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Cheap Tablets iPad alternatives, incl Samsung, Amazon & Google tablets

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Tablets are gaining popularity fast - but they don't come cheap. Our guide is a rundown of the cheapest big brand tablet deals, including the Kindle Fire HD, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and the Nexus 7.

When it comes to choosing one there's lots to consider, like screen size, memory, web access, and of course, price. If you're not sure which device to go for, read our FAQs.

Or, if you're adamant you want an Apple iPad, read our Cheap iPads guide for info and best buys.

As always, when buying big ticket items, always make sure you've done a full budget to ensure it won't break the bank and see Martin's Money Mantras below.

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Top tips for choosing a tablet

So, you've decided to buy a tablet? Here are our top tips and things to know before you splash your cash on a new gadget:

What is a tablet?

How do I use a tablet?

What size screen do I need?

How much storage space do I need?

Do I need a wi-fi or 3G/4G model?

Is a tablet right for me?

Current top cheap tablet deals

Tesco Direct £30 off tablets* Code for all tablets over £300, including new iPad Air

Tesco Direct currently has three codes to get money off when you buy any tablet.

For £30 off when you spend £349 or more, enter the code TDX-JR4Y. Examples of prices using this code include:

For £20 off when you spend £249 or more, enter TDX-HW7X. Examples of prices using this code include:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note for £279
  • iPad Mini for £229

For £10 off when you spend £125 or more, enter TDX-FM9J.

All codes expire on Mon 23 Dec. They can't be used on items sold by third-party sellers or with other codes starting TDX.

Other cheapest tablets

Asus Google Nexus 7 - 7inLots of storage at a decent price
£180 online at Amazon

The Google Nexus 7 has a high spec but is a lot cheaper than its rival tablet, the Apple iPad Mini. You can get a 16GB model online at Amazon* for £180. The model's also available at Argos* for £150, but that's the 2012 model, rather than the current one.

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Tesco Hudl - 7in Cheap small-screen tablet
£119 online at Tesco

If you're looking for something that's similar to the iPad Mini but don't have a budget that stretches quite that far, the Tesco Hudl is only £119 in-store and online at Tesco Direct (with free delivery).

Launched in September 2013, the Tesco Hudl is a more basic (and cheaper) version of its main competitors. Internal storage size is limited to 16GB, but it's expandable with a Micro SD card up to 48GB.

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Nook HD - 7inCheap small-screen tablet
£79 online at Argos

At £79 online from Argos*, the 7in Nook HD is one of the cheapest tablets on the market and, while the features are basic, it often comes out favourably in reviews.

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Kindle Fire HD - 7inA good all-rounder, though limited storage
£99 at Amazon

Amazon's popular Kindle Fire HD (16GB) is currently £139 online at Argos*.

Unlike other Amazon e-readers, the Kindle Fire is more like a tablet than an e-reader, letting you watch videos, listen to music, play games and surf the web, as well as read books. Looking for a Kindle e-reader? Read our Cheap e-Book Readers guide.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 - 10.1inTop spec 16GB iPad rival (but over £100 cheaper)
£279 online at Tesco

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is considered one of the biggest rivals to the iPad, and with a price tag that's £100 cheaper, it's a lot more MoneySaving. You can pick one up online at Tesco Direct for £279 (delivery's free). Plus, until Mon 23 Dec, you can get a further £20 off by entering the code TDX-NHW4 - making it £259.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 - 7iniPad Mini rival (but over £100 cheaper)
£119 online at Tesco Direct

With its 7in screen, the smaller version of the Galaxy Tab 3 is competing with the Google Nexus and the iPad Mini. Although it has slightly less storage (8GB or 16GB), it's much cheaper at £139 delivered from Tesco Direct for the 8GB model. Plus, until Mon 23 Dec, you can get a further £20 off by entering the code TDX-NHW4.

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Sony Xperia Tablet ZSlightly cheaper iPad rival
£330 online at Amazon

Launched in spring 2013, this 10.1 inch tablet represents Sony's most popular offering in the market. While reviews suggest its performance isn't quite as good as that of the iPad Air, it comes in slightly cheaper - Amazon* currently has the 16GB version for £330.

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