The Best Budget Tablets Under £150

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Tablets are a futuristic window into another world that a few decades ago could barely be imagined. Now, they're everywhere, affordable and can often do enough to save the need for a laptop.

While Apple started the tablet revolution with the iPad, it was expensive and has largely remained that way. Android tablets as well as Microsoft units have disrupted the market by offering affordable tablets that anyone can own. Now, the tech has come along so far that you can spend under £150 and still get enough tablet to do everything you could want.

But which one is best for you? We've rounded up the best tablets on a budget...

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Apple iPad

The daddy of tablets is the iPad but Apple doesn't come cheap. Well, it didn't initially.

Now, it's possible to buy older generation iPads or mini versions that are far more affordable. Yet they still offer many Apple apps, decent cameras and Wifi connectivity.

The Apple iPad mini 2 can be yours, new, from as little as £180. But we're looking for sub £150 tablets so you might be better off going for a manufacturer-refurbished or used iPad. Then you can pick up something like a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 that's been manufacturer refurbished for as little as £142.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

One of the big names in Android tablet manufacturing is Samsung. There are plenty of Google operating system tablets on offer but the Tab S 8.4 manages to tread the line between being portable, affordable and powerful.

This 16GB, 8.4-inch screen-toting tablet is slim (just 6.6mm), fast with a quad-core CPU and even has an 8-megapixel camera with flash. Oh, and there's a fingerprint reader for security. 

You'll be hard pressed to find more tech crammed into a tablet for the price.

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Tesco Hudl 2

The original Tesco Hudl took everyone by surprise with a low price tag but high-end spec.

The Hudl 2 manages to keep the price down while improving on the original spec. The result is a child-friendly tablet that's tough, features an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution screen, 16GB storage and the Android operating system.

If you're looking for a tablet for the whole family, the Hudl operating system has some brilliant child-specific safety tools. Each child gets a profile so the tablet is locked to age-appropriate apps and online content only. Parents can even set time limits, so a school night might lock the child out quicker than on a weekend. It'll even turn itself off at bedtime.

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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

The Kindle Fire tablet has been around for several generations, improving in spec each time but dropping in price.

The Fire HDX 8.9 as the name suggests features an 8.9-inch display with a whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution. 

This is pretty much the highest-resolution screen of any tablet, let alone one that you can get for under £150. Plus, there's a Mayday button for live tech support should you run into any issues or have any questions. Opt for manufacturer-refurbished or second-hand Kindles for the best deals.

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Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

Nvidia, the graphics processor manufacturer, has come up with a super Android tablet built for gaming.

The Nvidia Shield features a hefty 192 GPU cores in its K1 processor that can make light work of even more advanced gaming titles.

The cores can also elongate battery life, even while streaming movies on a powerful  8-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display. 

Some of the Nvidia Shield variants also come with a handy stylus, making this tablet a capable working tool as well as mobile gaming powerhouse.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

If you're looking for a long battery life on your tablet, the Yoga Tab 3 is the one for you.

Thanks to the unique battery cylinder edge, that doubles as a handle, stand and camera mount for video calling, battery life is a hefty 20 hours.

The affordability savings are made on the 8-inch screen, which tops out at 1280 x 800 resolution. But, the quad-core processor and 16GB storage should keep most people chugging along nicely. The inclusion of Dolby Atmos Audio and 8-megapixel rotating camera are very nice little extras for your buck.

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Nexus 7

Google's own Nexus tablet, from 2013, runs the pure Android operating system and was made to such a good spec that it's still worth snapping up now.

Running a 1280 x 800 IPS display, with dual cameras, Qualcomm processor and Wifi, this tablet can handle any task you throw at it.

All that and it's small on size (fits in your back pocket) and price (under £100) too.
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LG G Pad 8.3

For a big name brand, the LG G Pad 8.3-inch tablet is a really affordable slate. You can now pick one up for under £100 but still get a good-sized unit with some powerful specs under the hood.

The result is an Android tablet that can handle anything you throw at it, without the hefty price tag. The screen is a respectable 1920 x 1200 resolution and everything is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor backed by a decent 2GB of RAM.

Throw in 16Gb storage plus microSD expansion, 5-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras and you've got yourself a powerhouse. For best prices, opt for a refurbished model.

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Need a Little Expert Tech Help?

Sometimes it pays to consult those in the know. Read our guide to buying an iPad or eBook reader and make sure you're getting the best spec for your money.
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