+It is being dubbed the rise of the cheap tablets, with supermarket giant Tescos launching the Hudl last week, and Argos revealing their version MyTablet on October 16th. Both devices are being aimed at the teenage market, who cannot afford tablets manufactured by Apple, Google or Samsung, and these two also come with parental controls, preloaded with apps.
The Tesco Hudl costs £119 (or £60 when bought with Tesco Clubcard vouchers) and comes with a 7″ 1440×900 HD screen and powered by the Hudl’s Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor. There is a 16GB hard drive that gives you 9 hours of video battery life, or you can use Hudl’s Micro-SD port to extend to a massive 48GB. The Hudl runs on Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and comes with Chrome, the quick and simple browser from Google, which is pre-loaded with Google apps, like YouTube™ and Google Maps™, and you can access over 1 million apps, and games. Tesco Hudl is available in blue, black, red or purple.
The Argos MyTablet costs £99.99 and comes with 7″ 1024 x 600 resolution LCD screen and powered with a 1.6GHz dual-core processor. There is a 8GB hard drive (expandable upto 32GB), that gives you 5 hours of battery life. MyTablet also runs on Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and is preloaded with parental control, and apps, including Facebook and Twitter, plus games and Skype. MyTablet also has a built-in 2MP rear-facing camera plus a low-resolution 0.3MP front-facing camera, and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. MyTablet is available in pink and silver.
John Walden, managing director of Argos said: “Millions of people have bought tablets during the last year but there is still around 75 per cent of the UK population without one. We know that tablets will feature heavily on Christmas lists this year. At just £99.99 the Argos MyTablet is highly competitive with a great specification.”
So which one is the better budget tablet? Tony Jiang, associate strategist at digital agency TH_NK advises: “Tesco seems to be better placed to generate revenues from the budget tablet space with all Hudl devices coming pre loaded with its film subscription service Blinkbox. And given their marketing power it’s hard to see how the Hudl won’t be on everyone’s gift list come Christmas.”
We think for children under a certain age, the Argos MyTablet is a perfectly acceptable device, for kids who aren’t that bothered about pixel definition or storage space. For teenagers over the age of 12, we recommend the Hudl, it is a great alternative to an expensive tablet, and a good stop gap until children can either afford their own high tech device, or get it as a present.