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Hannspree Hannspad review

Is it too late for this Android 2.2 tablet to make its mark?

Our Verdict

A tablet with loads of potential, but the problems mean that we just can't recommend it for only £80 less than an iPad.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good battery life
  • Fantastic media performance
  • Great UI
  • Nice browsing and Flash experience

Against

  • Unresponsive touchscreen
  • Poor viewing angles
  • Needs software optimisation
  • Doesn't wake from sleep
  • Sleep mode uses lots of battery

The Hannspree Hannspad is about to become an anachronism. With Android 3.0 a strong contender at CES and MWC in tablets such as the hotly anticipated Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, we wonder if people will be interested in an Android 2.2 tablet

This tablet has more in common with Samsung's current tablet offering, the seven-inch Galaxy Tab, than the new boys when it comes to software. However, it's a match for them when it comes to hardware grunt.

There's a 10.1-inch touchscreen at a resolution of 1024 x 600 backed by Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 mobile processor. That's two ARM Cortex A9 CPU cores running at 1GHz, backed up by 512MB of RAM.

Not too bad for a tablet clocking in at about £350 – a good £80 cheaper than Apple's iPad, and potentially a lot cheaper than some of the more prominent Android tablets.

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The screen resolution makes it widescreen compared to the 9.7-inch iPad, which has a resolution of 1024 x 768. It's also slightly heavier, coming in at just under 750g.

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Though 1024 x 600 isn't a common resolution in the wider computing world, we've seen it on a few tablets, including the BlackBerry Playbook. However, because RIM's tablet is only seven inches compared to the 10.1 inches here, that same resolution produces a much sharper image on the PlayBook.

There's no 3G capability on the Hannspad, so it's strictly Wi-Fi only here. 802.11 b/g/n are all supported, while Bluetooth 2.1 is also included.

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In a move that will please a lot of people frustrated with Apple's steadfast refusal to include expandable memory, the 16GB of built-in storage on the Hannspad can be supplemented by adding a microSD card.

There's a mini-USB connection to get the tablet hooked up to your computer, while a mini-HDMI out is capable of connecting to your TV and outputting 1080p video.

One item missing from the Hannspad's feature list is a camera, either front or back. This may bother some people, while others might not mind. If it's important to you, you'll have to look elsewhere.

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A 3650mAh battery powers the tablet, which is rated for about eight hours of battery life. Though this is lower than the iPad's rated 10 hours, it would still be a strong showing for a budget device, especially with the battery life of the forthcoming tablets unknown.

Hannspree has used an overlay to hide Android 2.2 away, which is good news, since earlier versions of Google's mobile OS weren't designed to go beyond mobile phones, really.

The Tap user interface is the same as we saw on the Viewsonic Viewpad 10s, and it almost completely hides Google's OS, with it only really showing through in a few Settings options. Instead of Android's multiple Home screens and customisable widgets, you get something a bit more rigid, but that is clearly custom-designed for tablets.

At its price point, the Hannspad will find itself in the same Royal Rumble as the lowest-price iPad, as well as the Advent Vega, which is a very close competitor. Both tablets feature Nvidia's Tegra 2, a 1024 x 600 resolution and a 10.1-inch screen. However, the Vega retails for just £250, so is this £100 more awesome?

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyHANNSpad
Processor ModelA9
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameHannspree
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory512 MB
Weight (Approximate)750 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, REACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardDDR2-667/PC2-5300
Height13.9 mm
Width260 mm
Depth170 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelSN10T1
Product NameHANNSpad Tablet Computer
Product LineHANNSpad
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberSN10T1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Marketing Information

The new HANNSpad Tablet PC features Android 2.2, 1GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 for blazing fast web browsing, and enhanced NVIDIA Tegra II graphics allowing 1080p video playback and flash acceleration. The HANNSpad also proudly supports Flash 10.1. The on-board the 3,650mAh battery, supported by the industry leading processing efficiency of Cortex-A9, can last up to 8 hours.

Package Contents
  • HANNSpad Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter