Tesco Hudl review
- Sturdy design
- Tesco apps
- Dual-Band WiFi
- Tinny speakers
- Poor screen
- Small memory
Tesco Hudl: Features
Tesco has chosen Google’s Android operating system as the OS of choice and aside from some own-brand features we’ll mention later it looks business as usual with an un-skinned version of Android 4.2.
That means you’ll get full access to the Google Play store which is arguably more than can be said for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD which still operates a heavily censored version of Android.
Of course one of the big features that many potential customers will be interested in is the Tesco Hub button which is descretely located in the bottom left of the screen.
When pressed this opens up a Hub showcasing the range of exclusive services that come with the tablet including Tesco BlinkBox, BlinkBox Music, Tesco Direct, Tesco Bank and Clubcard TV which offers a range of TV series and films to Clubcard holders for free.
It’s a truly comprehensive package and once signed up it becomes a viable home entertainment hub offering access to music, films and TV while still letting you do your weekly shop.
Add to this the ability to install any one of BlinkBox’s competitors such as Netflix, Lovefilm and Sky Go and you have a very appealing collection of multimedia services.
In day to day usage the Hub works well, of course you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection most of the time as the Hudl doesn’t come with a SIM-card slot which adds weight to the notion that Tesco has built the Hudl as more of a living room tablet than anything else.
On the back you’ll find twin-speakers, sadly the less said about those the better with both sounding quiet and metallic during the time we spent watching content.
Tesco Hudl: Performance
If there’s one area Tesco hasn’t skimped on it’s the hardware, the Hudl comes with a quad-core 1.5Ghz processor along with 1GB RAM and a quad-core GPU for gaming.
There’s also Dual-Band Wireless which should make for better Wi-Fi speeds in the home and out and about.
The Hudl feels as quick as you’d expect with apps loading fast and games running smoothly, there’s also a mini-HDMI out so you can beam your gaming or content up to a HDTV.
If we had any complaints it was that the touchscreen didn’t feel as responsive as we’d hoped, in comparison to say the Nexus 7 or the iPad Mini both of which feel lightning quick on point of contact.
Tesco Hudl: Battery
Tesco claims the Hudl has a 9-hour battery life and we’d have to agree, with light usage and occasional media viewing the Hudl will certainly last the day.
This does however bring us back to a point we raised previously which was that Tesco appears to have aimed this tablet at the living room, where it’ll almost certainly be used for browsing, gaming and video watching, all three of which will reduce the battery in a matter of hours.
Tesco Hudl: Verdict
The Hudl is a testament to how far we’ve come in the world of consumer technology, the fact that a person can walk into a store and pay less than £100 (using a Clubcard) to buy a 7-inch HD tablet is something that should be applauded.
Of course simply because you can do something doesn’t mean it’s going to be any good and while on the whole the Hudl is a perfectly serviceable tablet, the screen is a considerable let down, enough that we’d almost suggest spending either the same money on the older Amazon Kindle Fire HD or by spending the extra £80 on the lighter, faster Nexus 7.
That said it's important to remember that the Hudl wasn’t built to be the fastest, or the best-looking instead it has been designed as the everyday living room tablet that will survive knocks, drops and occasional spills and from our experience we’d say the Hudl certainly ticks those boxes.
Tesco Hudl release date: Out now
Tesco Hudl price: £119