Tuesday, 1 October 2013

TESCO HUDL 7-INCH TABLET. SYNAPSE CIRCUIT FIRST IMPRESSION.



Everybody! Hudl round!

SYNAPSE CIRCUIT FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
TESCO HUDL 7-INCH TABLET!
PRICE, £119 (16 GB)
#Tesco #Hudl

Good late evening, Synapse Circuit Readers! How was your day? I hope it was productive – exactly how you wanted it to be! And if your day is still unravelling there is still time!

When Apple laughs at Android it seems that the door of opportunity is opened! Enter UK supermarket chain, Tesco! These days it is a question of what doesn’t Tesco do? They have credit cards, branded foods, branded household electrical goods and now they have extended to a 7” tablet, the Hudl. Whether you appreciate the tablet name contributing to the further decline of the English language or not you just might appreciate that this supermarket tablet is made possible with Android!

CHECKOUT

From the spec below I can tell that Tesco have done their homework; what they’ve put together is pretty impressive for a first stab at the tablet market. Check it out...

...TESCO HUDL

Spec:-

Screen
7 inch (diagonal) IPS LCD
1440 x 900 HD resolution
242ppi
Scratch resistant, anti-smudge glass
10-point multi-touch screen

Colour options
Black, Purple, Red, Blue

Dimensions
Height:          128.8 mm      (5.07 inches)
Width:            192.8 mm      (7.59 inches)
Depth:           9.85 mm        (0.38 inches)
Weight:          370g   (0.81 pounds)

Storage
16GB internal storage (expandable via microSD to 48GB total)

Cameras
2MP front facing fixed focus
3MP rear facing auto focus

Audio
2 x 1w stereo speakers

Microphone
3.5mm headphone jack

Battery
Up to 9hrs of video playback (actual conditions may vary, dependent on video format and content, audio volume, screen brightness and processor load.)

Processor
1.5GHz A9 Quad-core processor

Wireless
Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 2.5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS
Ports
Micro-USB
Micro-HDMI
Micro-SDHC
3.5mm jack

Sensors
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Compass
In the box

Hudl tablet
DC charger, output power (5v=2A)
1m USB to Micro-USB cable
Quick start guide

Pretty good, no? The Hudl manages to present a challenge to the Google Nexus by adding microSD expansion to 48 GB thus making up for the non-full screen HD resolution. The £119 asking price is very, very competitive and Tesco may have the Hudl flying out of their stores UK wide!

Yes, considering that Tesco have its own mobile network I am surprised that there is not a 3G / LTE version of this tablet to take advantage of selling data plans. Odd!

DESIGN & FORM
Design-wise it looks like an Asus and Samsung hybrid in that it looks like a 7” version of the Nexus 10 tablet.  I think that the thick-ish bezel makes the tablet quite easy to handle and by the play on the word “huddle” it is aimed at the family – children in particular!

The build feels solid and built to last – unlike some cheap Android tablets. The Hudl has to be solid if it is for the whole family! There’s great scope for Tesco to cut deals with educational institutions as the Hudl is ideal for schools / students to embrace the use of technology further to enhance learning. And to think that once upon a time some 30-odd students would huddle around a very basic computer terminal. Jeez!

INCENTIVES
What I appreciate as a shopper is that Tesco has an application that informs and encourages the consumer to make use of its points system. That app is available on the Google Play Store should you wish to bypass this excellent tablet; the Hudl is inexpensive enough for shoppers to take with them to enhance their shopping experience. I can see Tesco promoting cookery via its YouTube channel thus pointing out that the ingredients can be bought in the store.

As someone who collects points on my reward card the Hudl appeals!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
I do like the Hudl a great deal. I think it is cleverly priced. However, I am hesitant to rush out and buy straightaway because I am almost certain that Tesco will bring out a 3G / LTE version for use with their or any other network. Add another £20 for 3G / LTE and I could snap it up!

If 3G / LTE are not an issue for you then the Hudl could very well be for you.

IN CLOSING
The sales of Android tablets should rocket this Christmas! This is the beginning of the Android tablet being commonly widespread on the streets; the future has truly arrived! Considering the amount of time that Apple has had the iPad out it hasn’t become widespread and is a rarity on the streets today. Samsung, Asus, Acer and other manufacturers have done and continue to do their bit; Tesco have thrown in their hat and made it pretty easy – even in today’s financial climate – for the consumer to have a decent tablet. Will other strong supermarket chains follow suit?

Again, only Android can achieve the above.

I hope you enjoyed this review. Stay tuned for more reviews to come.

Watch this space!

Take good care!


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