Christmas Tablet Reviews 2014 – Win An iPad Air 2

With so much choice out there, it can be difficult to choose the right tablet. Never fear though, as the tombola team has come to the rescue with a handy buying guide.

The tombola Tablet Review 2014 - Win An iPad Air 2!

Which device should you put on your Christmas List?

With so much choice out there, it can be difficult to choose the right tablet. Never fear though, as the tombola team has come to the rescue with a handy buying guide for tablets that suit a whole range of budgets and needs. From what to consider when making your choice, to the plus points of each make and model. You can find out everything you need to know.

Top tablets for Christmas 2014

Now you have an idea of what to look for in your perfect tablet, it's time to choose a model! Take a look at our review of the latest available tablets.

iPad Air 2

With a 9.7 inch retina display screen and super-sharp HD, the iPad Air 2 is definitely one of the most popular tablets. One of its main selling points is its weight – much lighter than the older, full-size iPads because of the slim, aluminium construction. Achy arms could be a thing of the past! This tablet also unlocks using secure fingerprint recognition – pretty nifty! For your chance to win one, check out our competition

Key features

  • 6.1 mm width, making it comfortable to hold
  • 437g weight - much lighter than previous models
  • Fingerprint sensor unlocking
  • 8 megapixel camera - one of the best quality tablet cameras available

Andy - he makes the games look good

"The market leader for a reason, high build quality, beautiful screen and so easy to use."

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iPad Mini 3 - from £319 Santa Graphic

iPad Mini 3

A 7.9 inch screen doesn't stop the iPad Mini 3 from rivalling the iPad Air 2 in the tablet stakes. The two are equally matched in HD sharpness, while the battery lasts all day. This model, again, comes with a fingerprint sensor, but is cheaper and lighter than the Air 2. It's perfect for watching your favourite television programmes or playing your favourite games on the go.

Key features

  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Fingerprint sensor unlocking
  • Incredibly portable - it can fit into your coat pocket
  • Very speedy when loading apps and connecting to the internet

Krysta - social media queen

"It's great for when I'm travelling - it's light, sleek and compact."

Lenovo Yoga 10.1

Despite a hefty ten inch screen, the Lenovo Yoga's handy kickstand means you needn't suffer wrist ache in the name of film-watching or eBook-reading. What's more, this tablet also benefits from a fast processor and powerful battery. Great for the commute or a Netflix binge! Did we mention that its good looks rival those of the iPad, too?

Key features

  • Built in kickstand for hands-free viewing
  • Up to 18 hours of battery life
  • The ability to set up different user accounts, so the whole family can safely access exactly what they want
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Micro SD card port, just in case you run out of built-in memory

Nicola – makes sure tombola HQ is kept in check!

"It props up so it's great for watching films and the sound is brilliant too."

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes in three different screen sizes (7 inch, 8 inch and 10 inch), making it a versatile and affordable alternative to some of the pricier tablets. As with the Lenovo, you can add a memory card when you run out of internal storage, a handy feature that iPads lack. You can also multitask in different apps; why not text a friend whilst watching a film?

Key features

  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Multi-tasking technology - very practical for busy bees
  • Different screen sizes available for different needs
  • Memory card port, in case you run out of storage space

Adam – makes sure there are no problems with the games

"I wasn't overly impressed. It's a good size for when you're on the go but I'd recommend Hudl 2 or Nexus 7."

Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 might have been overshadowed by the newer, pricier Nexus 9 of late, but it's still fantastically affordable and holds its value brilliantly. With a full HD screen and slim design, it's great to hold and makes reading, watching videos and typing very comfortable indeed. You can also charge the Nexus 7 wirelessly, a great feature if your tablet will be used regularly while you're out and about. Though it'll be discontinued soon, the Nexus 7 is still available online and in shops, just in time for Christmas!

Key features

  • 1080p high-definition screen
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Around eight hours of battery life, plus wireless charging capabilities - great for gamers
  • Gloriously lag-free user experience

Jack – he builds your favourite games

"A fantastic all round tablet that won't break the bank."

Hudl 2

Own brand it may be, but lesser it isn't! The Tesco Hudl 2 is one of the best budget tablets on the market, and is perfect for families. You can set up a profile for each user, select what they can see and how long they can spend on the device. It also has a sharp, full HD screen, micro SD card slot and micro HDMI port. Big things really do come in small packages.

Key features

  • 8.3 inch HD screen
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Choice of eight vibrant colours
  • Micro SD card slot, for extra memory
  • Micro HDMI port, so you can hook it up to your TV

Matt – he makes sure the games are tip-top

"Amazing performance and 8 inch screen for a fraction of the cost of most other models."

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Asus Memo Pad 7 - from £99.99 Bell Graphic

Asus MeMo Pad 7

Slim, light and fast, the Asus MeMO Pad 7 is another great family tablet. The HD screen may not be quite as sharp as competing tablets, but is perfectly suited to playing games, using apps and browsing YouTube. The MeMO is also just 9mm thick, making it nice and comfortable to use.

The downside of this tablet is that, being low on storage, larger apps are likely to run slower than they would on other models.

Key features

  • Micro SD card reader which accepts cards with up to 64 GB of extra storage
  • 9mm width - super portable, lightweight and comfortable to use
  • 9 hour battery life
  • A range of eye-catching colours

Jamie – he keeps the tombola mobile site running smoothly

"A budget tablet that is easy to get to grips with. At £20 cheaper, the Hudl 2 may be a better choice."

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LG Gpad 8.3 - From £199.99 Santa Graphic

LG G Pad 8.3

Rivalling the iPad Mini's slick design, the LG G Pad 8.3 is an affordable alternative. It's comfortable for book worms and film buffs to hold in one hand for long periods of time, and incorporates a sharp HD screen. One of the things we love most about this tablet though, is the fact that it comes packed full of cool features courtesy of the techies at LG. 'Quick Memo', which allows you to write or draw on any screen, and 'Quick Remote', a universal control for set-top boxes are just a couple of examples.

Key features

  • Beautiful full HD screen
  • Tons of innovative extra features
  • Micro SD memory card slot
  • Slim, 8.3mm body for comfortable use
  • 5 megapixel camera

Lou – makes sure you see tombola on TV, in magazines, and lots more!

"It looks good, feels good and the battery lasts longer than I thought! Great for when you're on the go."

tombola's Top Picks

Nexus 7 - from £160

Best budget buy

Our top tablet pick for those on a budget is the Nexus 7 however, as this has been discontinued and replaced with the more expensive Nexus 9, it may be hard to get hold of. We want to highlight that the Hudl2 is a strong alternative as a budget top pick!

The Hudl2 has full HD screens, tons of useful features and stylish looks (without the scary price tag!) these tablets would make the perfect Christmas gift.

iPad Air 2 - from £399

Treat someone

Our top tablet pick for those with a larger budget is... the iPad Air 2! Not only does it look beautiful, but the Air 2 incorporates innovative and near faultless technology.

With a great quality camera, super-safe fingerprint recognition technology and lightweight construction, you can't go far wrong! We're giving one lucky tombola player the chance to win this great tablet! Enter the competition below to be in with a chance of winning.

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Compare and Contrast

Price OS Battery Life Screen Size Camera Resolution Storage
iPad Air 2 From £399 iOS Up to 10 hours 9.7 inches 8 2048x1536 16GB, 86GB, 128GB
iPad Mini 3 From £319 iOS Up to 10 hours 9.7 inches 5 2048x1536 16GB, 64GB, 128GB
Lenovo Yoga 10.1 From £249.99 Android Up to 18 hours 10.1 nches 5 1920x1200 16GB
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 From £159 Android Up to 7 hours 7 inches 3 1024x600 & 1280x800 16GB
Nexus 7 II From £160 Android Up to 9 hours 7 inches 5 1920x1200 16GB
Hudl 2 From £129 Android Up to 8 hours 8.3 inches 5 1920x1200 16GB+
Asus MeMO Pad 7 From £99.99 Android Up to 9 hours 7 inches 5 1280x800 16GB+
LG G Pad 8.3 from £199.99 Android Up to 6.4 hours 8.3 inches 5 1920x1200 16GB+


Fancy getting your hands on an iPad Air 2 just in time for Christmas? We're giving one lucky tombola player the chance to win the hottest tablet on the market! We're also giving 20 runners-up touch screen gloves to keep your hands toasty while you play your favourite tombola games on the go on our app! Answer this question to be in with a chance of winning:

Which member of the tombola family reviewed the iPad Air 2?

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96 Comments on Christmas Tablet Reviews 2014 – Win An iPad Air 2

  1. Thank you for your reviews. There is so much choice out there, it’s sometimes hard to decide which one would be best suited to all the family. I’m looking at buying a tablet in the new year as can’t afford one just yet and this guide has been so informative and detailed. Keep up the great work Tombola! I heart you all :-)

  2. Rebecca chambers // December 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm // Reply

    Would love to win , love tombola !

  3. I would love this deffo on my wish list .

  4. Andy :)
    I would love an iPad Air 2 to gift to my partner.
    I would definatley score best girlfriend point

  5. please i would love to give this as a xmas present to my nan

  6. I really need to play on the go

  7. would love a nice prize as never that lucky xxxx

  8. Great information on tablets.

  9. Would love to win Ipad air 2 I’m always borrowing the children’s and this way we don’t have to take it in turns to play so I can relax and play a bit of tombola and they have Samsung galaxy pads the apple looks fantastic.

  10. Arthur Danahar // December 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm // Reply

    as I am a pensioner it would be nice to have an up to date iPad to play all my games on.

  11. Linda Baxter // December 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm // Reply

    To be up to date with technology would be wonderful, as I thoroughly enjoy playing on my basic ipad, I can only guess this would have far more options.

  12. fab prize wish i could get this as i have nothing this year x merry christmas tomobola

  13. fab prize wish i could get this as i have nothing this year x merry christmas tombola

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  15. Michele smith // December 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm // Reply

    I would be over the moon to Own one of these! I would be literally the happiest person in the world so fingers crossed.

  16. Natalie lloyd // December 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm // Reply

    ipad mini 3! X

  17. Love to win a tablet would make xmas that more exciting :)

  18. Andy it looks really interesting and easy to use value for money

  19. plz let it b me as always wanted to play tombola in bed

  20. would love to win this after the year iv had this would really make my xmas xx

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  22. jane burgess // December 13, 2014 at 6:36 am // Reply

    Superb prize good luck one and all and me :)

  23. Eileen Worboys // December 13, 2014 at 8:07 am // Reply

    .review was very helpful.

  24. Patricia Fairgrieve // December 13, 2014 at 8:18 am // Reply

    Interesting – I have been wondering which was the best to buy and you have helped me make up my mind.

  25. Thanks for providing a comparison of tablet features, I have never owned an ipad, it would be nice to win one! x

  26. my daughter has an iPad mini. I want it!

  27. id love to win the Ipad. Id give it to my girlfriend who’s gave me the best present 4 months ago. Our daughter!!!!

  28. louisa showering // December 13, 2014 at 8:52 am // Reply

    would be amazing to win this

  29. I have an ipad air and its great. iam a carer and its easy to use close to her while looking after my wife and can be close to her

  30. Laura Bartolo // December 13, 2014 at 9:22 am // Reply

    i would love love love and iPad Air 2 please xxxxx

  31. omg i would love one of these

  32. this seems to be the best rated

  33. Tracey Collins // December 13, 2014 at 10:35 am // Reply

    Best one out there so far

  34. Would love to see my carding hubby’s face when he opened this on Christmas morning. X


  36. It would be great to be up to date, with an iPad Air 2.

  37. my mobile phone is about 10 years old so i would love to own a more modern one – heres hoping!!

  38. it would be wonderful to win a nexus7 to play at tombola with,it would be so much easier for me as i am a disable pensioner,thank you so much tombola for making my days more bearable with such happy cm,s,quiz,s and the roomies are always here for each other no matter what our problems are,so many jackpot winner,s too.very well done tombola,thee best site there is.♥♥♥ ps any prize would do thank you

  39. Andy – he makes the games look good
    “The market leader for a reason, high build quality, beautiful screen and so easy to use.”

  40. Jacquie Allen // December 13, 2014 at 8:46 pm // Reply

    the tombola family member that reviewed the iPad Air 2 was Andy

    I am registered blind and RNIB suggested this ipad air, so would love to win one :)

    Merry Christmas

  41. The best ever,has got me through many a rainy day
    An exciting game everytime
    Love it

  42. great idea tombola its so confusing trying to find the right tablet for your self or a gift xx

  43. aileen calder // December 14, 2014 at 1:07 am // Reply

    really stuck on what kind of tablet or iphone for my daughter as she only 9 , but it the in thing and i do not have much of a clue so thanks for help.

  44. Love playing the app on my phone but playing on a I pad 2 would be so much better x

  45. Very useful information, it helps to have a review such as this. Thank you.

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  47. i love my iPad Air and if I could afford to upgrade I would upgrade to the air 2

  48. this is looking to be the best 1 I would buy

  49. Wood love to win one for thee family to play on

  50. Would love to win this prize for my wonderful Son, It would make his Christmas Day

  51. Would absolutely love this for my girlfriend.

  52. amazing website and good chance in winning

  53. Fantastic quick easy portable even my mum can use it and shes an amature with technology

  54. Brill easy to use compact adaptable even my mum can use it and shes a techno virgin

  55. I think the reviews are really helpful. Thank you x

  56. Jenni Boswarva // December 14, 2014 at 9:19 pm // Reply

    Thank you Tombola for the chance to win an Ipad Air 2. Cescacharl Hope Santa has me on the good list!! It was Andy who reviewed the Ipad 2 Family review

  57. Love playing Tombola (I’m hooked!!) but you should always set a limit, it is very easy to overspend as you can get so involved in the games.

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  59. christine paton // December 15, 2014 at 12:31 am // Reply

    would be a great present to win good luck everybody x

  60. I love tambola and would love to win the apple I pad 2 for my 92 year old mother

  61. Would love one of these

  62. I buy everything for everyone and never get or want anything from anyone as long as everyone happy I’m happy.but I would love a Samsung pad father xmas xx I hope I have been on the good list lol xx merry Xmas one and all

  63. Shirley Brook // December 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm // Reply

    Excellent, lightweight, brilliant photos and videos, perfect for travelling

  64. Hayley Symons // December 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm // Reply

    I am not familiar with technology and have an ordinary mobile phone, but the ipad Air 2 looks great, I would love it!

  65. Thanx tombola,i love you!

  66. Brilliant for checking your tombola & to give to the kids for a minutes peace !

  67. I’ve never been a fan of apple products bit my mum bought me an ipad mini as an early Xmas present and I love it can do so much on it x

  68. I would like to give one to my wife for Xmas so we can play tombola together,thank you.

  69. Margaret Kelly // December 16, 2014 at 11:16 am // Reply

    Very helpful, thank you very much.

  70. Have always wanted one of these I have been a good girl this year SANTA :)

  71. Would be amazing to play this game on a tablet !!

  72. jean eales - twinklexxxtwinkle // December 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm // Reply

    they all look amazing.i would love to win one of these so I could play tombola on the go and do so many things instead of sitting at the p.c. so hope I am lucky.

  73. love to have this as i get my kids n i never get ought but my kids always come 1st but b nice to b surprised with this

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  75. shepsdaughter75 // December 17, 2014 at 6:22 am // Reply

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  78. I would love to win this for Christmas please

  79. thanks for the chance to win this amazing prize xx

  80. Love pad I have one partner wants one as well lol

  81. Thanks for comp

  82. margaret henderson // December 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm // Reply

    i would love to win one my lappy keeps acting up

  83. Best tablet !!!!

  84. i would love this ipad air 2 to win for me this would be the best present i have ever had

  85. this would be the best present ever

  86. love tombola xx

  87. kenneth thomas grant // December 18, 2014 at 9:41 pm // Reply

    Merry Christmas to one and all

  88. kenneth thomas grant // December 18, 2014 at 9:42 pm // Reply

    Thank you for given me the chance to win

  89. Julie Kinnaird // December 19, 2014 at 8:32 am // Reply

    The iPad air is magic

  90. Ainsley Adams // December 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm // Reply

    Thankyou for creating such an entertaining website, with the constant opportunity to win prizes. It keeps me hooked and it would bea great Christmas boost if I were to win!

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