PC player HP has again dived into smartphones business with the launch of two VoiceTabs named as Slate 6 and Slate 7 in the market. We decided to review Slate 6 which is a 6 inch phablet with dual SIM support. At first look the device appears decent enough considering its sleek design and comparatively light weight despite being its huge size. The build of the phablet is sturdy but the back panel which is of plastic is quite fragile. Though the back panel has checkered design with HP logo which is quite appealing but that too depends on individual\’s taste as for some it might appear not so appealing too (as some reacted to the design this way).
The HP Slate 6 VoiceTab has 6 inch IPS display with 1280×720 pixels resolution. The brightness of phone display when set on automatic mode was failed to impress but when set on full it was crisp and clear. However keeping the battery performance of the device in mind, one hardly keeps the brightness on full mode. The front panel of the device contains speaker grill at the top and bottom which reminds me of HTC One\’s design. It was quite confusing many a times to hold the device properly because of the lame plain front panel that hardly gets a hint to tell which part of the device is the top and which one is bottom. Though there is a HP logo placed at the bottom of the screen but that is hardly visible and same is the case with the front camera.Going forward, the phone has light golden grill rounded the phone and the camera at the back too is encircled with a golden ring followed by flash which adds a compelling factor in the overall design of the phablet. The lock/power key is placed on the top right side panel of the device and volume rockers at the left which I feel takes some time for a user to get used to it. The charging slot and 3.5 mm audio jack are placed on the top panel. Coming on to the inside of the device, it has three soft keys as back, home and for running applications. The interface and the icons appears quite cluttered. I set the font size at ˜Huge\’ but despite that it appeared cluttered and crowded to me especially when compared to other Android big screen devices. The phablet supports dual SIM functionality with the one microSIM slot for 3G and regular SIM for 2G, both GSM.Coming to device\’s technical specifications, it has 1.2 GHz quad core Marvell PXA1088 processor which lets the device work decently. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and has 1 GB RAM with 16 GB internal memory which is expandable up to 32 GB with the help of microSD card. The device has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash which frankly speaking is a disappointment, keeping the price and the size of the device in mind. We expected the camera to be of much better quality. The outdoor shots were acceptable but indoor shots were highly pixelated, grainy and with visible colour aberration- just not up to the mark. There is a front 2 megapixel camera as well for video calling. The audio quality of the device is good but very low even when played at the maximum. On applications front, there are lots of pre-installed applications like BagItToday HP which gives additional 15% off for HP customers, Box which lets you share your work reports, presentations etc. with others on the go, HP Connect, HP e-print, MakeMy Trip, Play Movies, Play Music, Skype, WeChat etc.The touch of the tablet is smooth, Internet browsing experience was good too and the 3000 mAh battery gives good backup.
HP Slate 6 VoiceTab boasts very average specifications and I feel that there are lots of points on which the device can be confronted as not a very good deal to invest in. Keeping the price of Rs 22,990 in mind, it further deteriorates as an overall package. Ironically the bigger device by the company Slate 7 which has almost the same specifications is priced Rs 5,000 below the price of Slate 6. Also, there are plenty of Android phablets available in the market with better specifications and at much lower price than the Slate 6. Frankly, I expected a lot more from HP\’s comeback and from Slate 6 but unfortunately the device failed to impress.
6-inch IPS 720p display
1.2 GHz quad core Marvel PXA1088 processor
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
5 MP main, 2 MP front camera
1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory