SLATE 7

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

HP, $ 199 hp.com.au

HP’S first tablet com­puter may live in in­famy – and bar­gain bins – but its most re­cent at­tempts show prom­ise. The Slate 7 is the lat­est hand­bag/ back­pack/ cargo pants- friendly tablet from the world’s big­gest com­puter maker and it is easy to use, of­fers an un­touched ver­sion of Google’s An­droid Jelly Bean soft­ware ( v4.1) and all the apps you’d ex­pect. Its 7- inch screen is nar­rower than oth­ers and, at 1024x600 pix­els, won’t im­press with its clar­ity, but the unit chugs along ca­pa­bly with a dual- core 1.6GHz chip. Users can boost its 5.75GB mem­ory with a Mi­croSD card and cap­ture im­ages with its 3.15- megapixel cam­era. The touch­screen can be prob­lem­atic at times and it is a very ba­sic tablet, but $ 199 is a bar­gain price.

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