Eight tablets under £250 – part 2

Eight tablets under £250 – part 2Towards the end of last week, I penned the groundbreaking, multi-award winning (ahem) feature Eight tablets under £250 – part 1, and you all know what comes next, right?

Yep, it’s tablets five, six, seven and eight in our countdown/collection/compilation/compendium type thing. Something beginning with 'c', anyway.

Again, these tablets are presented in no particular order. Prices are correct at the time of publication but subject to wild fluctuations. Probably.

Any other suggestions for wallet-friendly tablets, crank the comments.

Eight tablets under £250 – part 25. Google Nexus 7

If you have the full £250 to throw around on a tablet, that’ll get you anything up to the 32GB model of the spanking new Google Nexus 7 2013 edition, which comes in at £239 on Google Play.

However, it’s worth noting that you can chop that price in two and grab the Google Nexus 7 2012 16GB from Carphone Warehouse.

Of course, the Google Nexus 7 2012 was recently treated to the latest version of Google’s OS, namely KitKat Android 4.4.

Display size: 7in (1280 x 800)

Google Nexus 7 2012 specs: quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM

Price: £119 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Eight tablets under £250 – part 26. Tesco Hudl

Sticking at the £119 price point, it’s the Tesco Hudl. It did pretty well in its first week of release, shifting some 35,000 units. Not exactly iPad-level figures, but impressive nonetheless.

The main reason this might pip the Google Nexus 7 2012 above is the presence of a front-facing camera, ideal if you’re planning on making video calls. You filthy beast.

Display size: 7in (1440 x 900)

Tesco Hudl specs: quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 3MP rear camera, 2MP front camera

Price: £119 delivered @ Tesco Direct

Eight tablets under £250 – part 27. Advent Vega Tegra Note 7

At lucky number seven on our list, it’s the newest tablet here, and indeed it makes the bold claim of being the “world’s fastest” 7in tablet.

That’s thanks to the Tegra 4 chipset, comprised of a 72-core GeForce GPU and quad-core A15 Cortex processor, with a fifth core for battery-saving antics. Nice.

Another point to note is the inclusion of a stylus, hence the Note in the title – no doubt a cheeky nod to the Samsung Galaxy Note series.

Display size: 7in (1280 x 800)

Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 specs: 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera

Price: £179.99 delivered @ Currys (£20 cashback available)

Eight tablets under £250 – part 28. LG G Pad 8.3

Rounding off our list, last and certainly not least, it’s the LG G Pad 8.3 from everyone’s second-favourite South Korean manufacturer.

With the G Pad 8.3, LG reckons it’s nailed the “optimum size of a tablet”, and furthermore describes it as “highly-awaited” and “impressive” (if you do say so, yourselves).

Display size: 8.3in (1920 x 1200)

LG G Pad 8.3 specs: quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera

Price: £229 delivered @ Asda Direct (£20 off promotion, usually £249)

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Stelph  Nov. 19, 2013 at 14:13

Personally I think the Tegra Note is the most potentially interesting sub £250 tablet, although Nvidea missed a trick by not including any pen specific apps (massive oversight, whats the point of having palm rejection with no handwriting recognition?) and also not allowing the note to stream games from your PC like the Nvidea shield.

madstock  Nov. 19, 2013 at 16:13

The Toshiba Encore looks like an interesting proposition, spec-wise at least; £250 for an eight-incher with full-fat 8.1, SD expandability & Office. I still don't want one.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2013 at 17:30

I like using my BH's iPad now and again. I really do; and I can see how tablets/iPads are handy for all sorts of people - sales reps, in medical settings etc etc.... But to be perfectly honest: I still don't see any reason to buy one for myself. Between a smartphone and a laptop where's it fit in? I know, I know... I only speak for myself.

madstock  Nov. 19, 2013 at 17:48

I like using my BH's iPad now and again. I really do; and I can see how tablets/iPads are handy for all sorts of people - sales reps, in medical settings etc etc.... But to be perfectly honest: I still don't see any reason to buy one for myself. Between a smartphone and a laptop where's it fit in? I know, I know... I only speak for myself.

At the risk of sycophancy, "Ditto".

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