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This is a review for the Hudl 2 as there was no suggestion category for me to be able to suggest a new product on the list.
I have never owned a tablet before, and hadn not had much interest in one, but after spending a lot more time on the go my laptop wasn't very appropriate for this and I decided to look into tablets. A lot of them seemed very expensive for what is essentially a smartphone without the capability of making calls, but then I spotted the new Tesco Hurl tablet in the store and decided to give it a go.
At £99 it is on the cheaper side of the tablet market, but seems to have all the capabilities of the best brand. Firstly,there are many many different colours to choose from (I chose red) and tesco have lots of accessories to compliment this tablet.
I took it home and switched it on and got going with it straight away. The camera is of good quality and the front facing camera is OK. Lots of apps already built in and if you are a tesco shopper you should enjoy the "My Tesco" icon on the home screen. The first thing I did with the tablet (after charging it as it recommends) was to do my on line tesco grocery shop!
Web browsing, videos, games, writing and all other entertainment have performed perfectly, not lagging and no accessibility issues. The only downside I have found so far is a rather short battery lifewhich is taken up mainly by the screen, even if turned down to it's dimmest setting.
The tablet feels great in the hand due to its soft touch back, and its a great size to hold and view at 8.4". All in all it is a great tablet and I find myself using it on a daily basis.
I was toying with the idea of purchasing a iPad for about a year, but I couldn't justify paying all that money when I already have a laptop and a iPhone then Tesco released these and I fort very cheap but should be ok. I saved my Tesco money off vouchers up. I purchased this in store with my vouchers which I doubled up and in the end it costed me £1. I was very impressed.
I am very impressed with the hudl I am able to get apps on it. Internet runs fast. Battery life lasts long enough.
I bought a case for it from Tesco very impressed.
The only 2 thing I would mark this down for is sometimes it can run slow. But for the price of it it is excellent I would defiantly recommend anyone purchasing one. Also I wish the camera was a higher quality one.
Small enough to fit in your bag to take anywhere with you
Despite the relatively low price tag, I would highly recommend this tablet.
If you want a device to do the usual web searching, games etc this is great
value (compared to the other brands) and simple to use. Small enough not to
be heavy, even in its case, but large enough to watch movies and play games
easily. It lacks some of the features you would find on a more expensive
tablet but is perfect for kids, especially given the price tag. If bought
using clubcard vouchers, you can cut the cost in half when the Hudl is part
of the boost scheme. We have been pleased enough that we are planning on
buying a second one for the children to play around with. Battery life
seems good. We leave ours switched on and unplugged for days at a time
without it going flat. My only two gripes are that it often magnifies the
text I have selected when I don't need it to and that we found it difficult
to find availability in the colours other than black.
We purchased one of these tablets for my 7 year old sister for Christmas as she uses quite a few apps on both my phone and my dad's. It's definitely worth the price as it pretty much does everything that a similar android tablet would do and there was plenty of apps to choose from as well as her being able to stream content from Netflix and youtube which is one of the main reasons we actually purchased the tablet for her. I set it up myself and it was pretty straightforward and simple just a short guide and help is on offer whenever the user is unfamiliar with how to use a certain app or tool. I know a lot of people would probably be put off by the fact it's from Tesco but there's no reason anyone should be it's fantastic. The only issues we've had with the product is the internet sometimes randomly disconnects but we have a large amount of electronics in our house that use the internet so I think it's more to do with that than the actual tablet. The battery life is quite good and it's small and easy to carry so I think it would be great for kids and also useful for university students as recording on a tablet is a lot easier than writing down lectures. There's also a lot of additional items available for purchase such as protective items.
After toying with the idea of buying a tablet, mainly because I was fed up of lugging a heavy laptop around, I decided that all of the recommended, "top of the market" ones were way too expensive. So I decided I would get an ereader, until I noticed that the hudl was on sale.
It costs a tiny £120 which may still seem like a fair amount of cash to fork out in one go but once you use it, you'll realise it's the best £120 you'll ever spend.
When you purchase it, you can chose from 4 different colours. Red, blue, purple and black. I chose the purple and it's a lovely colour.
You're then faced with the choice to buy accessories. The accessory which I personally thought was a fantastic idea was the child's bumper case and the children's headphones which have a built in volume limit so that you children can't damage their ears listening to things on too high a volume. These also come in different colours.
The actual tablet itself comes in a nicely presented box with all the specs on which isn't over packaged and is nice and simple.
On opening the box you'll find the tablet, the charger and instruction books.
Once you turn the tablet on, you're guided through the set up of the device and as it's exclusive to tesco, this mainly consists of linking your tesco clubcard account which on set up can be a little irritating but it is definitely useful later on.
The tablet itself is lovely to hold, has a fair bit of weight behind it but isn't too heavy. It's proportions are great around the 7" screen.
After you're set up, you'll find that the display is really clear, easily matching up to the ipads retina display.
As it's an android tablet, you have full access to all of the apps in the google play store which is great and definitely gives you more to chose from that the kindle fire app store and others of its kind.
The quad core processor provides a fantastic experience both for running apps and also for browsing being extremely quick to load pages.
The only downside, is the camera. It's not terrible but it's definitely not fantastic. It's just a bog standard camera which sometimes struggles to focus on an image but if you're not buying it for the camera then I would definitely recommend to anyone.
The hudl was one of my favourite purchases of last year, who would have thought that spending £120 on a little tablet could leave your expensive £650 laptop sitting gathering dust in the corner?
It seems to perform everything I try it with very well including video playback, browsing multiple web pages social media apps flawlessly and most impressive is some of the high end games coming onto android with console like graphics, my favourites being modern combat 4, asphalt 8 and gta3.
Battery life is quite impressive especially with the brightness turned down a notch.
The camera quality is really bad they would have been as well not bothering as I dont see the point using bad cameras.
Other than that my only other complaint would be the lack of proper buttons and such the need for the screen to be used for the back home and menu buttons.
Over the past year I have toyed with the idea of getting an iPad; I am in my final year of University and I keep thinking it would be really handy, but the price really put me off. I did a lot of comparison of other tablets and eventually stumbled across Tesco's new tablet - the Hudl.
It has pretty good reviews all over the internet - most of which say something along the lines of 'it shouldn't be good, but it is' and for £119 it suited my budget!
Currently, a lot of Tesco stores are out of stock - it has been hugely popular! I went to Tesco fully expecting to leave with the Hudl and was very disappointed that it was out of stock. I went straight home to order it and it arrived in about a week.
The Hudl is a 7 inch tablet running Android Jelly Bean operating system. It is available it 4 colours - Black, Purple, Blue and Red and they all have a silicone back which won't be to everyone's taste, but I like it because it makes it feel less fragile.
The Hudl has 16GB storage and, best of all, it has an Micro SD card slot so you can add an extra 32GB of space. I hate tablets that charge you an extra £100 or so just to get an extra 16GB - this way if you need it at some point in the future you just buy a £20 card.
The resolution is 1440x900- apparently that's not too great by tablet standards, but I've watched movies and played games and it looks absolutely fine to me!
There are two cameras on the front and back and to be honest both of them are pretty poor - especially when the light isn't great. My phone camera is much better and so I would always use that - I'd feel a bit weird holding my tablet up anyway to take a picture! This is the only thing I can really fault!
Apps can be downloaded from the Google Play Store which has a huge selection - everything you could ever want and I've tried out loads myself already. There are most of the basic apps you'll need pre-installed, but for everything else I have had no problem downloading and installing apps.
There is a Tesco app already installed and accessible from anywhere as the button is on the same bar as the 'home' and 'back' buttons. This is a little annoying because I'd rather have it hidden away for when I want it, but I guess they want to promote themselves as much as possible. The app is really useful if you use Tesco a lot; you can order your shopping, manage your Clubcard and I will definitely make use of it.
Set-up of the tablet was a breeze; I was ready to play within 10 minutes and there's even a tutorial that you can choose to use. It was really easy to personalise everything to make it mine (such as background, screen-lock, sounds).
I use this tablet for a number of things. I read PDF papers off it for research into my dissertation (I am meant to be reading 4 papers a week and this makes it easy to read it on the go without printing out 20 pages every time), I manage my e-mails, I blog using a tumblr app, I use facebook and twitter apps and just generally surfing the internet (including dooyoo!). I don't really play many games on it, but I have a few and they run fine - the Play store has a huge amount of games.
The 7 inch screen is perfectly adequate for everything I need. I have quite a small laptop anyway so I'm used to a small screen. It's an inch smaller than the iPad mini so it is really quite small, but like I say - for me it's fine. It's also handy if you are carrying it around a lot because it's no bigger than a notepad.
The battery life is quite good at around 8 hours (spec says 9) and it means I can just put it in my bag and get it out whenever I need it at any point during the day. The charger that it comes with is actually quite short and I may look into buying another charger at some point with a longer cable!
The touch screen is very responsive and I have had absolutely no issues selecting what I want, but I do have tiny fingers. If you have bigger fingers you may need a stylus. There is an on-screen keyboard with predictive text and it took a while to get used to it, but now I can type away.
Other reviews have said it's really heavy, but I haven't found this to be the case. I don't need it to be feather-light! It certainly isn't so heavy that it's causing me problems.
=Value for Money=
The tablet cost £119. The next tablet up - the Google Nexus 7 retails at around £199 and I have had a play with it - it's not that much better in my opinion. I have used a lot of tablets and there haven't been any that would make me consider paying more for them. Yes, they are better, but not significantly better and for the price the Hudl wins in my opinion.
I would urge you to give the Hudl a go if you're unsure on a tablet as it does the job without the huge expenditure. It's also really good if you want to give a tablet to your child as the sillicone back makes it less fragile
The only negative I can possibly think of (apart from the short charger and poor cameras) is that there is no cellular option for this tablet; you can only use WiFi, but these days WiFi is everywhere and I couldn't really afford to pay a monthly fee to use 3G on this tablet. I have my phone for emergencies like that.
I suppose the fact that it is a new product means you don't have the huge range of accessories that are available for the iPad. There's a few different coloured cases on the Tesco Website and if you look on eBay a few cases have popped up already. I imagine as it becomes more popular (as I'm sure it will), more and more retailers will start to produce cases and accessories for the Hudl.
Overall this gets a big 5/5 from me. I am finding it really hard to fault it. It has already been so much use for Uni and just good fun to play with. I have only had it a week or two so hopefully the durability will match this excellent tablet's other qualities and it will keep me occupied for years to come.