Hot on the heels of the Tesco Hudl , Argos has unveiled its first portable tablet - the MyTablet.

Argos is clearly targeting the same audience as Tesco - families looking for their first tablet for playing games, using the web and social networking and it even comes with built-in parental controls.

Retailing for £99.99, the Argos MyTablet is £20 cheaper than the Tesco Hudl. But price isn’t everything, so here’s a closer look at the differences between the two tablets.

 

What you need to know

  Argos MyTablet Tesco Hudl
Price: £100 £119
OS: Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2
Screen: 7-inch LCD, 1024x600 7-inch IPS LCD, 1440x900
Processor: Dual-core 1.6GHz Quad-core 1.5GHz
Storage:

8GB int, microSD up to 32GB

16GB int, microSD up to 48GB

Connections: Bluetooth, wi-fi Bluetooth 4.0, wi-fi, GPS
Ports: HDMI, micro USB HDMI, micro USB
Battery: 5 hours* 9 hours  video
Cameras: 2MP primary, 0.3MP secondary 3MP primary, 2MP secondary
Colours Silver, pink Black, blue, purple, red

 

Google’s Android operating system is pre-loaded on both tablets providing access to over 700,000 apps.  In addition, the Argos MyTablet comes with 19 free apps including BBC iPlayer and Angry Birds. Both include dedicated shopping apps for their respective stores.

The Tesco Hudl has superior hardware. The screen is sharper and the processor faster, although in day-to-day use, these features won’t make a huge difference for the average user.

On a tablet, the front-facing camera is typically used for video calls using apps like Skype. The Hudl’s higher two-megapixel resolution means picture quality will be much clearer than on the Argos MyTablet.

Of more significant difference is the storage. The Tesco Hudl offers double the storage of the Argos MyTablet, so if you are considering the Argos tablet and plan to download lots of apps and store music, it’s worth factoring in the cost of a microSD card - prices start at around £10 for 16GB.

We’ll reserve final judgement until we’ve had a play with the MyTablet, but it’s great news for consumers that tablets are becoming so affordable and accessible.

White and back Argos MyTablet and Tesco Hudl coloured back *Awaiting confirmation from Argos about battery use