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HP Slate 7 HD Tablet with 3G+ Mobile Broadband for 2 Years - (ARM Marvell Dual-Core Cortex-A 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, Android 4.2, Red)
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- No Wi-Fi? no problem. It is 3G ready
- No strings - no contract, no commitment and no overage fees
- Easy to activate - ready out of the box, register and connect
- Included data - 250 MB per month for 24 months
- Premium sound. Everywhere - Beats Audio
HP Slate 7 HD 3410ea Tablet
Go Beyond Wi-Fi
With flexible 3G1 you're free to watch videos, surf the web and stay connected wherever you are. It's an always-on connection to your digital world.
Captivate Your Eyes
Get rich, vibrant colours from a bold, brilliant, 17.8 cm (7") HD display2 that captivates you every time you see it.
Premium sound. Everywhere.
Tuned by Dr Dre himself, Beats Audio lets you hear music the way the artist intended. Connect with your music and experience innovative sound wherever you are.
This Product Has
17.8cm (7") diagonal HD wide view capacitive LED multi-touch (1280 x 800)
2MP front-facing ISP-embedded webcam (720p HD video recording); 5MP rear-facing ISP-embedded, autofocus webcam (1080p HD video recording)
Beats Audio with stereo speakers
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
3G+; 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 combo (Miracast compatible)
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core (1.2 GHz)
17.8cm (7") diagonal HD wide view capacitive LED multi-touch (1280 x 800)
2MP front-facing ISP-embedded webcam (720p HD video recording); 5MP rear facing ISP-embedded, autofocus webcam (1080p HD video recording)
1. Broadband use requires separately purchased service contract. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area.
2. High definition (HD) content is required to view high-definition images.
1x HP Slate 7" HD 3410ea Tablet
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However on unpacking it I was pleased with the weight & design & it was just so easy to set up- even for an android novice such as myself. Within minutes i was set up everything configured & had downloaded my Kindle app & reading a book! Loads of useful apps already preloaded infact most off those I will need. It seems really fast and the screen is great for films etc. I haven't tried the mobile access yet but no reason to believe it won't be excellent as well. This silver surfer is very happy with her venture into modern technology!!!
The Slate 7 HD feels well made, solid enough in the hand that you don't think you're holding something fragile. The silver grey plastic back cover perhaps looks a little cheap, but that's a matter of taste and certainly not a problem. Placement of controls is unusual, with on/off and volume buttons tucked away on the back of the device, but of course your fingers soon learn how to find them,and the HP Stand Case for Slate 7 HD has cutouts for the controls that put your finger in exactly the right place. I don't like the charging and headphone sockets being on the bottom edge of the device, but those are petty quibbles. Overall it's nothing special, but there is nothing to complain about.
The Slate 7 HD has a dual-core processor, while many of its direct competitors are quad-core jobbies. Does that matter? Not in what I will term routine, normal use. Swiping from screen to screen, switching between applications, running applications such as spreadsheets and word processors, all these things the Slate 7 HD does as smoothly as my quad-core tablet, if possibly slightly less snappy. It also copes with having numerous applications open, because that's largely a matter of having enough memory available. With 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM the Slate 7 HD is adequately specified, and it has an easily-accessible micro SD card slot, something many tablets lack. Where the dual-core processor might be found wanting is when playing intensive games, and I would say that keen gamers might need more grunt, but for everyday purposes the Slate 7 HD is more than up to the job.
What a lot of nonsense is talked about screen resolutions. In truth, when comparing devices side-by-side it might be possible to say that one looks sharper than the other, but in everyday use on planet Earth it's highly likely that whatever display you're looking at will be good enough. I will only say that the Slate 7 HD's screen looks fine to me. It's sharp, with good contrast, and the colours are, err, colourful. Films (why must we now call them movies?) look great; I use MX Player for video content because Android will not play the common avi format. I copied Gravity to the tablet and it was visually stunning, although the script was still lousy. Responsiveness to touch is excellent when using a finger or stylus, so I rate it an excellent screen and I'm sure nobody will be disappointed.
A word here on file transfers. My laptop runs Windows 7, and I've found that squirting films, groovy tunes etc to various devices can be problematic if the device is set for USB file transfers. With the Slate 7 HD you'll have more joy setting USB connection (swipe down from the top left corner) to Media Device. Then, and obviously with a USB lead connected, the tablet will show in Windows Explorer as a Portable Media Player, and it's straightforward to copy files to it.
For what they call Datapass HP have partnered with Fogg Mobile to be able to offer mobile data. Fogg have agreements with networks in various countries, and in the UK that arrangement is with Three. 3G data is a big plus, because most of us have experienced how slow/fiddly/expensive it can be to get a WiFi internet connection when travelling around. The data allowance is 250MB per month, which is obviously not enough to download movies and TV shows but is adequate for emails, keeping up with the news, aimless browsing etc. It's possible to top-up data on a pay-as-you go basis, the cost being 4.5 Euros per GB. What it's not possible to do is exceed the allowance and run up a stonking bill, and that must be a good thing. Interestingly the Datapass app (see below) says I have almost 1GB available after some light use, so perhaps the data allowance has been increased without the fact being reflected in HP's product info yet.
Registering for the 3G service is not as easy as it should be because it requires visiting a Fogg website that didn't initially work well for me. It made me input my email address and password several times, each time looping back to the registration page and refusing to let me progress. Persistence paid off eventually, and I give you these tips:
1. Do not install the HP Datapass app before you've registered.
2. Use Chrome, not the Android browser.
3. Sign out of Google if you're signed in.
4. Switch off WiFi, you can swipe down from top right, tap on WiFi, and that will take you into Settings to select WiFi OFF.
5. In the Chrome address bar enter the web address shown on the sticker on the back of the tablet. Amazon won't let me give a web address here.
6. Create a user name, which should be your email address, and a password.
7. When you've successfully registered, you'll get a confirmation email, you can download and install the HP Datapass app from the Play store if you wish, although you don't actually need it.
When the tablet detects a Three 3G signal you'll see a Datapass notification on screen. Be aware that it can take a few moments for auto login to process. Avoid my mistake of thinking you need to manually login, you never have to do that.
Note that the Fogg SIMM, which is already fitted when you receive the Slate 7 HD, is provisioned for data only, so there is no question of making voice calls on the tablet. Similarly, it doesn't seem possible to send SMS, which I would find very useful.
Last word on 3G data. When I ordered the Slate 7 HD I already knew that Fogg was a multinational operation and had visions of motoring down to my riviera villa (if I had one) in my Bentley (ditto) with an internet connection instantly available at every stop on the way. Alas not. HP's product Q&A includes this: "HP DataPass service will only work in the country in which it was first registered." Doh! Cancel the villa and Bentley.
The Slate 7 HD has a very clean build of Android and is not encumbered with much bloatware. HP have really been as good as gold in that they only include a couple of their own apps, a file manager and an eprint utility that could be genuinely useful. Inevitably there are Google's more unwanted apps such as Hangouts, Movie Studio etc, but there is nothing really annoying, and happily not the rubbish antivirus software many tablet makers inflict on their customers.
The Slate 7 HD seems peculiarly slow to charge. Perhaps when the battery has had a bit more use that will improve, but only time will tell.
I would not have chosen the Three network because their geographical coverage is not the best, especially in Scotland where I live. Because of the poor coverage I had to go into a nearby village to get a Three signal so I could register for the data package.
Now a moan that applies to all budget tablets. I can understand manufacturers not going to the extra expense of scratch-resistant glass screens, and I know plastic screens are far less likely to shatter, but why can't they include a screen protector that would only cost them a few cents? Of course I've ordered a couple for my Slate 7 HD, because I regard them as essential; it's just so easy to pick up scratches.
If I had to give up one of my tablets I would keep the Slate 7 HD. It's a far better tablet than the magazine reviewers - Apple fanbois every one of them - suggest, but the main reason is the 3G data access, which is the selling point that distinguishes it from the pack of similar tablets, it's the killer feature. With it I can laugh at the miserable WiFi service provided by train companies and large hotel chains, it makes the mobile device truly mobile, and it's why I rate this tablet as 5 star. How much would 24 months 3G data access cost if bought separately? It makes the Slate 7 HD terrific value for money, and I don't hesitate to recommend it. At the price, you know it makes sense.
The tablet comes with Android version 4.2.2, which is handled capably by the dual-core processor. There are front- and rear-facing cameras, Wi-Fi that works on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. But what really makes the Slate 7 HD stand out in its price range is the fact that not only is it 3G-capable, but it comes with 2 years' worth of 3G Internet access (named HP DataPass).
This Internet access is limited to 250MB a month, though more can be purchased if necessary. The micro-SIM card comes pre-installed, which is great, but sadly activating DataPass wasn't quite so convenient. It took me several attempts to do it via an ordinary web browser. For some reason, although HP provides some of its own apps on the tablet, the DataPass app isn't one of them. I would advise people to download the DataPass app from the Play Store over Wi-Fi first, switch Wi-Fi off, then use the app to register the new DataPass account. Once set up, DataPass works very well, giving you 2 years' worth of mobile Internet access - something that's highly unusual for a device of this price.
The Slate 7 HD may not have the best specs on the market, but the 3G Internet access built into the price makes it both great value and more attractive than similar 7-inch tablets. Maybe HP is leading the way here: more manufacturers need to start making their tablets 3G-compatible - and equipped with something like DataPass - as standard.
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