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It has a silly name, but a surprising price. Tesco’s new seven-inch Android tablet, the Hudl, will cost a mere 60 quid and a stack of Clubcard points. Well, when a Google Nexus 7 will set you back £199, every little helps. Ahem. The Hudl incorporates a 1440 x 900 LCD, 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4 …

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A bit late to the party arent they?

Is it me or does it seem they are a bit late, everyone I know has some sort of tablet (Either Android or Apple).

I can't say I am impressed with the name but suppose if its the standard UI it should be easy for the manufacturers to kept up to date.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

For sixty notes and a spec like that they can probably come to the party any time they like. The killer will be the true meaning of the words (from their web page linked in the article): "Hudl comes with easy access to the Tesco world and your favourite Google Apps."

If that means "we've encrypted and locked the bootloader, saddled you with Tesco shopping apps you can't remove and given you access only to a limited set of apps via Tesco Play" then it will be less good. Let's wait and see!

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

It's not going to be that bad. From what I've read it has full access to the play store, so app selection shouldn't be an issue.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

"For sixty notes and a spec like that they can probably come to the party any time they like."

It's only sixty quid if you trade in Clubcard vouchers for the difference. Admittedly there's a multiplier on clubcard voucers, but that's true for most other uses (days out, meals, holidays etc) so the true price in cash and benefits foregone remains the equivalent of £120 unless you just happen to be sitting on a pile of vouchers that you couldn't find anything to spend on.

The interesting thing will be the actual quality of the device. If they can do a decent quality screen, and the device is acceptably reliable, then it will be a very good offer.

Pedant note: Sixty notes will of course be £400, if you're talking about legal tender on the UK mainland.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

don't forget that it will be configured to crash when going to Sainsbury's, ASDA, Morrison's or the Waitrose on-line shopping pages.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

"Comes with your favourite Google™ Apps" as Tesco declare complete with the logos of Google Play, Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Maps, and Youtube

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

Tesco currently have £10 if your spend £75 on the tech part of their online store. Will that be around or even applicable when they start selling the Hudl from it - or conveniently cover the delivery charge.

Personally, I think of Clubcard points as saving for a rainy day that I'd forgotten I was doing.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

They won't be the last: there's a mad dash to get Tablets out ahead of Xmas this year.

And ahead of Apples iPad 5 / iPad Mini 2 in October.

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Pedant note: Sixty notes will of course be £400, if you're talking about legal tender on the UK mainland.

Ah yes, sixty of those £6.66 2/3 notes :-)

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Even more pedantic note: 60 notes = £300. Unless they phase out the £5 note half way through...

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Random off-topic snippet. Compared to the date the old ten bob note was withdrawn, a current fiver has the equivalent buying power of about 7/6...

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

"Comes with your favourite Google™ Apps" as Tesco declare complete with the logos of Google Play, Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Maps, and Youtube

Aye, where's Cyanogenmod when you need it?

Just joking, I expect that it will be on the supported list soon. And when it is I'll get one. £60 + clubcard points, nearly painless at that price.

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"Even more pedantic note: 60 notes = £300. Unless they phase out the £5 note half way through..."

Notwithstanding the much rumoured, but as yet undelivered icon makeover, there is no icon for "hangs head in shame due to inability to do simple mental arithmetic", so I shall just brazen it out by declaring that I wondered who'd spot that first

Or I could mumble about inflation meaning that modern currency isn't worth what it used to be.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

rooted, bootloader unlocked and custom ROM (Cyanogenmod, LiquidSmooth etc, etc) installed means it doesn't really matter how late they are, for the spec and the price it seems reasonable enough for a cheapie tablet.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

Eh? who said the notes were individual ones - you must be getting confused with 60 sheets....

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

Additional pedant note: Scottish £1 notes have never been officially demonetised, so are still legal, though they are very difficult to find these days.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

"Eh? who said the notes were individual ones - you must be getting confused with 60 sheets...."

Ian McKnee, did, up above. "For sixty notes and a spec like that...."

Which is entirely reasonable given the lack of a universally accepted slang term for a pound coin.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

Which is entirely reasonable given the lack of a universally accepted slang term for a pound coin.

It was always "The Maggie" because it's thick, brassy and thinks it's a sovereign.

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@Ledswinger "Pedant Note"

400 / 60 != any legitimate UK banknote currently available.

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@jonathanb

Scottish bank notes are not legal tender in England.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

Or to be really pedantic, 40 fivers + 20 tenners = £400. No-one said the notes were all the same...

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Re: @Steve Foster

Nor are England bank notes are not legal tender in Scotland.

More here: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/about/faqs.aspx#16

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

Uber-pendant note...

"Mainland UK" = Great Britain

( Oh yes it does )

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

They do have Tesco shops up here north of the border you know (and they open till 8pm on sundays too)

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Re: @Ledswinger "Pedant Note"

Fifty £5, five £10, five £20.

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Re: @jonathanb

Scottish notes are not legal tender anywhere. They're just in use in Scotland and accepted reasonably widely in the rest of the UK.

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Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

@Pedantry:

I do believe that the Scottish One-Pound notes are still legal tender, if a bit thin on the ground these days. The BofE 1 pound note is no longer valid, but BofE is not the only bank to issue notes.

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Re: @jonathanb @Steve Foster

Not only are Scottish £1 notes legal tender in England, but you could get them as change in the internal shops of a certain Scottish based bank I used to work for in London. Said notes were used with no problems in the local stores.

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Re: @jonathanb @Steve Foster

Not only are Scottish £1 notes legal tender in England,

Legal tender has a very narrow meaning, and Scottish notes are not legal tender anywhere, even in Scotland. See http://www.scotbanks.org.uk/legal_position.php

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How do you pronounce it?

Hoodle?

Huddle?

I guess they are mainly aiming at the Kindle Fire. But at that sort of price, it might be a handy tablet if you want to get something cheap and cheerful for the kids

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Re: How do you pronounce it?

I'm assuming it's "huddle", as in "let's all huddle round the tablet and watch YouTube videos".

£60 (+howevermanyClubcardPoints) is the sort of price where I would consider giving in to the kids and letting them have one. Tesco are probably big enough to shift these in significant numbers, too.

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Re: How do you pronounce it?

Bugr me if I know, Cosmo. Typical marketing twadl.

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Hudl

What is it with products nowadays with childish names?

If the Sinclair ZX Spectrum had been launched today, it would probably be called the "rainBo" or "colr".

How does it compare to a full specced Asus Transformer / Samsung Galaxy performance wise? Quick enough?

I remember the Next tablet of a couple of years ago. And the HMV 'netbook' that ran Windows CE.

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If the Spectrum had been launched at one period, the top-of-the range model would have been called the Spectrum Turbo. At another time, it might have been called the eSpectrum. And a couple of years ago (Tesco is behind the times) it might have been called Spectrm. Such is the nature of silly naming fads.

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I would have a lot more respect for Tesco today if they had called this thing the Tesco Value Tablet.

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Nah, "Colr" is a web 2.0 site. And the "r" is red...

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Re: Childish Names

Marketing 101 for the current decade: First, choose a product name that will return reasonably distinct hits at the top of the list in Google, and for which you can be sure of getting the .co.uk and .com domain names.

GJC

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Re: Tesco Value Tablet

Never going to happen. The "Value" label is reserved solely for non-discretionary purchases, things like beans and sliced bread. It will never appear on any item that is a considered purchase.

GJC

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"I would have a lot more respect for Tesco today if they had called this thing the Tesco Value Tablet."

Don't forget that far too many Tesco Value products have a defining quality of having been "value engineered" to the point that all utility is lost.

Cynics might argue that we're both right, given that this is reportedly made by Archos.

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Re: Tesco Value Tablet

Dunno about that. I bought a Tesco Value webcam for my mum's PC earlier this year. £5.97 if I recall correctly.

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Re: I bought a Tesco Value webcam for my mum..

Yes, we know. >;)

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Re: I bought a Tesco Value webcam for my mum..

The blue and red stripes over her face are most fetching...

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Re: Childish Names

Tell me about it. We have a new company name from an expensive branding agency which "envisions the qualities of ...." whatever the company is about.

The fact that it's a made up word they could get the .com for is completely coincidental

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These days company/product names appear to be driven more by domain name availability. English words and their combinations all got snapped up by cyber squatters years ago and are now held ransom for stupid amounts of money. That's why we get names/products with letters missing/added.

Having said that, I see that hudl.co.uk is owned by Tesco but hudl.com is not. Perhaps Tesco don't have world domination on their mind just yet.

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Missed this one coming

Oh well you wait for IFA to make sure Samsung isn't besting the current Note 8, (it didn't so I bought one) and up pops what on paper sems to be a decent spec tablet.

The Sammy + stylus is very good for content creation but maybe I could buy a Hudl as target device for some serious App development.. (see Visual Basic for Android.) Now where's my loyalty card.

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Somehow I just don't see there being a queue of people at Tesco's door on Monday morning waiting to be cheered in by happy smiling store staff.

I leave the reader to determine which of the above parts fails.

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>> which of the above parts fails

All Tesco stores I know are open 24 hrs.

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But not on Sundays, so they have a Monday opening time (6am round here).

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Sunday Trading laws mean "24 Hour" branches are open 06:00 Monday to 23:59 Saturday, then 10:00 to 16:00 (or 11:00 to 17:00) Sunday.

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How quaint!

http://www.tesco.com/storeLocator/?bid=2007

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