The best budget tablets

The latest tablets are often a masterclass in the world of cutting-edge tech – from powerful processors and supersized screens to hardworking batteries and masses of storage. However, you don’t need to go over your budget to own a tablet that can hold its own against more expensive models.

Plenty of cheaper tablets often have similar features to flagship devices. If you’re thinking about getting a budget tablet, here’s a selection of devices we’d recommend.

If you’re thinking about getting a budget iPad or tablet, here’s a selection of devices we’d recommend. View our full range of iPads and tablets

TCL Tab 10 4G

Screen size: 10.1-inch
Weight: 470g
Processor: Octa-Core
Operating system: Android™ 11 Go / Android™ 11
Memory: 64GB/32GB expandable to 256GB
Battery: 5,500mAh

The TCL Tab 10 4G provides you with a cinematic experience wherever you may be. With elevated HD streaming, less blue light, adaptive brightness and reading mode, you can rest easy knowing your eyesight is protected day and night. Its 5MP front and rear camera and 4GB/3GB RAM memory ensures you stay connected on 4G calls and can be productive whilst on-the-go. Go hands-free with the lightweight Bluetooth keyboard, any-angle flip cover and instant face unlock feature so you can see with clarity whilst mastering the art of multi-tasking. Educate and entertain your children with TCL Kids and remain relaxed knowing that smart parental controls will restrict usage time, provide sitting posture alerts and alter web allowlisting (sometimes referred to as whitelisting) - a cyber security mechanism that approves your desired list of domain names or applications, email addresses and IP addresses while denying all others.

Low cost Samsung Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Screen size: 10.5-inch
Weight: 508g
Processor: Octa-Core
Operating system: Android™ 11 Go / Android™ 11
Memory: 32GB storage supporting up to a 1TB microSD card
Battery: 7,040mAh

If you're interested in a more budget-friendly Samsung that still packs a punch, the Galaxy Tab A8 is a great choice. Built to impress, with quad stereo speakers, a thin bezel for an uninterrupted viewing experience, and a stylish metal design for durability, the Galaxy Tab A8 4G is perfect for the whole family. Get ready to game, stream, or video call as much as you like, Galaxy Tab A8 4G’s long-lasting battery means you can stay entertained. Portability is at the forefront of the design, measuring at just 6.9mm thin, and 508g in weight, so you're free to keep on working, watching and enjoying, all while on the move.

10 inch tablets

A 10 inch tablet is a mid-sized tablet perfect for working, browsing, video calling, gaming and reading. They offer medium-size screens with crystal-clear definition and powerful processors, maximising entertainment and making sure you’re able to work effectively on the move.

As a more compact tablet, they can often be lower cost, whilst matching the power of their larger competitors. Their slim, lightweight designs mean they’re easy to hold in one hand, making them also a good choice for drawing, for example, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8. Plus, as they’re a few inches bigger than a large smartphone, it can make it easier to read content if you struggle with reading on a smaller device.

Whatever you might need a 10-inch screen for, explore the best 10-inch tablets for you.

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Do you need a middle ground? Try phablets

If you are looking for a device that sits in between a phone and tablet in terms of size, take a look at our latest range of phablets from the likes of Samsung and Apple.

Phablets are worth considering if you prefer a phone with a larger screen and smartphone processor functionality whilst still being able to hold and use your device in one hand.