HP back in voice

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

HP has had an event­ful jour­ney in the call­ing de­vice seg­ment. Af­ter ac­quir­ing Palm and then re­selling it, the tech gi­ant has again launched a de­vice sup­port­ing voice call­ing in its Slate se­ries. HP is call­ing it a Voice Tab but for me it qual­i­fies as a ph­ablet. There have been ph­ablets from Sony, Sam­sung and HTC of about the same screen size. But while the Sony Xpe­ria Z Ul­tra wasn’t handy, the Slate 6 is. Like other ph­ablets, this one has a 6inch screen with the touch keys a part of the dis­play. There is a dull golden metal­lic size bezel run­ning along the sides that doesn’t gell well with the de­sign. Top­ping this is the tex­tured back with a slight glossy fin­ish. HP has strate­gi­cally placed the power key at the right edge and the vol­ume con­trol on the left, mak­ing them reach­able for sin­gle hand op­er­a­tions. The Slate 6 is suc­cess­ful as a dual gad­get. Un­like other ph­ablets that are not com­fort­able to hold next to the ear, this one is. It doesn’t feel too big and of­fers de­cent sound qual­ity. What also makes this ph­ablet work is the big screen that can be used for multimedia, brows­ing the web or han­dling doc­u­men­ta­tion. Brows­ing the web was a de­light as the text was read­able and sharp. Sim­i­larly, the big screen was good for watch­ing videos and play­ing games. The on­screen key­board re­quired the use of both hands. The HP Slate runs An­droid 4.3 and comes with de­fault Google Apps in­clud­ing Chrome, Gmail, Google+, etc. This comes with a 16GB in­ter­nal stor­age, out of which 12.37GB is ac­ces­si­ble for use.

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