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Tesco Hudl Tablet

Hudl’ is not actually a word, at least, not in any language that I know of. I think Tesco only named it that so they could cannily abbreviate their ‘Hudl User Group’ to HUG (no, really). Oh yes, while we’re on the subject, you did indeed read that first part right; this is a tablet PC manufactured by Tesco.

Tesco.

OK.

What next? Missile defence systems designed by Dominos Pizza? Lunar Landing Module’s supplied by ASDA? (Just expect them either far too early or far too late), mobile smartphones designed by my local fish n chip shop?

What a world we live in. However, all things considered, the Hudl really isn’t a bad tablet. Surprised? I was. Read on…

THE SPECS

What’s this? 1.4 GHz quad-core processor? A full HD display? Android Jelly Bean? Hang on a minute. I came to this review fully expecting to make a few jokes about Tesco’s baked beans being overpriced and their sweet section being shit(e) before sitting back and ragging on this thing mercilessly, I had no idea it was going to be this, well, good.

THE PRICE

With the asking price of a cool £119, the Hudl cannot possibly fail in this department. All joking aside, this tablet offers the user tremendous value.

THE PERFORMANCE

Frankly, as long as it works better than their self-service checkout machines, I’m happy. The outer casing isn’t the cheap plastic you might be expecting, either. In fact, the Hudl feels pretty sturdy. It’s nothing fancy, of course, but it does the job.

As for the screen, well, 1440 x 900 pixels isn’t a great resolution as far as today’s tablets go, but for £120, it’s bloody marvellous.

Storage space is reasonable, running problems are minimal. In short, there’s a lot to like here.

On the negative side, this device is a bit clunky and occasionally slow, but that isn’t enough to cause too many problems.

However, the charging times are absolutely painful, honestly, it’s like a tree sloth sleeping in slow motion.

Additionally, the camera is about as out of place as Nick Clegg at a self esteem convention (and easily twice as pointless). Seriously, a pinhole camera would be better (not to mention easier to carry around with you). Video calling on the Hudl would be next to impossible, for Game Boy veterans of a certain age; I’d liken it to sharing a heartfelt moment with MissingNo.

Also, Tesco apps? Ask my arse about Tesco apps.

THE VERDICT

The tablet PC as status symbol must be truly dead if you can just stroll into your local Tesco Express, complete with shoplifting students, grossly overweight middle aged men (discreetly trying to buy a copy of ‘Nuts’ magazine but pretending to ogle ‘New Scientist’) and a vagrant out the front enhancing the tragedy of the whole ramshackle affair.

Then again, I’ve given good reviews to far worse tablets on the grounds that they offered good value and, if we’re talking solely in terms of value here, then Tesco are really offering a bargain.

If you can source an extra £80 or so, then do yourself a favour and grab a Google Nexus 7, but if money is tight and the idea of a Tesco tablet appeals to you, then by all means pick one up with your weekly shop. It’s actually hard to see how you’d be disappointed. Honestly, this really isn’t a bad tablet at all. 

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