The news that Tesco was working on its very own tablet of caused some merriment among the gadget fraternity.
"A supermarket making a tablet?" scoffed the tech-savvy multitude. "Surely not."
Imagine everyone's surprise, then, when it turned out to be very good indeed – a budget slab that's a credible rival to the Kindle Fires of this world. We said that it "easily deserves four stars" in our review, and the Hudl's flying off the shelves this Christmas.
If you're getting a Hudl, we've rounded up a selection of accessories to help you make the most of your Tesco tablet.
Sennheiser HD202 MK2 on-ear headphones (£30)
The Hudl's stereo speakers are perfectly good, but if you're settling down to watch a video or listen to some music, you'll want a set of headphones. Tesco offers a set of in-ear buds for £15, but for anything longer than a few minutes, you really want a set of on-ear cans. These closed-back headphones deliver "lovely vocal focus and instrument clarity," according to Stuff's sister mag What Hi-Fi, and at a Tesco Value price.
SanDisk 32GB MicroSD card (£15)
The Hudl's 16GB internal storage is a little meager – fortunately it packs a microSD slot that lets you add up to 32GB of extra storage. Go the whole hog and stuff it full of movies for the daily commute.
Tesco Hudl Bumper case (£15)
As a family tablet, the Hudl's likely to be prodded by the grubby fingers of children – shield it from their attentions with this case. What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in protection, surrounding your slate with a big, bright, bouncy bumper in a fetching red hue.
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Anker Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard (£20)
Pop an office app on the Hudl and it makes for a fine workhorse – make it even more productive with a Bluetooth keyboard and you'll be tap-tapping away to your heart's content. You can finally write that novel you've always been talking about. Or just fill out a tax spreadsheet, whichever.
Huawei E5220 MiFi hotspot (£11/month)
Like most 7in tablets, the Hudl doesn't feature a cellular data connection – so if you want to browse on the go, you'll need a MiFi hotspot. Three's Huawei unit is a typical example, with the cheapest option being 1GB of 3G data on a 24-month contract.
Nyko PlayPad (£19)
With its quad-core processor, the Hudl's great for gaming; take full advantage of its capabilities with a Bluetooth games controller. The Nyko PlayPad is a good option – cheap and cheerful, with a similar rubberised skin to the Hudl, it features a full complement of buttons (including Xbox-style dual triggers) and twin analog thumbpads. It also comes with a handy fold-up stand for tablets – bargain!