From the specifications, the Hudl seems well endowed. With a quad core
CPU processor and a reasonable dollop of RAM, it should be able to hold
its own and cope with the demands of the Android operating
system. However, the Hudl has somewhat of a shaky performance.
It has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, but at times it does not live up
commendable, falling someway short of say a Samsung Galaxy S4, but
still fairly decent. According to the AnTuTu Benchmark, the Hudl
scored an average of 19313, which places it ahead of the Samsung Galaxy
S3, Google Nexus 4, and HTC One X smartphones.
The Tesco Hudl holds up well against the Google Nexus 7 (2013)
under the AnTuTu benchmark with the only major deficiencies lying in
the 2D and 3D graphics tests. As you can see, from the
screenshot on the left, in some of the tests the Tesco Hudl scores
better than the Nexus 7 (2013), which is no mean feat for a tablet that
is 80 pounds cheaper.
One particular weak area of the Hudl is its 3D graphics
performance. The GPU in the Hudl is the Mali-400 MP. Whilst the GPU
is multi-core and provides 2D and 3D acceleration, it lacks a
unified shader architecture, and has been surpassed by many other GPUs
such as the Adreno 320 and Nvidia Tegra 4. The Hudl is poorly equipped
for playing 3D games. For example, playing Real Racing 3 was not a
particularly enjoyable experience with low frame rates. However, this
issue does not affect the vast majority of games available on Google
Play, such as say Angry Birds, Rayman Jungle Run, and Fieldrunners 2
handled with aplomb.
We do not hold too much reliance on benchmarks; what really
matters is real life performance. Android on the Hudl is not as
as we have witnessed on other tablets, albeit ones that cost
considerably more than the Hudl. On-screen buttons did not always
register on the first press, keyboard input very occasionally
stuttered, flipping from portrait mode to landscape
mode could be a little more sprightly for our liking, and scrolling in
Chrome is not as fluid as we would like, particular when rendering
complex web pages.
However, the tablet still has enough grunt to be a real
pleasure to use
for surfing the net, listening to music, reading emails, watching
videos, streaming video with Netflix, engaging in social media, and
lots of other day to day activities.
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