Solutions Through IT

August 17, 2015

Product Review: HP 8 G2 (The Android iPad Mini 3 equivalent?)

Filed under: Android, HP, Review — solutionsthroughit @ 16:19

Should you buy it?

Yes – if you factor in the considerations below (if you want a cheaper iPad mini sized device). 

A little more detail …

At the moment, with Android 4.4.2 this unit is a competitor to the iPad mini 2/3, however, it is a compromise.  The screen resolution is half that of an iPad Mini 2, the cameras are 1/2 the MP of the iPad and the battery life is about 1/2 as well.  Compared to the iPad mini 2 directly, it is clearly the lesser of the two products.  However, most people don’t use tablets side by side.  During my review, I was satisfied with the screen for playing games and Facebook / internet access through Chrome or Firefox.  My only issue is that the battery life is somewhat limited, and requires you to be close to power if you want to use it for long periods of time.

Pros

  • Price is cheaper – I managed to get this on special for less than 1/2 the price of an iPad mini 2
  • It’s Android (if that matters) and opens up different opportunities to the Apple store
  • Customisable – If you’re not used to Android, you’ll find that almost all the parts (keyboard/screen saver / browsers) are upgradable or changeable.
  • Most apps are indistinguishable from the iPad equivalents, performance wise (resolution aside).
  • No fingerprint reader to exploit!
  • Expandable storage – you don’t have to pay exceptionally higher costs for storage.

Cons

  • Battery life is limited.  With heavy use, expect only 3-5 hours, especially if you are using Wi-Fi
  • Screen does dim as far down as other devices.  The lowest brightness setting is still quite bright.  Not great for night usage.
  • Out of the box, it needs tweaking.  I had to replace the default keyboard and launcher before the tablet was ‘snappy’ enough to be usable.
  • No update on when or if Lollipop or Android “M” will be released for it.
  • Buttons are set further back than the iPad mini’s, and if you are used to this location, you may have to re-learn the position of the buttons

Product Specs

  HP 8 G2 iPad Mini 2/3
Processor (SOC) Quad-Core A33 (1.2Ghz, 32Bit) Dual Core A7 APL0698 (1.3Ghz, 64Bit)
GPU ARM Mali-4000 MP2 (2 Cores) PowerVR G6430 MP4 (4 Cores)
RAM 1GB DDR3 SDRAM 1GB LPDDR3
Internal Storage 16GB eMMC 16/64/128GB
Wireless / Bluetooth Yes (b/g/n) / Yes (4.0LE) Yes( a/b/g/n) / Yes (4.0 LE)
Battery / Life 4000 mAh / Up to 7 Hours (~4 hours with moderate use) 6470mAh / ~10 Hours (~4-8 with moderate use)
Display 7.85” IPS, 1024×768 (163 ppi) 7.9” IPS, 2048 x 1536 (324 ppi)
Camera (Front / Rear) 0.3MP / 2MP 1.2MP / 5.0 MP
Expandable Storage Yes, SD to 32GB No
GPS GPS (no other tracking assist) GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS
Connectors USB 2.0 / 3.5mm Apple proprietary
Wireless Charging No No
2/3/4G No Yes, at additional cost / different model
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