Five best budget tablets

Chris Torney / 02 December 2015

If you are interested in buying a tablet computer but don’t want to shell out the hundreds of pounds necessary to get your hands on a brand-new iPad, there are plenty of cheaper and more affordable tablet options.

These cut-price tablet rivals might not have all the whistles and bells of Apple’s tablets, but many do an excellent job and may be more than adequate to meet your needs.

1. Amazon Fire

Amazon’s own-brand tablet is excellent value at less than £50 – although other versions such as the Fire HD, which has better resolution, will set you back a few pounds more depending on what size screen you want.

The graphics and sound on this basic model leave a bit to be desired, but if all you want to do is browse the web and watch the odd TV programme, it covers all bases.

Amazon Fire, RRP £49.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, RRP £184.99

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Samsung is one of Apple’s biggest rivals in the smartphone market and its tablet is also worth a look. The RRP makes it look pricey, but substantial discounts are available and at the time of writing, Amazon was selling it for £113.99.

For that, you get a high-quality 7-inch screen, a fast processor and access to loads of apps from the Google Play store.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, RRP: £184.99

Asus Memo Pad 7, RRP £119.99

3. Asus Memo Pad 7

This budget tablet was launched in 2014 – in technology terms, that makes it fairly old, so you should be able to find a decent discount.

The Memo Pad is a good all-rounder, ideal for a bit of web surfing, game playing and e-reading.

Asus Memo Pad 7, RRP: £119.99

Google Nexus 7, RRP £199.99

4. ASUS Google Nexus 7

Another model you should be able to get for far less than the RRP – when we went to press, Amazon had this for less than £120.

This slim tablet has an excellent screen and superb sound, as well as a fast processor, so whatever you’re using it for, you shouldn’t experience any frustrating delays.

ASUS Google Nexus 7, RRP: £199.99

Tesco Hudl 2, RRP £99

5. Tesco Hudl 2

Tesco has recently announced it is no longer making the Hudl, which is a real shame as this tablet offers excellent performance at a very reasonable price.

You can, however, still pick up a refurbished or second-hand model on the likes of eBay. Tesco says it will continue to offer technical support for Hudl users for the foreseeable future.

Tesco Hudl 2, RRP: Was £99. Refurbished models available for less than £50

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