Android tablets under £100

Fourth Doctor

Active Member
I will be going away for a week in September and I'm not really comfortable with the idea of taking my iPad, so I'm after a relatively cheap but capable Android tablet for use as a travel device. I will be using it primarily for watching films and maybe listening to music (both offline). My budget is around £100. I'm not expecting an all singing and all dancing one at that price range but it needs to do the job.

My first consideration is a last-gen Kindle Fire, which I see is now going for £99. Cheaper still is this Archos tablet.

Buy ARCHOS 70 Cobalt 7” Tablet - 8 GB | Free Delivery | Currys

A bit more expensive but just about within my price range still is the Advent Vega.

Buy ADVENT Vega Tegra Note 7" Tablet - 16 GB | Free Delivery | Currys

Out of these three tablets, which would be the best? Maybe you can recommend another tablet altogether? Any second opinions are welcome.
 

pinchez

Active Member
Being a iPad owner myself I understand what you mean. I wanted something to take to work and on holidays without fear of losing best part of £500! I eventually decided on the advent Tegra Note 7 and in a word it's awesome, blisteringly fast, runs Kitkat and has constant OTA updates. Bought a 64GB memory card for it so I can stick loads of music, movies and games on, it's so good I've questioned my own sanity for spending so much on a iPad!

Two negatives you'll hear about concerning the Tegra Note 7, Screen quality - while it's not as bright and vivid as iPad or Nexus it's perfectly fine and unless you view it by the side of said devices you'll hardly notice. The other thing is the poor usb connector, it's not great but if you're careful when charging etc you'll be fine :)

For £99 the Tegra Note 7 can't be beaten :)
 

Fourth Doctor

Active Member
Being a iPad owner myself I understand what you mean. I wanted something to take to work and on holidays without fear of losing best part of £500! I eventually decided on the advent Tegra Note 7 and in a word it's awesome, blisteringly fast, runs Kitkat and has constant OTA updates. Bought a 64GB memory card for it so I can stick loads of music, movies and games on, it's so good I've questioned my own sanity for spending so much on a iPad!

Two negatives you'll hear about concerning the Tegra Note 7, Screen quality - while it's not as bright and vivid as iPad or Nexus it's perfectly fine and unless you view it by the side of said devices you'll hardly notice. The other thing is the poor usb connector, it's not great but if you're careful when charging etc you'll be fine :)

For £99 the Tegra Note 7 can't be beaten :)
Thank you. I have also considered the BlackBerry Playbook, even though it's obviously not an Android tablet. I know the one model has 64GB of storage built in so more than enough for a few films and music. I don't know if these are worth bearing in mind?
 

pinchez

Active Member
Honestly you won't get anything better for your money than the Tegra Note 7, the Tegra 4 chipset inside this thing is very powerful which also makes it a brilliant gaming machine. There's really no point in a playbook when you can get this for £99 :)

I bought a 64GB Micro SD card for £23.50 delivered, formatted it to Fat 32 and now I have nearly 80GB :)
 

skinnywhippet

Active Member
what about the Nook HD+ . I have an HD already rooted with CM11 on it and an HD+ on its way from Ebay. The screen resolutions at that price point are better than the competition and you can get them for a steal price. The prices on Ebay are amazing as well. I have an ipad 3 and the Nook HD is very fast, looking forward to the Nook HD+, superb tablets with lovely screens. I also have an Archos 97 Platinum HD, retina screen but to be honest theyre god awful nasty tablets. Ive had to change the screen and battery so far and the wifi is awful

EDIT: I cant comment on the tegra but the screen quality on the Nooks are amazing and they take a propriety connector so no loose fitting micro usb
 

Fourth Doctor

Active Member
Being a iPad owner myself I understand what you mean. I wanted something to take to work and on holidays without fear of losing best part of £500! I eventually decided on the advent Tegra Note 7 and in a word it's awesome, blisteringly fast, runs Kitkat and has constant OTA updates. Bought a 64GB memory card for it so I can stick loads of music, movies and games on, it's so good I've questioned my own sanity for spending so much on a iPad!

Two negatives you'll hear about concerning the Tegra Note 7, Screen quality - while it's not as bright and vivid as iPad or Nexus it's perfectly fine and unless you view it by the side of said devices you'll hardly notice. The other thing is the poor usb connector, it's not great but if you're careful when charging etc you'll be fine :)

For £99 the Tegra Note 7 can't be beaten :)
Fair comment.

In that case I'll narrow it down to the Advent tablet and the Archos 10" tablet. A larger screen would definitely be an advantage for video playback, but performance is most important. I'll have a look at some reviews and see how the latter compares. :)
 

Fourth Doctor

Active Member
what about the Nook HD+ . I have an HD already rooted with CM11 on it and an HD+ on its way from Ebay. The screen resolutions at that price point are better than the competition and you can get them for a steal price. The prices on Ebay are amazing as well. I have an ipad 3 and the Nook HD is very fast, looking forward to the Nook HD+, superb tablets with lovely screens. I also have an Archos 97 Platinum HD, retina screen but to be honest theyre god awful nasty tablets. Ive had to change the screen and battery so far and the wifi is awful

EDIT: I cant comment on the tegra but the screen quality on the Nooks are amazing and they take a propriety connector so no loose fitting micro usb
I haven't considered that one. I will take a look.
 

skinnywhippet

Active Member
the're a total gem mate, its a clearance price. I dont think youll get a better resolution screen at that price point. I just got the bigger hd+ for £75 new on Ebay for the 32gb version, awesome
 

JayCee

Distinguished Member
Why on earth would you buy a cheap tablet when you have a perfectly good iPad.
I'm on my second iPad in 4 years and it goes everywhere with me, it's covered under my contents insurance...if you don't have such cover the money you're spending on an inferior device could go towards insurance.
 

Fourth Doctor

Active Member
Why on earth would you buy a cheap tablet when you have a perfectly good iPad.
I'm on my second iPad in 4 years and it goes everywhere with me, it's covered under my contents insurance...if you don't have such cover the money you're spending on an inferior device could go towards insurance.
I'm living with family so I'm not paying for contents insurance. If I were to go down that route I would need specialist gadget cover, and it would need to include loss and theft. What insurers would you recommend?

ETA: Something else to bear in mind, I only have a 16GB iPad, obviously with no option for expandable storage. That doesn't give me much room for media storage with all my apps installed. At the time of writing this I have a mere 4.3GB available. I didn't really buy the iPad for that.
 
Last edited:

JayCee

Distinguished Member
If I were to go down that route I would need specialist gadget cover, and it would need to include loss and theft. What insurers would you recommend?
Mobile & Tablet Insurance Covers Damage, Loss & Theft have a good reputation.

ETA: Something else to bear in mind, I only have a 16GB iPad, obviously with no option for expandable storage. That doesn't give me much room for media storage with all my apps installed. At the time of writing this I have a mere 4.3GB available. I didn't really buy the iPad for that.
Fair point in this case.
 

Fourth Doctor

Active Member
Mobile & Tablet Insurance Covers Damage, Loss & Theft have a good reputation.



Fair point in this case.
Thanks. I think I will stick to getting another tablet, mainly for the reasons mentioned. Besides which the cost of a year's insurance (with loss and theft cover) according to the link isn't far behind the cost of the Advent/Nook tablets at new, so it's not like I would be making a massive saving. It's something to bear in mind for the future though, I guess. :)
 
Last edited:

skinnywhippet

Active Member
Why on earth would you buy a cheap tablet when you have a perfectly good iPad.
because its his money to spend!! I can totally see his logic by the way. Nothing wrong with having a cheapie tablet imo
 

mike7

Distinguished Member
Why on earth would you buy a cheap tablet when you have a perfectly good iPad.
I'm on my second iPad in 4 years and it goes everywhere with me, it's covered under my contents insurance...if you don't have such cover the money you're spending on an inferior device could go towards insurance.
Why is everything 'inferior' to Apple products. Seriously it isn't true. Personally I wouldn't want to own one if they were giving them away. The marketing hype of Job's seems to live on for some reason.
 

skinnywhippet

Active Member
I agree with Mike, I have an Ipad 3 and it is a seriously good machine. I also have a Note 3 which is also seriously good, as is the Nook HD!
 

Fourth Doctor

Active Member
The OP implies that with his opening sentence.
It was more to do with price range than branding. A sub-£100 tablet is not going to live up to a £400+ tablet, but that's not really the point of this thread.

I ended up going for the Advent tablet after. I very, very nearly went for the Nook, but it was the former which I parted with my cash for eventually.
 

HeavenlyWarrior

Well-known Member
I second that, got the Advent Vega myself and it's just above and beyond the call of duty in power and connections. Make sure you check out the Tegra Zone, there's some console quality games in there.
 

Fourth Doctor

Active Member
I got the tablet yesterday. First impressions are very good, you wouldn't believe it was an entry-level device. Just a quick question to anyone in the know, does it accept Micro SDXC cards, or only standard Micro SD cards? I would like to put a 64GB card in there, but I want to make sure I buy one that's compatible.
 
Last edited:

The latest video from AVForums

Podcast: The Best TVs and Projectors of 2020, plus AV, TV Show & Movie News & Reviews

Latest News

What's new on Netflix UK for December 2020
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Warner Bros 2021 movies coming to HBO Max and cinemas simultaneously
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
What's new on Disney+ UK for December 2020
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
4K Streaming impacts carbon emissions says Royal Society
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
AVForums Podcast: 2nd December 2020
  • By Phil Hinton
  • Published
Top Bottom