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When you think of a tablet we bet you automatically think of an iPad – the two practically go hand in hand. But this top of the range model isn’t the only tablet on the market. In fact, its release has sparked numerous low-cost copycats like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Kindle Fire. So why not ditch the expensive brands and opt for one of these budget-friendly tablets instead?*

1. Tesco Hudl 2

Who would have thought that a supermarket would have produced one of the most talked about budget-friendly tablets out there – well it happened, with the launch of the Hudl 2 by Tesco. The tablet is available in store or online and is great value at only £99. Following on from the original Hudl, this tablet has a larger screen (8.3”) and claims to be up to three times faster!

So if you’re looking for a tablet to do the basics like surf the web and take pictures, then the Hudl 2 could be for you. Tesco Clubcard holders can also use their Clubcard vouchers to cut the price down even further! Alternatively, if you would prefer something a little smaller you can still pick up a refurbished model of the original Hudl for only £49!

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Samsung tablets are said to be one of the few budget-friendly tablets to rival the iPad – so why not give them a shot? The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 has some solid reviews online and has up to 10 hours of battery life – so you can surf the web for hours if you like. Originally priced at £229, the tablet is currently on offer at Tesco for £199. If this sounds expensive, it’s actually pretty reasonable considering the latest iPad Air 2 ranges from £399!

3. Google Nexus 7

If you’re looking for a small-screen tablet, then Google Nexus 7 could be the tablet for you. The tablet launched in 2013 has been given good reviews in its time, so it’s surprising that Google have now decided to discontinue the tablet in favour of the Nexus 9, but don’t worry – you’ve still got time to get your hands on one.

Some major positives of the tablet are how easy it is to use, its strong performance and sharp screen display – but that’s not the best part, its only £132!

4. Nook HD

The 7 inch Nook HD, which is manufactured by Barnes & Noble, is one of the cheapest tablets we’ve found at £69. Don’t get us wrong, it is basic but it’s been getting some great reviews online, so it could well be worth looking into. Although it does look like more of an e-reader, the Nook HD has all of the features of a tablet (surfing the web and downloading apps) – so don’t let this put you off.

5. Kindle Fire HDX Tablet

Sticking with this theme, the Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX is another e-reader/tablet hybrid. With the Kindle Fire, you can watch videos, listen to music, surf the web and play games as well as read books of course. So if this sounds like the type of tablet that you’re looking for, you can pick one up for £149!

So there you have it, why go for a top of the range model when you can save some of your hard-earned cash and go for a budget-friendly tablet instead!

*All prices correct at time of writing – 17/06/15

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