Best budget tablets


...because in 2018 the best tablets offer impressive sound and video performance even if they come at a bargain price. If cheap-and-cheerful is what you're after, then these are the best tablets on the market. And you'll see one brand really knows what it's doing when it comes to excellent cheap tablets.

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Under £50

Amazon Fire 7 (2017)

A cheap and cheerful tablet, and great value for money. Strapped for cash? This is a great place to start.


FireOS | Alexa integration | 8hr battery life

Reasons to Buy
Warm colour palette
Good battery life
Tonally balanced through headphones
Alexa integration
Reasons to Avoid
Unsophisticated picture
Tinny built-in speakers
Poor camera

Under £100

Amazon Fire HD 8

You get the usual Amazon hard sell, but this is a fine budget tablet and offers very impressive performance for the money.

Reasons to Buy
Bright screen
Clean, crisp video
Lightweight design
Adequate performance
Reasons to Avoid
Music could be better organised
No Google Play

Under £150

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)

You'll have to become a part of Amazon's eco-system, but the HD 10's audio and video performance is well beyond the standard a £150 price tag suggests.


HD screen resolution (1920 x 1200) | 32GB or 64GB | 10.1in screen

Reasons to Buy
Lots of screen for the money
Strong video and audio performance
Reasons to Avoid
Feels built down to a price
Very Amazon-centric

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Under £150

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8in

Reasons to Buy
Clever, flexible design
Balanced sound
Good stereo speakers
Decent camera
Strong battery life
Reasons to Avoid
Screen lacks fine detail
A little heavy for gaming