It’s easy to splash out hundreds of pounds for a fancy new tablet, despite using only a small percentage of the features.
While there are several new tablet models on the horizon from Samsung and Apple – with the latter announcing a 8th generation iPad that will go on sale soon. But there are cheaper alternatives like the Amazon Fire HD 8 that function just as well if you’re watching your purse strings.
The key to finding something that suits your needs as well as your budget is doing some research around specifications and functionality.
Remember shopping around and comparing prices will ensure you get the very best deal.
Amazon, Currys and John Lewis are just a few major retailers that offer price matching services too, which makes your life easier (and potentially saves you cash).
Top 3 at a glance:
- Fire HD 8 Tablet
- Alba 7
- Amazon Fire 7
Need some more information or curious about what else we’ve included in the list? Check out our full round up below.
Plus we also breakdown what you need to know if you’re considering buying a refurbished model.
Best tablets under £100
1. Fire HD 8 Tablet
Features: Up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video and listening to music. The new model is now 30% faster thanks to an updated quad-core processor. Also has Alexa built-in, Game mode that optimises playing experience and USB C for easier charging (takes less than five hours to fully charge).
Price: £89.99 – buy now from Amazon
2. Alba 7
Features: 16GB of internal memory, parental control app, IPS display for clearer images, front and rear camera, comes with with red and blue silicone bumpers for protection against accidental knocks and scrapes.
Features: An improved display for enhanced readability, Alexa voice service where users can ask the virtual assistant questions, up to eight hours of battery life. Thinner casing and 171 ppi screen for a bright display. Compatible with microSD card.
4. Lenovo Tab E7
Features: Built in speaker, WI-FI enabled, Bluetooth – enabling you to see and wirelessly connect with other bluetooth enabled devices, 3.5mm Stereo Headphone jack, Microphone, Micro USB, Micro USB connection, 5 hours battery life.
Price: £66 – buy now from Amazon
5. Yuntab E706
Features: Include MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and TXT, has sim card slot to use like a smartphone, dual front/rear cameras, built-in micro sd card slots, lightweight design for easy transportation.
Buying secondhand or refurbished
Online marketplace eBay has a number of retailer outlet stores which sell off old or refurbished stock – both Argos and Currys PC World have them, and they are great for those looking for incredible value for money on tech.
There’s also Apple’s refurbished outlet online which occasionally lists discounted tablets and (if you’re lucky) prices can be as low as £249.
Consider refurbished goods – Focus on searching for brands you are familiar with – and items you’ve seen in real life. Many brands such as Dyson and GoPro are refurbishing their own items and selling them directly on eBay, so always look out for big name brands.
Do your research – Has there been a new release or is there a cheaper alternative to the item you want? You’re not restricted to buying the latest handsets if you don’t need them, so be sure to look at reviews and compare handsets to find the best model for you.
Check the warranty and returns policy – One of the most important things to consider when buying refurb is the warranty it comes with, as this provides you protection if it develops a fault. If you shop from eBay’s refurbished hub all items come with a 12-month warranty from the seller, so if anything does go wrong in the 12 months you can guarantee that you will get an exchange or a refund.
Examine Seller Feedback – Always check seller feedback, making sure they have a good feedback rating. eBay’s top rated sellers constantly receive the highest buyer ratings, dispatch items quickly and have earned a track record of brilliant service.
Make the most of free shipping – Save yourself some money by looking for sellers that offer free shipping with the item. On eBay.co.uk you can filter your search to see only items that offer free shipping, and with many electronic items small enough to be shipped inexpensively, it’s a great way to save a few extra pennies.
If you’re looking for more options check out these top android tablets for 2020 or the best tablets for kids if you’re investing in one for your little ones to use.