Controls and Connectors
Same as all the recent Android devices, the tablet PC is not equipped with any physical buttons. It is difficult to attribute the buttons to touch-sensitive ones as well. It is just that the system interface bottom is designed to have them. Quite logically then that one is not able to see the buttons if the screen is turned off. Moreover, in some cases, when the application takes the whole screen place, the buttons may get hidden. It is exactly what happened when the Tablet PC was turned on for the first time. Directly after the start-up the device suggested to get connected to Wi-Fi and the buttons got hidden. As there appeared to be no proper access point the downloading process was unsuccessful – there was no possibility to skip that step initializing the Tablet PC.
The front panel doesn’t have any hardware elements. The only object one may see is the “eye” of the front camera.
The only hardware object on the back side is the camera lens as well. To our mind, it is located too close to the device’s edge, and is going to get dirty rather quickly. There are also big chances of covering the lens with a hand when filming.
The upper side of the tablet PC has the display ON/OFF button, microSD card connector and 3.5 mm audio jack.
The left side has no connectors.
The right side has volume regulator, located close to the device’s upper side which is quite convenient when used.
The lower side has the microSD connector and openings of the stereo stereo speakers.
In general the tablet PC is rather convenient. The control elements are easy reached even if adjusted with one hand.
To get better idea about HP Slate 7 tablet PC one may watch our video review.
The Tablet PC has stylish blue-sided box. The front side has the image of the Tablet PC on the white background, as well, as the company’s logo. There is also a logo of the beats audio software on the box. The marketing specialists promote that sound improving system as one of the tablet PC’s advantages. In general the packing’s design is quite simple.
Inside the box there is a cardboard-made compartment for the device, the gadget itself is packed into the sack from fabric, not the cellophane overwrap, as usual.
Under the tablet PC compartment there is one more compartment for the manual and other documentation. The charger and the USB-cable are packed on the left from the tablet PC in the compartment consisting of two sections.
As it is expected from a budget device the packaging is unpretentious.
The HP Slate 7 brand case can only be bought separately, it is called HP Slate 7 Folio. It costs around $40. It is quite a lot, on the other hand, when did the brand accessories were cheap? Among the case’s distinctive features one may mention the soft lining and hard textured outer surface. The Folio cover creates an impression of closing the Tablet PC as a book. It can also be used as a stand for the Slate 7, it allows position the device at a convenient angle. There are several case colors available, including the black and the red ones.