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Tesco Hudl review

Affordable tablet looks great, but struggles to match Google's Nexus 7
Fri Oct 11 2013, 09:10

Product Tesco Hudl
Website Tesco
Specifications 7in 1440x900 242ppi resolution touchscreen, quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage expandable to 48GB via microSD card, 3MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, nine hour quoted battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band WiFi, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, 193x129x9.85mm, 370g 
Price £119 


SUPERMARKET GIANT Tesco clearly views itself as the Amazon of physical stores, and it's looking to tackle the online retailer along with Apple and Google with its affordable Tesco Hudl tablet. 

At just £119 - or free if you have £60 worth of Tesco Clubcard points - Tesco's Hudl tablet undercuts the competition on price, with Google's new Nexus 7 fetching £199 for the lowest specification model. 

However, the low price does occasionally show. The Hudl struggles to match its rivals in screen quality, and in terms of smoothness and processing power the tablet is not as nippy as an iPad Mini. Still, we expect the Tesco Hudl will fly off the shelves this Christmas. 

Design
The Tesco Hudl makes a good first impression. As we pointed out in our early hands-on with the tablet, the Hudl doesn't look or feel like an affordable tablet device, with Tesco housing it in a rubberised polycarbonate casing that both looks and feels premium. There's no massive Tesco logo emblazoned on the rear of the device as we had feared. 

Tesco Hudl in blue

The weightiness of the device adds to this overall high-end feel. While at 370g the tablet is substantially heavier than Google's new Nexus 7, for example, which tips the scales at 290g, the Hudl didn't feel uncomfortable to use, and the weight gives the tablet a robust feel, so we're pretty confident it would survive most minor accidents relatively unscathed.

However, we do have a couple of small gripes with the Tesco Hudl's design. During our time with the tablet, we've found that the tablet is susceptible to attracting grease and fingerprints, although this can be helped by using the firm's case. The volume and standby buttons are also awkwardly placed for those who use the device in portrait mode, although this is likely to get less frustrating over time. 

We got our hands on the blue model, and it is also available in black, purple and red.

Display
The Hudl tablet has a 7in 1440x900 242ppi resolution LCD touchscreen display.

We have no complaints about display quality. Websites are pleasant to browse and HD films look good on the 7in screen, but the display struggles to match those of its competitors in terms of colours and vibrancy.

tesco-hudl-neflix-app

The screen on the Tesco Hudl also seems smaller than those on competing tablets. Despite measuring 7in, the thick bezel around the display means there's a lot of wasted space on the front of the device, making the screen look more compact than it should. Also, when using the Hudl, the Android toolbar across the bottom slices off a large portion of the display.

Next: Performance, operating system.

 

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