Tesco Hudl 2: Review of quad-core Atom Tablet

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After notable success of original Hudl, Tesco has announced bigger, better and 3X faster Hudl 2 tablet at £129 with minor price increase. Will it break original Hudl success record, let’s check here!

Finally, Tesco has announced Hudl 2 – the second generation of its entry-level tablet range. Last year in September, this supermarket giant launched its first Android tablet with surprise success. Original Hudl tablet was a runway hit for its fastest-selling, as impressive 35,000 Hudl units were sold in just 2 days, and 750,000 units in total since launch. Actually, first Tesco Hudl was an average tablet with an amazing price tag, but now Tesco introduced much better slate without adding much more to the price, as Hudl 2 will be priced at £129 compared to the £119 of the original. Over and above, the new one is three times faster than its predecessor. Also the second tablet is larger, sleeker and comes with a better design and improved replacements. Hudl 2 would be family-friendly choice to the Nexus 7 and possibly the iPad Mini Retina to a lesser extent for first time tablet users. The tablet will be available online on October 8 or in-store on October 9.

Tesco Hudl 2

Hudl 2 looks simply stunning with an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 bright and vibrant display (slightly more than Full HD and 273ppi). Here larger screen space makes it better for watching films and gaming. Another best thing is that it comes with 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom CPU processor, which ensures that apps and actions are quick to launch, also screen swipes are swift and smooth.

There are big changes in the software and power department, as the Hudl 2 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with Google’s pre-installed apps, giving you access to the Google Play store. Here, you are allowed to swipe through homescreen and launch the app drawer with no sign of the lag that was experienced for the first Hudl. Even, quick play of Ashpalt 8: Airborne shows that it’s better equipped for gaming too.

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It has a 5MP snapper at its back while 1.2MP camera at the front. Really poor!!! You can say that Hudl2 is clearly not built for hipsters or posers as Tesco hasn’t considered the meteoric rise of the selfie, which make its fans a little bit sad.

Most importantly, it comes with 8 hours battery life on a single charge, thanks to Android 4.4 KitKat and its optimizations. Also it offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage that can be expanded by up to extra 32GB through microSD. It has the same rubberised back, but the thickness is greatly reduced, also buttons are well placed and easy to hit, means overall feel of it is lovely and really nice. It’s available in a range of funky colors as well as with some vivid covers.

Sorry, it has no 3G or 4G option, but dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth and a micro HDMI port are available…so hook it up to a HDTV and play content or look back at photos. Still, the ‘T’ icon is placed on the top left corner of the home screen, which links to a range of Tesco’s own apps and services like Tesco shopping, Blinkbox, your Clubcard account and now it even recommends recipes to try out. The newly ditched ClubCard TV is not there; however it won’t be a great miss.

Hudl2 is a family-friendly device that you can happily share with the family, as it comes with the greatest feature – the parental filter software. It allows parents to create up to seven different profiles on a single hudl2 tablet, complete with different age and suitability restrictions. Also, parents are allowed to set a time limit for children playing with the mobile device. This safety features will surely attract protective parents. For fun, it comes packed with a handful of nifty entertainment features like Dolby-optimized audio and a variety of special offers on blinkbox credit, which can be used on films, books and music.

Of course, the first Tesco Hudl tablet was great value for money; however the Hudl 2 is better in so many ways at the little expensive cost. If you are ok with shoddy cameras on a tablet, then this would be a decent, budget Android tablet combining great hardware features and easy usage.

Tesco Hudl 2 is colourful and kid-friendly in hands-on video from youtube:

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