Apple's sky-high prices mean those wanting a more affordable tablet experience will have to look elsewhere, although the original iPad Mini has seen a price cut since its successor, the iPad Mini with Retina display, came onto the scene.
Google's Android operating system now adorns a multitude of tablets, from those priced at the same lofty heights of Apple's offerings, to those that can be picked up for less than £100 at your local supermarket – although we'd advise against purchasing most of these, and instead check out the superior options below.
Be sure to check out our tablet buying guide too.
If you can't quite hack the lower offerings, and you've managed to scrape together enough money to indulge in a pricier tablet experience, then take a gander at the following:
For those of you who are still with us, well done. To reward you for your loyalty, here are some top tablets for under £250.
7. Archos 80 Titanium
Price: from £120
OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Review score: 4/5
It might be rocking an old version of Google's Jelly Bean platform, but the Archos 80 Titanium still offers a fluid experience at a low, low price.
The 80 Titanium doesn't look or feel as good as the other tablets in this run down, but considering you're getting a 1.6Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8-inch HD display, microSD slot and front and rear cameras it's still a capable device.
If you're looking for a tablet with a decently sized screen and won't cost you an arm and a leg the Archos 80 Titanium will do all your basic tasks with minimum fuss.
- Read our in-depth Archos 80 Titanium review
6. Tesco Hudl
Price: from £119
OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Review score: 4/5
The Tesco Hudl. Yep, that's right, Tesco - the supermarket. Don't let that put you off though, the Hudl is a fantastic tablet that will cost you just a shade over £100.
Normally when a tablet is this cheap alarm bells ring left, right and centre, but the Tesco Hudl is one of those rare £100 slates which you can actually depend on.
The cameras are pretty shocking, it takes a while to charge and it's not the snappiest tablet around, but with a sharp display and ample storage as well as stock Android there's a lot to love about the Hudl.
- Read our in-depth Tesco Hudl review
5. Advent Vega Tegra Note 7
Price: from £129.99
OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Review score: 4.5/5
Now there aren't too many 7-inch tablets out there which rock a stylus, but the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 does, as well as packing Nvidia's powerful Tegra 4 chip which is great for gaming.
The front facing speakers kick out a decent sound and the Tegra Note 7 is blazingly fast in almost everything it does - plus it's pretty cheap too.
When it comes to design it's not exactly a looker, and the screen lacks the full HD resolution of some of the other tablets in this list - but for its price the Tegra Note 7 isn't a bad shout.
- Read our in-depth Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 review