Even though modern phablets are increasingly replacing medium-sized smartphones, low cost tablets still remain the weapon of choice for most users who prefer larger screens.
Tablets offer a unique experience of hand-held gadgets that work very similar to smartphones and yet offer big displays and long battery life. The new iPad Pro and Surface Pro 3 tablets prove that while getting larger by the day, they perform just like laptops with minimum fuss or heat up.
We take a look at Tesco's Hudl 2 and the ASUS ZenPad ZD300, both having been launched recently, and see if tablet technology has changed for the better.
Tesco's Hudl 2 is a 8.3-inch Wi-Fi-only tablet designed colourfully to appeal to the young. Selling in a range of eight colours, it features internal storage of 16GB, 2GB of RAM, upto 8 hours of battery life, a Quad-core Intel Atom proccessor, front and back cameras and a hi-res display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
These specs, much improved from the original Hudl, make it an ideal tablet for playing games and running apps. Available for just £99, it is a great value for money as well, even though you will not be able to make calls using it. Available colours are slate Black, jazzy Blue, Bubblegum Pink, Perky Purple, Rocket Red and Dreamy White.
In contrast, the ASUS DZ300 is larger and bulkier tablet weighing 510g and carrying a 10.1 inch display. Unlike the Hudl 2, it has 3G/4G capability apart from Wi-Fi connectivity.
The processor is a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 and is supported by 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and a battery lasting up to 9 hours. It also runs the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop OS unlike Hudl 2 which still runs Kit Kat.
On the other hand, along with the weight, it also lags behind the Hudl 2 in terms of desplay resolution which contains a paltry 1200 x 800 pixels.
Here's a detailed spec comparison of Tesco's Hudl 2 and the ASUS ZenPad ZD300: