- Low price makes it a good choice for the kids
- Very poor display
- Short battery life
- Bad camera
It's tough for a PC vendor to transition to the tablet business. At the low end, they need to compete against the Kindle Fire, which is supported by Amazon's store, and the Google Nexus 7. The new HP Slate 7 is HP's first attempt at an Android based device and they chose to go for the low end.
At $170, "affordable" is its main strength, but reviewers concluded that they shaved off too much build quality and features in their effort to hit that price.
Some reviewers recommended it for kids or very undemanding users and recommended that shoppers consider shelling out the extra $30 for the Google Nexus 7.
Reviews (6.3/10 Avg. rating)
HP has crafted a solid, attractive tablet for a superb price
HP aims low with its first Android tablet, yet still falls short of the mark
It lacks any compelling factors to make it stand out in a crowded marketplace
In the end, this is a woefully average tablet with nothing of note to write home about. Most people might say, Beats Audio, sign me up! Unfortunately, it is relegated to only being available for super expensive headphones, which defeats the purchase of buying a cheap tablet.
I would not recommend this device, as it lacks any compelling factors to make it stand out in a crowded marketplace. Sure, it has a vanilla Android experience, but so does half of them currently available. The only people that might be satisfied with the Slate 7 are first time tablet owners, who don’t k... Full review
The Slate 7 doesn’t offer the best value in this price range
There aren’t many Android tablets under $200 worth your time. There’s a certain threshold to inexpensive slates – stay above it and value balances out with price and performance, dip below and you might as well have just flushed that money down a toilet. The HP Slate 7 is *just* on the wrong side of that threshold because of its display. It’s one of the most important elements of a tablet. When the screen isn’t any good, even decent performance and good audio can’t save the device. This isn’t some cheap tablet that’s going to crap out on you t... Full review
This tablet is mediocre and okay at best
An affordable learning tool for your children
I commend HP for putting themselves out there and offering a very affordable Android tablet. On the other hand, it's a disappointment to see that something so well constructed doesn't have much to show for it under the hood. On a positive note, perhaps the HP Slate 7 would prove to be an affordable learning tool for your children.
However, the fact that I had to think outside the box to justify the HP Slate 7 should tell you everything you need to know about it. Don't discount it though — it's worthy a try, especially in design, and I only hope it gets better from here on out.... Full review
A good option for casual users who don’t need the greatest device, but want something just to play around on
In the end, the HP Slate 7 is just an OK tablet, and it would be a good option for casual users who don’t need the greatest device, but want something just to play around on. It’s low $169 price tag is definitely something to keep in mind, but we’d really just recommend saving up only $30 more to buy the Nexus 7. It comes with all-around better performance, a better-looking display, and the latest version of Jelly Bean. If the price of the Slate 7 was lowered to around $149, we’d maybe consider it, but the Nexus 7’s extremely-attractive $199 price tag is just s... Full review
A real bargain
Screen and performance trail those of even cheaper tablets
The HP Slate 7 seems to be put together quite well
For all its good looks, the HP Slate 7 does seem a bit of a mixed bag. The Beats Audio treatment is impressive with both music and movies, but the tablet itself is not too happy with HD content. The 3Mp camera on the back is a bonus and OK for snaps but with video it's terrible. Given its weight you might expect something more than a 13.4Whr battery too although, luckily, you're not stuck with just 8GB of storage – the redeeming feature here is its micro SD slot. So there are pros and cons aplenty, but with 16GB 7in HD tablets around for the same price, the HP Slate 7 is not exactly a... Full review
Great for the price.
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