Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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The Slate 7's battery life isn't exactly mind-blowing -- the tablet comes equipped with a 3,500mAh lithium polymer battery that's almost android tablet enough to survive an entire day of light usage. Starting from a full charge, we looped a 1,280 x 720 video continuously until the battery sputtered and died, wheezing out its last, pained breath. With the brightness set at 50 percent, the Slate 7 lasted seven hours and 36 minutes. With the same video looping at maximum brightness and sound, the tablet kept on trucking for four hours and 47 minutes. Indeed, HP claims about five hours of video playback, so our results match up android tablet PC nicely. Those numbers aren't terribly impressive, especially when you consider that the Nexus 7 clocked 9:49 on the same test.In a slightly less scientific -- but perhaps more relevant –- test of everyday use, the Slate 7 chugged along adequately. After about three hours of continuously watching YouTube videos, playing games, web browsing and streaming music via Pandora, the Slate 7 had more than half of its battery life left. That being said, if you're heavily dependent on a tablet during your workday, you'll probably need to recharge at some point.The competitionHP is facing some pretty stiff competition in the budget tablet market, and the Slate 7 doesn't quite stack up, even against the soon-to-be-outdated Nexus 7. With companies like ASUS, Samsung and Acer debuting their latest similarly sized offerings, HP's position is about to become even more precarious. Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 will hit stores on July 7th with a sticker price of $199, and the specs are pretty similar to the Slate 7 -- the tablet comes with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 1,024 x 600 display and eight gigs of storage (with up to 64GB of microSD expansion). But specs, as Viewsonic pad we've seen, don't always tell the whole story. Since the Slate 7 didn't quite live up to its potential, we'll have to see how the two devices compare on performance tests.Boasting even better specs is the ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7, set for an August release. From the looks of it, you'll get more bang for your buck there. The 16GB version will retail in the US for $149, while emerging markets will see an 8GB model for $129. Considering that the MeMo Pad has a better display, more powerful processor and increased storage space when compared to the Slate 7, it looks to be the better buy. Similarly, Acer's Iconia A1 tablet -- armed with a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek processor and 7.9-inch screen -- hits the Slate 7 where it hurts the most: the cheap watches screen. The A1's humble, yet commendable 1,024 x 768 IPS display offers a much wider range of viewing angles than the Slate 7.Wrap-upFor a casual user, the Slate 7 might be a good enough tablet, but at this price, good enough just doesn't cut it. Simply put, the display is disappointing, even for a budget product, and the specs prove better in theory than in practice. It simply can't hold a candle to devices currently (or soon to be) on the market. If this tablet were $40 cheaper, our verdict might be more generous, but as it stands, it's overpriced for the quality you get. 745TDBanty 130709

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