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Tesco Hudl 2

1. Tesco Hudl 2

Tesco Hudl 2

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  • Reviewed on: 24 November 16
  • RRP: £69 inc VAT

One of the best budget Android tablets to date, Tesco has done the unthinkable and stopped selling its Hudl 2. It’s still a great deal where available, but be warned that many people are selling it at almost double its £99 price at Tesco – just because they can. If you can find one, and even with the complaints about charging and cracked screens, we can still recommend the Hudl 2. Tesco will continue to support its tablet, and the great screen, decent processor and microSD card slot make this an excellent tablet.

Read our Tesco Hudl 2 review.

2. Amazon Fire

Amazon Fire

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  • Reviewed on: 23 November 16
  • RRP: £49.99 inc VAT

It’s certainly not perfect, and the lack of Google apps will still put some people off, but the Fire is excellent value at under £50. The latest Fire OS is so Android-like that it’s easy to use, and the Fire for Kids app makes it possible to limit what you kids can do and how long they can use the tablet. For some people it’s well worth paying double for the Kids Edition version as you get the bumper case and the great warranty. There are some sore points: the poor cameras, the sluggish performance at times, and the long charging time. But at this price it’s hard to complain. And you certainly won’t find a better tablet for the same money.

Read our Amazon Fire review.

3. Amazon Fire HD 6

Amazon Fire HD 6

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  • Reviewed on: 17 October 14
  • RRP: £79 inc VAT (8GB); £99 inc VAT (16GB)

It isn’t perfect, but the HD 6 is really good value. Performance is well above the level you’d expect at this price, as is the quality of the screen. Some might find the 6in screen too small, though, so it’s worth trying to track one down before buying.

Read our Amazon Fire HD 6 review.

4. Kurio Tab 2

Kurio Tab 2

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  • Reviewed on: 3 November 15
  • RRP: £99.99 inc VAT

The Tab 2 is almost great. It combines a proper Android tablet with child profiles and some decent apps. However, the software could be slicker and the screen better quality. It’s pretty good value if you can find it for under £80, though, but at the recommended £99, you’re better off with Amazon’s Fire Kid’s Edition which comes with a year’s subscription for Fire For Kids and a two-year warranty that covers accidental damage. It may lack Android and Google apps, but it has a much better screen.

Read our Kurio Tab 2 review.

5. Amazon Fire HD 8

Amazon Fire HD 8

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  • Reviewed on: 28 September 16
  • RRP: from £89.99

The Amazon Fire HD 8 ticks a lot of the right boxes. It’s affordable, well built and plays back video to an exceptionally high standard. But we’ll say it again – you need Amazon Prime to fully enjoy it. It’s not that it is a complete necessity, but the prominence in the operating system of Amazon’s own apps and services means without a Prime membership it’s a frustrating user experience. This caveat aside, it’s an incredibly priced media consumption tablet that exemplifies Amazon’s place in the low-end market – this over makes it an attractive, interestingly unique option.

Read our Amazon Fire HD 8 review.

6. LeapFrog Epic

LeapFrog Epic

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  • Reviewed on: 28 September 15
  • RRP: £119.99 inc VAT

The updated software and interactive home screen are welcome, but the hardware is disappointing for the money. You don’t get many games included, and there’s limited educational value in what’s bundled. Amazon’s new £99 Kids Edition Fire tablet is arguably a better deal as it has better hardware, a better warranty (with accidental damage cover) and a year’s subscription to kids’ content thrown in.

Read our LeapFrog Epic review.

7. LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum

LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum

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  • Reviewed on: 14 July 15
  • RRP: £99.99 inc VAT

If you’re after a tablet for your kids – or grandkids – the LeapPad Platinum is a decent choice. It’s completely locked down, designed specifically for kids and therefore will withstand the odd knock or drop. Kids will love the pre-loaded content, which is generally good quality, but they’ll be asking for more apps before long, and the choice is much more limited than on an Android tablet or iPad. The best alternative is Amazon’s Fire HD 6 which is a better-specified tablet but doesn’t have a stylus or case. If you can stretch to £119.99, the Kids Edition of the HD 6 comes with a foam bumper case, a “worry-free” guarantee and a year’s subscription to Fire for Kids Unlimited, making it a good deal.

Read our LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum review.

8. iPad mini 2

iPad mini 2

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  • Reviewed on: 16 December 13
  • RRP: £239 inc. VAT

The iPad mini with Retina display is a fabulous tablet. The screen is excellent and more than worth the minimal weight gain. Performance is also excellent, and the 64-bit processor makes this much more future-proof than the original iPad mini. The higher price (compared to the original cost of the iPad mini) may be frustrating, but it’s arguably better value than the iPad Air as well as being more portable. If you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed.

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