Best cheap tablets under £200
Don’t fancy spending £399 on a new iPad Air? There are plenty of cheap tablet alternatives available for half the price, or less – Tesco’s Hudl will set you back as little as £119.
When you’re looking for a tablet bargain, it’s important to compare across models to see which suits you best. To help you in your quest, we’ve taken a look at five modestly priced devices: the Hudl, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, Galaxy Tab 3 and IdeaTab A2109. Read on for our guide to the best cheap tablets under £200.
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Google Nexus 7 – £199 (16GB version)
Last year’s Nexus 7 was an impressive tablet, but this year’s model raises the 7-inch bar even further. It weighs just 290g and comes with the latest version of Google’s Android operating system pre-installed. That’s not to mention a dazzling 1,920×1,200 resolution screen, which should prove an excellent choice for watching HD movies.
The catch? It’s 5-megapixel camera won’t serve you particularly well for capturing family snaps and detailed holiday shots.
Read our Nexus 7 review to find out how it performed in our tough lab tests.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – £150
To make the Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung has trimmed down the Galaxy Tab 2’s shape but stuck with a standard resolution display. While this Android tablet is 9.9mm thin, the standard definition screen is nowhere near as good as similarly priced competitors and it’s not a great choice for catch-up TV viewing. Plus, only 8GB of internal storage doesn’t leave much space for apps and music.
Priced at just £150, you do get a fair amount of processor bang for your buck from the Galaxy Tab’s 1.2 GHz chip. Certainly enough to deal with your everyday tablet needs.
Will Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 good enough to be awarded a Which? Best Buy award? Read our first look before the test lab review arrives later this week.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – £199
Formerly Amazon’s flagship tablet, the Kindle Fire HD has been slashed in price to £199. This means you can pick up its 8.9-inch HD screen for an undeniably bargain price. A handy 16GB of storage comes as standard too.
That said, you’ll have to put up with using Amazon’s App Store instead of the Google Play to download your apps. This means a seriously slimmed down selection of apps.
What did we make of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9? All is revealed in our expert review.
Tesco Hudl – £119
Tesco’s Hudl has blown the budget tablet market wide open offering a 7-inch Android device for almost a third of the price of Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display. Surely it can’t be any good? A speedy 1.5GHz processor, crisp screen that’s not quite HD and 16GB of internal storage beg to differ.
That said, its touchscreen can seem slow to use, especially when switching between portrait and landscape mode.
Watch our Tesco Hudl hands-on first look with the tablet.
Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A-F – £180
A dark horse for your tablet cash, the Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A-F is well-placed to serve all your tablet needs. Its solid build quality is matched by a 9-inch screen and fast-paced quad-core processor. You can’t ask for much more within the sub-£200 price bracket.
The IdeaTab A2109A-F does let itself down when it comes to battery life, especially when it comes to web browsing.
How does the Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A-F compare with its rival tablets? Find out in our full lab-test review.
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