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Tesco Hudl review

The Hudl is a bit of a revelation, but only the price will wow you

Our Verdict

You'll get some surprisingly accomplished components for your money, but the Tesco Hudl fails to really wow in any department apart from the price. If your budget can't stretch any further you won't be disappointed.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1440 x 900
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel

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For

  • Great price
  • Sharp display
  • Ample storage
  • Stock OS

Against

  • Tesco apps mostly pointless
  • Appalling camera
  • Mediocre speed
  • Takes an age to charge

From pretty humble beginnings, the Google Play Store is now a thriving app store containing more applications than any other. True, the ratio of quality-to-tat isn't as high as Apple's iOS App Store, but that's the price Google has had to pay for being so hands-off with app submissions.

Regardless, most of the major apps are here and waiting to be downloaded onto the Hudl, including Evernote, Pinterest, Netflix, Instagram and Flipboard. All work pretty much flawlessly on Tesco's affordable tablet, too.

Tesco Hudl tablet review

Then there are Google's own hugely impressive apps, which either come preinstalled or are free to download. Google Maps, of course, is a peerless navigation app, while Google Keep is a superb note-taking tool.

On the email front you get both the peerless Gmail app and Android's generic email app for non-Google email accounts. Both work identically here to the way they work on virtually every other Android tablet of recent times.

Meanwhile, Google's social network Google+ still feels a little too fiddly and undersubscribed to truly take on Facebook.

However, its tight integration with other Google services should ensure its relevance for a little while yet. It's also got an excellent automatic photo-upload feature that actively enhances your images and magically stitches together potential panoramic shots, though the Hudl really doesn't have the camera hardware to make the most of this.

Tesco Hudl tablet review

When it comes to games, the Hudl will run pretty much anything you can throw at it - but it won't necessarily run it well. Our usual test duo of Rayman Jungle Run and Real Racing 3 revealed the good and bad in the device.

The former ran like a dream, with its Disney film-like sprites and animation rendered beautifully on that sharp display. Real Racing 3, on the other hand, looked decent but ran really poorly.

All of the effects were in place, including those advanced mirror-reflection effects, but the frame right was patchy to say the least.

Tesco Hudl tablet review

Of course, most Android games don't place such stringent demands on your hardware, so the Hudl is fine for general gaming. Don't expect it to keep pace with the high-end games of 2014 and beyond, though.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ModelMali 400
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyHudl
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Brand NameTesco
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeCortex A9
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1440 x 900
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)370 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Country of OriginChina
Height128.8 mm
Width192.8 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Screen ModeWXGA+
ManufacturerTesco
Product NameHudl Tablet
Product LineHudl
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part Number629-5239
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.tesco.com
Marketing InformationColourful design

A soft touch casing and smooth, rounded edges combine to create a sleek, easy-to-hold design. Hudl also comes in 4 different colours, so you can choose your favourite. There is also a full range of colourful Hudl accessories that have been designed specifically to fit your Hudl.

Let's stay in touch

Hudl makes it easy to stay connected with friends and family, anywhere in the world. Keep up with all your favourite social networks, share your photos and videos, or make video calls using Google+™ Hangouts. Your Hudl can be connected to a whole world of speakers and accessories via Bluetooth 4.0.

Package Contents
  • Hudl Tablet
  • AC Adapter
  • USB to Micro-USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year