Mobiles & Tablets

HP VoiceTab 6: Joining a crowded market

| Updated on: Mar 19, 2014
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The brand new HP VoiceTab 6 might be the latest device with an identity disorder!

Despite the company calling it a ‘Tab’ it actually just feels like a massive smartphone or a phablet, which in our books is a good thing. The VoiceTab 6 doesn’t feel bulky but definitely makes its presence felt with its 6-inch display. Understandably, it’s not easy to access all the apps and the physical buttons with one hand. What more than makes up for this is the fact that the handset looks sleek and feels really light. Enough to make you overlook its lesser shortcomings. The rear panel has a not-so-subtle pixelated pattern but it doesn’t look too garish.

Build

The display on the HP Slate VoiceTab 6 is a HD IPS display and the screen size makes it a delight to watch videos on. With the IPS technology in the display, you get wider viewing angles so you and your friends can catch up on a couple of videos on the smartphone. The virtual keypad is also pretty intuitive and is a breeze to use. Some might feel like there’s too much travel for the thumbs considering how wide the display stretches. There’s also SWYPE for you to make texting or composing emails easier.

The HP Slate VoiceTab 6 features a 5-meg rear camera HD webcam on the front, along with a 5MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash. The main camera is nothing more than average, and is maybe one of the letdowns on this otherwise decent device. Pictures we shot indoors under decent lighting turned out really grainy, the ones outdoors were marginally better. If decent clicks are a priority for you, then the VoiceTab 6 might not be the one.

Performance

Under the hood, the HP Slate VoiceTab 6 has a quad-core 1.2GHz processor backed with 1GB of RAM, and we were impressed by the overall performance. Games such as ‘Where’s My Water? 2’ ran smoothly without any lags. Only when the battery was drained a bit did the device stutter while launching new apps or swiping between screens.

The VoiceTab 6 comes with 16GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB and a 3,000mAh battery.

The pretty range of colours that the HP VoiceTab was launched in at MWC earlier this year hasn’t come to India. You only get the ‘plain vanilla’ black and white options.

The HP VoiceTab 6 is a dual-SIM phablet offering voice capabilities. It checks some of the boxes off – big, bright display, decent battery life and good call quality. However, as a device it’s not clear who exactly it is directed at. Businessmen on the go seem to be the only ones who could really benefit from a device with this combination of specs.

Love – Good display, lightweight form factor

Hate – Disappointing camera

Rs 22,990

Published on March 20, 2014

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