With the Nexus 7 launching next week at a surprisingly affordable price, we ask what people are prepared to pay for a new tablet.
Next week will see the launch of the Nexus 7 tablet from Asus and Google. Costing just £159 for the 8GB version, the Nexus 7 looks to set a new standard for affordable tablets.
But are you willing to pay that bit more for an iPad or perhaps even the new Microsoft Surface tablet, which aims to replace a laptop?
For more information read our Nexus 7 first look review.
More than £750 – laptop replacements
While we don’t know for certain how much Microsoft’s Surface tablet will cost, the Pro version is likely to be one of the most expensive tablets we have seen. With a full set of features these tablets are aimed at replacing your laptop and so might not be as expensive as they seem on first glance. For more information read our blog post on the Microsoft’s Surface tablet.
£501 – £750 – 3G and lots of storage included
This price bracket includes the top-end iPad’s including 3G connectivity and the largest amount of internal memory. It won’t replace your laptop but offers premium features and will give you access to the internet wherever you are – depending on signal of course. Read our Apple iPad 3 review for an example of what you get for your money.
£251 – £500 – wi-fi only versions
In this price bracket you’ll find the cheapest version of the iPad and most of its Android competitors. You won’t get a lot of storage space and probably only be able to connect to the internet through wi-fi, but it should still perform well around the house and be well put together. Read our guide to the best iPad alternatives for an example of some of the tablets in this price range.
£101 – £250 – smaller, budget tablets
This is the range that the new Nexus 7 will fit into and offers a much more affordable range. For the cheaper price you will have to make compromises – 3G connectivity will almost certainly be missing and smaller screens will be common. The quality of tablets at this price is certainly improving, but we would strongly recommend checking it will be worth the price before investing. For another example at this price range, check out our first look review of the Disgo 9104 tablet.
Less than £100 – the bargain basement
There aren’t many tablets available at this price and we would suggest thinking twice before going for the most budget options. In the past tablets costing less than £100 have performed pretty poorly in our lab tests and some have even been branded Don’t Buys. Read our review of the Disgo 6000 tablet.
£100 - £250 (37%, 725 Votes)
£251 - £ 500 (34%, 670 Votes)
I wouldn't spend money on a tablet (12%, 238 Votes)
Less than £100 (7%, 137 Votes)
£501 - £750 (7%, 136 Votes)
More than £750 (3%, 45 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,952
To see which tablets performed best in our lab tests check out our Best Buy tablets page.
What makes a Best Buy tablet?
Which? reviews all the latest tablets and gives them a score based on their performance in a range of rigorous lab tests. For more information read our how we test tablets page or watch the video below.