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HP Slate 10 HD review

Verdict

Low-cost 3G isn't enough to rescue this Android tablet from its horribly slow and sluggish performance

Review Date: 31 Dec 2013

Reviewed By: Bobby MacPherson

Price when reviewed: £191 (£229 inc VAT)

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Overall Rating
4 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
4 stars out of 6

Performance
3 stars out of 6

We weren't impressed with HP's last Android tablet, the Slate 7, but the Slate 10 HD promises to be a much more successful design. It's a budget 10.1in device, but with the added bonus of a low-cost 3G option. Indeed, the 3G version costs only £20 more than the £230 base model, which is great value, especially when you consider that Apple charges a £100 premium for mobile connectivity. See also the 11 best tablets of 2014

HP goes a step further than this, too, including in the box a data SIM credited with two years of 250MB-a-month data. If that allowance doesn't sound sufficient, it's possible to extend the contract as and when required; you can boost your data in any given month by an extra 500MB for £7, 750MB for £9, 1.75GB for £12 or 3.75GB for £14.

It's no good offering such a great-value 3G solution if the hardware isn't up to scratch, but the Slate 10 HD makes a good start physically. It isn't the slimmest tablet around, nor is it particularly light, but we like the dimpled, red plastic rear and solid build quality.

HP Slate 10 HD

Scattered around the edges of this curvaceous tablet are a micro-USB port – for data transfer and charging – a 3.5mm headset jack and, beneath a plastic flap, the SIM card slot and a microSD slot for expanding the tablet's 16GB storage.

The volume and power buttons can also be found around the edges of the device – they've been placed on the curved top-right of the rear of the tablet. This isn't a design choice we're keen on: you can't see the buttons from the front, and they're neither raised nor inset, so locating them takes a bit of fumbling.

The speakers are equally poorly situated. They sit at the very bottom of the tablet, and it's all too easy to block them during use. This is a shame, as the sound quality is excellent for a budget tablet: it's both loud and full-bodied.

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User comments

*IT procurement discussion*

Person 1: "We need 200 business tablets. The HP offer looks tempting..."

Person 2: "Don't touch 'em; the wife bought one of their tablets and it was so crap you couldn't even browse the internet smoothly".

What was the point of this product? Can't imagine they're making much money from it.

It's common in the software market to make no money from the consumer side, but to use the glowing reviews to raise the profile of your high-margin business offerings (e.g. Avast, AVG...)

Instead of releasing crap that lowers the reputation of all HP tablets, release decent ones so the excellent reviews raise the profile, and drive sales, of higher margin business sales.

Just keep supply low to minimise losses.

By Mark_Thompson on 31 Dec 2013

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