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....

13 Nov 2013


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

Asus Memo Pad

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

Asus Memo Pad Flat

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 Logo

The 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 great.
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

HP Slate 7

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.