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Our Score:



  • Good value for money
  • Micro SD card support
  • Really useful startup guide


  • Slightly sluggish performance
  • Poor cameras
  • Some screen quality issues

Key Features

  • 7-inch 1440 x 900p HD display
  • 1.5GHz quad-core CPU
  • 3-megapixel camera
  • Manufacturer: Tesco
  • Review Price: £119.00

Originally reviewed 2/10/2013

The Tesco Hudl has now been superseded by the Tesco Hudl 2

What is the Tesco Hudl tablet?

Given that the supermarket giant hasn’t exactly been renowned for its tech innovation up to now, the Tesco Hudl has taken us a little by surprise. Tesco has stamped its name on the budget tablet market with the release of the Hudl, its very first tablet – and a truly decent one at that.

Tesco’s 7-inch Wi-Fi-only Android tablet is looking to take on Google’s pricier Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX. Available at launch for £119, the Hudl is now priced from just £79 since the release of the Tesco Hudl 2, and can be bought for considerably less if you’ve accumulated enough Tesco Clubcard points. That’s around £80 cheaper than the Nexus 7 16GB model, which is down from £199 at launch to £150.

Plenty of budget Android tablets have been and gone and have really missed the mark. The Tesco Hudl, though, offers value for money, decent overall performance and the design team has really thought about how to make cheap Android tablets easy to use for the whole family.

Over one year on and with 750,000 units of the Hudl now sold, the Hudl 2 has now replaced the smaller original model. The Hudl 2 boasts improved specs across the board and is still available at a low enough price to convince shoppers to drop it in their trollies.

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Tesco Hudl tablet: Design

The Tesco Hudl doesn't look too different to most 7-inch Android tablets. It has none of the cool metal and slick design elements of the iPad mini Retina, but then it costs a fraction of Apple's tablet. Instead the curved corners and chunky bezels around the screen give it a very similar look to the Kindle Fire HD. Our review Hudl comes in blue, but you can alos get it in black, purple and red.

Tesco has clearly taken inspiration from Google and Amazon on the back and opted for a matte, rubber rear with an embossed Hudl logo. The rubber feels harder compared to the softer, textured back on the Nexus tablet. It doesn’t add anything substantially in terms of comfort, but it’s nice enough to grip. The back wraps around the sides of the screen and is just slightly raised from the screen to add protection when the Tesco tablet is laid screen-down on a table.

When you pick the Tesco tablet up you’ll instantly notice how heavy it feels for a 7-inch tablet. It actually weighs 370g. To put that into perspective, the Nexus 7 weighs 290g, the Kindle Fire HD 7 is 395g and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini is 308g. You’d think that wouldn’t make a lot of difference, but simply picking up the Nexus 7 and Hudl together you can get an idea of which one is less of strain to hold for long periods of time. It’s not a major issue, but you’ll probably find it more suitable to use the Hudl lying down on the sofa.

The Hudl is 9.85mm thick making it chunkier than the iPad Mini (7.2mm) but surprisingly thinner than the Nexus 7 (10.45mm) and the Kindle Fire HD (13mm). It definitely lacks the sleekness of the Nexus 7 2, but as a tablet for all the family, the extra thickness should make it easier for smaller hands to get to grips with and easier to survive drops.

Once you see where buttons and ports are laid out it’s clear that the Tesco tablet is geared towards being used in landscape mode. The microUSB charging port sits on the bottom and up top is the micro HDMI port to connect the Tesco tablet to a TV (cable supplied separately). The 2-megapixel front-facing camera sits on the bezel below and to the right you’ll find the microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the right side of the tablet (or bottom if holding in portrait mode) is the microSD card slot, single volume rocker and on/off button. On the back there’s a pair of speakers and the 3-megapixel rear-facing camera.

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Tesco Hudl tablet: Screen

On paper, the Tesco Hudl display makes very good reading. It features a 1,400 x 900 HD resolution screen offering 242 ppi (pixels per inch). That's really rather good for such a cheap tablet, it's better than the 1,280 x 800 of the Kindle Fire HD 7 and only marginally less than the 1,920 x 1,200 of the Nexus 7 2. It also has a small edge over the similarly priced Asus MeMO Pad HD 7, which has a 1,280 x 800 resolution screen. Indeed, the Asus is its most direct rivial in terms of price and features.

In reality it’s good but not fantastic. The screen looks a little murky and washed out particularly on the homescreen. The depth and range of colours is lacking compared to the Nexus 7 2 and Kindle Fire HD. Image sharpness is good for HD content but the Hudl tablet doesn't do much to help enhance non-HD content.

Running the same video on the Hudl and the Nexus 7 2 on maximum brightness, there’s clear issues with colour accuracy. While images appear generally warmer, whites look more yellow in the identical footage we compared to the Nexus 7 2. That's acceptable at this price, though the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 edges it a little for actual fidelity despite its slightly lower resolution.

The Hudl screen supports 10-point multi-touch and we can't really have any complaints about response to swipes on the home screen or opening up apps. Pinching and zooming works fine for web pages and the standard Android keyboard offers an accurate typing experience.


September 24, 2013, 7:48 am

Better processing power than the Nexus 7 (#1), better screen resolution, and it has the microSD slot that the Nexus 7 (#1 and #2) scandalously lacks. Plus you get a HDMI slot.

As a Nexus 7 #1 owner, I will never buy another tablet without a microSD slot (using OTG leads is too much hassle), and given that I never found the SIM capability at all useful, the Hudl looks, remarkably, like a very credible option. It doesn't have the full HD resolution of the Nexus 7 #2, but I suspect it just doesn't matter on a screen this size. For £60 worth of Clubcard points, it's virtually a no-brainer. Amazing.

[Edit: Correction, CPU is dual-core, so not quite as nippy as the Nexus, although faster clock rate.]

Tim Sutton

September 24, 2013, 2:16 pm

This looks fine, but anyone buying a cheap 7" tablet who doesn't pick up an Asus Memopad HD for £130 is crazy.

Actually. Anyone buying ANY 7" tablet who doesn't pick one up is crazy.

Elizabeth Adam

September 24, 2013, 5:21 pm

Has this in built security like the ipad?

Nigel Webber

September 25, 2013, 11:14 am

Shame there is only 1GB of RAM. The likes of google chrome really struggles. I have owned two samsung devices with basically the same CPU, one with 1GB and the other with 2GB. The 2GB model is very noticeably faster.

Tim Sutton

September 25, 2013, 11:50 am

The main reason I'd steer clear of the Hudl is that its built by Archos.

In the hands on articles I've seen on the Hudl, its been slow and stuttering even in normal everyday use. The screen is LCD as opposed to the Asus's IPS, the Hudl's speakers are weaker, it's heavier, bulkier, it feels cheap and its cameras are weak to the point of irrelevance.

If you want a tablet that you'll actually enjoy using, I don't think the Hudl is it.

If you're happier to have clubcard vouchers and £10 than something you'll enjoy, that's up to you.

EDIT: And processor speed is only relevant if the processors being compared are the same. If the chipset in the Hudl is poor, which seems likely given its performance issues, its higher rated clock speed isn't worth much.


September 25, 2013, 6:10 pm

cpu is quad core


September 25, 2013, 7:56 pm

Ainol Novo 7 Fire rules the 7" Market.
get one!!!!!!?

Tim Sutton

September 26, 2013, 11:07 am

No, because the screen is awful, it feels like its made from Lidl own brand lego, and when anyone asks what it is you have to tell them you've paid money for Anal.


September 26, 2013, 11:11 am

Great comment. My brother gave me and Ainol tablet for Christmas a few years ago. He must really hate me.


September 26, 2013, 3:22 pm

just stop all apps and re launch the one you want 1GB will work fine


September 26, 2013, 4:47 pm

versus 7", CnM 7" and @tab 7" are the best selling tablet in the UK next to samsung kindle and ipad but fraction of the price....stick with the best!!


September 26, 2013, 4:48 pm

good shout....just a cheap chinese import anyway!! so you've had ainol from asia

henry hudle

September 26, 2013, 10:43 pm

Try one yourself before damning it. I've been using one today and have been very surprised with both the speed and the quality of picture, sound and build. Photos from the camera aren't amazing but that doesn't bother me anyway.


September 27, 2013, 1:41 pm


Tim Sutton

September 27, 2013, 7:39 pm

Yes it is.


October 1, 2013, 10:42 am

No Instructions Manual, CD or online. Tried to phone Tesco Support yesterday but unobtainable according to message. Thumbs down.. Also needs Wi Fi to even start it. I have ADSL. I am most unimpressed.


October 2, 2013, 12:11 pm

Had a Hisense Sero 7 Pro 32GB for a few weeks, I've found it to be faster and a lot more reliable than my old Nexus 7. Brilliant gadget that I'd consider before buying a Hudl...unless you get it free with club points.



October 2, 2013, 2:30 pm

Wifi to start it the first time or every time? I was about to buy one to use and take on camping trips etc...I'd hate it not to start!


October 2, 2013, 3:28 pm

No just the first time, or if requires a hard reset if it goes wrong.


October 2, 2013, 9:34 pm

The Hudl's screen is IPS. It's manufactured by Wistron.

Do some research before posting, please.


October 2, 2013, 10:22 pm

Just recently bought the Acer Iconia A1-810 8gb version on sale for 96 GBP. At the same time Acer had this Cashback campaign knocking another 24 GBP off the price. Making it a total of 72 GBP. Now that's a bargain.

The tablet works great.


October 3, 2013, 12:05 pm

Bought one yesterday for £79 + vouchers and case, but returned it today. Apps like Skype are almost unusable due to random noise which is picked up in mic path. Otherwise it is fine tablet at the price. So need to go back to iPad


October 3, 2013, 2:01 pm

Actually, almost any newer Ainol will be better than this. Ainol have just about everything tight, including their prices.

Old Gadgee

October 3, 2013, 2:13 pm

My First Tablet bought with vouchers + £2.ordered 2pm 1/10 delivered local store 11am 2/10.(excellent delivery)
Start up difficult to connect WiFi until help from Tesco Helpline No.
Lack of detailed Instructions on a Website, but finally located in Hudl App.(poor alternative)
Seems mandatory to sign in to Google Account to get best use of Apps., ditto Google Chrome seems mandatory web browser ( one token alternative offered to meet EU competiition regs?.)
All in all it seems churlish to criticise at the price but O.K. is best I could give it, given that the price is probably subsidised by the amount of Tesco and Google advertising.


October 3, 2013, 6:25 pm

We have a Hudl and Nexus 7.2 and the Hudl compares very well.

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