Tesco Hudl review

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

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When stacked up spec-for-spec against the new Google Nexus 7, the Tesco Hudl loses out in almost every respect. But really, that's not a fair comparison.

With a £120 price tag Tesco is competing in a category that's typically populated by cheap and not-so-cheerful knock-offs and massively compromised also-rans. When viewed in that light, the Hudl is a bit of a revelation, with solid build quality and respectable performance across the board.

What's more, with stock Android 4.2.2 included alongside ample storage potential and a surprisingly sharp 1440 x 900 7-inch display, we'd argue that the Hudl is a more compelling package than the more-expensive Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

If you can stretch to £200, we'd still recommend the Google Nexus 7 as the best pound-for-pound tablet on the market. If you're looking at spending closer to half that, though, we can't see any compact tablet out there that tops the Hudl.

We liked

The Tesco Hudl is well specced given its low price point, with a solid construction and a decent 7-inch display.

Stock Android is still rare enough that it's worthy of mention here as a stand-out feature, with Tesco wisely keeping its tinkering to a minimum.

This is a well connected device too, with microSD and Micro-HDMI slots adding expansion and connectivity options that you don't always get in compact tablets.

We disliked

The Hudl may have an ostensibly fast quad-core CPU, but it doesn't always show in general performance. Intensive apps and games, too, can make it chug a little.

In addition, the Hudl's 3.2MP camera is so poor it almost wasn't worth including, and the tablet's defining Tesco modifications aren't sufficient to differentiate it from rival devices.

Despite being a decent tablet, we have to come back to the fact that £80 more buys you a far superior tablet in the Nexus 7 - things like white balance, resolution and design still matter to a lot of people if they're going to be using the tablet regularly.

Final verdict

If you're looking to jump aboard the tablet bandwagon but have been put off by the prohibitive cost of trusted brands at one end and the questionable pedigree at the other, the Hudl is the perfect device for you.

At £120 it's a fair bit cheaper than the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, yet we think it's a more complete tablet overall thanks largely to the presence of stock Android.

You'll get some surprisingly accomplished components for your money, including a decent HD display and decent storage, while even some occasionally underwhelming performance and an atrocious camera can't erode its bargain status.

A great tablet from Tesco for the price - and that's what it is: a tablet that doesn't wow until you see the ridiculously low price tag. We can see this being under many a tree this Christmas, and we doubt there will be many disappointed faces.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ModelMali 400
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Product FamilyHudl
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
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
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+
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