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Tesco Hudl tablet review

Michael Sawh

By Michael Sawh



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Tesco Hudl tablet: Battery Life

Tesco has not been able to confirm the capacity of the battery but claims you should get around nine hours of battery life out of the Hudl. In extreme testing running a video on loop it manages around the 8-hour mark. In more general use, the Hudl can comfortably make it through a couple of days of use.

It's not the fastest to charge, however, with a 30-minute charge going from 8% to just 10%. If you're caught short and need to charge it quickly, it won't give you much extra life.

Should I buy the Tesco Hudl?

The Tesco Hudl surprises, in a good way. It’s really well-built, has a good (but not perfect) HD screen, has a great pair of speakers and the Tesco presence across the Android UI is not as overbearing and off-putting as we initially thought it would be.

If you are new to tablets, the Hudl does a great job of helping you get accustomed with a really useful quick start guide and for an Android tablet that’s really valuable. It's a shame it doesn't run Android 4.3, however, as it adds one further family friendly feature the Hudl could do with: restricted profiles.

Is it the best budget Android tablet? Well, it’s certainly one of the better cheap slates out there, especially if you can get it for less than £100 as a Tesco Clubcard holder. But it just falls short of that accolade because the £130 Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 offers similar specs, a better screen and longer battery life. Without the discount the Asus is the better deal, though if you can get £100 deal then it's worth serious consideration and would make an excellent Christmas gift.

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The Tesco Hudl tablet is no Nexus 7 2, but for the price and the specs on offer it's still a good value for money Android tablet that would make a good gift this Christmas.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 7
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Performance 7
  • Screen Quality 7
  • Value 8


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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