Many were surprised and disappointed to hear that Tesco has given up on its Hudl tablet line after just 2 years, despite largely positive feedback from users and reviewers alike for the Hudl and Hudl 2.
 
We thought the Hudl 2 was outstanding value for money in our review and will be hard to beat.  If you missed the Hudl bandwagon, there are some alternatives out there to consider instead.
 

 

Best for price

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 new 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. 

 

Best for security

Lenovo Tab 3 8"

Price: £99.99
Website: Argos

Lenovo

Another cheap but decent tablet to consider is Lenovo’s Tab 3. 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 clever face recognition technology to keep your tablet as secure as possible.

 

Best for getting artistic

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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Best for battery

Huawei MediaPad T1 8.0

Price: £145
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.

 

Best for portability

Asus ZenPad 7.0

Price: £54.99 (refurbished)
Website: Tesco Direct (sold by Laptop Outlet)

Asus ZenPad 7

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

The upside to the display is that it’s an IPS panel, meaning colours look great and it has good viewing angles – but there’s no HDMI port.

If you’re looking for a tablet that looks a bit different too, the ZenPad has a nice variety of colours out of the box including black, white, silver, light green and orange.

The cameras are unable to beat the Hudl 2’s resolution though, coming in at 2-megapixels on the front and 0.3-megapixels on the back.

Running Android, storage is pretty standard with 16GB built-in, but Asus offers 5GB lifetime cloud storage with Asus Web Storage and you can expand it further using a microSD card. It also has 3G, so with a SIM card you can use it as a phone.

 

Best for Windows fans

Acer Iconia Tab 8W

Price: £91
Website: Amazon

Acera Iconia Tab 8W

 

There are some alternatives to Android to consider as well, such as the Iconia Tab 8W which runs Windows 10, meaning you’ll get more of a mini PC experience and use of new digital assistant Cortana.

There are less apps to choose from on this tablet, 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, not only including a headphone socket and microUSB port, but also a microHDMI port which will allow you to output to a TV or monitor.

The 8-inch screen resolution of 1280x800 is lower than the Hudl 2's, and the cameras are both 2-megapixel models.

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