It has been a long time since HP has entered into the smartphone market. HP’s primary business is in making desktop and laptop computers – and they make tablets too. Previously as some of you may remember , hp did enter the smartphone market during Windows Mobile era (you can take a look at my old hp smartphone here which I still keep – psst it’s after the jump ) – and now they have decided to re-enter into the market after being left out of the loop for a long time.
Much like my other reviews , it would be divided into several part. In this part , basically we would be taking a overview of the hp Slate 6 VoiceTab
Meet HP’s first Android Phablet aka a 6″ phone/tablet hybrid
It came to me to a surprise that HP decided to take the Android route instead of taking the Windows Phone route. Anyhow , it’s a good thing that they decided to go up with Android – due to the fact that there are more applications for Android compared to Windows Phone (I guess it would take another year or two for Windows Phone to catch up).
Anyhow let’s take a look at the specifications shall we :-
- Dual-SIM – HSPA capable
- Marvell PXA1088 Quad-Core Processor at 1.2Ghz
- 16GB of Internal Storage (expandable via microSD storage card for more storage)
- 1GB of Internal Memory
- Bluetooth, WiFi , GPS
- 5 MP back camera and 2 MP selfie-camera aka front camera
- 720×1280 (HD) IPS screen @ 6″
- Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
At first glance the specification seems to be pretty neat. The Dual-SIM , combined with a quad-core and a huge 6″ makes it a perfect tool for anyone who wants to get the best of tablet and phone as well.
Let’s take a closer look at the phone itself and the packaging
The Look And Feel of the Phone
The HP VoiceTab at first glance looks like a giant HTC One , the design of it as you can see it. I guess HP took the very best design from HTC and decided to big size it. Without the hp logo , people might have thought that it is from HTC.
The phone however feels plasticky , I did not quite like the back-cover , it sorted lacked the grip that it needed. I guess hp is targeting for emerging market such as Malaysia and this phone seems to be a mid-range phone instead of a high-end phone. This would make it interesting because hp might be able to attract those who would like a Samsung Note but are on a tight budget.
HP Slate6 back view – the backcover just did not have the ‘touch’ that i was looking for
The screen is big and it is pretty bright I have to say. I am sort of getting used to the big screen , keep in mind that I am actually an iPhone user . I am used to using one hand typing and for this , I need to get use of using two hands to type. The big screen makes it handy dandy for some people who want to use it as a tablet especially if you want to surf web pages and play games.
However unlike Note 3 , the hp phablet does not come with any sort of stylus. It would be a good asset if hp decided to include a stylus because it would be awesome in office use or even for university students – i.e jotting down notes/meeting minutes
You get your usual bundle that comes along in the box , such as a charger , USB cable and manuals. There is nothing fancy or out of the blues.
The Pure Android Experience
The Android that the system runs is pretty fine to be honest. It runs vanilla android aka no non-sense Android which is great as you get to experience stock Android. In it , you don’t see a fancy launcher , widgets. Just plain stock android experience much like the Nexus 5. I am an advocate of Stock Android.
Is the phablet good ? I would say it is a good attempt by hp. It would have been better if they have included a stylus. Nevertheless , if you are looking for a phablet that does not cost much , do take a look at this
I would like to thank HP Malaysia for providing me a chance to review this awesome product and also Redtone for providing a SIM card to test their data services out .