HP SLATE 6
Price: Rs 22,999
Specs: 6 inch display; 1.2GHz quad-core processor; Android 4.2; 1GB RAM; 16GB onboard storage, expandable card slot; Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi; dual SIM; 3000 mAh battery
HP has had an eventful journey in the calling device segment. After acquiring Palm and then reselling it, the tech giant has again launched a device supporting voice calling in its Slate series. HP is calling it a Voice Tab but for me it qualifies as a phablet. There have been phablets from Sony, Samsung and HTC of about the same screen size. But while the Sony Xperia Z Ultra wasn't handy, the Slate 6 is.
Like other phablets, this one has a 6-inch screen with the touch keys a part of the display. There is a dull golden metallic size bezel running along the sides that doesn't gell well with the design. Topping this is the textured back with a slight glossy finish. HP has strategically placed the power key at the right edge and the volume control on the left, making them reachable for single hand operations.
The Slate 6 is successful as a dual gadget. Unlike other phablets that are not comfortable to hold next to the ear, this one is. It doesn't feel too big and offers decent sound quality. What also makes this phablet work is the big screen that can be used for multimedia, browsing the web or handling documentation. Browsing the web was a delight as the text was readable and sharp.
Similarly, the big screen was good for watching videos and playing games. The onscreen keyboard required the use of both hands. The HP Slate runs Android 4.3 and comes with default Google Apps including Chrome, Gmail, Google+, etc. This comes with a 16GB internal storage, out of which 12.37GB is accessible for use.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT:
A phablet that is comfortable to hold, works well