HP Slate 7 Review: Budget Friendly Tablet

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 7
      • Features
      • 5
      • Total Score:
      • 6.67
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Bargain price for a brand-name tablet
    • Decent feature set
    • Nearly "stock" Android with virtually no bloatware
    • Average performance
  • Cons

    • Relatively low-res screen
    • Marginal battery life

Quick Take

You can certainly get a better tablet than this one, but you won't get a better one for less money.

The HP Slate 7 is a budget friendly tablet. The 7-inch Android tablet’s specs won’t blow users out of the water, but it offers quality performance at a low price point. Priced at $170 at the time of the review, TabletPCReview claimed “you can certainly get a better tablet than this one, but you won’t get a better one for less money.”

HP Slate 7Designed like most tablets, the HP Slate 7 is a black rectangle with rounded corners. In terms of its weight and size, TPCR called it “perfectly average.”  The device has a 7-inch display with 170 dpi resolution, which TPCR notes is low for a tablet. However, TPCR also said the display “looks fine.” The colors are good and the device is readable even in direct sunlight. The HP Slate 7 has a power button, microSD slot and audio port on the top of the device, with a volume rocker on the right side. On the bottom is a microUSB charging port. The tablet doesn’t have a video-out port, but TPCR notes that is not surprising at the low price point.

The HP Slate 7 runs on a 1.6GHz dual-core RockChip RK3066 Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot. The device runs stock Android 4.1.1, with the only addition from HP being an ePrint app. Most of the apps from Google Play are formatted for smartphones, but TPCR notes they look OK on the 7-inch tablet screen, as opposed to a 10-inch tablet display.

TPCR got about four hours of use out of the tablet before the low-battery warning came on and noted the battery life is “decent, but not great.” The HP Slate 7 has a three megapixel rear-facing camera, which TPCR called “surprisingly good.” It also has a VGA front-facing camera for video calling.

In the end, TPCR called this entry-level tablet “average in every way,” but noted its big selling point is the low price. TPCR was impressed with the feature set and lack of bloatware on top of the Android OS, but was disappointed with the low screen resolution and the marginal battery life. Overall, the HP Slate 7 is a good device for anyone looking for a budget-friendly, entry-level, 7-inch tablet.

Head over to TabletPCReview for the full review of the HP Slate 7 to find out how it stacks up against the competition.



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  1. StevDR

    I was holding off to buy the next Nexus 7 but then considered the mini iPad and the 8-inch screen really makes quite a bit of difference and has about 65% more screen space to play with, which is much easier to work with than the traditional 7-inch size, yet is still quite compact and easy to carry… so I considered the upcoming Acer Iconia A1 8-inch but found a similar 8-Inch model that overall offers better features and performance… the Novo 8 Discovery ($169) which launched this week is a fairly impressive Android tablet now available on line at T ablet Sprint

    I’ve had mine for a week and its performance is quite good, has a sleek look, and a powerful battery (5000 mAh) than the Acer’s 3250 mAh battery, as well as twice the Memory and 2GB DRAM (Acer only has 1GB)… and the main specs include a Quad Core processor, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, MicroSD memory, Front and Back Cameras, and Google Play.