HP Slate7 Tablet

By Mike Wheeler

By Mike Wheeler

You can safely say that HP hasn’t been at the forefront of the tablet revolution, with hardly a peep out of them with the slight exception of its TouchPad product, which hardly set the world on fire. Samsung has been pushing its Galaxy Tab products, ditto Apple with its iPads, while over the past six months Toshiba, Sony, ASUS and now Microsoft having been laying it on thick with their roll outs, but there has barely been a peep from Hewlett Packard. Until now.

Called the Slate 7, HP’s offering uses the Android operating system  4.1.1, which is surprising that we thought it might use the latest version. It has a nice form factor, and at 7 inches,is smaller than most tablets, so therefore will fit into your handbag, school bag or even stuffed into your back pocket.

Spec-wise it has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage that is expandable to 32MB thanks to a microSD slot. It’s screen is 1024x 600, so watching HD movies is not be on the agenda, but he odd Youtube video might be. Its dual-core 1.6GHz ARM processor, while not breaking any speed records, does what it’s supposed to do, as does the 3 megapixel camera. Connectivity is supplied via a 3.5mm audio jack with Beats Audio, and there is a Micro USB 2.0 port.

What this unit might find its niche is in the lower end of the market due to its pricing. Currently it is sub $200, which means it might be a good first tablet for the kid starting high school, or if you are mobile and find the more popular tablets too bulky for your liking.

Overall, if you’re expecting something the equal of an iPad or Galaxy Tab, you’ll be disappointed. However, as mentioned, there is a niche for a product this size and at this price point, and we’re pretty sure it will meet the needs of that market.

Pros: Good size if weight is an issue; good price;
Cons: Bezel could be smaller.

3.5 Shacks Out Of 5

HP Slate 7 @ Harvey Norman

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