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HP's budget Android tablet is less of a hit, more of a miss

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HP is dipping its toe back into the tablet market with the budget-friendly Slate 7, but the tablet's underperforming processor and lackluster display leave much to be desired.

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    5.7
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Engadget Jul 3, 2013

For a casual user, the Slate 7 might be a good enough tablet, but at this price, good enough just doesn't cut it. ... the display is disappointing, even for a budget product, and the specs prove better in theory than in practice. It simply can't hold a candle to devices currently on the market.

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7.0
PC Mag Jun 12, 2013

The HP Slate 7 is an Android tablet that combines good looks with speedy performance, but its display just isn't up to snuff.

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6.0
CNET May 2, 2013

The HP Slate 7 strips out way too much to make its low price, and what's left can't compare to the Nexus 7's offerings.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 7, 2013

We like some aspects of the HP Slate 7, but we'd like the tablet a lot more if it cost less. On the plus side, this $169 device has a premium design, long battery life, a microSD Card expansion and Beats Audio. The Slate 7 also performs fairly well with its dual-core processor.

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6.0
Android Central May 8, 2013

The reality is that the HP Slate 7 is disappointing in practically every manner. The build quality is good, but the design feels old and does nothing to minimize its bulk.

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6.0
Gizmodo Australia Jun 9, 2013

Taken as a stand-alone device, the Slate 7 is tremendous value for money. A totally usable tablet for $199 is a serious achievement. But with much better options just a couple of forgone pints away, it’s difficult to recommend the Slate 7 to all but the most skint.

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Digital Versus Sep 26, 2013

One year. That's how late this tablet is, performance-wise. The HP Slate 7 is a low-cost tablet that almost seems expensive considering what you can get for just a few quid more. Might as well buy the first Nexus 7.

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6.0
V3 May 23, 2013

Summing up, the Slate 7 is on paper a good move by HP, showing that the firm is willing to move on from its Windows roots and truly enter the mobile race. Sadly its opening foray into Android is a slightly clumsy one, with the firm choosing to cut too many corners to keep the Slate 7's price down.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 24, 2013

As for performance, Android lags slightly on that dual-core CPU, but we wouldn't say it's any worse than what you'll experience on other budget tablets.

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Laptop Magazine Feb 26, 2013

Though HP wouldn’t disclose the make and model of the 1.6-GHz dual-core Coretex A9 CPU inside the HP Slate 7, the processor is definitely fast enough to play games.

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Gizmodo Feb 24, 2013

It's essentially like using a variant of the Nexus 7 that is made differently, but not perceptibly worse. And cheaper.

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SlashGear Feb 24, 2013

This slate is just 10.7 mm thin, rather light at 13.05 ounces, and looks quite nice with some smoothness on its back. The software on this device is not quite final at the moment, so you’ll not want to base judgements on what you see in the hands-on video.

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PC World Australia Jun 7, 2013

The Slate 7 comes with a 7in screen with a resolution of 1024×600, which is a lower resolution than both the Apple iPad mini and the Nexus 7. The screen has no ambient light sensor, which is disappointing.

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TechRadar Feb 26, 2013

The HP Slate 7 does just enough to differentiate itself from the competition because of the cameras and Beats Audio support. But it isn't a hugely impressive tablet.

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TrustedReviews Mar 4, 2013

However, that the screen has been whacked with the ugly stick a few times makes it worth spending a few extra pounds on a better spec’d rival if you can afford it.

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TechRadar Jul 2, 2013

The HP Slate 7 does just enough to differentiate itself from the competition because of the cameras and Beats Audio support. But it isn't a hugely impressive tablet.

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Android Community Feb 24, 2013

Now that we’ve had our hands on it, it basically reminds us 100% of the Nexus 7. Both in the overall design, feel, thickness, weight and all. Obviously this is made of stainless-steel instead of plastics, but has a soft coat red or black option on back to make it comfortable to hold.

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