The Hudl tablet has a screen with 1,440x900 pixels at 242ppi,
which is ample for its 7 inch size. The pixel density of 242ppi is
signicantly lower than the Nexus 7 (2013). Whilst the screen
falls some way short of full HD, the screen resolution does not impede
general everyday activities such as web browsing, reading emails,
reading ebooks, and PDFs. Text is sharp and clear, and the
screen resolution makes the Hudl particular good for web browsing.
The screen is prone to collecting fingerprints, and the glossy
display can make reflections a problem, so movies are more enjoyable
away from overhead lights. The positioning of the volume control
and standby buttons could have been improved; we would have prefered
the buttons located at the top when held in landscape orientation, but
we anticipate that users will get familiar with the position of the
buttons over time.
The display is a good quality IPS panel, with wide viewing
angles, good clarity, but it lacks the intensity and vibrancy of the
Asus Memo Pad HD7 or the Nexus 7. Blacks are rather
washed out, but whites are pure and there is little evidence of
graininess. The thickness of the bezel gives the impression of a
smaller screen, and the Android toolbar does not help matters in this
A micro-HDMI socket allows you to enjoy video on the big
screen. Whilst no cable is included, it is one of the accessories that
purchased on Tesco's website, although £15 is pricey so shop elsewhere
for the cable.
The Hudl's 1w stereo speakers are situated on the left and
sides when the device is held in landscape mode. They produce
sound quality, but frankly do not pump out enough volume. If you want
listen to music on the Hudl, invest in a good pair of headphones or
Battery life is a very important factor when
considering which tablet to purchase. Tablets are highly portable, so
you will prefer one that will last a full day without charging.
With the screen at a comfortable brightness level (slightly
above midway), we are able to watch 8 hours of full screen video using
MX Player. [We prefer this movie player over the stock player partly
because it has useful features like hardware acceleration, and
multi-core decoding]. The 8 hours playback is a little less than
Tesco's claimed 9 hours of video battery life, but lowering the screen
brightness should get very close to the full 9 hours claimed.
If you like listening to music on the train using Bluetooth headphones,
you will be interested to know the battery life when listening to
Spotify. With wifi and the screen kept off, the Hudl provided about 24
hours of continuous music playback in these conditions.
Watching TVCatchup on medium brightness yielded more than 8
hours of streaming television with the Hudl.
The Tesco Hudl has a 3 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2
megapixel front-facing camera. The number of megapixels here is more
than adequate for the purposes envisaged for the camera.
To print a photograph in A4 at 300ppi, an image needs a
resolution of 3508 x 2480 (i.e. a 9 megapixel sensor). However, most
photos are shared on social media services and viewed on computers,
TVs, tablets and phones, rather than being printed out on paper. A 3
megapixel has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 which is more than sufficient
displays. Whilst modern smartphones sport sensors capturing up to 41
megapixels, the number of megapixels has become wrapped up in
hyperbole and confusion.
The Hudl had some problems with focusing even in good light
conditions. We would have really liked to have seen a flash. Without
flash, taking pictures in poor light conditions should
not be contemplated, all that you are left with in these conditions is
picture containing more noise or just darkness than anything else.
Further, the camera interface is pretty basic. There are options to
take photos, video capture at 1280 x 720 resolution, and to
take panoramic shots, for capturing scenery. Photographs have an
exposure time of 1/100 seconds, with a centre weighted average metering
In some ways the spartan interface is an advantage, as it
makes it simple to use. You can adjust brightness, picture quality, and
enable capture location. Focus modes are missing
together with a timer function. Needless to say, more
advanced features such as face detection, night detection, best photo
(where a series of pictures is taken with the best one tagged), or
are also omitted.
It must be born in mind that there will be very few people who
would want to use the Hudl for serious photography. After all, images
appear washed out and grainy and poorly exposed. Despite its
shortcomings, the two cameras take images of reasonable quality in good
light, and are perfectly serviceable for the intended market, such as
sharing photos on social networking sites.
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