Tesco Hudl 2
The supermarket chain’s update to the original Hudl brings a bigger 8.3-inch HD display, a beefed up quad-core Intel processor, 2GB RAM and Dolby optimised sound. It’s available in a myriad of colours, from purple to pink plus there’s a microSD slot for storage expansion and a miniHDMI connector for outputting media to your TV. All in all, the Hudl 2 is looking like an impressive package, especially for £129.
Kindle Fire HD 6
The smallest of Amazon’s range of Kindle Fire devices also happens to be the cheapest, yet it still packs a decent spec list. Running Android 4.4, but with the obvious addition of Amazon’s heavy UI, the pocketable tab boasts an HD display, quad-core processor and a choice of 8GB or 16GB internal storage. There’s also a front and rear snapper, which can record 1080p video and for the first time for a Fire tablet it will come in a variety of colours.
£79.99 (8GB) | Buy it now on Amazon
Nexus 7 (2013)
The update to the 2012 T3 gadget of the year brings in a new, stunningly bright and sharp display, refined design and faster processor, while pushing the version of Android up to 4.3. Google also added a five megapixel rear camera, wireless charging tech and doubled the amount of RAM, to make a rather enticing high-end tablet for a relatively cheap price-tag.
Acer Iconia B1
Small but mightly, this Acer somehow packs a lot in without affecting its staggeringly low price. The dual-core 1.3GHz processor makes browsing and reading snappy, and the textured back - a feature interestingly dropped by Nexus - gives the small tablet an easy grip, perfect for holding in one hand. Although storage is seriously low at 1GB or 16GB, a micro-SD card slot is included to add up to 32GB of storage. It's a smooth design that's nice to the touch, and would be ideal for an additional tablet for the kids or first-time users.
£107.99 | Buy now from Amazon
Archos 70 Cobalt Tablet
The baby of the tablet game, the Cobalt focuses on packing a lot into a little. The 7-inch screen boasts a 1024x600 resolution and is housed in a body that's only 10.6" thick and tips the scales at 300g. It runs Andriod 4.2 Jelly Bean without any added overlays which, with its 1.2GHz processor, makes it quick and easy. What it lacks in GPS and Bluetooth capabilities, it makes up for by adding mini-HDMI and micro USB connections. It may have a meagre 2MP camera, but it's a perfect grab-and-go for reading on the commute, and it's also incredibly easy on your wallet.
£71.99 | Buy now from Amazon
Lenovo Yoga 8-inch
Weighing in at only 400g, the 8-inch Yoga tablet punches way above its weight - literally. The three-way stand makes it easily adaptable to whatever position you need, and the Andriod 4.2.2 system works smoothly on the 1280 x 800 display. While it's clearly a little brother to heavyweights such as the Asus Transformer Pad and Nexus 10. The alleged 18-hour battery could tip the balance in the Lenovo's favour - along with its very attractive price.
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
Asus may the company behind the Google branded Nexus 7, but they don’t seem to get a whole lot of credit for that, so they’ve decided to go it alone. The Memo Pad HD 7 features a sturdy, plastic build that is available in a wide array of hues, along with a nippy quad-core 1.2 GHz processor. Display wise, the 1,280 x 800 IPS LCD display is decent, especially at this price-tag, though it won’t harm any of the big-hitters.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
Amazon has really beefed up the specs this year, with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM and a unique Mayday feature that puts a trained Amazon customer service advisor right onto your screen. You should get 11 hours of battery life, which can be extender further when reading.
Yep, you read that correct, Tesco has entered the tablet race, going head to head with Amazon for bargain slate dominance. Named Hudl, this fairly well specced tab boasts a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, dual-band Wi-Fi and 16GB of internal storage expandable up to 48GB thanks to the Micro SD. That’s a decent amount of storage, plus the card slot could give it the edge over some of the competition. Screen-wise, the Hudl has a clear 7-inch 243 ppi display, great for watching content from Tesco’s Blinkbox service. It may not be quite as svelte and slim as the new Nexus 7, but it does look rugged and fairly durable. It seems a smart move from Tesco to enter this area, especially as they have a load of apps from Clubcard points to online shopping.
Amazon Kindle Fire (2013)
Amazon are ditching the original Fire model and replacing it completely with the HD model, which has just seen a price drop, spec bump and slight redesign. The new model comes with a 1280x800 resolution 7-inch display, dual-core processor and version 3.0 of the Fire operating system.
Price: £119 (8GB) £139 (16GB) | Release: October 24th | Buy now from Amazon
After seeing numerous price-drops in the past few months, the Nook HD+ has now become a much more viable choice for the budget tablet of choice crown. With its HD 9-inch display, it’s the best option on this list if you want something a bit bigger than 7-inches. Unlike Amazon’s tablets, you’ll have direct access to Google services and the Play Store, while the dual-core processor should keep things running smoothly. Internally you’ve got 16GB of storage to play with, but this can be expanded thanks to a Micro SD slot.
Price: £129 | Buy now from Amazon
As the name suggests, this device is far more than just your run of the mill tablet, in-fact, it’s also a phone. Thanks to the 3G sim-card, you make calls, send texts and browse the web just as you would on any other smartphone. Aside from this headline feature there is a 7-inch HD display with good viewing angles, a Micro SD slot and a three megapixel rear camera.
Price: £179 | Buy now from Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
Another tablet boasting a 7-inch display, the third iteration of the Galaxy Tab actually keeps the same screen we saw on the original model about three years. The 1.024 x 600 resolution panel doesn’t match up to the likes of the Nexus 7 or even the slightly cheaper Asus Memo Pad HD 7, so you’ll probably end up with slightly pixelated images. Narrower bezels give a more edge to edge feel, plus the battery life is quite good and there are two cameras, however the main selling is probably the similarity the software has to other high-end Samsung smartphones.
Price: £179 | Buy now from Amazon