The Tesco Hudl 2 was launched way back in October of 2014. It follows the original Tesco Hudl, which caught us by surprise. Tesco isn’t really known for tech innovation, nor is it recognized as one of the leading tablet manufacturers. So, when they launched their first Hudl iteration we didn’t really know what to expect.
The Tesco Hudl 2 sequel is quite great, and we noticed massive improvements when compared with its older brother. It’s clearly not an iPad Air competitor, but it offers excellent value for money, a more than decent performance and a forgettable design.
To be frank, it’s one of the best budget tablets you can buy right now. Just in time for Christmas! Check our Tesco Hudl Review below to see if it fits your needs.
Tesco Hudl 2 Tablet Review
It has a massively improved screen quality when compared to the original Hudl Tesco. The next gen tablet comes packed with phenomenal speakers that makes watching films a fantastic experience. It has child safety features that are actually useful and it comes with a comprehensive guide out of the box.
Yet, its battery is a bummer because it drains super quick, and it’s quite heavy for petite hands.
Tesco Hudl Specifications.
- 8.3-inch 19280 x 1,200 Full HD display;
- 1.83 GHz Intel quad-core proc;
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat enabled;
- 5-megapixel main rear facing camera;
- 1.2-megapixel secondary front facing camera;
- 16GB internal storage;
- Micro SD card support;
Tesco Hudl release date – 9th of October 2014
Tesco Hudl tablet price – it varies between $100 and $150.
Tesco Hudl 2 Design
The first Hudl Tesco was too small for my taste. The Hudl 2, however, is 1.3-inches bigger. Coming with an 8.3-inch display, it offers a bigger and narrower frame – which makes it a pleasure when using it in landscape mode.
It weighs 410 grams and if you have petite hands like me, well then, you’re going to be disappointed if you plan on going one-hand mode. The first Hudl iteration weighs 370 gs – not really a big chunky difference between the two. Also, the Hudl sequel is 9mm thick, which makes it slightly thinner and balances its somewhat hefty size a little bit.
Regardless, it’s a comfortable tablet and it’s easy to grip. Even though it’s built almost entirely out of plastic, it’s nice to the touch and it sits snug against your hands. Corners aren’t deadly traps, they are gently curved and it adds to its design – remember, its forgettable design.
It doesn’t pop-out, it doesn’t yell fashion week – but it shouts from its lungs reliable.
The Tesco Hudl 2 is child friendly and it comes in eight different colours – Bubblegum Pink and Tropical Turquoise to name just a couple. If you’re nickname is Mr. Grinch, then you will go for the common Slate Black model.
There are even cases that match your tablet colour – regardless of what you choose.
Coming back to build quality, its rubbery plastic is durable and sturdy, but it’s somewhat bendy. The iPhone 6 wasn’t the only one with bending issues, it seems. If you apply pressure on the Hudl 2, you’ll feel it flexing more than you want it. However, don’t worry too much about it. It won’t turn your tablet into a useless paper-like device. It’s actually supposed to be bendy, because it’s designed to be child-proof. Yet, I don’t recommend anyone testing its limits.
On the bottom edge of the Tesco Hudl 2, you’ll find the volume rocker and the standby button. The micro SD card is a more than welcome entry, because out of its 16 gigs of onboard storage. Only about 9 gigs are comprised of usable space. You can add up to 48 gigs of space to the Hudl. Considering than an 8 gig micro SD card costs about $6 on Amazon, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker.
The Hudl 2 comes with a dedicated micro HDMI port so you can hook your tablet to your HD TV. Unfortunately, you won’t find any HDMI cable in the box, you you need to buy one separately – that’s another $7 or so.
Looking across the back of the tablet you’ll find the 5-megapixel sensor, which sits nicely near one of the two jaw-dropping speakers. We’ll talk about their awesome capabilities later on.
Tesco Hudl 2 Screen
The Full HD 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD display isn’t really that pin-sharp. But considering it costs between $100 and $150, for its price range, it’s super great. It has a decent 265ppi, and compared with one if its main competitors, the Asus Memo pad HD 7 that packs a 1,280 x 800 display and 215 dpi, the Tesco Hudl 2 is one to keep in mind.
But we have to be picky, and we can’t help it. We’ve reviewed so many tablets that its rooted in our nature to at least mention these kind of issues: I’m talking about saturation, and brightness. Even when set to its max brightness setting, you’ll notice that the display isn’t doing its job very well.
Also, the tablet’s whites have shortcomings, as in they don’t pack those punchy and refreshing colours that you normally find on a flagship device. Yet, it’s not a flagship device.
Improvements have been made, clearly, but we were hoping for more in the display department. This isn’t to say that visibility doesn’t suffice. It’s just that, if you’re accustomed to top-shelf devices, you’ll feel like you’ve been scammed – even though, you shouldn’t!
Tesco Hudl 2 Speaker Quality
Without a doubt it has one of the best Dolby optimized stereo speakers I have ever seen. They are positioned on the back of the Tesco Hudl 2. They offer a rich sound, which is significantly better when compared to the original Hudl Tesco.
It’s great for watching films, but it’s not perfect in any case.
Tesco Hudl 2 Software
Straight out of the box, the Tesco Hudl 2 can run Android 4.4. Kitkat, but the company has announced that it is Lollipop enabled. For the life of it, I couldn’t make it upgrade itself to Android 5.0.
If you have used an Android tablet in the past, you’ll know your way around the Hudl.
It comes with some bloatware apps, but the majority are of Google descent – like Play Movies and TV, Google Camera, Chrome and Google Maps. Blinkbox continues its presence on the Tesco Hudl 2, along with a new book service and Blinkbox music.
Tesco also offers a comprehensive and easy to understand guide. It has all the information you need to get started on how to use a tablet without overwhelming the user. It’s great for the technically impaired or for your younguns.
Tesco is known for its tech innovation in the tablet field. However, the company is recognized as one of the few that acknowledges child safety. The Hudl 2 comes packed with a bunch of features that, as the company puts it – keep[s] your little hudlers safe and happy.
It has some child profiles already set up for kids under 5, between 5 and 8 years old, and between 8 and 11 years old. You can choose from different conditions by going to the Parent Zone.
Tesco Hudl 2 Performance
Performance-wise, it’s not the brightest sheep out of the herd, but the Hudl 2 is going places. Not college, but places.
It comes with an ARM-based chip, which is set up on an Intel Z3735D chipset. It has an integrated Intel HD Graphics GPU, frequently found on budget friendly Win 8 tablets.
Paired with 2 gigs of RAM, it helps the tablet with the more intensive of tasks.
On my test run I didn’t encounter any experience breaking bugs, and I found the Hudl 2 quite the catch. I didn’t noticed any lag, sudden freezes, nor FPS drops in games, but, and this is a huge but, it clearly doesn’t output the same visuals as a Snapdragon-enabled tablet.
The Tesco Hudl 2 is more than equipped for gaming, but lower your expectations when it comes to stunning visuals.
Tesco Hudl 2 Camera
Can’t say much about its camera because the manufacturer doesn’t aim it for the photographer deep inside you. It has a 5-megapixel primary sensor, and a front facing 1.2-mp unit.
It’s acceptable considering it costs about $100 and it’s more than capable of taking selfies and video chats, but nothing more than social media shares.
A decent mid-budget smartphone ranks higher than the Tesco Hudl 2.
To put it bluntly, you don’t buy the Tesco tablet for its photo shoot capabilities.
Tesco Hudl 2 Battery life
Unfortunately, a big issue with the Tesco Hudl 2 is regarding its battery life. The company claims that it can last up to 8 hours. This is one hour less than the original Hudl. Its main competitor, the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 tablet, lasts up to ten hour on a single charge.
This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re near a power socket, but if you plan on taking the Tesco Hudl 2 on a two day road trip, you’ll feel disappointed.
Tesco Hudl 2 Verdict
For a tablet that costs between $100 and $150, the Tesco Hudl 2 is a must buy if you’re on a budget. This is a wake up call for all tablet manufacturers – you can build a more than decent tablet without making the customer sell a lung in the process of acquiring it.
Unfortunately, Tesco recently announced that the Tesco Hudl 3 won’t see the light of day because the company has completely stopped development. Issues are unrelated to tablet sales, as the Tesco Hudl 2 is one of the most popular budget tablet on the market.
If you have the money to spend and are looking for a decent tablet, buy the Tesco Hudl 2. You won’t be disappointed.