air--whereas a terrific pill--could be overkill for you. Maybe you simply need a good full-sized pill that gives a wide selection of apps and allows you to browse the online and share on social media simply--and a pill that may do all that with out breaking the financial institution. Fortunately there is a host of Android tablets out there that fall into the “price range” vary that may do what most mild pill customers want them to do. Right here I take a look at HP’s entry into the complete-sized finances pill market: the HP Slate 10 HD.

Specs

First let’s take a look at the uncooked specs of the HP Slate 10 HD.

  • Display: 10" diagonal HD extremely vast view capacitive LED multi-contact (1280 x 800)

  • Weight: 630 grams

  • Dimensions: 259 (w) x 178 (d) x 9.7 (h) mm

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Marvell Twin-Core PXA986 (ARM Cortex-A processor collection)

  • RAM: 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM

  • OS: Android four.2 (Jelly Bean)

  • Storage: sixteen GB (expandable to 48GB by Micro SD)

  • Audio: Beats Audio with stereo audio system

  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Mild, eCompass, GPS

  • Battery: 2-cell (26 WHr) Li-Ion polymer

  • Cameras: 2 MP entrance-dealing with ISP-embedded webcam (720p HD video recording), 5 MP rear dealing with ISP-embedded, autofocus webcam (1080p HD video recording)

  • Connectivity: 3G, 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth three.zero combo (Miracast suitable)

  • Colours: Shiny Pink

Design & Construct

The HP Slate 10 HD is the large brother of the HP Slate 7 HD pill I reviewed a number of days in the past. One other means to take a look at that's to say the HP Slate 10 HD is the iPad Air to the HP Slate 7 HD’s iPad mini. However as we’ll see the HP Slate 10 HD is nowhere in the identical design league because the iPad Air--as is to be anticipated from a finances pill.

The HP Slate 10 HD’s rear shell is product of a purple porous plastic that, whereas thick, provides the pill the sensation of sturdiness and, because of the porous shell, makes it straightforward to grip in your palms. Due to the digital camera and emblem positioning the default method you're supposed to carry the system is in panorama mode--though the OS and a lot of the Android apps are orientation agnostic.

On the left hand aspect of the rear shell you’ll discover quantity buttons and on the highest left nook above them the facility button. These buttons are barely raised off the floor and since they reside on the rear of the pill it’s onerous to seek out them simply by contact when utilizing the gadget. Within the middle of the higher rear edge of the pill is the digital camera whereas on the higher proper nook is the compartment that homes the microSIM and microSD card slot. Alongside the underside of the pill you’ll discover the Beats audio system and the microUSB port, which lets you cost the pill and switch information.

Turning your consideration to the entrance of the pill, the show is lined with a hefty black shiny bezel which is vast sufficient for even the fattest fingers. I've pretty massive palms and even I assumed the bezel was only a contact bigger than it wanted to be. On the prime centre of the higher bezel (once more, that is in panorama orientation) you’ll discover the entrance digital camera. On the centre of the decrease bezel you’ll discover the HP emblem--which is one thing I've an issue with. As a result of tablets are orientation agnostic I really feel any manufactures that place their emblem on the entrance bezel of a pill are doing a disservice to their customers in favour of branding for ego’s sake. Because the HP emblem is all the time displaying tipped over in portrait mode it makes the consumer subliminally really feel like they're holding the pill improper.

At 630 grams and 259 (w) x 178 (d) x 9.7 (h) mm, the HP Slate 10 HD is by no means the thinnest or lightest full-sized pill on the market, however for a finances pill it’s an honest measurement and weight. Sure, it might be a bit too heavy to carry above your face whereas studying in mattress at night time, however resting in your lap or at your desk its measurement and weight is ok.

Show

Sadly I’m not as a lot a fan of the HP Slate 10 HD’s display as I'm of its design. That’s as a result of HP has determined to incorporate the very same show within the HP Slate 10 HD because it did within the HP Slate 7 HD: a 1280 x 800 decision display stretched out from 7 inches to 10 inches. For a 7 inch pill a 1280 x 800 decision isn’t one of the best, however due to the smaller display measurement it provides the 7 inch pill a good pixel density of 216 pixels-per-inch (ppi). That’s nowhere close to Retina decision (326ppi or above), nevertheless it’s respectable. Nevertheless, give a ten inch pill that very same 1280 x 800 decision display and it'll solely have a pixel density of 149ppi.

A decision and pixel density with these specs are high-quality if you end up taking a look at Android’s house display, however as quickly as you go on the internet you'll be able to inform textual content appears pixelated. That’s an enormous letdown as a result of the show has an incredible shade gamut and the colours on display actually stand out.

Processor & RAM

The HP Slate 10 HD includes a 1.2 GHz Marvell Twin-Core PXA986 from the ARM Cortex-A processor collection. It additionally comes with 1GB of DDR3 SDRAM. The processor and RAM are the very same which might be discovered on this pill’s little brother. That’s not truly a shock since HP is making an attempt to maintain prices down. Nonetheless, it’s all the time a little bit of a let down once you anticipate greater tablets to have only a bit extra energy than mini tablets.

That being stated, all of the options that a primary pill consumer would use a price range pill for labored fairly easily contemplating the processor and RAM are on the decrease finish of the spectrum. Pinching and zooming photographs was fluid, scrolling by way of net pages produced no lag, and watching video produced no seen stutter or dropped frames. Now in fact enjoying extra superior video games did trigger some efficiency points, however when you’re an enormous pill gamer you aren’t going to be in search of a price range pill. Informal video games like Indignant Birds have been snappy and responsive.

Software program, Providers & OS

The HP Slate 10 HD comes preinstalled with Android four.2 (Jelly Bean) and a variety of HP and third-get together apps together with HP ePrint, HP Related Photograph, Kingsoft Workplace, Field (with as much as 25 GB of free cloud storage), HP File Supervisor, and Skype.

As I stated above, Jelly Bean was fluid and responsive on this pill, which was one thing I used to be involved about due to its low RAM. However I used to be disenchanted that the HP Slate 10 HD solely runs Jelly Bean. KitKat is the place it’s at and it’s a bummer you possibly can’t run it on this pill. A part of that's due to the hardware decisions HP made, but in addition it’s brought on by a bigger drawback within the Android group: the OS suffers from fragmentation and can drop tablets from its supported record as an alternative of looking for methods to optimize the software program for them.

In fact the Play retailer provides you entry to tons of of hundreds of apps, however it’s good to see HP has preinstalled some helpful ones like Skype and Kingsoft Workplace. Plenty of finances customers won't be snug--and even know tips on how to--obtain apps and if they will simply activate their pill and go the better their life will probably be.

Storage & Cameras

The HP Slate 10 HD comes with 16GB of storage. For mild customers that’s greater than sufficient--and it’s a lot better than the 8GB another finances tablets attempt to get away with. The great factor concerning the HP Slate 10 HD is its microSD card slot, which can settle for as much as a 32GB microSD card, giving your HP Slate 10 HD a complete capability of 48GB if want be.

As with its little brother, the HP Slate 10 HD suffers on the digital camera entrance. The entrance-dealing with digital camera is a 2MP digital camera that acts as a webcam and in addition takes pictures and 720p movies. The again digital camera is a 5MP digital camera that takes pictures and 1080p movies. I’m not too happy concerning the entrance digital camera, since most individuals solely use it for Skyping, however photographs taken with the again digital camera appeared blown out. To place it bluntly: in the event you go on vacation and assume that is the one digital camera you will have you will be sorrily disillusioned together with your pics.

Wi-fi Connectivity & Different Sensors

The HP Slate 10 HD has the traditional 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connection and in addition gives Bluetooth three.zero (however come on, the place’s Bluetooth four.zero?). However the huge factor concerning the connectivity with the HP Slate 10 HD is that everybody will get two years of free 3G service once they purchase it. And identical to the HP Slate 7 HD, this can be a function that makes this pill a very compelling purchase for finances pill customers.

The microSIM card is already put in within the pill if you purchase it, so you'll be able to actually take it out of the field and get on-line instantly. The 2 years of free 3G service is restricted to a 250MB month-to-month knowledge allowance, which isn’t lots, nevertheless it’s in all probability sufficient for getting via your commute when caught on a practice. And for those who want extra knowledge you should purchase month-to-month upgrades of 500MB for £7, 750MB for £9, 1.75GB for £12, or three.75GB for £14.

As for sensors the HP Slate 10 HD is full of an Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient Mild sensor, eCompass, and GPS.

Battery

One distinction between the HP Slate 10 HD and its smaller brother the HP Slate 7 HD is the battery. Due to its bigger display HP has correctly chosen to provide the Slate 10 a much bigger 2-cell (26 WHr) Li-Ion polymer battery. In my checks the HP Slate 10 HD lasted over 12 hours of use. That’s me sending emails, browsing the online, enjoying Indignant Birds, and watching some movies. Recharging the system is completed by plugging within the microUSB cable.

Conclusion

The HP Slate 10 HD isn’t a pill I might purchase for myself, however then once more I’m considerably of an influence pill consumer. It's, nevertheless, a pill I might purchase for a kid or an older dad or mum who isn’t technically savvy and simply needs a tool that would get them on the internet and permit them to ship emails. For some of these mother and father or grandparents the HP Slate 10 HD is particularly tempting due to its free 3G service for 2 years--get somebody this pill and also you don’t have to mess about establishing Web of their house. The pill is hamstrung by some underwhelming specs, particularly its display’s low decision and a few fairly underwhelming cameras, however for a ten-inch pill that allows you to accomplish all of the fundamentals after which some whereas solely costing £149--together with two years of free 3G--it’s not a nasty pill in any respect.

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