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Tesco Hudl video review - why wouldn't you buy Tesco's cheap Android tablet?


Here's our video review of Tesco's £119 inc VAT Hudl tablet.

Tesco has launched its very own tablet called the Hudl and it's aimed at all of you out there who don't yet have one. And that's why the Tesco Hudl tablet is priced at just £119, undercutting Google's Nexus 7 by £80.

If you've saved up some Clubcard vouchers then you can the tablet even cheaper. A promotion called Clubcard Boost lets you use vouchers for double their regular value meaning you can get the Hudl for £60, or free depending on how you look at it.

Budget tablets tend to feel cheap, plasticky and flimsy but the Hudl is well-made and has a nice soft touch finish on the rear. It's designed to be used in landscape mode but there's nothing stopping you operating the device in portrait.

Despite the budget price, the Hudl has, we have to say, a reasonable specification - much better than we expected.

The Hudl has a 7 in screen matching the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. It's got a resolution higher than the iPad mini and great viewing angles. On the downside, it's occasionally unresponsive and lacks brightness.

There's only one model of the Hudl which comes with 16 GB of storage but the tablet has a microSD card slot for adding more.
The quad-core processor copes fairly well with its job. Navigation around the OS is nippy enough if not lightning fast.

Browsing the web and playing games is reasonable but nothing more.

The Hudl is equipped with cameras on the front and rear. However, results from both are low quality and the tablet has problems focusing. See also: The top 10 best tablets: What's the best tablet you can buy in 2013?

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is almost vanilla but Tesco had added a few of its own bits and pieces. Preloaded widgets give first time users a helping hand and other things like your Clubcard status at a glance. These can, of course be removed if they're of no use to you.

Alongside the regular android navigation buttons, T icon give you access to Tesco's services such Blinkbox and Clubcard TV. A handy micro-HDMI port means it's easy to watch content on your TV.

Importantly, Tesco allows full access to the Google Play Store to purchase and download content – unlike the Hudl's key rival, Amazon's Kindle Fire range.  

Those wanting to share the tablet will benefit from Jelly Bean's option to create multiple user accounts.

We found battery life about average for a tablet this price. Depending on how many users are sharing it, the Hudl is likely to last a few days.

The Tesco Hudl is a budget tablet with a nice design and good build quality. Key specifications are better than the price tag suggests, especially the high quality 7 in screen. A microSD card slot and Micro-HDMI port are two reasons to opt for the Hudl over Google and Amazon alternatives. We award four stars and our recommended award. See also: iPad mini vs Tesco Hudl tablet comparison review: should you buy a Tesco Hudl tablet or an iPad mini?

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