Best cheap tablets: top budget options

The best tablets £250 can buy you

Best cheap tablets top budget options

The iPad Air is ruling the roost as the best tablet in the world, but with prices starting at £399 and rising to over £700, it's clearly priced in a bracket way above many people's budget.

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 such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, 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.

We're also seeing Windows 8 tablets beginning to drop in price, although they're still not at the level of the Android slates.

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.

9. Acer Iconia W4

Acer Iconia W4

OS: Windows 8.1
Review score: 4/5

We always knew it was going to happen, and at last it has. We finally have some low cost Windows 8.1 tablets, and the Iconia W4 is now sitting comfortably within the £250 threshold.

The big selling point of the Iconia W4 is its full blown Windows 8.1 operating system, giving you all the functionality of a PC on an 8-inch display and wrapped in a portable chassis.

Its 1.33GHz quad-core processor may not be the most powerful around, and with 2GB of RAM it's less powerful than some high-end smartphones, but with a decent display and reasonable battery life the Iconia W4 is a solid performer.

8. Lenovo Miix 2

Lenovo Miix 2

OS: Windows 8.1
Review score: 4/5

A superior design sees the Lenovo Miix 2 sneak in just ahead of its simarly specced Windows 8.1 rival, the Acer Iconia W4.

It sports the same 1.33GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, but its 1200 x 800 display is a touch smaller at 8 inches, rather than 8.1 - it's also a touch cheaper than the W4.

For a small tablet that's easy to hold and carry around, the Lenovo Miix 2 8 doesn't get much wrong. It's certainly one of the nicer 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet's we've tried but you'll need to keep your expectations in check.

7. Archos 80 Titanium

Archos 80 Titanium

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.

6. Tesco Hudl

Tesco Hudl

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.