HP Slate 10 HD review
Low-cost 3G isn't enough to rescue this Android tablet from its horribly slow and sluggish performance
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.
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.
|Price ex VAT||£191|
|Price inc VAT||£229|
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|Features & Design||4|
|Value for Money||4|
|Dimensions||259 x 178 x 9.7mm (WDH)|
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,280|
|Resolution screen vertical||800|
|Display type||LED Multi-Touch|
|CPU frequency, MHz||1.2GHz|
|Camera megapixel rating||5.0mp|
|Upstream USB ports||0|
|Mobile operating system||Android 4.2|