Driven by a quad-core 64 bit Intel Bay Trail class processor, the HP ElitePad 1000 G2 isn’t intended to compete with top-of-the-line specs. But it’s also no slouch, boasting a normal speed of 1.6 GHz, and a “burst” speed of 2.4 GHz. We’ve already seen what Intel’s speed bursts can do in Acer’s Android tablets, and it’s quite impressive.
Although this ElitePad may not measure up to higher end devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, it’s definitely nothing to be trifled with. And it’s certainly adequate for day-to-day corporate usage, as long as you’re not trying to play high end 3D games on your breaks. Not that the Intel HD4000 display subsystem would be good for that anyway.
All this is rounded out by 4 GB of RAM and a 64 GB internal SSD.
We’ll admit, We’re still not big fans of Windows 8’s tablet UI. As we’ve said before, it feels like Microsoft tried much too hard to make it completely un-like the experience for Android and iOS, and in the process managed to make it less intuitive than it should be. Still, if you do happen to like Windows 8, you’ll be well served by this HP tablet. We’ll give Microsoft this, it doesn’t brook manufacturers adding to or subtracting from the basic features of a Windows device, unlike Google with its licensees such as Samsung. Some of those changes could be great, some terrible, but always a little bit off. With Windows 8 though, you know what you’re getting.
At the bottom line, this is a very basic Windows 8.1 tablet; no more, no less. If you like Windows tablets, you’ll be happy; if you don’t, well, you really should consider an Apple iPad Air 2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
The camera on this ElitePad is fairly typical, providing quality and resolution adequate to basic use, which is all most buyers probably want. Not being a consumer-focused device, the camera will probably see more use scanning barcodes than it will taking panorama shots.
Overall, the second-generation ElitePad 1000’s battery life is adequate. Lasting around 8 hours of average drain, the internal battery is good enough to get through a work day even with extensive use. And it’s in line with other 10-inch tablets, even if many Android and iPad models last a little longer.
HP advertises the expansion sleeve with added (optional and sold separately) battery can add 20 hours to the device’s standard battery life. Not having received one of these, we can’t test that claim, so we’ll stick to “adequate,” although if you need more than that the sleeve starts to look pretty good.