"Every little helps", as Tesco says, and its hope must be that every little tablet it sells will shore up its online grocery shopping, Blinkbox TV and movie service.
The seven-inch Hudl tablet comes in four colours - black, blue, purple, red - and runs
The only clue it's a Tesco tablet rather than some generic product is the logo stamped on its soft-touch plastic back, and a small 'T' in the corner. That's no bad thing.
Tesco has put in a fast 1.5 gigahertz quad-core processor but hasn't messed around with the perfectly usable Android "Jelly Bean" operating system. It feels fresh, clean and responsive, even when running intensive games, and can run any of the 850,000 standard Android apps.
The screen is sharp and clear: websites and book text are easily legible, videos crisp and colourful. Stereo speakers on the back provide loud, clear audio, and Tesco promises to have 600,000 books via its Blinkbox ebook service. As with other seven-inch tablets, the Hudl is light enough to wield easily with one hand.
The soft-touchback and thumb-wide screen bezel mean you don't have to worry about it slipping out of your grasp.
You could ignore Tesco's apps and services in favour of those available through the Google Play store. But if you are a Tesco shopper (isn't everyone at some point?) the retail giant's integrated applications and services on the Hudl provide quick access to your online grocery orders, Tesco Direct shopping, and even Tesco Clubcard and Tesco bank account.
The bundling of the free Clubcard TV service as well as the full Blinkbox TV, movie and music streaming services (lots of TV shows and films, no monthly subscription), boost the possibilities.
But it's the price that really sets the Hudl apart. Even at the full price of pounds 119, it's pounds 80 cheaper than
And though Amazon's Kindle Fire
is pounds 99, the Hudl has a superior processor
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