HP Slate 7 at Argos £129.99 but with £20 cash back offer (and that sacred £20 Telegraph voucher) works out at £89.99 ish
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HP Slate 7 at Argos £129.99 but with £20 cash back offer (and that sacred £20 Telegraph voucher) works out at £89.99 ish

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Found 18th Aug 2013
Just noticed this, seems like a decent offer.

have put the upfront price in the title £129.99, but there is £20 cash back from HP if you purchase before 31/08/2013. so possibly £109.

Also if you have that £20 telegraph voucher that brings it down effectively to £89.99.

Was looking at the Nexus and saw this, for the money I think this could be a hot deal. With the money back, etc.

Have checked stock and its available, have reserved one, having a think about it.


Description ...


Lightweight and easy to use, the HP Slate 7 is a great choice for anyone to browse the internet, use social media, watch films or play games at home or out and about. Use the HP Slate 7 to listen to all your favourite tunes with built in Beats Audio stereo speakers that deliver top quality audio in a small package.

Display:

7 inch screen.
Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels.
Product specifications:

1GB RAM.
Android 4.1 operating system.
1.6GHz Cortex - A9 processor.
8GB internal storage.
Bluetooth - enabling you to easily and wirelessly connect with other bluetooth enabled devices.
3.5mm stereo headphone jack.
Built-in speaker.
microSD memory card slot.
1 USB port.
Beats Audio Sound System.
Expandable up to 32GB.
0.3MP front and 3MP rear facing cameras.
General features:

5.1cm thin.
Size H23.3, W24.7cm.
Weight 800g.


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5.1cm thin? Haha.

Will sky go work on this or still only iPad and galaxy?

MIDURIX

5.1cm thin? Haha.


That's the size of the box obviously.

ipjurassic

Will sky go work on this or still only iPad and galaxy?


help.sky.com/tv/…ces

I've got one of these for my son and its a great little tablet IMO

Spin to the extreme "5.1cm thin". 20 cm thick waist line and 60cm thin waist line. The British are brainwashed and think the 60cm is thinner than 23 cm thick!
Edited by: "splender" 18th Aug 2013

Brought this today, using that telegraph voucher and will be claiming the cashback.

To be fair, the tablet is only "mid range"-ish... And for £129... I couldn't recommend it, "treat yourself to another £30 or so for a Nexus 7", I would say.. For £109 (after cashback)? Yeah, sure! For £89.99? I'll take two (actually considering this!).

The reviews online all say the same thing: The screen is crap and the experience sluggish... But a lot of the reviews compare it to the Nexus 7, to be fair, that was a fair price for price comparison when it came out, but now with the cashback in the UK, and the price drop in the US, it's now firmly in the budget end of the spectrum, and now holds it's own nicely. I think the performance has improved as well (see below)

The screen is fine. It's not stellar, but I honestly have no issue with it. The screen is not as good as the Nexus 7, but it's a fine screen in it's own right. Side by side, you'd be choosing the Nexus, but just as a device to actually use a live with... Come on, it's fine. Really. It's fine, don't worry about it. If you're someone that demands the latest and greatest tech, then you won't be buying this anyway. The screen is readable, bright enough, and the colours are good (see below). It wasn't that long ago we were using this resolution on our 14-17 inch monitors. So on a 7 inch tablet? Yeah, it's fine.

The performance... Sometimes a little sluggish. But only sometimes, and only a little, and usually 'cos I'm being silly and asking it switch tasks really quickly. I don't play games, so your mileage may vary on that front.

Do yourself a favour, and check for updates as soon as you can. There was an update waiting for me, and I've heard it helps with performance and general bug fixes. I can't vouch too much for this personally, as I applied the update straight away (I knew to check for it).

I may be me being stupid, but I could've SWORN the screen was a bit better with the colours after the update applied. Everything seemed to "pop" a bit more after the update was done, but I was walking around with it this morning, so maybe the lighting conditions just changed as the sun came out or something daft. But seriously, looking at it right now next to me, the colours look alright...

Oh, and apparently HP have "promised" an update to 4.2. But *never* count on such things, assume it will stay on 4.1 forever, and anything else is a bonus. I have a Nexus 4, and am on Android 4.3 with that.. To be honest, other than multi-user support (which came in 4.2), there isn't a single feature on this tablet that I miss with the newer versions. And, to be brutally honest, every new point release seems to introduce new bugs. I've noticed a couple on Android 4.3 since upgrading, so sometimes "tried and tested" can be better.

Be aware that apps that *require* GPS will not work with this tablet. You can, however sideload them. And to be honest, you should be pestering your favourite app developers to make the requirement optional, and not mandatory (it's DEAD easy to do, I know, I program apps). I've had to pester Google this evening to get the Device Policy app I need for my business to change that mandatory requirement, as it loaded fine when I extracted from my phone and loaded to the tablet, so that says it all really.

Seriously guys n gals, this is a CRACKING tablet for the money. Really, really nice. At £109 (without the voucher, but with cashback) I recommend it. If you have the voucher as well, you're laughing. Buy a case to go with it or something.

Go in with your eyes wide open and reasonable expectations, and you'll have a really nice tablet for not much money. If you want high-end, look elsewhere (in fact, wait for the new Nexus 7, not long now!), but for a very nice bargain, with a couple of compromises (such as no GPS, or NFC, or QI charging - again, go high-end for those if I'm honest), it's a cracking deal.

Side note: Don't be tempted by those CnM tablets. They are cheap and nasty and AWFUL. I've heard first hand horror stories of those things freezing, not charging, and having an unresponsive touchscreen. (Someone I spoke to it on his FOURTH tablet, only brought the first one a month ago)

Really hope this helps people.

If you have questions, fire away.

An extra £20 will get you the nexus 7 (there are deals now and again), better build quality quad core cpu and higher res screen, plus front camera (important one for skype) is higher resolution.

Original Poster

Ribs85

Brought this today, using that telegraph voucher and will be claiming the … Brought this today, using that telegraph voucher and will be claiming the cashback.To be fair, the tablet is only "mid range"-ish... And for £129... I couldn't recommend it, "treat yourself to another £30 or so for a Nexus 7", I would say.. For £109 (after cashback)? Yeah, sure! For £89.99? I'll take two (actually considering this!).The reviews online all say the same thing: The screen is crap and the experience sluggish... But a lot of the reviews compare it to the Nexus 7, to be fair, that was a fair price for price comparison when it came out, but now with the cashback in the UK, and the price drop in the US, it's now firmly in the budget end of the spectrum, and now holds it's own nicely. I think the performance has improved as well (see below)The screen is fine. It's not stellar, but I honestly have no issue with it. The screen is not as good as the Nexus 7, but it's a fine screen in it's own right. Side by side, you'd be choosing the Nexus, but just as a device to actually use a live with... Come on, it's fine. Really. It's fine, don't worry about it. If you're someone that demands the latest and greatest tech, then you won't be buying this anyway. The screen is readable, bright enough, and the colours are good (see below). It wasn't that long ago we were using this resolution on our 14-17 inch monitors. So on a 7 inch tablet? Yeah, it's fine.The performance... Sometimes a little sluggish. But only sometimes, and only a little, and usually 'cos I'm being silly and asking it switch tasks really quickly. I don't play games, so your mileage may vary on that front.Do yourself a favour, and check for updates as soon as you can. There was an update waiting for me, and I've heard it helps with performance and general bug fixes. I can't vouch too much for this personally, as I applied the update straight away (I knew to check for it).I may be me being stupid, but I could've SWORN the screen was a bit better with the colours after the update applied. Everything seemed to "pop" a bit more after the update was done, but I was walking around with it this morning, so maybe the lighting conditions just changed as the sun came out or something daft. But seriously, looking at it right now next to me, the colours look alright...Oh, and apparently HP have "promised" an update to 4.2. But *never* count on such things, assume it will stay on 4.1 forever, and anything else is a bonus. I have a Nexus 4, and am on Android 4.3 with that.. To be honest, other than multi-user support (which came in 4.2), there isn't a single feature on this tablet that I miss with the newer versions. And, to be brutally honest, every new point release seems to introduce new bugs. I've noticed a couple on Android 4.3 since upgrading, so sometimes "tried and tested" can be better.Be aware that apps that *require* GPS will not work with this tablet. You can, however sideload them. And to be honest, you should be pestering your favourite app developers to make the requirement optional, and not mandatory (it's DEAD easy to do, I know, I program apps). I've had to pester Google this evening to get the Device Policy app I need for my business to change that mandatory requirement, as it loaded fine when I extracted from my phone and loaded to the tablet, so that says it all really.Seriously guys n gals, this is a CRACKING tablet for the money. Really, really nice. At £109 (without the voucher, but with cashback) I recommend it. If you have the voucher as well, you're laughing. Buy a case to go with it or something.Go in with your eyes wide open and reasonable expectations, and you'll have a really nice tablet for not much money. If you want high-end, look elsewhere (in fact, wait for the new Nexus 7, not long now!), but for a very nice bargain, with a couple of compromises (such as no GPS, or NFC, or QI charging - again, go high-end for those if I'm honest), it's a cracking deal.Side note: Don't be tempted by those CnM tablets. They are cheap and nasty and AWFUL. I've heard first hand horror stories of those things freezing, not charging, and having an unresponsive touchscreen. (Someone I spoke to it on his FOURTH tablet, only brought the first one a month ago)Really hope this helps people.If you have questions, fire away.



I like the cut of your jib, Ribs

A big question for me is battery life, how do you find it ?

On the official specs it says 5 hours video playback.. (Not quite good enough for me).....end gadget video test reached 7.5 hours which isn't bad at all

Also the charger, is it normal micro USB, or a higher ampage / special charger




Edited by: "DonkeyKonk" 18th Aug 2013

I've had this tablet for over a month and haven't had any problems, well worth the price.

screen quality is baaaaad for this tablet

thanks op

DonkeyKonk

I like the cut of your jib, RibsA big question for me is battery life, … I like the cut of your jib, RibsA big question for me is battery life, how do you find it ?On the official specs it says 5 hours video playback.. (Not quite good enough for me).....end gadget video test reached 7.5 hours which isn't bad at allAlso the charger, is it normal micro USB, or a higher ampage / special charger


I can't really comment too much on battery life, as I haven't had it for even a complete day yet. My tablet usage is fairly light, usually about 2-3 times a week at the most, so five hours would suite me fine. It's lasted me through the day and evening yesterday, but wasn't getting constant usage. Out of the box, it's about 40% charged, so I was charging and using it at the same time yesterday, then just using it on battery, and it lasted the whole evening, from 4pm until about 11pm when I hit the sack, with intermittent usage.

Yes, the charger is a standard micro USB affair. It is, however, higher amperage than your phone charger is likely to be, which is common to all tablets that I've known of and used, so make sure that you use the proper charger, or if you're getting a spare, made sure it's high amperage to satisfy charging.

I've heard reports of some people saying it's a bit picky about the USB cable used. Remember longer USB cables can drop the power output significantly (as I found with my phone, which won't charge on one cheap long cable I have). So far, I'm using everything from the box it came with, and haven't had issues charging (except the one below). The supplied USB cable is a bit on the short side, but feel still, so I guess that a high quality USB cable will be needed to maintain the charge over it's length. Cheap USB cables from eBay won't do.

Oh, and make sure you hear that firm "click" when plugging the cable in and you see that charging icon in the corner, the connection on the tablet is a bit stiff. When charging overnight in a dark bedroom, I thought I'd plugged it in properly... Turns out I hadn't, and had four percent battery when I woke up this morning (itself impressive, as I went to bed with 8%). It's on charge now, which is probably a good thing, as I have work to be getting on with.

Original Poster

Ribs85

I can't really comment too much on battery life, as I haven't had it for … I can't really comment too much on battery life, as I haven't had it for even a complete day yet. My tablet usage is fairly light, usually about 2-3 times a week at the most, so five hours would suite me fine. It's lasted me through the day and evening yesterday, but wasn't getting constant usage. Out of the box, it's about 40% charged, so I was charging and using it at the same time yesterday, then just using it on battery, and it lasted the whole evening, from 4pm until about 11pm when I hit the sack, with intermittent usage.Yes, the charger is a standard micro USB affair. It is, however, higher amperage than your phone charger is likely to be, which is common to all tablets that I've known of and used, so make sure that you use the proper charger, or if you're getting a spare, made sure it's high amperage to satisfy charging.I've heard reports of some people saying it's a bit picky about the USB cable used. Remember longer USB cables can drop the power output significantly (as I found with my phone, which won't charge on one cheap long cable I have). So far, I'm using everything from the box it came with, and haven't had issues charging (except the one below). The supplied USB cable is a bit on the short side, but feel still, so I guess that a high quality USB cable will be needed to maintain the charge over it's length. Cheap USB cables from eBay won't do.Oh, and make sure you hear that firm "click" when plugging the cable in and you see that charging icon in the corner, the connection on the tablet is a bit stiff. When charging overnight in a dark bedroom, I thought I'd plugged it in properly... Turns out I hadn't, and had four percent battery when I woke up this morning (itself impressive, as I went to bed with 8%). It's on charge now, which is probably a good thing, as I have work to be getting on with.



Thanks, good info

I purchased - power button failed oin the first week - refunded - HP customer service was worst ever I have experienced anywhere else

What telegraph voucher?

I got a Slate 7 for £110 as I work fir HP and I already own a Nexus 7.

The screen on the Slate 7 is awful compared to the Nexus, watching video is OK but reading is a chore. The biggest let down of all is no GPS. I was hoping to use the Slate 7 for Ingress but it wont install without GPS. Grrr.

Still, the Slate 7 makes a great XMBC remote and couch net surfer. I charge every couple of days to then sit on my coffee table to play with. As a 2nd tablet for this its great but the Nexus 7 is so much nicer.

Just a rebadged Chinese tablet with none of the quality you would expect from a huge company like HP. You can get similar tablet for less than £70 with slightly better specs (example: ebuyer.com/407…oy7 ) and way better tablets for the £130 RRP that HP is selling for. The reviews all say the same: Poor build quality, bad screen quality, sluggish performance.

Oh and the 'Beats audio' in this tablet is just software EQ filters, just like any other Android devices with 'Beats'.

Ribs85

Brought this today, using that telegraph voucher and will be claiming the … Brought this today, using that telegraph voucher and will be claiming the cashback...



*Bought. Honestly not trying to be a grammar nazi, I just see that mistake repeated so much on HUKD for some reason.

latok

What telegraph voucher?

It came with the Saturday paper.

Lenovo Ideatab A2109 also reduced, £139.99 @ Argos so £119.99 with voucher.

argos.co.uk/sta…htm

Some good reviews, some less so due to not having the greatest screen, but has micro HDMI out which might swing it for me as I want a tablet that will connect to my non-smart LED TV for streaming.

Q-Tec

I got a Slate 7 for £110 as I work fir HP and I already own a Nexus 7. … I got a Slate 7 for £110 as I work fir HP and I already own a Nexus 7. The screen on the Slate 7 is awful compared to the Nexus, watching video is OK but reading is a chore. The biggest let down of all is no GPS. I was hoping to use the Slate 7 for Ingress but it wont install without GPS. Grrr.Still, the Slate 7 makes a great XMBC remote and couch net surfer. I charge every couple of days to then sit on my coffee table to play with. As a 2nd tablet for this its great but the Nexus 7 is so much nicer.



Why do you need a second tablet to do that?

Why can't you use the nexus 7? Or your smartphone?

This tablet is a waste of money imo, the nexus is well worth spending the extra few quid

PsychoSonny

Why do you need a second tablet to do that?Why can't you use the nexus 7? … Why do you need a second tablet to do that?Why can't you use the nexus 7? Or your smartphone?This tablet is a waste of money imo, the nexus is well worth spending the extra few quid



Hardly a "few" quid though, is it? If you can take advantage of this at £90 (I've the voucher, and think I might) it's seventy quid cheaper than the headline price of the cheapest nexus 7.

Is Nexus better? Undoubtedly, yes. Does it justify being 50%+ more in price than this? Almost certainly not.

"5.1cm thin.
Size H23.3, W24.7cm.
Weight 800g."

So it's as thick as War and Peace, square as a 12" vinyl and heavy as a bag of sugar?

Hard a play with one in Currys today. Despite being the same resolution as the new Galaxy tab, the display is woeful - like a £50 phone. Reading kindle books on it would not be a good idea. I'm oot!

I think 5cm and 800g is the box it comes.

So, yesterday after having a play with one I rejected this at £90 (I had the Telegraph voucher) but at £60......... bought one first thing this morning. Unbeatable value for money.

Original Poster

JimTheSkin

So, yesterday after having a play with one I rejected this at £90 (I had … So, yesterday after having a play with one I rejected this at £90 (I had the Telegraph voucher) but at £60......... bought one first thing this morning. Unbeatable value for money.



Cool, thanks for the info Jim

I used to the £20 Telegraph voucher today and got one of these for my dad, I have tested it out and its a very good little device for the money. It has a more premium feel to it than other budget tablets I've encountered. It is certainly a much better investment than an Acer Iconia B1 which is available for similar money.
Edited by: "NUMBER8GAMESTER" 23rd Aug 2013

Got my £20 HP cash back today. It shows up on your bank statement as TLC MARKETING UK who are the ones running the cash back promotion from HP.
Edited by: "NUMBER8GAMESTER" 4th Oct 2013
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