The best doesn't always have to cost the most money, and now that several generations of tablets have appeared, prices have been dropped to a point where they are more affordable to many more people.
This year, even the reliably expensive Apple has a product in our value category. These tablets offer not just solid value for money, but they are the ones that our readers have indicated they would pick over any others, no matter how critically acclaimed they might be…
Winner- Tesco Hudl 2
A spectacularly good value device, the Hudl 2 blends a great, family-friendly design with a fantastic full HD screen, intuitive software and powerful components, and all for the gob-smackingly low price of just £99. A choice of bright colours, child-friendly privacy settings and a Clubcard boost also helped to propel this device to the top spot. Tesco has hit it out of the park with the Hudl 2.
Apple iPad mini
Light and thin with a compact body, the original is now cheap enough to make it into this category and it is a joy to travel with. The 7.9-inch screen is still excellent for web browsing, media and apps despite its lower resolution, whilst the new lower price ensures a place for it on the top table.
EE Harrier Tab
An excellent screen combined with 4G connectivity at a very good price are the main calling cards helping to bring this device to the value tablet party. The Harrier Tab performs well, it’s light and bright to use on the daily commute without worrying about buffering, as it is sold with EE’s data plans.
Google Nexus 7
This 7-inch slate has fabulous viewing angles, crisp colours and is an absolute snip at £100. Now with Lollipop OS on-board, the pure Android rocking tablet is more on the money than ever before. It is not easy to find a bloat-free tablet at this size, so when you see one, you keep it.
Lenovo has crafted a good name for coming up with superior laptops and in the S8 it has created a real value for money tablet. A brilliant, full HD screen, good battery life, good camera capabilities and a very good performance has earned it a place alongside the other powerhouse competitors in this category.