Buying a tablet does not mean that you have to spend a small fortune to enjoy most of the features available. While you will have to shell out more if you want a massive screen with incredible resolution, multi-core processors, and graphics capabilities that enable you to play absolutely any game, you can pick up a really good quality tablet at £200 or less that still provides excellent functionality.
The Google Nexus 7 is, in our opinion, the best lower priced tablet you can buy. It has a 12 core GPU and 7 inch HD display, although the latter won’t feel that much larger than your mobile phone if you have one of the Samsung monsters. Even the 32GB model costs just £199 and there is no microSD card slot so you will eventually have to tidy up your apps and video clips to free up some room. The price more than makes up for this and there is even a £159 version if you’re willing to take a 16GB version instead.
The Kindle Fire HD from Amazon has taken the ebook reader and turned the range into a genuine tablet contender. It will be too simple for some and not offer enough depth in features but for others this simplicity will prove a major selling point. What’s more, it too starts at just £159 and it has a quad core processor to enable effective multi-tasking.
Acer Iconia B1
The Acer Iconia range has a number of gems at different price points. Our favourite is almost certainly the A510 but it’s a little pricey for this list at around £290. The Acer Iconia B1 doesn’t have the greatest looks but it is only £100 in price which is staggering considering it features a 1.2GHz dual core processor, GPS, and actually runs apps and games quite effectively.
Archos 80 Titanium
The Archos 80 Titanium rounds up our list of tablets in the sub £200 price range. It will set you back less than £150 and has a dual core 1.6GHz processor and 8 inch display. It has a rear facing camera, a microSD card slot, and HDMI out but you may miss the GPS and Bluetooth. It looks more like an iPad Mini than any of the other devices available so if you think that is a good thing then this could be the ideal budget tablet for you.
Budget Tablet PCs
The budget arena is still lacking when it comes to tablet PCs but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t a handful of really good options. There are some Chinese manufactured devices that are available at under £100 but you should be careful when buying one of these because there are some reports of poor build quality and a device that is not only easy to break but very expensive to send back for repairs. We suggest saving up until you can afford the Nexus 7.