HP Slate 7 Android Tablet Computer

If you would ask me, I’d say the best size for a tablet would be 7-inches—at least more or less. That’s the main reason why I love the Nexus 7 of Google so much, and that may also be the reason why companies keep on doing slates in this size frame. To be included, HP also made its crude attempt to join the category in the name of the Slate 7. What’s more than this, HP must be so cognizant also on those tablets that are now getting sold for $169, which includes the Kindle of Amazon, so they also offered this Slate 7 at the same price.

That price said, we might be expecting something big, or at least as ‘big’ as the Amazon Kindle now on sale. However, HP gives this price statement its own justification by offering a rather shabby plastic body with metallic center chrome ringed around the edges of its slate. The Slate 7, on its front surface, looks like it is a very cheap tablet sold for no more than $100, and you would really mistake it as one because of the thick bezels playing around the display. However, flipping to the grayish white back surface, the metallic company branding sits as the most obvious sign it must be trusted.

Unlike the Nexus 7, which scores high also partly because of the finely textured back surface, the HP Slate 7 rather uses a rubbery matte finish that seems to add to the overall durability. Honestly, on my hand, the tablet sits very nice and easy, but it does not mean it would be comfortable to many as well. The HP Slate 7 measures 197.1×116.1×10.7mm, and it’s not light also at 372grams—a little heavier than the MemoPad of Asus and the Nexus 7. For the ins and outs, the slate from HP offers all the same good ports and buttons, and the difference—probably the biggest difference—lies on the display technology only this tablet offers for its category.

The HP Slate 7 obviously has a 7-inch display, but with a resolution of 600×1024, it falls short in being crisp especially when put under contrast light with the Nexus 7. However, it adds an extra tech to the IPS technology this model has: a Fringe Field Switching (FFS) technology that does not only improve clarity in wide viewing angles, but also dramatically improves brightness at 373cd/m2—way higher than that of the Nexus 7 and MemoPad, but slightly lower than the iPad mini. Outside the display, another minor hardware difference would be the Beats-enhanced stereo speakers.

Running Android 4.1.1 with no update promises so far, the HP Slate 7 is equipped with a handsome set of specs ready for games without pulling the 5-hour battery life backwards. Included in the list are: a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, a sad 8GB of internal ROM (upgradeable to extra 32GB), a single-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.15MP main camera (and a VGA for the front one), and the said battery life which falls from the 7-hour expected value. Adding to this, I would like to surprise you by letting you know HP has gone way too far to compromising this Android slate by eliminating the gyroscope and GPS—two essential features almost every Android lovers would surely expect to wear.

The HP Slate 7 is a very good attempt for the company to join the $169, 7-inch category for Android tablets, but they must have overlooked some essentials to the point of eliminating them completely. It is a handy device that should do well with basic tasks, but the drops in frame rates in games and videos would surely turn you off a bit and look for a better one with a price slightly higher but still affordable. The HP Slate 7, then, is not a tablet that you should really wait for, and I expect this tablet would just sit on the average deck until it fades in time.

HP Slate 7 Android Tablet Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 7,500.00

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