Hudl tablet review

Hudl

Hudl from Tesco is powerful, accessible and geared for fun.

Happily, the quality isn’t just skin-deep. Hudl packs a class-competitive 1.5GHz quad-core processor and dual-band Wi-Fi. The former means that navigating around Hudl’s home screen, flitting between email, apps and Google’s Chrome browser is pleasingly fluid and stutter-free.

The latter means that you always get the best wireless web access available – we encountered no hang-ups while streaming videos off YouTube, web pages loaded without hesitation and app downloads didn’t have us twiddling our thumbs. Impressive.

Of course, any tablet lives or dies on its touchscreen. Plenty of low-cost Android tablets have come a cropper due to a sluggish, unresponsive screen – but that’s certainly not the case here. Responsive to the touch, smooth and fast to operate, it’s also a treat for the eyes with movies, photos and everything looking nice and sharp in 1440×900 HD resolution.

Hudl runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2, which is not only super simple to use, but also gives you built-in access to Google’s full suite of services, and to over one million downloadable apps, many of which are free, and which let you customise Hudl with games, services and content you love.

There’s 16GB of storage built in – which will be more than enough for many people – but should you want to expand that, Hudl features a Micro-SDHC port so you can expand your storage to an impressive 48GB.

Hudl has one more clever feature up its sleeve. Tap the ‘T’ icon on the home screen and you open up a unique hub featuring a range of essential Tesco services from groceries to blinkbox movies and music. And no doubt this range of services will grow over time.

Add a great price plus the option to boost your Clubcard vouchers, and Hudl should be on your radar whether you’re shopping for a first tablet, or want to kit out the whole family.

Specs

  • 1.5GHz quad-core processor
  • 7-inch IPS HD LCD screen (1440×900)
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 16GB storage plus Micro SD slot
  • 2MP front and 3MP rear-facing cameras
  • 9-hour battery life*
  • GPS

Verdict

Class-competitive tech and design, Google and Tesco services at a touch, and great value mean Hudl warrants a place on your tablet shortlist.

+ Impressive specs for the price
+ Google and Tesco services on tap
Not the best camera out there

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*Actual conditions may vary, dependent on video format and content, audio volume, screen brightness and processor load.
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