Missed out on the Tesco Hudl 2? Here are 6 budget tablet alternatives

The best-selling budget Android tablet is no longer available, but we've got a a few suggestions that may fill the void.

Many were surprised and disappointed to hear that Tesco gave up on its Hudl tablet line after just two years, despite largely positive feedback from users and reviewers alike for both the Hudl and Hudl 2.

In our review, we said the Hudl 2 was outstanding value for money and that it would be hard to beat. So it's a real shame Tesco is no longer making it.

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If you missed the Hudl bandwagon, there are some alternatives out there to consider instead.

Amazon Fire 7

Price: £49.99
Website: Amazon

 

Amazon Fire 7

If you’re looking for a tidy bargain, then look no further than the Amazon Fire tablet. At a penny under £50, it’s the web retailer’s cheapest tablet yet.

It uses a modified version of Android that is skewed towards Amazon’s own products. If you use Amazon for everything, you'll love it. If not, you may find it a bit restrictive.

It can’t access the Google Play Store, but you can access loads of the same free apps through the Amazon Appstore.

There’s half as much on-board storage as the Hudl 2 (8GB, 5GB of which is usable) but you get free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with the tablet, as well as microSD card support.

It has a basic VGA camera on the front and a 2-megapixel camera on the back. Both are less advanced than the Hudl 2’s 1.2-megapixel front-facer and 5-megapixel main shooter.

The cheaper price does mean that are some drawbacks including a smaller, lower-resolution screen and no HDMI support. But it does come with Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated personal assisant. And at this price, that's pretty amazing. 

Lenovo Tab 7 Essential

Price: £69.99
Website: Argos

Lenovo Tab 7 Essential
 

Another cheap but decent tablet to consider is Lenovo’s Tab 7 Essential. Lenovo is known for making affordable tablet devices, and this is one of its best. It comes with 16GB of built-in storage, but that can be expanded using a memory card. With only 1GB of RAM, it's slower than the Hudl 2, but it does come with GPS for using mapping apps while on the move.

Acer Iconia One 8”

Price: £109.99
Website: Argos

Acer Iconia One

The 8-inch Iconia One is closer in size to the Hudl 2 and shares the same 16GB storage, which you can increase further with a microSD card.

The Hudl’s resolution remains unbeaten at 1280x800 but Acer has packed in its own Precision Plus technology, which uses smaller touch sensors. This makes the screen more sensitive than other tablets and means you can draw on the tablet with a regular pencil rather than a stylus.

Acer claims the tablet’s battery lasts about nine hours, although heavy gaming and browsing will drain it much quicker.

The cameras aren’t far off the Hudl 2 with a 5-megapixel primary snapper and a 2-megapixel model on the front. There’s also no HDMI port like some tablets.

The Iconia One is a tiny bit thicker than the Hudl 2 (9.1mm), but it has the advantage of weighing a lot less at 340g.

It runs Android, so you’ll be able to download apps from the Google Play Store.

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Huawei MediaPad T1 8.0

Price: £104.50
Website: Amazon

Huawei MediaPad T1 8.0

This Android tablet from Huawei breaks the £100 mark but it makes up for it in battery performance which is almost on par with the Hudl 2. The MediaPad T1 has a 4800 mAh battery, which the firm claims will give you up to 16 hours of internet browsing time. The Hudl 2 was a bit better than that though, with a 4900 mAh battery.

Hard drive size matches up at 16GB but RAM is a bit less (1GB) as is the screen resolution (1280x800).

But this tablet still offers fantastic viewing angles, all in a slick aluminium body.

Huawei MediaPad T3 7

Price: £69.99
Website: Currys

 

Huawei MediaPad 7

The MediaPad T3 7's screen resolution is lower than the Hudl 2, so isn't quite as sharp. But the device itself is smaller, thinner and lighter, so it’s easier to carry around.

Though there’s no HDMI port, which is used to plug the tablet into your telly.

The rear 2-megapixel camera is lower resolution than the Hudl's 5-megapixel rear snapper. But its front 2-megapixel one is more advanced than the Hudl's 1.2 front-facer.

Running Android, storage is pretty standard with 16GB built-in, but you can expand it with a microSD card up to 128GB. Great for fitting on enough films to last a weekend away.

Acer Iconia Tab 8

Price: £69.97 (refurbished)
Website: Laptops Direct

Acera Iconia Tab 8W

 

There are some alternatives to Android to consider as well, such as this model which runs Windows 10. That means you’ll get more of a mini PC experience and use of Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana.

Windows 10 has fewer apps to choose from, but many popular apps such as BBC iPlayer and Facebook are still available to enjoy.

One of the great advantages over the Hudl 2 is that it has 32GB of internal storage space, which you can expand further with a microSD card.

There’s a good selection of connectivity options too, both wired and with Bluetooth and wi-fi for wireless connections.

The 8-inch screen resolution of 1280x800 is lower than the Hudl 2's, and there's a 2-megapixel camera on the front for video calls.

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