HP Slate 7 Tested

The sjutumsplattor is really hard. Unfortunately, HP does not very much to Slate 7 should make any impression at all.

HP is probably a company most people are familiar with, but then for ordinary computers, printers and similar equipment. Their efforts in the field of tablet devices has certainly generated some attention. Will his celebrity from their purchase of Palm and specifically the company’s operating system WebOS (now owned by LG). WebOS sat in the high-profile plate HP Touchpad that saw the light of day about two years ago … and who abruptly killed only two months after it was released.

With the Slate series trying to HP again and Slate 7 embarking in the tough financial market which has become seven-inch segment main body. The plate itself is extremely similar to Asus and Google’s first Nexus 7-flat, but with a gray back with something less rubber feel. Plastigheten, however, is ever present, even if there is a pretty good weight in construction. Despite the striking similarity with one of the world’s most famous tablets, we can’t get away from the feeling that the whole machine feels terribly anonymous, almost as if HP had taken any OEM pad and tossed on a HP-log.

The back is indeed gifted with a camera, something last year’s Nexus 7 lacks. But it settles well below what even other plates in the cheaper segment performs and feels most like it’s there for show. Another difference from the Nexus 7 is that we are treated to a slot for micro-SD cards, which is extremely useful because it is only a measly eight gigabytes to store things on internally.

On the flip side we also find the familiar Beats by Dre logo as HP wont throw on their computers now. It’ll give extra bounce, especially base, in whatever audio is called and to further emphasise this, the HP lyxat to it with stereo speakers in the bottom. Probably, it is also the speakers which makes it for the technology behind, because it is not a particularly funny sounds coming from the speakers. Sadly, it is also the most distinctive feature of the entire plate.

On the inside we find also something of a shrug in the form of Android 4.1, which doesn’t feel particularly contemporary anymore. Indeed, it is about a very pure Android version, which is positive. But at the same time it is HP we’re talking about, which is the Giants on both hard-and software, so any added value in the plate than a tiny app to print documents via the HP printer, it feels like they should have been able to get in here.

We go to a little more physical inside, namely battery, we manage to listen out loud just over five hours out of the plate in our battery tests. The only sjutumsplattan that got so bad figures in our test is Trekstors Ventos-plate, whose total volume is about half of HP’s and that is also significantly cheaper. On the other hand, it is exactly what HP themselves enter into their specifications, so they are at least honest.

When we spin off our performance tests do not themselves directly away Slate 7 in comparison with what many other tiles of the segment is performing. There is nothing that impresses, but it should be according to the test applications be enough to handle the most common tasks. In reality, however, it is not quite so positive. Although it is a relatively clean Android interface seems not much time have been added to optimize the system, for the småhackar and lags quite frequently even when we just keep us on home screens.

Don’t get it better at surfing or games either, but the machine must work hard with more or less everything we throw at it. For a flat in this price range had the argument that you get what you pay for, been able to work, but when such as Asus and their Memo Pad HD 7 delivers a completely different level of user experience for the same price tag, it feels the most tiresome.

The cheap price tag also makes itself felt in the plate’s most vital part, screen. This is a rather dark story with lower resolution than most other plates in the segment, and that also shows off a pretty diluted color spectrum. To rub salt in the wounds so it has more HP into the most important function, namely peksensorn. Although the system itself seems to want to be with, it seems as if the sensor goes into sleep mode as soon as your finger left the display and then does it need something to wake up. It makes the plate miss some sweeping strokes and pressure, which mostly leads to frustration.

Sure, it’s a Tablet for 1 500 bucks. A year ago we would have had great patience with all the nonsense that it is saved into the right thanks to the low price. In one year, however, had time to happen good very of the smaller class of tablets and Slate 7 feels as if it had been worth its price if it passed over a thousand patches in price. Now go instead into direct battle with the above Asusplatta, which far surpasses that of HP’s counterpart at just about every paragraph and that delivers a completely different level of user experience and fluency in the interface. With that in mind, it feels like a Slate 7 most tired product launch as a company cancels out most just to cover product segment.