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April 17, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 2:27pm

Top 5 budget tablets for 2014

Want a tablet on the cheap? Here are the latest and best budget tablets on the market.

By Ben Sullivan

Keeping up to date with the latest gadgets is an expensive hobby, but if you’re after a new tablet, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Forget iPads, Surface RTs and the latest bend-over-backwards Lenovos, here CBR has collated five of the best budget tablets you can get right now.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

With a fast quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and the much advertised Mayday feature, the Kindle Fire HDX is an absolute bargain. For £199 off Amazon, you can get the 16GB model, which boasts the 7 inch 1920×1200 323 PPI HDX display, and up to 11 hours battery life.


Nexus 7 2013

Some herald Google’s Nexus 7 as the best tablet ever, let alone best budget tablet. The 16GB model is currently at £159 on Amazon, and you get a premium, sleek, fast tablet with the latest version of Android and wireless charging capability. The Nexus 7 really gives the iPad Mini a run for its money, especially weighing just 290 grams. A 1.5GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM top off this Google gem.

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Tesco Hudl

Tesco’s homegrown tablet took the market by storm last year, selling out nationwide. Undercutting the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD by quite a few pounds, the Hudl runs on a budget Android 4.2.2, but at just £119, who can complain? It also has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 7-inch HD display. 16GB of internal storage allows for plenty of room, and it works well with Tesco’s Blinkbox streaming service.



Nook HD+

Thought Barnes & Nobles just did ereaders? Think again. With the Nook HD+, now competitively priced at £175 on Amazon, you get a spectacular HD 1080p 9 inch display, extremely light weight, and a dual-core processor that manages the job better than it should on paper. 16GB of storage comes as standard.



Asus Fonepad 7

A tablet and a phone…a phablet! With a 3G sim-card, you can use this as your standard run of the mill smartphone, but because of its 7-inch screen, it’s perfect as a tablet on the go as well. Just £165 on Amazon, with the FOnepad 7 you get a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of memory. It is slightly let down by its 3MP camera, but when it acts as both a phone and a tablet on a budget, something has to give.


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