Tesco Hudl – The First Smart Tablet From The Supermarket Brand

Jaycee De Guzman October 30, 2013 4
Tesco Hudl – The First Smart Tablet From The Supermarket Brand


If you read the title twice, then it means that you are surprised by Tesco’s new innovation. Yes, it is true. The British grocery and retailer giant has its own tablet in stores. Called the Tesco Hudl, it is considered to compete with the Google’s Nexus 7 (2013 Edition) as well as Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. As a one-touch device according to the manufacturer, many people are speculating whether this is a reasonable or just an ambitious tablet. This review can provide more information.

Tesco Hudl - The First Smart Tablet From The Supermarket Brand

The Advantages Of The Hudl

Tesco Hudl - The First Smart Tablet From The Supermarket BrandFor consumers who want to know the price before anything else, you should know that the Tesco Hudl is very affordable. According to the manufacturer’s official website, this tablet is only £119.00 which is less than $200 if converted. It comes with other advantageous features which includes its durable body, display technology, updated operating system and battery life.


Basically, this 7-inch tablet is crafted to become a family tablet which children can also use. Available in black, blue, purple and red colors, it is both chunky and sturdy but at the same time easy to carry. With a screen resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels, it is sure to give satisfaction when playing games or browsing YouTube. The said application is going to be pre-installed along with Google Play, Chrome, Mail and Maps courtesy of the device’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. Other than this, Tesco also added its own applications which unsurprisingly are all related to grocery shopping. Finally, the battery life is said to reach 9 hours for video playback although we expect that this will vary depending on usage.

The Disadvantages Of The Hudl

While the benefits of owning the Tesco Hudl are enough to fit its price, it is inevitable that the said device also has some negativity that consumers are having issues with. First of all, it has a slow processor. According to the specification sheet, it is powered by a quad-core A9 chipset with 1.5 GHz. However, the impressive record did not execute very well in real life. The one-touch feature was slightly sluggish and there were delays when the applications are being opened. The second issue is the camera feature. Unfortunately, the Hudl only has 2 and 3 megapixels on its front and rear cameras. Users can snap precious moments through it but it will not appear as bright and clear as they want it to.

The Bottom Line

Generally, the Tesco Hudl is an affordable gadget that families can buy for their children. However, if consumers are looking for a product with more innovative features, they should look somewhere else.

What do you think of the Tesco Hudl? Is it reasonable or too ambitious?

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  1. Andrew Barnes  November 3, 2013 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Bought a purple hudl for my 9 year olds birthday, excellent value and lovely little tablet.

    • Jaycee De Guzman
      Jaycee De Guzman  November 3, 2013 at 6:14 am - Reply

      Awesome, Andrew! Belated happy birthday to your 9-year old son/daughter. – Jaycee

  2. Janet  November 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Treated myself to the Hudl, I only wanted a tablet to watch movies in bed…and use for skype calls. Lugging around a laptop or a notebook was becoming tedious.
    BUT I am not impressed with the front camera, maybe I have not configured it correctly? No human features are detectable and I would guess it is like looking at a black blob rather than a person. No matter how I tilt it it is the same ….added to that Skype is totally rubbish on this android…the main thing I wanted this tablet for…and between skype and the Hudl…I am not getting it. FRUSTRATED

  3. sawyergb  November 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I had to get one, went down and got mine in store on the second day after release. I was impressed… for the most part. The tablet can be sluggish in places, but I’m not in much of a hurry so I’m not concerned that opening apps and screen rotation can take slightly longer than perhaps it should. The cameras are pants. The pictures produced are okay at best, and good enough for a quick snap if it is the device in your hands when wanting to take a picture. The Front facing camera is as pants as previous comments have suggested. It doesn’t seem to matter how much light is on the face, you only ever appear as a black blob against a slightly not quick as black background. Added to this the awful video recording (supposedly 720p) which is no more than a slide show with a bit of audio added for good measure.

    Overall I think the review is pretty much on the money. It is a tablet that is good enough for most applications. But an iPad user might be shocked if transferring!

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