If you’re looking for the best cheap tablets around, you’ve come to the right place.
Not everyone wants to pay hundreds for a slate, and these top budget tablets are great for web browsing, emails, video streaming and simple gaming.
They’re great to have as a family device, or purely for the kids with a variety of parental controls available (especially on Amazon’s offerings), or for those who want a bigger screen for tasks that are just a little too fiddly to do on a smartphone.
In fact, none of Apple’s current fleet of slates manage to dip below the £250 mark we’ve set for our best budget tablets round up, but if it is iPads you desire check out our best iPad roundup. The most affordable option is the iPad 9.7 which starts at £319.
All hope is not lost though, as we’ve got the list of the best cheap tablets you can buy right now below – but let’s make one thing clear. There aren’t many to choose from.
It’s slim pickings for anyone looking to pick up a cheap tablet these days as the market for low-cost slates has somewhat fallen away, but the ones below offer excellent value for money.
We’re still waiting to see our first budget tablet launch of 2019 as well, which means there aren’t any new entries in our round-up just yet – but the ones we do have below are still worth your consideration.
Before you dive into the list, remember that our best cheap tablets may be about to get even cheaper. How? Well it’s Amazon Prime Day from July 15-16, which is a two-day sales event where the online retailer slashes prices across various product categories, including tech.
In previous years this has seen discounts to some of our best cheap tablets, with Amazon’s own Fire tablets all but guaranteed some form of price drop, and we may see Samsung and Huawei slates also slide. So keep an eye out!
1. Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus
The best cheap tablet you can buy right now
Weight: 300g | Dimensions: 210 x 123 x 7mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 8-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | Storage: 16GB/64GB | Battery: 4850mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP
Camera isn’t great
In a sea of slates and smartphones, crafting a device that has enough personality to stand out and enough quality to be worth caring about is a difficult proposition.
With the Tab 4 8 Plus, Lenovo has succeeded in producing something with a flavor of its own, and something that makes the mid-range Android tablet market worth attention once again.
If you already have an Android device, commute regularly and want something a little nicer than an Amazon tablet, this is the obvious next step.
Read the full review: Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus
2. Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)
An excellent, big screen cheap tablet
Weight: 500g | Dimensions: 262 x 159 x 9.8mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 | CPU: quad-core | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: up to 12 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA
Large, full HD display
Plastic design isn’t premium
Cameras are poor
If you have an Amazon Prime membership and you want a big screen tablet for watching movies and TV, reading, and a spot of gaming, the Fire HD 10 is a great option. If you also have a limited budget, then it’s your best option.
It’s a great value package for a 10-inch screen tablet. It does have obvious weaknesses, like the plastic design and useless cameras, but they’re understandable in a tablet at this price.
Read the full review: Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)
3. Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018)
If you live on Amazon you’ll want a Fire
Weight: 363g | Dimensions: 214 x 128 x 9.7mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 8-inch | Resolution: 800 x 1280 | CPU: 1.3GHz quad-core | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: 2MP
Few meaningful upgrades
A little slow in places
The Amazon HD 8 was rebooted for 2018 with a slightly updated look, better front facing camera and a larger storage option.
They are useful upgrades and ensure it remains in our best budget tablet list.
It’s no tablet king, but it does what it sets out to well. Its crazy low price tag means it’s perfect to hand off to the kids without the fear that they’re wielding an expensive bit of kit around.
It may be too small for some, and the cameras aren’t up to much, but the Fire HD 8 gives you the core tablet experience for not very much outlay, making it a budget tablet worth buying.
Read the full review: Amazon Fire HD 8
Amazon’s latest slate is a very cheap, very basic tablet
Weight: 286g | Dimensions: 192 x 115 x 9.6mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 7-inch | Resolution: 1,024 x 600 | CPU: 1.3GHz Quad-core | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: up to 7 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA
Disappointing non-HD screen
Poor battery life
Notice the lack of ‘HD’ in the name of the Amazon Fire 7, compared to the other Amazon slates on this list? That’s because the screen quality of the tablet is, well, not HD.
That’s a compromise you’ll have to make if you’re wanting Amazon’s latest, super-cheap device, as it won’t grace your eyes with a stunning display or slick performance. However there is enough power under the hood to get you through basic tasks, like streaming content or shopping.
It’s also great as a Kindle device, if you want your Kindle to also come with Alexa and the internet and the best books of all, movies.
Read the full review: Amazon Fire 7 (2019)
iPad 9.7 (32GB): best budget iPad
The new iPad 9.7 is fantastically well priced, offering up the latest Apple power and software in a slick, premium package. Its large, 9.7-inch display is bright and colourful, and there’s enough grunt under the hood to run anything you throw at it.