Overall Rating ★★★⋆
Although the kids love playing on their new tablets (so much so that they frequently need to be peeled out of their grasp) the Hudl 2 hasn’t done enough to fully win me over. If you are on a budget then this is a great value-for-money tablet. The vast array of free and cheap games available to download from Google Play is impressive but for some apps (particularly those which require in-app purchases) the hudl 2 often gets stuck in a loop, rendering the game utterly unplayable. The Hudl 2 also takes a while to boot up which isn’t ideal for impatient little ones. In the words of the childrens’ Father, “We should have just got iPads!”
✔ Ample amount of storage space (16GB) for the price
✔ Impressive range of free to cheap games to download
✔ Great price for what you get
✔ Crisp HD images
✔ Solid Stylish design
✘ Apps with in-app purchases are sometimes unplayable
✘ Some apps that you can download are not compatible with this Android device
✘ Charging time
The Hudl 2 is an Android based 8.3-inch tablet produced by Tesco which proves that this budget supermarket has had a good crack at cutting it as a tech-giant too.
The screen resolution is an impressive 1920 x 1200 pixels with sharp, vibrant colours which makes this High Definition tablet very appealing to my two little ones. The size of the tablet is an ideal fit for their hands and laps.
I am also highly impressed with the hardiness of the tablet. A major concern I had before buying the Hudl 2 was how it would fair against my clumsy three year old who doesn’t understand that objects have tolerance thresholds and if you exceed them they will break. Following multiple accidental drops as well as hissy-fit drops, the Hudl 2 has more than proven its robustness over the past two months.
This stylish, robust and good value-for-money tablet would be perfect for the kids if it wasn’t for the fact that using the Hudl 2 can be extremely frustrating when multiple apps don’t work. In the Hudl 2’s defense, this fault may be due to the operating System it runs on. Being married to an app developer I often hear how difficult it is to produce the same high quality app on various devices. There are over 8000 Android devices and often apps are not able to be tested on every single device before they are released. Additionally, there are a small number of other free apps which don’t work on the Hudl 2 due of in-app purchases.
Even though Tesco have recently stopped selling the Hudl 2 and there are “no plans at the moment” to develop the Hudl 3, our Hudl 2 tablets aren’t going away anytime soon because the kids would miss them terribly.