Venture into the World of Phablets with HP Slate 6:
Phablets are in fashion and owing to the high-end functionality and budget friendliness; these have turned more resourceful than ever. With the prudent marketing spiel HP has put forward a 6 inch wonder in HP Slate 6 which has been promoted adequately for strengthening the foothold in the international market, plagued by many competitors.
Here is a detailed review of this device which may be termed as an oddly-shaped one but still has enough firepower to challenge other heavyweights in the selected category.
One would argue that the 6 inch ergonomic trade-off wasn’t necessary as a larger device would surely have been handy. On a lighter note though, this device is a charm to carry along and the thin bezel justifies the shape and structure of the same. The thickness is merely 8.98mm which surely makes it a pocket and user friendly bet. While the rear end has a plastic finishing, the mosaic design fits in perfectly with the same. The subtle logo is placed oddly while the grip isn’t the tightest making it somewhat slippery. One needs to open the rear cover so as to look at the battery slot, SIM slots and the memory card opening. On screen buttons are adeptly placed whereas the front facing speakers render the needed bass and treble. A miniscule headphone opening sits pretty at the bottom followed by the volume rocker tabs and the power button tightly on the sides. The flashy cover may be visually appealing but the structure is surely not a hardy one and needs to be handled carefully.
The 720p panel is a savior whereas the 245 PPI pixel density doesn’t provide the best visual experience. If an exotic graphic interface is what you are looking at, HP Slate 6 is definitely not your cup of tea. Tinges can be seen while surfing the web pages and it is surely not an odd manufacturing defect but a large scale blunder. Viewing angles have been ignored and the screen doesn’t provide the needed brightness when one needs to look at the screen from angles surpassing the usual 45 degrees.
Android Jellybean is what one could find on this device and the performance is quite satisfactory. Recent updates are not yet supported which surely dampens the spirits of the potential buyers. The included applications do serve the needful as the Kingsoft Office suite surely comes in handy. HP’s music app is one addition which comes as a pleasant surprise but the other pre-installed ones offer a sluggish interface.
The expectations were sky high as the device did look brilliant on the advertisement panels. What we came across is the Marvell PXA1088 processor, a Quad-core entity with 1.2GHz clock frequency. The GPU is Vivante GC1000 which is similar to that in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3. These two in unison deliver a satisfactory performance but lags when high-end games are to be played.
We wouldn’t find any special camera app bundled with the firmware but the 5MP variant delivers a nice performance. The pictures had the needed sharpness and detailing whereas the neutral colors weren’t blown out of proportion. Again the daylight shots are disappointing as the colors merged when some sample pictures were taken. Camera performance lags in the low-light environment and the auto-focusing issue leaves a bad after-taste. Though the rear camera has LED flash support, the pictures were mostly below par when the light was considerably less. One can use the front facing camera of 2MP sparingly for clicking out selfies. Videos can be recorded with both cameras and the usual 720p resolution is offered. While the resolution is ample enough to record any desired moment, mostly the videos are unusable owing to the 3gp format in which every single snippet is saved, by default. Moving objects do lend the occasional blur besides an average panoramic aura.
16GB internal storage is a resourceful attribute which can be extended with a 32GB micro SD support. Online storage viz. cloud storage facilities of around 25GB are offered by HP with lifetime validity. This device boasts of a 1GB RAM which falls behind most expectations.
The final verdict mostly works against HP Slate 6 but if you are still looking to make the purchase then do buy it for the impeccable video playing performance which can handle any resolution without any significant lag. Again the front speakers aren’t that audible and a good set of headphones would surely come in handy. Use this Phablet if Dual SIM usage is on your priority list whereas the 3000mAh Li-ion battery delivers a mediocre performance, lasting about 7 hours in the video loop test.
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