The top five best-selling tablets

Flagship tablets

With Christmas just around the corner, there’s a veritable festive sack worth of tablets available to fit your present-giving needs. But which one should you choose? From Apple’s shapely iPad Air to the eminently affordable Tesco Hudl, we’ve rounded up the best-selling tablets. Read on to find out which flagship device is right for you.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 [2014 edition] – £399

Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung claims its Note 10.1 [2014 edition] has the best screen available on a tablet. With a dazzling 1,600 x 2,560 resolution it’s certainly the equal of Apple’s Retina display, and is more than capable of showing this summer’s blockbusters in stunning high definition. Elsewhere its 1.9GHz quadcore processor means this flagship tablet certainly isn’t lacking for power either.

That said, its faux leather design looks nowhere near as appealing as the iPad Air. Weighing 537g, the Note 10.1 is also 63g heavier than Apple’s tablet.

Nexus 7 – £199


Standing proud in the budget tablet category, Google’s Nexus 7 offers an array of great features for a sub-£200 price tag. It’s 8.7mm thin, weighs 290g and comes preloaded with the latest version of Android 4.3 KitKat. Combined with a pin-sharp 1200 x 1920 display and a 1.5 GHz quadcore processor, this 7-inch tablet is an excellent alternative to Apple’s iPad mini.

Despite its affordable price tag, there are some cheaper alternatives to the Nexus 7, however. Tesco’s Hudl, for example, is a steal for just £130 (see below).

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 – £719

Surface Pro 2

Part laptop, part tablet, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 can handle both your work and leisure needs. That’s thanks to its Intel Core i5 processor and the Windows 8.1 operating system. These allow you to use Microsoft’s full Office suite (including Word, Excel and more), as well as download programs from outside the Windows Store.

The downside of this flexibility is that the Surface Pro 2 offers just over five hours of web browsing. Not a huge amount if you’re using it out and about.

iPad Air 16GB – £399

iPad Air

Apple’s flagship tablet is a thing of splendor to behold. At 474g it’s the lightest full-size tablet money can buy, so you should be able to carry it around with ease. While the addition of Apple’s new A7 processor chip means the iPad Air is well-equipped to handle your multitasking needs.

If you want to expand your iPad’s storage after you’ve bought it, consider yourself out of luck. You’ll need to get an Android tablet or Surface with micro-SD compatibility.

Tesco Hudl – £119


Tesco: good for fruit, veg and now tablets. The supermarket giant unveiled its Hudl earlier this year and, much to our surprise, it’s a thoroughly respectable device. Running on Android, featuring a reasonably sharp 1,440×900-pixel display and with a 1.6GHz processor, it’s hard to nitpick too much with the budget 7-inch device.

As you’d expect, the Tesco Hudl is a little removed from technology’s cutting edge. Its touchscreen can seem slow at times too, while its rubber back is a little bit Fisher-Price. It seems that, as with everything in life, you get what you pay for.

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6 replies

  1. My Hudl is an impressive machine at an unbelievably low price. I bought it mainly for emails and internet shopping and have found the small screen does not make it ideal for either but they do work and its small size does makes it ideal to carry around.

    I discovered the on-line newspapers and now browse a selection of them, far more than I ever did on my laptop. The Hudl is certainly convenient. It offers many other functions too, so in a few weeks time, I may add to these notes.

    Did consider the latest Nexus 7 but as this was my first Tablet, it might not have been used sufficiently to justify the extra cost. With hindsight, it would have but I am happy to Hudl..

  2. We had some ClubCard vouchers we’d forgotten about, and being worth double in the Christmas promotion Hudls became a steal at £60 worth of vouchers. In effect free (including delivery) as we didn’t have any other use in mind for the vouchers! So we bought three Hudls – two as gifts and one to use in the kitchen / garden. Surprised by the good quality, unbelievable value.

  3. bought 3 hudls, 1 each for the girls, got them in late October, only had black ones left ! even got thanked as the best xmas present ever by our 6 year old , the silence is deafening.

  4. I bought my Hudl using Clubcard vouchers. Generally, I am pleased with it, but lately it is getting extremely slow and frustrating to use. In case this was due to lack of disc space I clear out pictures frequently. Sluggishness can be difficult to track down, so whether it is happening when updates occur, lack of memory, or just slow disc access, I don’t know. I am looking to get another device, and I have ruled out Hudl 2.

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