Doing Christmas on a budget? Check out our favourite tablets under £130
Buying for a first-time tablet owner and want to keep costs down? here are two great options for under £130....
Looking to introduce your dad or teenager to the world of tablets this Christmas without breaking the bank? We've hand-picked a couple of options that show even though you're on a budget you can still find quality.
If you're spending less, specs such as processor and screen
won't be as high-end as, say, the new iPad mini, but with a tablet
like the Asus Memo Pad 7 browsing the web, updating Facebook and
watching video will all be pretty smooth.
You can pick up the Memo Pad or the HP Slate 7 for under £130, and as they're seven-inch tablets they're great for the train to work of chilling in the common room.
Asus Memo Pad 7
An award-winning tablet for less than £130
We've all heard the old adage 'buy cheap, buy twice' but the Asus Memo Pad 7 blows that stereotype completely out of the water. Don't believe us? The tablet was handed an Editors' Choice award when reviewed by technology boffs at Cnet.
The pocket-size tablet has enough power for most everyday tasks such as web browsing, while a decent screen means videos and books look great.
A tablet for bookworms
Dad or daughter always has their nose in a book? The Memo Pad is great for reading. Its screen is bright and sharp, while at 302g it's light enough to hold for page after digital page, whether they're engrossed in Twilight or Thomas Hardy.
A tablet to make their own with Android
The Memo Pad runs the Android 4.2 operating system. This is
highly customisable, meaning your son or daughter can make the
tablet their own by using their personal pictures on the homescreen
and adding widgets (whatever they are).
They'll also have access to the Google Play store, where they can download films and magazines, as well as apps for news sites, games and more.
HP Slate 7
A tablet for music heads with Beats by Dre
HP Slate 7 is another great mini tablet for those on a budget
this Christmas, costing £129.99. If you're wanting something for
watching movies on, there are tablets with far better screens. But
for browsing the web and updating Facebook the Slate 7 is
It offers something special for music fans, too.
If you live in a house with music geeks of any age, you'll probably have heard of Beats by Dr Dre headphones. The Slate 7 mini tablet incorporates Beats technology, so is sure to get the sussed nod of approval on Christmas morning.
Find their favourite artists with Google Play
The tablet runs an older version of Android than the Memo Pad, Android 4.1. But whoever you buy it for will still be able to access the Google Play store, where they'll find everything from moshing metal to introspective indie.
Print photos and emails from your tablet
Another cool feature of the Slate 7 is the ability to print from
it. The tablet can be hooked up to your HP printer in seconds, and
then documents such as emails and photos can be printed directly
from the Slate.
So if they've been out with friends and taken a few snaps with the tablet's camera, they can print them easily.
So there we have it, you can buy a great tablet and have change from £150 - now you just have to decide which is right for whoever's on your gift list.