HP Slate6 VoiceTab vs HP Slate7 Extreme: Tablet Battle

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With more and more smartphone manufacturers jumping to the 6-inch bandwagon with the devices, including Apple with its iPhone 6 Plus, now 6-inch giant phones have become the trend in smartphone market.

Samsung actually used to have its own 6-inch giant phone called Samsung GALAXY S4 Mega or something, but i guess it never took off so well so the company probably decided to not continue that model anymore.

HP – on the other hand – apparently is really interested to join forces in 6-inch smartphone bandwagon with its own homemade device called HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

This tablet or giant phone – or phablet, if you would – actually has been launched long time ago in 2014, even few months before iPhone 6 Plus made its debut.

So HP is actually one of the companies that started this 6-inch smartphone trend, besides Samsung, Nokia or even Asus with its Asus Fonepad.

HP Slate6 VoiceTab vs HP Slate7 Extreme benchmarks and gaming performance

Anyway, earlier in the past few days, i’ve been showing you here some of the comparison reviews that involves HP Slate6 VoiceTab against other competing devices like Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1320.

Today i still want to keep the engine going (engine going? Really?) by comparing this HP tablet with other devices that are relevant, like in terms of screen size, manufacturer or any other things.

The challenger today, however, is coming from the same manufacturer. This one is actually one of my favorite tablets of all time - HP Slate7 Extreme -, a Tegra 4 tablet with amazing note experience.

I believe there’s a lot of things to explore on these 2 devices. I’m also really interested to compare their gaming performance and experience.

Well, if you want to know more about my take on the whole thing of these 2 HP tablets, then here you go, my comparison review between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Extreme.

Introduction

Despite having similar design concept, each of these 2 tablets actually falls in entirely different category - HP Slate6 VoiceTab is a tablet with cellular functionality, while HP Slate7 Extreme is more of a note-dedicated tablet, thanks to its DirectStylus.

However, besides being 2 different category tablets, both of these tablets are also not on the same level when it comes to hardware specs and especially performance.

They both may have some similar quality specs here and there on the hardware, like the same 720p display, the same 5MP rear camera or the same sound speaker quality – thanks to their dual-speakers on the front.

However, when pitted side-by-side in gaming performance, it’s definitely HP Slate7 Extreme that looks promising than HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

And that’s because this note tablet is powered by NVIDIA’s beast Tegra 4 processor – which is made for gaming, especially with its staggering 72-core GPU.

The powerful gaming performance of HP Slate7 Extreme really contradicts with the one found on HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

Unlike its sibling, this 6-inch tablet apparently is not powered by a beast processor like the Tegra 4 processor inside the HP Slate7 Extreme.

Inside this giant phone, HP decides to cram Marvell quad-core PXA1088 processor (probably coupled with Vivante GPU, if i’m not mistaken).

This processor is actually the same one found on Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 7.0. So i’m guessing this HP tablet is also powered by the same Vivante GPU just like Samsung’s tablet.

However, despite not having the same great gaming performance just like its 7-inch sibling, there are actually some great things to appreciate on HP Slate6 VoiceTab, like its 720p display, LED flash, 5MP and 2MP cameras, dual-front-speakers, much bigger microSD card slot support for up to 64Gb and of course, the most importantly, its modern looking design, especially on its uniquely-patterned rear-cover, as opposed to the flat surface rear case on HP Slate7 Extreme.

But the questions remain. With all of the things found on both devices,

which one between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Extreme that performs better in gaming performance in this comparison review?

Which one between these 2 tablets that has what it takes to be the best tablet in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of them, especially for playing heavy 3D games?

I will share to you my final conclusion of this comparison review at the end of this post. So be sure to start reading!!

Design

As far as the design goes, HP Slate6 VoiceTab is actually still inspired by the same design concept used by HP on HP Slate7 Extreme.

So basically, they both have the same rectangular shape on the corners, the dark black bezels around the side of the screen and of course, the most importantly, the dual-speaker grilles on the front side.

HP Slate6 VoiceTab
HP Slate6 VoiceTab
HP Slate6 VoiceTab 2
HP Slate6 VoiceTab
HP Slate 7 Extreme
HP Slate 7 Extreme
HP Slate 7 Extreme 2
HP Slate 7 Extreme

However, despite having an identical design, there are still some parts that make them look quite different. Like on HP Slate7 Extreme for example.

It has no metal trim around the side of the tablet and also, its rear cover is really flat with nothing to find except the rear-camera and of course, the “HP” logo on the center.

Not to mention, this 7-inch tablet also has the dedicated port/hole for its DirectStylus, just like the one found on the back of Samsung GALAXY Note tablet to keep its S-Pen when not needed.

This really contradicts with HP Slate6 VoiceTab that has some unique pattern design on its rear cover plus prominent metal trim all over the side of bezels, making it look really solid and premium.

But despite all that, the basic design concept of these 2 tablets is actually not very different, expect with their screen size of course.

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HP Slate6 VoiceTabHP Slate7 Extreme

SIM Dual SIM (dual stand-by)
Released February 2014
720 x 1280 pixels, 6.0 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (~245 ppi pixel density)
Android OS 4.3 Jelly Bean
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Marvell PXA1088 Chipset
1 GB RAM
5 MP rear-facing camera, 2592?1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
2 MP front-facing camera
microSD Memory Card slot for up to 64 GB
16 GB Internal storage
GPRS
Wi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth v3.0
microUSB v2.0
Stereo FM radio
GPS
Java
Colors Black
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
No SIM
Released December 2013
7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, (~216 ppi pixel density)
Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU
1 GB RAM
Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, HDR
VGA front-facing camera
microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
16 GB Internal storage,
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
USB
No Radio
GPS
HDMI port
Java
Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
Talk time (multimedia): for up to 10 hours 

HP Slate6 VoiceTab may have a premium looking design compared to HP Slate7 Extreme, however, when it comes to performance, it’s no-brainer that its 7-inch sibling is way more superior than HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

It’s powered by Tegra 4 processor, coupled with 72-core GPU, as opposed to the mediocre Marvell quad-core processor accompanied by Vivante GPU (if i’m not mistaken).

HP Slate7 Extreme comes with a 7-inch display sporting the 720p resolution (1280x800 pixels), a quad-core Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.8GHz per core, 1GB of RAM, 72-core ULP GeForce GPU, 5MP and VGA cameras back and front, DirectStylus, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, microSD card for up to 32GB, 4100mAh battery and some other standard features like GPS, USB, HDMI port, Java and many others. Not to mention, its software also comes with some dedicated features for its stylus experience.

On the other hand, HP Slate6 VoiceTab also looks pretty promising on the sector of hardware.

It has a smaller 6-inch display with 720p resolution (but lower 1280x720 pixels), a quad-core Marvell PXA1088 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, Vivante GPU (if i’m not mistaken, just like the found on Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 7), 5MP and 2MP cameras back and front with LED flash, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, 3000mAh battery and some other core features like GPS, Java, Radio and of course, cellular functionality.

Screen

On paper, HP Slate7 Extreme may look more superior with its slightly higher-resolution display than the one found on HP Slate6 VoiceTab – 1280x800 pixels VS 1280x720 pixels.

However, in the real life implementation, the sharpness of both tablets can actually be considered as on the same level especially because HP Slate6 VoiceTab comes with a smaller 6-inch screen, as opposed to the 7-inch display of HP Slate7 Extreme.

So you probably won’t notice any difference of sharpness between these 2 devices, even when pitted together side-by-side.

Basically, with 720p resolution found on the displays of both tablets, everything to you throw on the screen still looks pretty sharp, text looks readable and everything looks really nice on these 2 devices.

But of course, you will still need to do a lot of pinch-to-zoom gesture especially when reading tiny text or browsing the web.

But overall, having the 720p resolution on a 6-inch or 7-inch display actually is still good enough for most users - if not the best -, especially considering the affordable price tags of these 2 tablets.

User Interface

As the tablets made by the same company, of course these 2 tablets will come pre-installed with the stock vanilla Android UI, along with all of its features.

However, given their different versions of the software – with HP Slate6 VoiceTab getting the newer Android 4.3 Jelly Bean – of course the one that gets the latest features is going to be HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

However, despite having the old-gen software, the UI of HP Slate7 Extreme actually has a lot more useful features than on HP Slate6 VoiceTab, especially the ones related to its Direct Stylus – like lasso feature, note-taking app, drawing app and many more.

But basically, the overall experience of these 2 tablets is actually not quite different one to another.

They have the same standard homescreen layout, widget element, Google apps, app drawer, drop-down windows and many other more.

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Between the 2, it’s no-brainer that HP Slate7 Extreme is a lot better gaming tablet than its 6-inch sibling - HP Slate6 VoiceTab. And that’s clearly because HP Slate7 Extreme is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor, which is still considered as powerful even in today’s standards.

This really contradicts with the Marvell quad-core PXA1088 found inside HP Slate6 VoiceTab, which hasn’t been proved its quality.

And that’s shown perfectly when both of these 2 tablets are deployed with some of the most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, NOVA 3 and many more.

Thanks to its Tegra 4 processor, HP Slate7 Extreme is more than capable to execute even games like GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne, NOVA 3 or Horn – all in buttery smooth performance and in full highest-graphics.

On the other hand, the story is very different with its 6-inch sibling.

When deployed with games like NOVA 3 and Beach Blitz Buggy, HP Slate6 VoiceTab really suffers a lot to handle these 2 games with many frame drops and stutters along the gameplay. In simple words, it’s just not playable for human being.

The weird thing is, on a much heavier game Asphalt 8: Airborne, HP Slate6 VoiceTab surprisingly is capable to play this game in medium graphics.

But even so, i don’t recommend this 6-inch tablet if you’re looking for a gaming tablet. It may be great for other things like enjoying media contents, taking photos or making phone calls, but for gaming, this tablet will leave you disappointed.

So if you’re looking for a great alternative of HP Slate6 VoiceTab, but from the same manufacturer – HP -, you can switch your target to either HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate7 Plus or HP Slate8 Pro.

These 3 tablets have better Tegra processors and of course, far more powerful gaming performance.

Besides, most of these guys have similar quality specs with HP Slate6 VoiceTab – like the same 720p display, the same 5MP camera and they also have microSD card slot.

So you’ll make no mistake if you pick up these 3 tablets, especially if you are a gamer.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Extreme, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Cameras

Both HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Extreme come with the same 5MP rear-facing camera.

However, in this department, it’s definitely HP Slate6 VoiceTab that looks more superior than its 7-inch sibling especially thanks to its LED flash and 2MP camera on the front – as opposed to the no LED flash and VGA front-facing camera found on HP Slate7 Extreme.

In terms of quality, however, any of these 2 tablets actually is capable to take decent quality shots.

I don’t know what manufacturer that supplies the camera sensor for these 2 devices, but according to some reviews on YouTube, the cameras of HP Slate7 Extreme surprisingly take great shots – even with the VGA front camera. So with that being said, then you can probably expect the same thing with the 5MP camera of HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

Their qualities may not be as great as the cameras of iPads or Samsung flagship tablets, but at least they can get the job done and the quality is still good enough for most of users.

Between the 2, i think the experience of taking photos on HP Slate7 Extreme is much better than on HP Slate6 VoiceTab – despite not having LED flash and only VGA front camera.

And that’s because with HP Slate7 Extreme, you can do some creative stuff in your photos by using the stylus provided on this tablet.

But even so, taking photos and recording videos with HP Slate6 VoiceTab can still be really fun to do especially because it has LED flash on the back.

So if you’re into photography and you happen to love taking photos/recording videos at night in low-light condition, then you are in great hands with HP Slate6 VoiceTab because this tablet will accommodate your hobby really well with its cameras.

Battery Life

HP Slate6 VoiceTab is a 6-inch tablet, while HP Slate7 Extreme is using a much larger 7-inch display. So it’s not shocking if this 6-inch tablet is powered by a smaller battery capacity than the one found inside its 7-inch sibling.

The good thing is, HP Slate6 VoiceTab is equipped with Marvel PXA1088, which is not as power hungry as the Tegra 4 of HP Slate7 Extreme.

So even with smaller battery, this 6-inch tablet is probably more efficient with the use of battery.

Anyway, HP Slate6 VoiceTab comes with 3000mAh battery inside, while HP Slate7 Extreme – as mentioned above – is powered by a much larger 4100mAh battery.

They both are running on the stock Android UI, so their software is not going to drain a lot of power from their battery. Not to mention, they also sport the same 720p display, which is not power hungry.

However, between the 2, i believe HP Slate7 Extreme is probably not that efficient compared to its 6-inch sibling because its Tegra 4 could really suck a lot of power from its battery, especially when doing some heavy gaming.

It may be able to deliver an all-day-long battery life to users in moderate use, but in heavy intense use without resting the screen at all – like for watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, its battery life would drop drastically to probably just around 4 hours to 6 hours.

Maybe less than that, depending on some certain factors (like screen brightness, the use of live wallpaper, the running apps/tasks in the background, etc).

So if you want to achieve an all-day-long battery life on these 2 devices, you can do some optimizations on the software like setting the screen brightness to low, using battery-saving apps, closing unnecessary apps/tasks in the background and many more.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, from all the sectors that i’ve already compared between these 2 HP tablet, i’ve got to say that HP Slate7 Extreme looks more appealing to buy than HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

It may not have the same premium and unique looking design just like HP Slate6 VoiceTab, bigger external microSD card capability, LED flash or newer build of software.

But in the whole aspect, i think HP Slate7 Extreme still looks more superior than HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

I mean, it has – of course – a more powerful processor, which makes it a better performer for playing games. And then, it also has an amazing stylus on the back along with some useful and cool features.

If you haven’t known already, the stylus of HP Slate7 Extreme is really amazing (all thanks to a company named N-trig), you can literally create some beautiful or even professional paintings out of it.

Long story short, the writing and drawing experience on HP Slate7 Extreme is on the same level with Samsung GALAXY Note tablet.

HP Slate7 Extreme is also a more ideal tablet for playing games than HP Slate6 VoiceTab. Thanks to its Tegra 4 processor along with 72-core GPU, this device really screams when playing games.

It handles games like GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5 in buttery smooth performance and the most importantly in full graphics.

On the other hand, HP Slate6 VoiceTab is probably not on par with its sibling, with games like NOVA 3 and Beach Blitz Buggy running laggy and just not playable for human.

Even so, despite not being as great as HP Slate7 Extreme, there are actually some parts that still make HP Slate6 VoiceTab a more compelling tablet than its sibling.

Those are its 2MP front-facing camera, bigger microSD card for up to 64GB, newer build of Android software, LED flash, cellular functionality and of course, a more premium looking design – especially with its uniquely-patterned back cover.

But still, i don’t recommend this device if you’re a gamer. You can switch to HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate7 Plus or HP Slate8 Pro if you want a much better gaming tablet.

So in the whole aspect, i think HP Slate7 Extreme looks more superior than HP Slate6 VoiceTab. It’s better as a gaming tablet, a note-dedicated device and i believe taking photos with this tablet is a lot better to do than on HP Slate6 VoiceTab simply because with its stylus, you’re able to do some creative stuff with the photos.

And this can be really fun to do in the long run, especially when you’re already bored with games, movies or the experience of this device.

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