back-to-school with the HP Slate and Pocket Playlist

   I received an HP Slate7 tablet and Pocket Playlist to review and keep.


“I love the Slate!” The 9yo says as she breezes by me. She doesn’t know anything about the operating system or processor. Her only concern is how easy it is to use and how well it works.  Which, REALLY? Isn’t that what we all want?

Different members of my family expect different things out of the technology they use. The 4th grader wants games and videos, the 7th grader wants to be able to get information for the “Bring Your Own Technology” days and her growing obsession with Pinterest, the 10th grader wants access for BYOT days as well as a burgeoning desire for social networking with his friends.

I need a tablet to work as really efficient tool because with my handicap I can’t handle a laptop and rely on tablets for the power and speed to make the mobility worthwhile.

The HP Slate came into our house after an Apple IPad 2 and BlackBerry PlayBook so I felt like we had a good basis for comparison. With kids from elementary school to high school, I felt we covered a fairly wide range of technical needs. Add in my handicaps and Peter’s geektasticness, technology of any kind really gets a workout in our home.


PROS: The size of the Slate is 7 in comparison to the IPad’s 9.5 in. For ease of travel, smaller hands and mobility the compact size worked really well for my family. For auto-correct misery the Slate is bigger than the IPhone and people like Peter, with bigger fingers, can type with no problem. It may not have ITunes but downloading apps and songs through MediaSmart is easy and simple.  The camera on the back of the Slate (pictures you take) was great but the camera on the front of the tablet (video taken of you) was only ok. Watching movies and videos was crystal clear on the tablet. The full suite of Google products is awesome, which may be very personal thing because we use Google-everything.

CONS: Not having the Facebook app was a biggy. The Battery life under full use was only about 5 hours as well.

OPINION: Right now you can get this for $169 and it would be a fabulous buy, it’s a product you won’t feel your palms get sweaty knowing your kids have at school but it WILL provide them the availability of every technical need at their fingertips.


When the Pocket Playlist first showed up I will admit to being less than impressed.

After watching that I was pretty excited, but I was still confused as to what this thing actually DID.

(This is a video of someone else but if you squint your eyes she looks JUST like me)

I thought I got it.

I was wrong.

Oh was I wrong!!

It looks like a Nintendo DS and I wasn’t clear on what it did, how I would use it when I had an IPhone.

Yes, you can use the PP to load up pictures, music and movies. Then download the HP app on your device (the kids and I used IPhones, Peter used a Galaxy), then via local connection to the PP we were all able to access the media. We were all able to watch movies at different points, while someone was browsing pictures and someone else listened to music, IN THE VAN.

The PP can hold  up to 16 novie, 7600 songs or 10,000 p . ictures.

The phones my kids have came with 8g of space. With all their stuff, they’re lucky if they have space for a movie, so the independent space is EPIC! Being able to download from Netflix and watch from our phones is spectacular.

We had to wait at the DMV for 4 hours! How lovely would this device have been to pass the dreary hours. Waiting rooms. Roadtrips. Opportunity for the Pocket Playlist to prove its worth.

At $129 this was definitely a technical brain-buster that proved worthy to us.

Cross-posted at Aiming Low.

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