Tesco Hudl review

Tesco Hudl review

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  • The Tesco Hudl has some rather ambitious aims, looking to topple the dominance of both the Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7

    Tesco Hudl review

    Love

    • Sturdy design
    • Tesco apps
    • Dual-Band WiFi

    Hate

    • Tinny speakers
    • Poor screen
    • Small memory

    The Tesco Hudl is the company’s first ever tablet and proof that even a supermarket can enter into the fast-paced world of consumer technology.

    Rather than try and take on the nicher and more expensive 10-inch market the Hudl is looking to claim dominance over the ever-increasing 7-inch category which already includes some impressive pieces tech, the Google Nexus 7 2013 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD being just two.

    Tesco has rather an uphill struggle on its hands then, not only does it need to convince buyers that it can build a tablet that is as good-looking, powerful and intuitive as the competition it also needs to be cheaper, the result of this box ticking, is the Hudl.

    Tesco Hudl: Build

    The first thing you’ll notice when you take it out of the box is just how heavy it is, at 370g the Hudl is almost 100g heavier than the new Nexus 7.

    Luckily that extra bulk doesn’t come without a positive, and in this case it’s sturdiness. Whilst it certainly doesn’t feel as premium as the iPad Mini you do get a feeling of solid reassurance when holding it suggesting that this is in fact a tablet for everyday family life.

    The all plastic body feels rigid overall with almost no bend or flex aside from some give in the middle of the back but it’s hardly noticeable.

    As first impressions go, we were pleasantly surprised as the Hudl feels like it has been built exactly for the market it was targeted.

    Tesco Hudl: Screen

    Tesco’s first 7-inch tablet comes with a 1440x900 LCD HD display and while on paper that sounds more than adequate the results are sadly lacking.

    Colours feel quite heavily washed out with whites almost appearing as creams and while the clarity is certainly there the backlight unfortunately just isn’t up to the task of showing it.

    If you’re watching films and TV there’s an argument to be made that you probably won’t notice it as much, but in direct sunlight when you’re trying to read a book or look through your apps both the lack of whites and the lack of brightness may become irritating.

    Annoyingly it appears as though Tesco has made very few sacrifices with the Hudl but one area that has suffered is the screen, the one area that arguably should be the best it can be.

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