Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

The Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 - when you think of budget Android tablets these are the two most likely to spring to mind.

While the HDX 7 has its roots in Android, the onscreen experience is rather different as Amazon has completely rebuilt the interface to push its own services.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

It's a far more walled-garden approach than traditional Android, but that in turn provides an easier to learn interface and if you're already invested in Amazon's ecosystem it's a smart choice.

In terms of specs the two tablets are very similarly matched, but the HDX 7 benefits from a slightly newer processor and GPU - although there's not a huge performance difference.

Tesco Hudl

Perhaps a bigger rival to the Nexus 7 is the Tesco Hudl, priced at an incredibly reasonable £119.

Unlike the Kindle Fire HDX 7 the Hudl runs an almost stock version of Android KitKat, with just a few additional Tesco focussed features.

Tesco Hudl

The screen doesn't have a full HD resolution and there's less RAM and an inferior GPU under the hood, but considering it's almost half the price of the Nexus 7 those are things you can live with.

You'll get better performance and a superior viewing experience with the Nexus 7, but if you don't want to spend £200 the 7-inch Hudl is a great option.

iPad Mini 2

If you're in the market for a small size tablet and have cash burning a hole in your pocket you'll want to check out the iPad Mini 2 with Retina display.

It has a larger, 7.9-inch display and a supremely premium metal chassis which elevates it above the Nexus 7 in terms of design.

iPad Mini 2

Apple's iOS 7 interface is now well known and the App Store provides far more tablet centric applications than Google Play.

Of course the big sticking point here is the price, and with the iPad Mini 2 starting at £319 it's considerably more expensive than the Nexus 7.