HP Slate6 VoiceTab vs HP Slate7 Plus: Affordable Tablets in a Fight!

Posted by B. Johnson
January 27, 2015 | 0 comments
HP Slate6 VoiceTab vs HP Slate7 PlusHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Earlier, i’ve just showed you my comparison review between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and its more powerful sibling - HP Slate7 Extreme.

Based on that review, i’ve got to say that HP Slate7 Extreme looks more promising and interesting to buy simply because it offers some great stuff that HP Slate6 VoiceTab doesn’t provide – like its amazing DirectStylus, more powerful graphical and gaming performance.

For the most part, these 2 tablets are actually on the same level – like their display, their cameras, their software and their sound quality.

However, HP Slate6 VoiceTab probably looks more appealing than its sibling given its more premium looking design – especially with the metal trim and uniquely-patterned design on rear-cover.

Today, i still want to bring up HP Slate6 VoiceTab into my next comparison review.

HP Slate6 VoiceTab vs HP Slate7 Plus benchmarks and gaming performance

And just like the previous review, the challenger for this 6-inch giant phone is also coming from the same manufacturer – HP. This one is powered by Tegra 3 processor, however, so it surely has much to say in gaming performance.

Okay then, without further long explanation, the HP tablet i’m referring is HP Slate7 Plus.

Well, if you want to know more about the comparison between these 2 tablets, as well as my review of their gaming experience and performance, then here you go, the tablet battle review between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Plus.

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Introduction

Similar just like HP Slate7 Extreme, its 7-inch sibling – HP Slate7 Plus – can also be considered as a great performer, especially for gaming.

And that’s because the entire performance of this 7-inch device is handled by one of the most powerful mobile processors in 2012 – NVIDIA Tegra 3.

Thanks to this NVIDIA’s homemade chipset, of course HP Slate7 Plus has all what it takes to be a great gaming tablet.

On the other hand with HP Slate7 Plus, the gaming performance of HP Slate6 VoiceTab probably has nothing to write home about because this 6-inch giant phone – unlike HP Slate7 Plus – is only given by HP a processor that’s not really prominent with its graphical performance – Marvell quad-core PXA1088 processor, the same exact chipset found inside Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 7.

And this processor is definitely not on the same level of performance with Tegra 3 inside HP Slate7 Plus. So as a result, this tablet may not be such an ideal choice for playing games.

Even so, despite not having the same impressive performance of gaming just like HP Slate7 Plus, there are still some great things to appreciate from this 6-inch giant phone – like its LED flash, much bigger microSD card support for up to 64GB and more appealing premium looking design, especially on its rear cover.

Besides, HP Slate6 VoiceTab is still on par with HP Slate7 Plus in some departments – from display, cameras, sound quality (dual-front-speakers) and software, as well as features.

But the questions remain. With all of the goodies, along with strengths and weaknesses found on each of these devices,

which one between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Plus that will come out as the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one that is a so much even better device in the whole aspect?

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

We're gonna see more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to keep reading. :)

Design

When it comes to design, there’s actually nothing to write home about on HP Slate7 Plus, especially compared to HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

Basically, it looks really generic with most of Android tablets out there on the market with no characteristic on it.

Its corners are rectangular, there are some thick bezels around the side of the screen and there’s also the “HP” logo on the front and back.

HP Slate6 VoiceTab
HP Slate6 VoiceTab
HP Slate6 VoiceTab 2
HP Slate6 VoiceTab
HP Slate7 Plus
HP Slate7 Plus

In my opinion, this “HP” logo – especially on the back – actually really makes this device look professional than most of its counterparts, probably because this company has been known widely for its computer-related products, especially printer.

But still, for the most part, the design of this Tegra 3 tablet is not nearly as nice looking as the design of HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

Meanwhile, on the sector of design, i think HP did a great job on HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

The entire design of this device actually reminds me exactly with the design of other HP’s tablet – HP Slate7 Extreme -, which is manufactured using the reference device from NVIDIA (Tegra Note).

And this tablet takes some design cues from HTC’s flagship smartphone – HTC One.

So HP Slate6 VoiceTab also has that dual-speaker grilles on the front, there are dark black layer around the side of the screen, and there’s “HP” logos found on the front and rear sides.

But there are something that makes the design of HP Slate6 VoiceTab look quite unique and in fact, more premium than HP Slate7 Extreme or Plus.

And those are its metal trim around the bezels and of course, the unique pattern found on the rear cover.

So the back cover of HP Slate6 VoiceTab has this unique pattern all over the place, which actually kind of reminds me with the same unique pattern on LG Nexus 4.

Between the 2, i think it’s quite obvious that HP Slate6 VoiceTab looks more attractive and more premium than the generic looking design of HP Slate7 Plus.

Its entire design is just unmatched even by all of its siblings in Slate series. One thing i really like from its design is definitely its metal trim all around the side of bezels.

It really makes it look sturdy and solid, plus more premium than most of other tablets on the market to date.

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HP Slate6 VoiceTabHP Slate7 Plus

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)
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Marvell PXA1088 Chipset
Android OS 4.3 Jelly Bean
microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
16 GB Internal storage
1 GB RAM
5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, LED flash
2 MP front-facing camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
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 Capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, (~216 ppi pixel density)
Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU
1 GB RAM
Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus
VGA front-facing camera
microSD card for up to 32 GB
8 GB Internal storage
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
USB
No Radio
GPS
Java
Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Talk time (multimedia): for up to 7 hours 

However, despite not having the same attractive and premium design like its 6-inch sibling. There is still one thing that makes HP Slate7 Plus look better than HP Slate6 VoiceTab. And that is its spec sheet.

Thanks to its Tegra 3 processor, 12-core GPU, higher-resolution screen and bigger battery capacity, it’s really obvious that HP Slate7 Plus is more ideal as a gaming tablet than HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

HP Slate7 Plus is equipped with a 7-inch display sporting the 720p resolution (1280x800 pixels), a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 12-core ULP GeForce GPU, 5MP and VGA cameras back and front, microSD card for up to 32GB, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, 4000mAh battery and some other standard features including GPS, Java, USB and Bluetooth.

Meanwhile, HP Slate6 VoiceTab comes with a 6-inch screen sporting the 720p resolution (1280x720 pixels), a quad-core Marvell PXA1088 processor, 1GB of RAM, Vivante GPU (if i’m not mistaken), 5MP and 2MP cameras back and front with LED flash, Androd 4.3 Jelly Bean, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 3000mAh battery and some standard features like cellular functionality, stereo FM radio, GPS, Java and many more.

Screen

When it comes to sharpness, the screens of both tablets can be considered as equal one to another. HP Slate7 Plus may have slightly higher 1280x800 pixel resolution than the 1280x720 pixel resolution found on the display of HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

However, HP Slate6 VoiceTab comes with a smaller 6-inch display, as opposed to the larger 7-inch screen on HP Slate7 Plus.

So even when pitted side-by-side on the table, you probably won’t notice the difference of sharpness between these 2 tablets.

Basically, they still look pretty sharp and good enough to accommodate your hobby of watching movies, reading books, browsing the web, editing documents (if you consider this as a hobby) and even playing games.

Text still looks crisp and readable, image looks pretty sharp and everything that you throw on the screen looks really nice.

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

User Interface

One of the best things of buying either HP Slate6 VoiceTab or HP Slate7 Plus is probably their UIs.

So unlike most of rivals that usually use manufacturers’ heavy customized skins and UIs, both HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Plus interestingly come with the same stock Android UI.

And this is good because by using stock vanilla Android software, the performance of these tablets will be relatively faster and smoother, plus more efficient with the use of battery.

Basically, with this stock Android UI layering the entire software of both devices, you’ll find all of the standard elements that you’re already familiar with on Android platform – like the standard homescreen layout, widget element, app drawer, drop-down notification and setting window and many more.

So if you happen to be a huge fan of Android OS and its standard UI, then you will feel at home when using any of these tablets. They use the standard design layout of Android and they also have all the features.

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When it comes to design, build quality, cameras, LED flash, microSD card storage capacity, cellular functionality or software, then HP Slate6 VoiceTab is no doubt more superior than HP Slate7 Plus.

However, when it comes to gaming performance, then it’s definitely HP Slate7 Plus that will come out as the winner here in this department.

And that’s not shocking because HP Slate7 Plus comes with NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, as opposed to the Marvell quad-core processor PXA1088 found inside HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

The superiority of HP Slate7 Plus is actually more prominent on its graphical performance, thanks to the 12- core GeForce ULP GPU that is the companion of Tegra 3.

Basically, with Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 12-core GPU and 720p display, plus stock Android UI on HP Slate7 Plus, you’re able to play any kind of games even the most graphically titles like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8: Airborne, NOVA 3, ShadowGun, Dead Trigger, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA Vice City, Horn and other older-gen games released in 2013 or before that year.

And almost all of these games will run on HP Slate7 Plus in buttery smooth performance and even in full highest graphics.

However, for latest games like GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5, i don’t think these heavy games can be played perfectly in full graphics.

Even the second-gen Google Nexus 7 (Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 1080p display) is not capable to run GTA San Andreas in full highest graphics.

So it’s obvious that HP Slate7 Plus will suffer even more when playing this game in full graphics setting.

Anyway, as for Asphalt 8: Airborne – Yes, this game can be played in full graphics, however, it doesn’t run so smoothly, but it’s still playable on this device.

Meanwhile, for playing games, i don’t think HP Slate6 VoiceTab is such an ideal gaming tablet because its hardware specs are not that adequate to handle some heavy games.

This tablet is powered by a quad-core Marvell PXA1088 processor, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and i’m guessing its GPU is Vivante GPU (the same GPU used by Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 7.0 that also comes with the same PXA1088 processor).

According to some reviews on YouTube, HP Slate6 VoiceTab apparently doesn’t run so perfectly especially when playing games like NOVA 3 or Beach Blitz Buggy Blitz (if i’m not mistaken). These 2 games run really laggy and slow especially in the gameplay.

In simple words, they are not playable on this device. I’m not sure if the one to blame its hardware or the games haven’t been updated by developers specifically for this HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

The weird thing is, when deployed with Asphalt 8: Airborne – which i consider as one of the high performing games in today’s standards -, this tablet is capable to play this arcade-racing game smoothly in medium graphics setting (with asphalt reflections, sun glare, etc).

I believe this has something to do with the software updates from the game developer of Asphalt 8 (Gameloft) to this tablet.

However, if you’re really into gaming, i mean like, you are a hardcore game, i strongly recommend you to switch to other HP tablets like HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate8 Pro or HP Slate7 Plus.

All of these siblings have more powerful Tegra processors and they are really great for playing heavy 3D games.

But even so, if you’re not a tablet gamer, and you just want to play casual games like FIFA 2014, ShadowGun or Temple Run 2, then go ahead, HP Slate6 VoiceTab can still be a good choice for you.

Besides, this tablet is also capable to handle Asphalt 8: Airborne in medium setting. So i believe there are some other heavy games that can still be handled by this tablet.

Actually, buying this device as a media-consumption tablet is actually not a bad idea.

I mean, it has good display, good cameras, huge microSD card support, premium design, stock Android OS, cellular functionality and FM radio, which are more than enough to convince tablet shoppers that are looking for giant 6-inch phone from HP.

But then again, if you want a much better gaming tablet, you might want to pick up either HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate8 Pro or HP Slate7 Plus.

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

Cameras

If you’re into photography, then your hobby will be accommodated very well on these 2 devices. HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Plus are equipped with 5MP rear-facing camera.

However, in this department, HP Slate6 VoiceTab looks more promising than HP Slate7 Plus because it has LED flash on the back and its front-facing shooter is 2MP, as opposed to VGA front-facing camera of its 7-inch sibling.

Even so, the rear-cameras of HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Plus are still reliable equally to take decent quality shots.

I believe their camera quality will not be far different with their sibling – HP Slate7 Extreme -, which proved it has good quality cameras, as seen in some reviews on YouTube.

But of course, between the 2, it’s really obvious that HP Slate6 VoiceTab is a much better choice for taking photos because it has LED flash on its back, which can be really handy especially if you love taking photos or recording videos at night in low-light condition.

Battery Life

HP Slate6 VoiceTab is powered by 3000mAh battery, while HP Slate7 Plus has a much bigger 4100mAh battery handling its energy department.

On paper, HP Slate7 Plus may look superior with its bigger battery capacity than HP Slate6 VoiceTab. However, in real life condition, both of these tablets are actually equal when it comes to battery life.

That’s mainly because HP Slate6 VoiceTab is sporting a lower resolution and smaller display. Not to mention, this 6-inch giant phone is also powered by a less-power hungry Marvel PXA1088 processor, as opposed to Tegra 3 processor of HP Slate7 Plus.

So basically, with any of these 2 tablets, you can expect to see them survive in full solid day on a full charge of 100%, of course in moderate use.

However, if you use any of these tablets to do some heavy intense use without resting the screen at all – like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then their battery life could drop drastically faster to probably just around 4 to 6 hours, maybe less maybe more.

But of course, this will also depend on some certain factors – like screen brightness, the running apps/tasks in the background, the use of live wallpaper, the use of many widgets on homescreen, higher clock speed of processor and many more.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, from all of the sectors that i’ve compared between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 Plus, i’ve got to say that HP Slate7 Plus is definitely the one that comes out as the winner here in this review, especially as a gaming tablet.

This 7-inch device may not have LED flash, bigger microSD card support, newer build of software, cellular functionality, FM radio or higher quality 2MP front-facing camera just like the ones found on HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

However, in the whole aspect, in my opinion, HP Slate7 Plus looks more superior than its 6-inch sibling.

That’s mainly because HP Slate7 Plus is powered by a more powerful Tegra 3 processor.

And thanks to this NVIDIA processor, HP Slate7 Plus is a much better performing tablet than HP Slate6 VoiceTab, especially for playing heavy games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Horn or GTA Vice City.

Meanwhile, HP Slate6 VoiceTab is probably not such an ideal choice for playing games because its overall gaming performance is not on the same level with HP Slate7 Plus.

That’s shown perfectly when this tablet is deployed with games like NOVA 3 and Beach Blitz Buggy, which both run super laggy and “buggy” on this 6-inch giant phone. In simple words, they are not playable on this tablet.

This is why i don’t recommend this tablet especially if you are a gamer. But if you’re not a hardcore gamer, then HP Slate6 VoiceTab can still be pretty good tablet for you.

Besides, Asphalt 8: Airborne still runs pretty smooth in medium graphics. So you probably can expect other older games to also perform great on this tablet.

But then again, if you’re into gaming, i strongly recommend you to switch to other HP tablets, like HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate8 Pro or even the much cheaper HP Slate7 Plus.

On the other hand, despite not having all the cool elements found on HP Slate6 VoiceTab, the overall quality of HP Slate7 Plus actually can still be accepted, especially given its $150 price tag.

Besides, it still has 720p display, its cameras still take great shots, it has huge battery capacity, it has stock Android and it has microSD card slot for up to 32GB.

Not to mention, HP Slate7 Plus has a more powerful gaming performance than HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

So it’s still a good purchase for that affordable price point.

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