TECH TALK: Tesco £130 Hudl 2 web tablet is festive bargain

At �130, Tesco's Hudl 2 is the best value tablet this Christmas.
At �130, Tesco's Hudl 2 is the best value tablet this Christmas.
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Looking for a bargain web tablet this Christmas? Meet Tesco’s £130 Hudl 2.

This 8.3-inch device is hands-down the best value in mobile technology this year.

It costs £190 less than the new iPad Mini 3, yet it has a bigger screen and double the memory. It lacks the “premium build” feel of an iPad Mini, but more than makes up for it in real-world benefits – not least the ability to insert an SD card for extra storage and a mini-HDMI socket so you can watch movies on your TV.

Drawbacks? Out-of-the-box, the Hudl is littered with shortcuts to Tesco’s own websites and “special offers”. You can quickly delete most of these, but they don’t create a great first impression for a teenage recipient. What’s more, battery life – claimed at eight hours – is inferior to the more expensive products.

After a bargain Smartphone? The Moto E from Motorola packs everything you need, and a bit more, into an £80 package free of contract obligations. That’s £240 less than the cheapest iPhone.