HP Slate6 VoiceTab vs HP Slate8 Pro: Tablet Battle

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HP Slate6 VoiceTab vs HP Slate8 Pro: Tablet BattleHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Just a moment ago, there are 2 comparison reviews that i’ve already showed, which involved HP Slate6 VoiceTab against other competing devices from the same manufacturer – HP.

Comparing these HP devices with this 6-inch tablet is actually not relevant given that HP Slate6 VoiceTab – first of all -, is a 6-inch tablet, and then it’s also equipped with cellular functionality along with features, which makes this device a giant phone – or phablet if you would -, instead of tablet.

However, i think the comparisons between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and its siblings are still interesting to explore because – besides they are made by the same company -, these tablets also come with some identical hardware specs – like 720p display, 5MP camera, stock Android, microSD card slot and even the same design footprint with dual-speaker grilles on the front (HP Slate7 Extreme).

HP Slate6 VoiceTab vs HP Slate8 Pro benchmarks and gaming performance

Anyway, today i still want to keep the momentum going by giving you another comparison review between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and another tablet. This one – just like my previous reviews – is still coming from the same manufacturer – HP.

It is a Tegra 4 tablet but it’s sporting a much larger and higher resolution display. Some of you probably know it already.

Yes – it is HP Slate8 Pro.

Well, if you want to see how my comparison between these 2 HP tablets, including my review of their gaming performance, then here you go, my comparison review between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate8 Pro.

Introduction

In late 2013 – or to be more precise, around November to December of that year – HP officially launched a lineup of tablets under the flag Slate series.

This tablet series consists in some different models, which 3 of them are HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate8 Pro and HP Slate7 Plus, all powered by Tegra processors (Tegra 4 and Tegra 3).

Of course, the first two aforementioned above are the most interesting ones especially given their Tegra 4 processor, which makes them powerful for gaming.

However, unlike HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate8 Pro is an entirely different category device.

It has no stylus, it uses a larger 8-inch display with 4:3 aspect ratio and it’s more superior in terms of cameras than its 7-inch sibling.

The superiority of this 8-inch tablet also continues in performance. Thanks to its Tegra 4 processor, not only does this tablet perform really fast and smooth, but it’s also more than capable to execute any kind of games on Google Play Store – even the most graphics intense titles like GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5.

The story is very different with HP Slate6 VoiceTab. Despite having a premium and unique looking design, this tablet is probably not such an ideal tablet for gaming.

And that’s shown perfectly by its Marvell quad-core PXA1088, which hasn’t been proved its quality.

The good thing, there are still some awesome great stuff that can be had on this device – like its cellular functionality of course, its bigger external storage capacity up to 64GB, better design and newer build of Android software, along with its new features.

But the questions remain. With all of the great things as well as weaknesses found on each tablet, between HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate8 Pro,

which one that will take the crown as the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one between that is a better device in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets, especially for playing high-performing games?

Soon we'll find out more about the final conclusion of this comparison review at the end of this post. So be sure to keep reading.

Design

In terms of design, i think HP really nailed it with HP Slate6 VoiceTab. From its entire look, we can see how HP Slate6 VoiceTab looks really well-made with gorgeous, solid and even premium materials all over the place.

I’m actually quite impressed to see how this company could come up with such a brilliant design like this. I’m guessing its design team probably has been doing its home work.

However, the entire design concept of HP Slate6 VoiceTab is actually not a huge departure from other NVIDIA – Tegra Note -, which then used as the reference device to make HP Slate7 Extreme.

As a matter of fact, the design of HP Slate6 VoiceTab actually looks really identical with the design of HP Slate7 Extreme.

HP Slate6 VoiceTab
HP Slate6 VoiceTab
HP Slate6 VoiceTab 2
HP Slate6 VoiceTab
HP Slate8 Pro
HP Slate8 Pro

It has the same dual-speaker grilles on the front, there’s also the use of 2 layer color (metal gray and black) around the side of the screen and the corners are also made in rectangular shape.

But despite using the same typical of design like HP Slate7 Extreme, there are still some elements of HP Slate6 VoiceTab that make it look quite different with its sibling (or NVIDIA Tegra Note for that matter) – like the prominent metal trim all over the side of bezels and also, the unique pattern finish found on the back cover, which kind of reminds me with the same unique rear-cover of LG Nexus 4.

Meanwhile, unlike HP Slate6 VoiceTab, the design of HP Slate8 Pro is definitely on the other side of the road.

If HP Slate6 VoiceTab uses 16:9 aspect ratio on its screen, then on other hand with HP Slate8 Pro, this 8-inch device uses 4:3 aspect ratio, similar just the one found on latest iPads.

However, there are still some elements found on HP Slate8 Pro that put this device in the same basket with its siblings – including HP Slate6 VoiceTab -, like the “HP” logo and rectangular corners.

Not to mention, there is also this black layer around the side of the screen, which is pretty thick.

Between these 2 tablets, of course i’m gonna side on HP Slate6 VoiceTab. Not only it's because it has more premium feel and unique design on its rear-cover, but it also comes with dual-speaker grilles on the front, which makes the sound speaker quality louder and much clearer to users.

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HP Slate6 VoiceTabHP Slate8 Pro

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, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, LED flash
2 MP rear-facing camera
microSD Memory Card slot for up to 64 GB
16 GB Internal storage
1 GB RAM
GPRS, Wi-Fi 802.11
microUSB v2.0
Stereo FM radio
Bluetooth v3.0
Java
GPS
* Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

    Released December 2013
    8.0 inch Capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1600 pixels, (~250 ppi pixel density)
    Nvidia Tegra 4 T40 S Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU
    1 GB RAM
    Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
    8 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, LED flash
    microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
    16 GB Internal storage
    Bluetooth
    USB No SIM
    No EDGE
    No Data GPRS
    Wi-Fi 802.11
    No Radio
    GPS
    Java
    Beats Audio sound enhancement
    Non-removable Li-Po 5680 mAh battery
    Talk time (multimedia): for up to 11 hours 

    Comparing HP Slate6 VoiceTab against HP Slate8 Pro is like comparing David and Goliath, but of course, with HP Slate8 Extreme being David (lol), while HP Slate6 VoiceTab is the Goliath simply because it looks superior on the outside, but weak from the inside.

    Well that’s true, in fact HP Slate6 VoiceTab is not on the same level with its 8-inch sibling, especially in terms of graphical and gaming performance.

    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), Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, 5MP and 2MP cameras with LED flash, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 3000mAh battery, cellular SIM card slot (dual SIM) and some other standard features including java, GPS, Stereo FM radio and of course cellular functionality.

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the road, HP Slate8 Pro looks more promising than HP Slate6 VoiceTab in terms of specs.

    It has an 8-inch display sporting the 1800x1200 pixel resolution, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean, 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, front-facing camera that’s able to do 720p video recording, microSD card slto for up to 32GB, 5680mAh battery and some other standard features including Beats Audio, USB, GPS and Java.

    Screen

    When it comes to display, there’s no way HP Slate6 VoiceTab could top its 8-inch sibling, especially in terms of sharpness.

    That’s clearly because HP Slate8 Pro comes with a larger 8-inch display with higher 1800x1200 pixel resolution (or slightly lower than full HD 1920x1200 pixels), as opposed to the 720p display (1280x720 pixels) found on HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

    So for watching movies, reading books, browsing the web or editing documents, HP Slate8 Pro is definitely a lot better to use instead of HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

    But it’s not just on paper, also in real life condition. The screen looks much sharper, text looks readable even from far distance, image looks more crisp and everything just looks really gorgeous on this 8-inch device.

    On the other hand, the 720p resolution found on the 6-inch display of HP Slate6 VoiceTab is actually not too shabby at all. I mean, it may not look as insanely sharp as the 1080p screen on its 8-inch sibling.

    However, having the 720p HD resolution on a small 6-inch display actually looks pretty sharp on this device, but of course you will always need to do a lot of pinch-to-zoom gesture especially when reading books or browsing the web.

    But 720p resolution on 6-inch display is still good enough for most of users.

    User Interface

    Just like all of HP tablets, both HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate8 Pro come pre-installed with the stock vanilla Android UI on their platform.

    And this is a good thing because by using the stock Android OS without any customizations from manufacturers, both of these tablets will be able to perform much even faster and smoother, plus more efficient with the use of battery life.

    The other great thing is, with this stock Android, you’ll be able to find all of the standard features of Android OS.

    HP Slate6 VoiceTab is injected with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while HP Slate8 Pro comes with the older-gen Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

    However, despite having an older-gen software, the Android features of HP Slate8 Pro are actually not far different with the ones found on HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

    Of course, there are some addition of features on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean that can’t be found on HP Slate8 Pro, but they are not that significant.

    So if you’re already familiar with the standard Android UI, then you will feel at home when using any of these tablets.

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    So what do we have here? HP Slate6 VoiceTab has a Marvell quad-core PXA1088 processor, while HP Slate8 Pro looks more promising with Tegra 4 processor and 72-core GPU.

    In terms of gaming performance, there’s no single doubt that HP Slate8 Pro is the champion here against HP Slate6 VoiceTab simply because its Tegra 4 processor and 72-core GPU are just way more powerful than the internals found inside HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

    Basically, with Tegra 4 and 72-core GPU embedded inside HP Slate8 Pro, this tablet is more than happier to execute even the latest and most graphics intense titles like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne or even GTA San Andreas – all run perfectly and of course, in full highest graphics.

    On the other hand, the gaming performance of HP Slate6 VoiceTab is definitely not on par with its 8-inch sibling.

    According to reviews on YouTube, games like NOVA 3 and Beach Buggy Blitz run really laggy on HP Slate6 VoiceTab, with many framedrops and stutter here and there in the gameplay.

    So if you’re really into gaming, then i strongly recommend you to switch to other HP tablets – like HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate7 Plus or HP Slate8 Pro.

    Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate8 Pro, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

    Cameras

    Despite not being as popular for its camera quality just like Apple and Samsung with their iPads or Samsung flagship tablets respectively, some of the cameras found on HP tablets are actually not that bad, in terms of quality and sharpness.

    Of course, they may not be as great as Apple or Samsung devices, but their quality is still pretty good for today’s standards.

    HP Slate6 VoiceTab comes with 5MP and 2MP cameras back and front with the LED flash on the back. Meanwhile, HP Slate8 Pro looks more superior and prominent with its 8MP rear-facing camera that has LED flash on it, plus another front-facing shooter that’s able to do 720p video recording.

    According to what i’ve seen on YouTube, the photos and videos taken with HP’s tablet like HP Slate7 Extreme still look pretty good, especially considering its $199 price tag.

    So basically, you can totally expect the same on either HP Slate6 VoiceTab or HP Slate8 Pro. However, if you’re really into photography, i strongly recommend you to pick up HP Slate8 Pro because it has a much better sharper 8MP rear camera, as opposed to the 5MP shooter on HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

    In low-light condition, you can also count on any of these devices because each of them has LED flash.

    Battery Life

    As a tablet with a much larger 8-inch display and much higher 1800x1200 pixel resolution, of course HP Slate8 Pro is gonna need a much bigger battery capacity than HP Slate6 VoiceTab, which only comes with smaller 6-inch 720p display.

    And that’s what exactly happens here on this 8-inch device. It’s powered by a bigger 5680mAh battery that has a promised of 11 hours 30 minutes for talk time (multimedia).

    Meanwhile, HP Slate6 VoiceTab with its 3000mAh battery is probably not far different especially given its lower resolution display.

    So basically, you can expect to see any of these devices to last all-day-long on a full 100% charge, of course in moderate use.

    But when deployed with some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games/game in the row -, then their battery life could drop drastically to probably just around 5 to 7 hours, maybe less than that especially if you set the brightness to higher level and you also let some unnecessary apps running in the background.

    My Personal Opinions

    So in conclusion, from all of the things that have been compared side-by-side between these 2 devices, i think it’s quite obvious that HP Slate8 Pro is the champion here in this comparison review against HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

    And that’s not shocking actually because this 8-inch tablet is the flagship model from HP, as opposed to HP Slate6 VoiceTab that only gets “mid-end” badge.

    That can be seen perfectly on their hardware specs. HP Slate8 Pro looks really prominent with its ‘flagship’ high-grade quality specs, while HP Slate6 VoiceTab looks somehow mediocre especially in performance.

    The same applies to gaming performance of both devices. HP Slate8 Pro with its Tegra 4 processor and 72-core GPU is just no-brainer that this device is more powerful than HP Slate6 VoiceTab for playing games.

    Thanks to the NVIDIA processor, this tablet is more than capable to handle even the latest and most graphics intense titles like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas – all perfectly in full graphics.

    And this really contradicts with HP Slate6 VoiceTab, with games like NOVA 3 and Beach Buggy running really laggy, although Asphalt 8: Airborne still runs smoothly in medium graphics.

    But despite not being as great as HP Slate8 Pro, there are still some great things to appreciate on HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

    It has a pretty sharp 720p resolution on 6-inch display, it has cellular dual-SIM card support, it has bigger microSD card storage capacity for up to 64GB, it has good quality cameras, it has the newer build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the most importantly, a unique and premium looking design. i

    In fact, the design of this 6-inch tablet actually looks much better and more compelling than HP Slate8 Pro.

    Even so, if you’re really into gaming and you always want to play the latest popular games perfectly in full highest graphics, i strongly recommend you to pick up HP Slate8 Pro instead of HP Slate6 VoiceTab.

    It has a much sharper larger display, much better quality camera, Beats Audio sound enhancement, bigger battery and of course, more powerful graphical and gaming performance.

    Meanwhile, if you’re not a hardcore gamer but you still have small interest to play casual games, then HP Slate6 VoiceTab can still be a pretty good choice for you.

    Besides, with this tablet, you’re still able to play Asphalt 8: Airborne in medium graphics. So i believe it still has the power for playing other heavy 3D games, but of course, not as powerful as its siblings (HP Slate7 Extreme, HP Slate7 Plus or HP Slate8 Pro).

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