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, for example, will set you back just £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 HDX, Tegra Note 7 and IdeaTab A1000. Read on for our guide to the best cheap tablets under £200.
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX – £199 (16GB version)
The Kindle Fire HDX range has grabbed several headlines for its handy Mayday feature – which offers live technical support via a video link – but what about the tablets themselves? Well, they’re not too shabby. This 7-inch tablet comes furnished with a speedy processor and a battery life of 10 hours when playing video.
Unfortunately, it runs Amazon’s customised version of Android, which won’t allow you to download apps from the Google Play store. A sore point as the Amazon Appstore’s selection of downloads leaves a lot to be desired.
Find out how the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX fared in our test labs with the full review.
Tesco Hudl – £119
Tesco has blown the budget tablet market wide open by offering the Hudl, 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 you? Well, its speedy 1.5GHz processor, relatively crisp screen and 16GB of internal storage space 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.
Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 – £139
A tablet that’s been built with multitasking in mind, the Advent Vega Tegra Note features a ultra-speedy 1.8GHz processor. Despite this, it’s impressively cheap at a price of just £139 and even comes with a stylus to help with day-to-day note-taking. Not bad if you’re in the market for something that’s a little more powerful than the Tesco Hudl.
That said, the Tegra Note’s screen is a disappointment. With a resolution of 1,280×800, it’s easily bested for detail and clarity by both the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX.
Is the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 good value for money? Find out in our full review.
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? Its 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.
Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 – £110
As one of the cheapest tablets available, it’s hard to look past the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000’s £90 price tag. While you shouldn’t expect a blockbuster device for that amount of money, there’s enough on offer for the A1000 to be deemed good value. You’ll get a solid seven hours of battery life when playing video, and its 1,024×600 resolution screen is decent enough.
That said, Tesco’s Hudl costs only £29 more and comes with a better array of specs. Competition is fierce when it comes to the budget end of the tablet market.