What We Thought of the HP Slate 7.

During our road trip through France recently, we were fortunate enough to be reviewing the HP Slate 7. Well – I say ‘we’ in the loosest possible terms. What I mean is, I saw it briefly before it was whisked out of my hands, only to be returned once we were back in the UK.
But actually – rather than resenting taking a screen with us as I thought I would, I was glad to have it along.

Here is the Slate 7 – a 7-inch tablet in the same market as the Kindle Fire and the Nexus. Need-to-know specs include:

  • Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 169 pixels per inch
  • ARM Cortex A9 processor
  • Android Apps available on Google Play

HP slate 7 review

It looks… great! We had the red version (it comes in silver too), and it feels really sturdy and well made – NOT like a cheap budget option at all. As you’d expect with this end of the market, the black border around the screen is wide, and the screen itself isn’t the greatest (that’s where the budget bit comes in) – but that’s not to say it’s rubbish. Not at all. The brightness is good, and it was perfectly adequate for all our family holiday needs. We browsed, we played, we emailed and tweeted and facebooked. ‘We‘ *cough* loaded more apps than I knew existed, and I didn’t hear any cries of lagging or freezing or poor performance – not once, even from the gamer pre-teens.

Being a  7″, it’s a handy size to be portable, slipping easily into bags and backpacks, and making holding it in hand light and easy even for smaller 6yr old hands.

hp slate review om nom stories

Thank goodness for apps – a rather poorly 6yr old was kept entertained by the Om Nom Stories

The dual cameras are a bonus – neither is good enough to replace your holiday camera, but they’re certainly adequate for basic skyping/social media sharing. And the internal ‘Beats Audio’ meant that the tablet was fought over for music-listening, the quality is amazing for an entry level tablet.

The 8GB internal memory isn’t huge – but the inclusion of a microSD slot is a massive bonus, and makes the internal storage capacity a little irrelevant.

Setting up was simple – the pre-installations mean it’s simply a case of get, set, go. The Google Play store is ready and waiting, so just hit ‘yes please’ on Angry Birds, Facebook & Twitter* and you’re away (*that’s all any parent needs, right?)!

We did notice that booting up is quite slow – we tended to turn it on then wander off to make a drink and come back rather than watch the pretty whirls in impatient frustration. But once it’s up and running, it’s glitch free and really everything you need.

The Kaleidoscope Drawing App provided hours of unexpectedly addictive fun for ALL the family

The Kaleidoscope Drawing App provided hours of unexpectedly addictive fun for ALL the family

Obviously if you compare it to top-end higher budget tablets there will be marked differences in slickness of performance and screen clarity; but at this entry-level, if you’re looking for something you’re happy leaving with the children to play with, I don’t think you could get much better.

The best price we could find currently for the HP Slate 7″ was actually direct from HP for £99. Bargainous.

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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