Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Manufactured by Taiwan’s Wistron Corporation, the Hudl delivers a reasonably impressive spec list, certainly for its £119 price-tag. The 7-inch (diagonal) IPS LCD screen features an adequate 1440 x 900 HD resolution (242 ppi), and all this is underpinned by 16GB of internal storage, a 1.5GHz A9 quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

Juxtapose this against the Nexus 7, and you start to get a flavor of the level of bang you’re getting for your Hudl buck.

Indeed, the new 16GB Nexus 7 sports a marginally bigger 7.02-inch screen, with 1920 x 1200 HD display (323 ppi), and is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, and 2GB of RAM. While the Hudl has a 2MP front-facing camera and a 3MP rear-facing camera, the Nexus 7 has 1.2MP and 5MP respectively.

In terms of size, the Hudl is 128.8mm x 192.8mm x 9.85mm, compared to the 114mm x 200mm x 8.65 mm of the Nexus 7. So overall, the Hudl is slightly taller and thicker, but not quite as wide. And on the scales, the Hudl weighs in at 370g, compared to the 290g of Google’s tablet.

Given the Nexus 7 will set you back £199, you could be forgiven for thinking that the extra £80 you’re paying is going on the aforementioned spec-enhancements, but the Hudl actually has a few tricks of its own up its sleeve. These come in the form of a micro-SD slot that lets you expand the storage up to 48GB in total and – drum roll – a Micro-HDMI slot. Yes, you can hook your Hudl up to your TV and watch movies stored on your device, or stream from Tesco-owned Blinkbox, Google Play or any other similar service.

This is actually a very deliberate move on Tesco’s behalf – it’s trying to appeal to the general populace, and through bypassing the need to stream through other third-party boxes, it has made it easier for its tablet to become a feature in livingrooms across the nation.

It’s also worth mentioning the 16GB Kindle Fire HD here, which actually costs the same as the Hudl through Tesco. There are comparisons to be made for sure, but given Amazon’s reliance on its own app ecosystem, and it doesn’t serve up access to the likes of Google Maps and the Gmail app, it feels more natural to compare the Hudl with the Nexus 7.


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