Here's where we present to you 15 of the best budget tablets available to buy in the UK in 2015. All of the cheap tablets you see in this chart have been reviewed by one of PC Advisor's in-house experts.
24 months ago there wasn’t such a thing as a budget tablet, or at least one that we would recommend. Now the market is positively booming. Here's where we review and rank the 15 best budget tablets available to buy in the UK in 2015. Also see: Best SIM-only deals: Best SIM-only and Data SIM deals for smartphone and tablet users
When buying a budget tablet there are a few things that you need to consider, rather than just looking at our very informed chart of the best tablets of 2015.
The first thing that you need to get your head around is that for less than £250 you’re not going to get a tablet that is going to compete with the iPad in terms of specs and performance.
You should still be looking to buy a budget tablet with the best specs on offer. The key areas you should be concentrating on are: storage, screen size, pixel density, processor power, battery life, and size and weight. With regards to all of these hardware categories – excluding tablet dimensions - bigger is always better. For example, a dual-core processor is likely to be better than a single-core processor and a screen with 323 pixels per inch will look much better than a screen with 132 pixels per inch, as a rule
The last thing that you should know is that pretty much every budget tablet around today comes with Google’s Android operating system. This isn’t a bad thing though, as it’s very easy to use and is improving all the time. What this also means is that you are locked into the Google Play app store, but once again, in our expert opinion this isn’t a bad thing either. The Google Play store has an extensive amount of apps, movies, books, magazines and songs available to download. Just make sure that you have a recent version of Android, and that your tablet offers access to the Google Play store. Not all do. Read: What's the best Android tablet?
15 best budget tablets of 2015 UK
- Reviewed on: 21 July 14
- RRP: £199
It's tricky to give the Asus Fonepad 7 LTE a solid verdict, because it's a device we think will appeal to only a few. For anyone looking for a 7in tablet that can make phone calls, the Asus Fonepad 7 LTE is certainly worth a look, though we're not completely sure why you'd want to make phone calls on a 7in tablet.
If you're just looking for a 7in tablet, you'll find better elsewhere. We really liked Asus's £120 Memo Pad 7, and we also love the Nexus 7. Pair the Memo Pad 7 with the £135 Motorola Moto G (which we gave a Recommended award and named 'the best budget smartphone ever) and you're looking at £255 for a brilliant 7in tablet and a brilliant smartphone.
Read our Asus Fonepad 7 LTE review.
- Reviewed on: 6 November 12
- RRP: £179 inc. VAT
One of the better bargain basement tablets we've seen, the GoClever Tab R974 suffers from some of the usual faults of low-cost tablets: poor screen resolution and poor build quality. But it has a great feature set and decent performance. If £200 is your limit and you want a 10in tablet - this is a good buy.
Read our GoClever Tab R974 review.
- Reviewed on: 12 March 15
- RRP: £179 inc VAT
There's little to get excited about with the Acer Iconia Tab 10 but that's fine with a very affordable price tag of £179. It's plain in appearance and quite heavy but apart from a few too many pre-loaded apps, the tablet offers good performance and decent storage plus a handy microHDMI port. Overall it's a good choice if you're looking to spend under £200 on a large Android tablet.
Read our Acer Icona Tab 10 A3-A20 review.
12. Asus Memo Pad 8
- Reviewed on: 27 January 15
- RRP: £169.99
Asus's Memo Pad 8 tablet is stylish, well-built and plenty powerful enough for most users looking to play casual games, browse the web and carry out basic productivity tasks. It is well-worth considering at £120 (you'll find it for that price on Amazon) if display and camera quality aren't top of your priority list.
If you want to save a bit of extra cash and aren't worried about loosing an inch off the display, we'd recommend opting for the smaller but very similarly specced Asus Memo Pad 7, which you'll find for under £100 if you shop around.
Read our Asus Memo Pad 8 review.
- Reviewed on: 1 April 13
- RRP: £230 inc VAT (16GB); £259 inc VAT (32GB)
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is a good-value tablet for those who are happy to be locked into Amazon's system. For a lot of people, that won't matter at all as it's certainly not a bad system, particularly if you want to use it mainly as an e-reader. The hardware is hard to fault – excepting the hard-to-find buttons – and the screen is great for the money. The app store is lacking compared to Google Play, but undemanding users will find almost everything they need.
Read our Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 review.
- Reviewed on: 20 March 13
- RRP: £130 inc VAT
The Archos 80 Titanium proves that you can get a decent tablet without breaking the bank. Its screen isn't high resolution, but it's a good IPS panel which matches the iPad mini for half as much. Performance is also good, as is build quality; only the cameras let the side down. If you're on a tight budget or want a tablet for your kids, this is a great choice.
Read our Archos 80 Titanium review.
- Reviewed on: 19 June 13
- RRP: £149 (Wi-Fi), £209 (3G)
The budget Android tablet market is a brilliant arms race. The Acer Iconia A1 is right in the mix as one of the best tablets in terms of value for money. If you're looking for something to surf the web, use social networks and watch videos on the A1 merits consideration. The fact that it has a microSD card slot makes it a really attractive tablet for £149.
Read our Acer Iconia A1 review.
- Reviewed on: 20 December 13
- RRP: £119 inc VAT (8GB), £139 inc VAT (16GB)
Since we initially reviewed the Fire HD, Amazon released an update which adds a new feature: FreeTime. this turns the Kindle into a great tablet for kids, allowing you to create separate user profiles and limit screen time. Usefully, you can set different limits for reading and everything else, so kids can't sit there playing games all day long.
If you can live with the limited amount of storage in the 8GB model, the £119 price makes this a great choice over virtually all other dedicated children's tablets.
Read our Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013) review.
- Reviewed on: 6 June 13
- RRP: £69 inc. VAT
We can hardly find fault with the hardware, and at this price it's hard to find fault with anything. Since the Nook was set free from the confines of the Barnes & Noble content store it has been an amazing deal. An easy-to-use and well-built tablet at a great price.
Read our Barnes & Noble Nook HD review.
- Reviewed on: 3 July 14
- RRP: £120
For just £120, we're really impressed with the Asus Memo Pad 7. In addition to a good-looking design and sturdy build, it also boasts hardware that rivals tablets with much higher price tags. A higher-resolution screen and front-facing speakers would add even more appeal, but if you're looking for a budget tablet and have been considering the Tesco Hudl, Kindle Fire HD or even the Nexus 7, it's worth investigating the Asus Memo Pad 7, too.
Read our Asus Memo Pad 7 (ME176CX) review.
5. Tesco Hudl
- Reviewed on: 10 February 14
- RRP: £99 inc. VAT
The Tesco Hudl is a budget tablet with a nice design and good build quality. Key specifications are better than the price tag suggests such as the processor and good quality 7 in screen. A microSD card slot and Micro-HDMI port are two reasons to opt for the Hudl over Google and Amazon alternatives.
Read our Tesco Hudl review.
- Reviewed on: 11 January 14
- RRP: £130 inc VAT
For the price, the Advent Vega offers an awful lot and is better than the Tesco Hudl in almost every way. Google’s new Nexus 7 is better overall, mainly because of its excellent screen and battery life, but it costs £70 more and has no microSD card slot for adding storage. If you’re after a budget Android tablet, the Tegra Note 7 is a great choice.
Read our Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 review.
3. LG G Pad 8.3
- Reviewed on: 13 February 14
- RRP: £199 inc VAT
The G Pad 8.3 is undoubtedly LG's best tablet to date and at £199 it's a bit of a steal. A nice selection of hardware and software make this a great choice for a small tablet. However, occasionally laggy performance means the Nexus 7 might be a better choice.
Read our LG G Pad 8.3 review.
2. Tesco Hudl 2
- Reviewed on: 14 May 15
- RRP: £129 inc VAT
Even with the complaints about charging and cracked screens, we can still recommend the Hudl 2. Now it costs under £100, it's a great deal. The one-year warranty is short, and the cameras aren't great, but the great screen, decent processor and microSD card slot make this an excellent tablet and well worth £99. If you have Clubcard vouchers, it can be even cheaper.
Read our Tesco Hudl 2 review.
- Reviewed on: 22 July 14
- RRP: £199 (32 GB)/£239 (1 32GB)
The 2013 flavour of the Nexus 7 is no longer available from Google. But shop around and you can find it in various online stores, at a great low price. Arguably the Hudl 2 offers a similar blend of value and quality, and may even be a bit faster. But you are unlikely to notice, and although the Nexus 7 is still lacking a microSD card slot, for many people will be the best 7in tablet around. It may even be the best value tablet there is.
Read our Nexus 7 (2013) review.