23 Jan Best Tablet Under £100 – Buyer’s Guide
The huge range of tablets on the market makes it difficult to choose the best tablet for under £100, with a good-sized screen, batteries that last and a tablet that performs well. All tablets have their pros and cons so we’ve detailed the most popular tablets for you, going into their various features and capabilities.
Best Tablet Under £100
In the past, tablets were luxury devices and very pricey, you can purchase very expensive models still or you can get a great tablet for between £50-£100. We cover all of the pros and cons of different models, with differing features and prices so that you can choose the best tablet for you.
Below is the feature-table for all of the tablets, clicking on one will take you to it’s individual review below.
|Make / Model||Screen Size (inches)||Battery Life (Hours)||Weight (Grammes)||Memory|
|Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet||8||12||295||2||Check price|
|Huawei UK MediaPad T3 10||10||8||460||2||Check price|
|It UK Quad Core Google Android Lollipop Tablet PC||10||8||470||1||Check price|
Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet
Bigger than the 7 inch and smaller than the 10 inch, the Amazon Fire HD 8 inch tablet is a size that feels just right: large enough to enjoy movies but compact enough to hold in one hand or pop into your bag.
The design may be a bit basic and the plastic back may put off those wanting a more refined looking tablet, but the Fire 8 isn’t trying to compete with the higher end models, so you get what you pay for.
This budget priced tablet won’t win any beauty prizes but what it lacks in sophisticated design, it makes up for in sturdiness. It’s a robust piece of technology and that, along with the lower price and choice of bright colours, make it a great tablet for kids as well as adults.
The Fire HD 8 is lightweight and small enough to pop into a handbag or backpack pouch, and it’s still relatively easy to type with your thumbs.
The plastic casing feels sturdy and solid enough and it can stand up to heavy handed treatment better than the iPad. The tablet already has a kid friendly design, but if you want something for very young kids with a bit more protection, there’s also a dedicated Fire HD 8 Kid’s Edition with a softer, more protective kid proof case available at a higher price.
The 1.3Hz processor with 1.5 GB is fine for all the essentials and internal storage comes in either 16 or a generous 32 GB. There’s also a micro SD slot if you need more storage for watching films on a long journey.
The screen isn’t really HD quality. The 1,280 x 800 pixels are clear enough but it doesn’t have that ultra sharp quality you get with more sophisticated models. There’s no auto brightness and it can look a little dull compared to a smartphone screen.
The Fire OS software is pre-loaded with the standard Amazon apps such as Kindle, Prime Video, Audible, Music, Game and Amazon Apps which offers all the essential add-ons you’d expect such as Skype, Facebook and Netflix.
Amazon App doesn’t have the variety of apps that Google Play offers, and it’s also worth noting that Google Apps or Microsoft Word aren’t available, so it’s not a really suitable for business use. And if you want access to all the Amazon content, Amazon Prime membership is pretty much compulsory.
The low price is reflected in the camera quality, which has been downgraded to 2MP. The VGA camera is very poor and only just workable for the odd Skype call.
However, the speakers are surprisingly clear and deliver reasonably good sound quality.
Alexa, the voice responsive personal assistant is a fun feature and works well, although she’s not totally handsfree; you need to tap the home button before she’ll hear you.
The Fire HD 8 has some great kid friendly features. You can set them up with a separate profile and the kids app lets you set parental controls and time limits for games and videos. It’s ideal if you want to use the tablet too, allowing you to have a totally separate profile that the kids can’t have access to.
The choice of 16 or 32 GB models offer a generous amount of storage with the added bonus of a micro SD slot for storing extra music and movies.
The Fire HD 8 has a more than decent battery life. Amazon claims 12 hours, and it doesn’t disappoint.
Alexa is a fun, well-functioning feature. She’ll give you instant information such as news or weather updates, let you set alarms, make a shopping list and even control your smart home functions.
The Final Word
The Fire HD 8 is an Amazon tablet so it’s obviously Amazon orientated. But it offers everything a casual user should need, and at such a low price it’s a perfect budget tablet for all the family.
Great battery life
Huawei UK MediaPad T3 10
The Huawei UK MediaPad T3 10 is surprisingly stylish for a mid-range tablet. It has the sleek, modern metal design you’d expect on an Apple and an elegant and durable aviation grade anodised aluminium casing in light grey.
In terms of quality, the design of the T3 10 makes it look more expensive than it is, and certainly gives pricier models a run for their money.
The T3 10 features an IPS LCD HD display with 1280 x 800 pixels that guarantees bright, clear image quality and vibrant colours, making the tablet ideal for watching movies or playing games. Even the box it comes in is attractive!
Weighing only 460g, the T3 10 is lightweight and easy to carry around without weighing your bag down, while it’s compact enough to even fit inside a large pocket, like a smartphone.
At 8mm it is super slim and the rounded edges fit neatly into your hands making it a pleasure to use.
The T3 10 is equipped with a Quad core 1.4GHz processor and the EMU 5.1 operating system. The result is a clean and responsive interface and a tablet that is smooth and fast to use.
In fact, for everyday essential tasks, the tablet is super fast. Pages load quickly and scrolling is smooth and seamless.
Internet connection is a definite plus point. It’s very fast even in areas where the Wi-Fi signal is weak. There’s no lag and streaming movies is a synch. On a negative note, the Bluetooth and GPS don’t work so well.
The T3 10 also has a SIM card slot so you can switch to your mobile date usage when Wi-Fi isn’t available.
Sound quality is better than average and doesn’t distort even if you pump up the volume. Skype calls are clear and noise interference is minimal.
The clear display comes in wide screen with full HD, and only the most pedantic Apple enthusiasts will notice slight pixelation around the outer edges.
Internal storage is 16GB which should satisfy casual users, but you can bump it up using a Micro SD card in the dedicated slot.
The camera, like with many other tablets, is adequate, but images can look a little washed out. It certainly won’t be up to the standard of your smartphone’s camera.
Battery life is excellent and you can play games or watch movies for up to 7 or 8 hours on average. The T3 10 also does a good job of staying cool, and won’t warm up like many other tablets.
Considering its price, the T3 10 is packed with some great features.
It has a split screen option that you’d only expect with a more expensive tablet. The feature lets you open 2 apps at the same time and look at them side-by-side, for example you can refer to a webpage while using the pre-loaded Microsoft Office.
The 2 GB RAM is fast and efficient allowing you to open 2 or 3 apps at the same time without having to wait for them to reload.
The battery is excellent, and you can go up to 7-8 hours until you need to recharge. On that note, charging is quick too.
The T3 10 can also be configured in Kid’s Mode so parents can control time on the tablet and access to sites you’d rather they didn’t see. The low light eye protection feature not only benefits children, but also means you can safely read or watch movies in bed without the worry of eye strain.
The Final Word
The Huawei T3 10 is a mid-range tablet, so you can’t expect the sophistication and efficiency that you’re going to get with the higher range models. However, if you want a fast working responsive tablet with features galore and the added benefits of extra storage and SIM card capabilities, you should be more than happy with this elegant, hard working tablet.
Price vs features
Shorter battery life
It UK Quad Core Google Android Lollipop Tablet PC
The It UK 10.1” Quad Core Google Android Lollipop is a cheap and cheerful tablet suited for those with a limited spending budget.
Looks wise, it’s not going to win any beauty prizes. It lacks the style and sophistication of the more expensive tablets, and it’s certainly not sleek or slimline. With a rounded black plastic casing, it has that chunky look that suits the purpose of an all-round family tablet and is sturdy enough for younger and more heavy handed kids to use.
The It UK has a large 10.1” screen which is a good size for watching movies or browsing on the internet. The 1024 x 600 resolution screen is fine for general use, but you’re not going to get that high res sharp quality you’d expect with higher priced models.
The It UK has a solid feel and feels quite chunky in the hand. It’s also pretty heavy, weighing in at around 900g, so although it’s equipped with a Micro SD slot for additional storage so you can use it on the move, it’s not that practical for travelling.
The main plus point of the It UK is that it’s very easy to use. It would suit a tablet newbie or families who don’t want the hassle of too much technology and a load of features they’ll never use.
The IT UK uses Android 5.1 Lollipop and 1GB RAM which is powerful enough for light use, watching YouTube or Netflix and browsing the internet. You’re never going to get the performance of an iPad or Samsung, but it switches smoothly enough between apps.
Connectivity is good and it connects to Wi-Fi with ease. It also has Bluetooth capabilities.
The 10.1″ screen is a good size however the screen quality lets it down a bit. It only lets you adjust the brightness and you can only enjoy the full benefit of the 1024 x 600 resolution if you use it indoors. You also really need to position the screen directly centred in front of you. It’s very reflective and not good when viewing from an angle.
If you’re comparing the It UK to a more expensive brand, you’ll notice the images are more pixellated and the overall effect is slightly grainy. But you’re never going to get exceptional image quality in this price range. However, it’s adequate enough for watching movies on a tablet.
Another option is to use the handy HDMI port which allows you to connect the tablet with your TV.
The cameras are average and lighting isn’t great, but tablets aren’t built with the camera as a priority, and even expensive models have their issues. However the It UK cameras are fine for snap happy kids who like to take selfies.
Battery life is around 6 hours which is not much for a tablet; another reason why the It UK is a more suitable for home use.
The It UK uses Quad Core Android 5.1 Lollipop with 1GB RAM and comes with 16GB of internal storage. The device also has a Micro SD card slot so you can increase the storage and create a customised library of your favourite movies and games.
The HDMI port allows you to connect the tablet to your TV and watch downloaded movies in a bit more comfort.
The It UK comes with the usual pre-installed Google apps such as Google Play, Chrome and Gmail.
The Final Word
You can’t expect all the features and capabilities of an iPad or Samsung at this price. However, if you just want a basic tablet that’s easy to use or you want an extra tablet to keep at home for watching movies, playing games or doing homework, the It UK is good value for money and certainly worth considering.
Price vs features