Seven of the best tablets available for under £100

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There are an astronomical number of tablets that you can go out and buy right now. Some are expensive, other are cheap. Some are brilliant, other are worse than useless. A lot of people don’t want to spend a lot of money on a tablet, mainly because they won’t use it for very much. But when it comes to shopping for a cheap tablet, how do you know which one to pick? How do you know if it’s good or not? Allow us to help you out with our list of the best tablets that cost less than £100

1. Tesco Hudl

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You wouldn’t think of Tesco when it comes to quality tablet design, but surprisingly the Hudl is a low-cost Android tablet that isn’t terrible. The Hudl has a 7-inch HD screen that is both scratch and smudge resistant, as well as a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, a 3,950 mAH battery, and Micro-HDMI output.

Yes it might not have the greatest battery in the world, but Tesco promises that the Hudl offers nine hours of video playback, which isn’t all too bad. It also doesn’t have cellular data, which limits you to surfing the internet via Wi-Fi, but that’s whay you have a smartphone right? All in all, it’s a small tablet that runs well, and doesn’t cost an absolute fortune. What more do you really want from a tablet?

The Tesco Hudl starts at £99.99. Buy it here.

2. Nook HD

Like the Kindle Fire HDX, the Nook HD has also an e-reader that evolved into a fully fledged tablet. The Nook HD runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), with a 7-inch 1440×900 resolution display, a 1.3GHz dual-core Cortex A-9 processor 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, and a 4,000 mAH battery.

The problem with the nook HD is that it’s more directed at the e-book market than the tablet market, so it’s not going to be able to compete with the likes of the Hudl which is a fully operational Android tablet. Saying that if you want something for the basics, and reading, the Nook isn’t a bad way to go.

Prices for the Nook HD start from £85. Buy it here.

3. Kindle Fire HD 7″ (Refurbished)

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Amazon’s previous Kindle generation might seem a little dated now, but if you want something cheap and basic it’s not a bad way to go. With a 7-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, HDMI output, and a 4,400 mAh Battery, it’s actually got some might impressive hardware. It runs on a customised version of Android, which unfortunately bars you from being able to download apps from Google Play in favour of Amazon’s own app store. This is a pain, but considering the apps available from Amazon it won’t affect you too much.

While a brand new 7″ Kindle Fire HD would cost you somewhere in the region of £120, this one is chap because it’s had an owner before. Now some of you might be wary about second hand stock, and I don’t blame you, but each one has been refurbished by Amazon to ensure that it is in perfect working order for you to buy. It’s essentially new, but without the high pricetag.

Prices for the refurbished Kindle Fire HD 7″ start from £89. Buy it here.

4. Asus MeMo Pad HD 7

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This one comes packing a 7-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and a 3,950 mAh battery, all running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean). The specs are fairly middle ground for a tablet, not being overly amazing, but not so bad that it’s a perfectly good waste of time and money.

The downside is that the MeMo doesn’t come with any from of cellular data connection, which limits it to Wi-Fi only if you want to use the internet. But chances are you have a smartphone, so you don’t really need two 3G enabled devices.

Prices for the Asus MeMo Pad HD 7 start at £99.99. Buy it here.

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

One of Samsung’s many offerings to the tablet market, the Galaxy Tab 2 comes with a 7-inch 600×1024 resolution display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, a dual core 1GHz processor, a 4,000 mAh battery, all running on Android Jelly Bean — which means it out shadows most of the tablets on this list.

The Galaxy Tab 2 might be a couple of years old now, and completely overshadowed by the higher spec Samsung tablets that are currently available, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be something to look into — especially if you have a tight budget. Likewise the age means it’s not 4G compatible, but that’s not really a dealbreaker.

Prices for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 start at £97. Buy it here.

6. BlackBerry Playbook

Ah BlackBerry, you try so hard but people still ignore you. The Playbook is one such example, and can be yours for an absolute steal. This version comes with a 7-inch 600×1024 resolution display, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 5,300 mAh battery, and micro-HDMI output. Running on BlackBerry’s own Tablet OS, this is a fantastically high spec piece of kit for the price, especially seeing as it was first released in 2011.

You might be wary about buying from BlackBerry considering it’s financial troubles, but the company’s woes are your gain since it means their products have massive reductions in price in an attempt to clear stock. Take the Playbook, this has 64GB of internal storage for a measly £100. You can’t get that with anything else for that.

It might not have the best display, not does it have cellular data, but considering the price and the rest of the hardware, it’s definitely worth looking into.

Prices for the BlackBerry Playbook start at £99.99. Buy it here.

7. Acer Iconia B1

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Acer haven’t really made a name for themselves in the world of mobile technology, but that’s not a reason to dismiss them entirely. The Iconia B1 comes with a 7-inch 600×1024 resolution display, 8GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, 512MB of RAM, a dual core 1.2GHz processor, and a 2,710 mAh battery. All of this runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

This tablet definitely comes out as average considering it only has half a GB of RAM and doesn’t come with cellular data. The fact that the rest of the hardware is mostly in-line with the rest of the tablets on this list makes you wonder why it costs more than some of them. It might not be particularly special, but it certainly isn’t a waste of money. Whether you decide to buy it or not is up to you, but it certainly isn’t anywhere near the worst tablet on the market.

Prices for the Acer Iconia B1 start at £94. Buy it here. 

By Tom Pritchard | July 31st, 2014