Tesco Hudl vs. Amazon Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 & iPad Mini

Richard Fieldhouse (8 October 2013)

Our own British supermarket, Tesco, has made its first foray into selling branded tablets by producing the Tesco Hudl. This is a very competitve market - so does the Hudl measure up?

Well it does have the advantage that you can go and look at it and play with it in your local superstore, and you can buy it using Clubcard points. On paper, things don't look at all bad - the screen resolution is better than the Apple's current iPad Mini and its performance is better than last year's Google flagship offering, the Nexus 7.

But... the iPad still retains its ultimate cool quotient, and its new model will be improving on the screen resolution. And... this year's Nexus 7 has already improved on the speed of the Hudl.

Two more competitors are also waiting to pounce:

  • The Amazon Kindle Fire HD comes at a similar price and many of the same specifications. It is strongly linked to Amazon's online shopping offerings - the books, LoveFilm... It's all at your fingertips, and for some that's a bit to close for comfort. By contrast, Tesco's online store, BlinkBox and the rest are present, but they don't obstruct the use of a fairly standard copy of the Android platform.

  • The Galaxy Tab from Samsung - the world's number 2 in mobile things... Sadly, the launch of this year's Tab3 series has not been totally smooth, but now the 7-inch model - the one competing with the Hudl - has been discounted to make us more inclined to buy.

While the story for the product overall is quite good, the fact that its screen looks a bit washed-out, in a cut-throat market like this, is probably a significant weakness.


  iPad Mini

Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7-inch

Google Asus Nexus 7
Google Asus Nexus 7
Tesco Hudl Amazon Kindle Fire HD  
  Tesco Hudl with BlinkBox  
Recommended 3 starWhy?   3 starWhy? star star Almost      
Available November 2012 June 2013 August 2013 August 2012 October 2013 October 2012 Availability
Operating System iOS 6.1 The Google Platform 4.1 Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.3. Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.2 Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.2.2 Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich - modified) Platform
Display 7.9" LED 7" 7" 7" IPS LCD 7" IPS 7" IPS LCD Display
Resolution 1024X768 1024x600 (169 ppi) 1920x1200
1440 x 900
Apps iTunes App Store (700,000+)   Full Google Play Store Full Google Play Store Full Google Play Store Amazon AppStoreAmazon AppStore Apps
Camera (front) 1.2 MP 1.3MP 1.2MP Yes 2 MP HD Front camera
Camera (rear) 5 MP 3 MP 5 MP No 3 MP No Rear camera
Processor 1 GHz Marvell PXA986
1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual core
Quad Core Snapdragon 1.5GHz Dual Core 1.2GHz NVidia Tegra 3 1.5GHz quad-core A9 processor Dual Core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 Processor
Benchmark   GeekBench 2 - 1,064 AnTuTu 19,572
AnTuTu 12,166
Geekbench 2 - 1,599
AnTuTu 18,450
Memory 512MB RAM 1 GB 2GB 1GB 1 GB 1 GB Memory
Storage and Expansion slots 16 / 32 / 64 GB 8 or 16GB + up to 64Gb on MicroSD 16 or 32 GB 16 or 32 GB 16GB + up to 32 Gb on MicroSD 16 Gb Storage and Expansion slots
Non-Expandable Non-Expandable Non-Expandable Non-Expandable
USB Ports With adaptor Micro-USB Micro-USB Yes Micro USB USB 2.0 (micro-USB connector) USB Ports
HDMI out With adaptor via MHL Via the Micro-USB port using adaptor No Micro HDMI Yes HDMI output
WIFI 802,11 a/b/g/n 802,11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11a/ b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n dual-band MIMO WIFI
3G / 4G 4G option No   No No No 3G
Battery 4490 mAh 4000 mAh 8.5 hrs 10.5 Hrs 9 Hours claimed 11 Hrs stated Battery
Weight 308g 305g 290g 340g 370g 395g Weight
Flash Support No More or less More or less Yes Yes Yes Flash Support
GPS Yes with A-GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes No GPS
Update plans Soon     < This year's update in the next column   Announced and coming soon. Update plans
Comment Happy faceReview saying the Mini iPad is cool and pretty but the Note 8 does much more

Unsure Simley"...hard to see many people finding the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 to be a better choice than the new Nexus 7"

Unsure SimleyNot really a great advance on last year's model


Comes with BlinkBox access

Can be bought via Tesco Clubcard

Unsure Simley7/10 no Nexus 7 2, but still a good value for money, despite screen being "a little murky and washed out."



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