HP just launched its Slate 7 Android tablet with the 7-inch touchscreen, and this goes nowhere before being compared with a pretty smart competitor in Asus Google Nexus 7, which is also the 7-inch Android tablet having a similar OS version, i.e. the Android Jelly Bean OS. Priced with a little difference, there are a few factors where one device is better than the other, but the newly introduced budget tablet HP Slate 7 isn’t totally out of competition.
Let’s discuss which one is better in specific aspects:
Design, Display and Form Factor
Design wise the devices are good from their own side, but the comfort is better with the HP Slate 7 as it’s a bit thicker with the flat rubbery back area, while we won’t call the Asus Nexus 7 any ugly as it has got the rubber back with the spots, but comparing only these two we actually liked the HP Slate 7 with the flat sides, taking inspiration from the Apple iPhone 4, which looks very neat with the metal panel and bordering on the sides.
The 7-inch touchscreen in both has got a neat display, but going with the specs it’s the Nexus 7 which has a better screen resolution with 1280 x 800 pixels compared to the 1024 x 600 pixels of Slate 7. The LCD IPS display in the Nexus 7 is an LED-backlit one, so it should add to the advantage, apart from the Corning Gorilla Glass protection which is not offered to the display of the tablet from HP.
The operating system is almost the same, as the Asus Nexus 7 is the flagship device with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS in it, while the HP Slate 7 too has got the stock Jelly Bean installed in itself, but there’s something more in the Slate, with the features like ePrint which does the printing easy and wireless with the compatible printers.
Processor, RAM and Storage
Here the Asus Nexus 7 is a lot better, being internally powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core Cortex A9 processor at 1.2GHz speed, while the HP Slate has got a Dual-core Cortex A9 processor at 1.6GHz speed, and the RAM support is the same for both at 1GB. We didn’t have a hands-on to see which one is speeder and can handle more pressure of multitasking, but going with the specs, it is Asus Nexus 7 who can be called the winner.
There’s the similarly placed, and similar quality front camera on both the tablet devices. But when you talk about the rear facing camera, it’s absent in the Nexus 7, so you can do a lot better stuff with the 3-megapixel camera of the Slate 7 whose camera quality is not any impressive. But you still have a camera whatsoever.
We don’t have any official info from HP about the battery capacity, but they just mentioned that he video playback on a full charge is of around 5 hours, which if true, can be better than the 4325 mAh battery of the Nexus 7 which provides a good stand-by time and not more than a couple hours of high quality video playing.
The HP Slate 7 is priced at $169, while the Asus Nexus 7 is for $200 so the Slate is priced moderately less and both have got only the Wi-Fi version, and we won’t compare the connectivity much as both are almost similar in that aspect.
Overall Comparison – Who’s the winner?
The Nexus 7 has got a better display and processor, while the HP Slate 7 has an additional rear camera and a lesser pricing, while even having a better design. It all depends on the choice of the user, whether to go based on the design, or the speed internally, but we are impressed with the HP Slate 7, which can be called taking inspiration from the Apple iPhone 4 for the design and the side panels.
Take the Slate 7 for $169, and you could invest $29 more to still not spend more than the Nexus 7, and get a 2-year HP Care Pack.