Intermediate, 7 Slate Tablet Fulfills Its Promises

The HP device’s solid body and good performance in games and videos, but suffers from the little room for installing applications.

You can’t say that HP has great tradition in tablets. The first big bet of the company, the Touchpad with webOS system, was the target of a flood of criticism at the launch in June 2011, and left the market two months later . After that, the company has only a few models with Windows 7 for the corporate world.

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So the Slate 7 (R $700) represents the first real attempt at HP Tablet market to the final consumer at Etaizhou. In Brazil, the appliance competes with other tablets of intermediate level and price between R $500 and R $1,000, as the Iconia B1 , Acer, and MemoPad, from Asus. Check out the test.

In favour:

-Solid and elegant;
-Good performance in video and games;
-Good relationship between cost and benefit.

Against:

-Screen just reasonable;
-Has no GPS;
-Little room for installation of heavier applications.

Design

In General, the 7 Slate has a sober design and fancy for a tablet of your category. As soon as we hold the tablet, a detail draws attention. With 19.5 cm tall by 11.4 wide, it has a format longer than most of its competitors. This causes the unit is easier to handle with one hand. The rear made of a slightly rubberized material, also helps with firmness to hold the unit.

Another detail that draws attention is the lateral frame in aluminium. This type of finish is not always found in tablets in that price range, which often use plastic.

At the top of the tablet are the power button, the entry for microSD cards and the entrance to the headset. The volume button is on the right-hand side and at the bottom are the microUSB port and two speakers.

Setting

With dual-core 1.6 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, the HP tablet did well on the tests of the iG. Even heavy games like Iron Man 3, Call Heroes and Warriors II rode well, Eternity without gagging. There was only a delay of about 10 seconds to start the heavier games, but once fully loaded, they ran very well.

The tablet also did well in videos, running files with Full HD resolution from the default MKV without gagging. The AnTuTu benchmark, the unit stuck 11,882 points. In Quadrant Standard, were 4,089 points. Are suitable for an intermediate device.

In terms of memory, 7 Slate can disappoint even the most demanding users. Are 8 GB but only nominal 5.7 GB available to the user. The device has input for cards up to 32 GB, which resolves the user’s life in relation to music or videos.

The space can be little, however, if the user wants to install many applications, especially games more “heavy”. As Android does not allow installing applications on the card, the user will have to make do with the 5.7 GB to install programs. And some heavier games already consume about of 1 GB. But, for a non-gamer and just basic applications wheel, a 32 GB card solves the problem.

Other two negatives, without great importance. The first is that the tablet doesn’t have GPS. In a tablet this is a low-use feature, but can be missed if the user want to use the tablet as a navigation device, using the phone’s 3 g connection. The lack of GPS also means that you can’t publish photos with location data (geotags) embedded.

The second detail is that the appliance runs an older version of Bluetooth, 2.1. She meets well the most used function of the Protocol, which is to send stereo audio to wireless headphones. But is behind most modern versions (the latest is 4.0) in items data transfer speed and power consumption.

Camera and audio

The Slate has two cameras, one back of 3 megapixel camera and a front VGA resolution. There’s not much to comment on here, since the use of cameras in tablets is more focused on the practicality of taking the photo at the time necessary in the quality of the images. The rear camera takes pictures of reasonable quality in good light, but in less favourable conditions the user will have to opt for another device (smartphone or camera).

A much publicised by HP in their products is the Beats audio technology. In Slate 7, however, it does not bring great benefits. There are two speakers on the bottom of the appliance. They work as expected, but obviously stay away from portable speakers.

With headphones, the Slate 7 brings three settings for headphones Beats. The iG has tested the sound with headphones from other brands, and the settings have changed a little bit the sound, including more severe and eco. You can’t tell me that the tech Beats really provides a much better sound. In practice, it is an equalizer with brand.

Screen

The Slate is a 7 tablet intermediary, and this adjective can also be used for your screen. With a resolution of 1,024 x 600, it has good color fidelity, but stands behind the screens of high-end devices such as the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini, in issues resolution, brightness and viewing angle.

When the image on the screen has a light background, can read the contents even with the tablet. But if the image is a little darker is already impaired visibility.

Another detail is that, as already mentioned, the Slate is 7 more “long” than its rivals, with a greater difference between width and height. And this is reflected on the screen, causing the pixels are more rectangular.

The practical consequence is that everything is more “stretched”, including text and pictures in web pages. Not enough to be a bother, but it’s a detail noticeable to the user more alert.

System and applications

Slate 7 runs Android version 4.1.1. She is not the latest (4.3), but brings all the most important functions of the system and is also compatible with all applications currently on the market.

A point to HP for not clog the tablet with useless applications. In addition to the conventional programmes of Android, there is only the application, the HP ePrint for printing files from the tablet. Its usefulness, however, is limited. The application is not compatible with any wireless printer, but only with some models of HP itself.

Battery

In tests of the iG, the Slate 7 had a median performance on drums. Used for web browsing, video on YouTube and other basic activities, the battery lasted 7:30. The iG also tested the battery playing a Full HD video in full screen, with Wi-Fi turned on and maximum brightness. In this case the result was 4:30. Are appropriate values for a tablet, but stay away from tablets like the iPad Mini, with duration of 10 hours or more battery.

Conclusion

In General, the Slate is a 7 tablet that fulfills its promises. With R $700 price, he stands up for R $500 or less produced by lesser-known manufacturers and State-of-the-art Tablet below, as the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the iPad Mini.

To your favor, 7 Slate has a sober design and solid, and satisfactory performance in games and videos. The screen has its limitations, but will appeal to less demanding users. The downside is the little room for installing applications. With good relationship between cost and benefit, this tablet is for anyone who wants a tablet of good quality and does not wish to spend R $1,000 or more in a more sophisticated device.

Factsheet

HP Slate 7 2800

Price: R $700
Configuration: Android system 4.1.1, 7-inch screen and a resolution of 1,024 x 600, 1.6 GHz processor and two cores, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB of storage (5.7 GB available to the user) + microSD card slot up to 32 GB, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 5 MP rear camera, front VGA camera
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 11.4 x 1.1
Weight (g): 370

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