10 best cheap tablets for under £100 for 2021 including the Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet

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It's easy to splash out hundreds of pounds for a fancy new tablet, despite using only a small percentage of the features.

While there are several new tablet models on the market from Samsung and Apple, there are much cheaper alternatives like the Amazon Fire HD 8 that function just as well if you're watching your purse strings.

The key to finding something that suits your needs as well as your budget is doing some research around specifications and functionality. Remember shopping around and comparing prices will ensure you get the very best deal.

Amazon, Currys and John Lewis are just a few major retailers that offer price matching services too, which makes your life easier (and potentially saves you cash in the long run too).

Top 3 at a glance:

  • Fire HD 8 Tablet
  • Alba 10 Inch 16GB Tablet
  • HUAWEI MatePad T8 7" Tablet
  • Need some more information or curious about what else we've included in the list? Check out our full round up below.

    Plus we also breakdown what you need to know if you're considering buying a refurbished model.

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    Best tablets under £150 for 2021 1. Fire HD 8 Tablet

    Fire HD 8 Tablet

    With up to 12 hours of battery life, suitable for reading, browsing the web, watching video and listening to music, there's not much you can't get done with Amazon's Fire HD 8.

    The new model is now 30% faster thanks to an updated quad-core processor. The tablet also boasts Alexa built-in, Game mode that optimises playing experience and USB C for easier charging (takes less than five hours to fully charge).

    2. Alba 10 Inch 16GB Tablet

    Alba 10 Inch 16GB Tablet

    Enjoy a crisp picture with the LCD screen back lit by LED, Alba's tablet has a sleek design that's perfect for working or browsing on the go.

    The model includes Wi-Fi and Mini HDMI port connectivity, so you can plug the tablet in to the TV or browse online. There's also a microSD slot to expand the 16Gb internal memory to 32GB too.

    3. HUAWEI MatePad T8 7" Tablet

    HUAWEI MatePad T8 7" Tablet

    This Android tablet from Huawei uses the brand's own operating system without Google support.

    It includes both front (2MP) and rear (5 MP) facing cameras, facial recognition and an incredible 12 hours battery life to see you through a day of browsing, gaming and catching up on your favourite TV shows.

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    4. Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

    Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

    Perfect for little ones, the Kids Fire tablet has all the features of the Fire 7 along with kid-proof case with in-built stand.

    It includes 16GB of storage and up to 7 hours of battery life, as well as a two year worry-free guarantee of a replacement if it breaks, ideal with accident prone kids around the house.

    5. Bush 10-inch 32GB Tablet

    Bush 10 Inch 32GB Tablet

    Enjoy high definition with the 10 inch HD display which has a resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels.

    The 32GB internal memory will let you browse online, download and run apps without any issues while the fingerprint resistant layer is both with scratch and water resistance.

    6. Lenovo Tab E7

    Lenovo Tab E7

    Boasting a powerful built in speaker, WI-FI enabled and Bluetooth – this tablet from Lenovo enables you to wirelessly connect with other bluetooth enabled devices.

    Theres a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, to keep you plugged in with all of your favourite songs and podcasts. There's also 5 hours of battery life on a full charge, which isn't the highest we've seen but still fairly useful for tasks.

    7. Amazon Fire 7

    Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

    An improved display for enhanced readability and Alexa voice service built in are just a few of the features the Fire 7 has to make your day to day browsing easier

    There's up to eight hours of battery life and a thinner casing with 171 ppi screen for a bright and super clear display.

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    8. Lenovo Tab M10 10" 16GB

    Lenovo Tab M10 10" 16GB

    This tablet from Lenovo boasts an impressive FHD screen and dual front speakers for immersive entertainment, whether you're presenting, gaming or catching up on a series.

    Everything is contained within an extremely thin and light profile, which is ideal for transporting around between locations. Pre-installed already on the tablet are various kids modes, so parents can feel assured little ones will be entertained suitably.

    9. Alcatel 1T 10inch Tablet

    Alcatel 1T 10inch Tablet

    At 415g this is a great lightweight tablet to invest in for working, or gaming on the go.

    It includes 128GB storage and kids mode for pre-loaded ad-free apps that have full parental controls, so parents can rest assured whilst the little ones are browsing or watching too.

    10. Alba 7 Tablet

    Alba 7 Tablet
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    There's 16GB of internal memory on this tablet, which is enough for basic downloading, streaming and multitasking.

    If you've got little ones at home a parental control app helps to keep little eyes away from unsuitable content. An IPS display ensures clearer images. And a front and rear camera, comes with with red and blue silicone bumpers for protection against accidental knocks and scrapes.

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    Buying secondhand or refurbished

    The most obvious (and reliable) online retailers to buy a secondhand or refurbished tablet from is eBay or Amazon.

    Online marketplace eBay has a number of retailer outlet stores which sell off old or refurbished stock – both Argos and Currys PC World have them, and they are great for those looking for incredible value for money on tech.

    There's also Apple's refurbished outlet online which occasionally lists discounted tablets and (if you're lucky) prices can be as low as £249.

    Top tips for buying tech on eBay.co.uk

    • Consider refurbished goods – Focus on searching for brands you are familiar with – and items you've seen in real life. Many brands such as Dyson and GoPro are refurbishing their own items and selling them directly on eBay, so always look out for big name brands.

    • Do your research – Has there been a new release or is there a cheaper alternative to the item you want? You’re not restricted to buying the latest handsets if you don’t need them, so be sure to look at reviews and compare handsets to find the best model for you.

    • Check the warranty and returns policy – One of the most important things to consider when buying refurb is the warranty it comes with, as this provides you protection if it develops a fault. If you shop from eBay’s refurbished hub all items come with a 12-month warranty from the seller, so if anything does go wrong in the 12 months you can guarantee that you will get an exchange or a refund.

    • Examine Seller Feedback – Always check seller feedback, making sure they have a good feedback rating. eBay’s top rated sellers constantly receive the highest buyer ratings, dispatch items quickly and have earned a track record of brilliant service.

    • Make the most of free shipping – Save yourself some money by looking for sellers that offer free shipping with the item. On eBay.co.uk you can filter your search to see only items that offer free shipping, and with many electronic items small enough to be shipped inexpensively, it’s a great way to save a few extra pennies.

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