The Tesco Hudl and Advent Vega Tegra Note both retail for well under £150, pitching them firmly at the budget end of the tablet market. But which one is worth splashing out on?
If Christmas came and went without your receiving a tablet-shaped present then fear not. The tablet market is looking better than ever in 2014 and two of the most sought-after budget models are Tesco’s Hudl and the Advent Vega Tegra Note. Both 7-inch devices are priced at £130 or less and offer impressive specifications for the money.
To find out which tablet is more worthy of your hard-earned cash, we compared their design and three key features. Read on for our Tesco Hudl vs Advent Vega Tegra Note comparison.
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Tesco Hudl vs Advent Vega Tegra Note – video
Tesco Hudl vs Advent Vega Tegra Note – design
To be frank, neither of these tablets is particularly handsome. Both are made of plastic and betray their budget-friendly ambitions on first sight. Borrowing from Nokia’s Lumia school of simple, colourful design, the Tesco Hudl is a slightly more attractive tablet – although it does weigh a substantial 370g.
The Advent Vega Tegra Note is lighter at 320g and offers a more functional design aesthetic, with a grilled bezel and dimpled posterior. As one Which? staffer described it, ‘It’s not terrible, just terribly uninspiring’. If, however, inspiration does happen to strike while using the Tegra Note, there’s a handy stylus tucked into its bottom corner for doodling or note-taking.
Tesco Hudl vs Advent Vega Tegra Note – three key features
Powered by Android – both tablets run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, not the more recent Android 4.4 KitKat you’ll find in Google’s Nexus 7. Mercifully, neither manufacturer has added their own skin onto their tablets’ operating system so they’re simple to use and largely free from bloatware – the Hudl does come preloaded with Tesco apps to check your Clubcard points and shop online, but they’re easy to ignore.
The Tegra Note is the fastest – the Tegra Note is made by Nvidia, a technology brand that’s most famous for its graphics processors. Not surprisingly, its 1.9GHz quad-core processor is blisteringly quick, especially when running graphically intensive apps such as 3D games. The Hudl’s 1.5GHz quad-core chip is still pretty nippy, but it is noticeably slower than the Tegra Note when multitasking.
Tesco’s Hudl has a better screen – if there’s one thing lacking from the Tegra Note, it’s a good screen. Its 1280×800-pixel display is adequate but lacks clarity when playing video. The Hudl’s 1440×900 touchscreen is sharper, although still not a patch on Apple’s Retina display technology.
Which? expert verdict – ‘if you’re not a gamer, save £11 with the Hudl’
Both these tablets are excellent for the money, and it’s great to see such good products available at such low price points. Which is best for you will largely depend on what you want to do with it – you’ll only really notice the Tegra Note’s better processor if you’re an avid gamer, graphic designer, or tend to do a lot of things at once, like playing music while browsing the web, firing off emails and flicking between YouTube or social media apps. And while its 5Mp rear-facing camera may be better than the Hudl’s 3Mp snapper, realistically neither is likely to take shots you’d want to frame and put on your wall.
So, for undemanding everyday use, the £119 Hudl may well be a better choice and it does have a sharper screen for web browsing and enjoying iPlayer and other video apps. Given the choice, I’d adhere to my inner skinflint, save £11 and go for a Hudl.
Rob Leedham – online writer