We dare say there are quite a few people now sitting there with a Tesco Hudl 2. The little tablet that could for only £129 boasts a full HD widescreen display and proves surprisingly powerful in use.
But what should you first load on to your device, once you’ve managed to wade past all the Tesco icons and moved beyond the usual suspects such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? We installed an insane number of apps and games on to our own Hudl 2 to find out.
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Amazon Appstore (free)
It might seem odd to install another app store on to your Hudl, but there’s a good reason: Amazon has a daily free app, meaning you can get more apps and games for nowt. It also has a few (although not many) apps you can’t find on Google Play.
Download Amazon Appstore (£free)
Badland (free with ads or £1.99 for ad-free/£4.99 for premium edition)
Every other ‘flappy’ game looks a bit rubbish compared to Badland, which finds a strange little black critter flying through deadly forests. Sawblades, rocks destined to crush anything nearby, and exploding spiked contraptions that fling anything that hits them violently through the air, appear as silhouettes atop gorgeous painted backdrops. Using just your thumb (hold to flap), you must figure out a path to the end of each stage, taking advantage of power-ups and - more frequently as the game goes on - unlimited restarts.
Download Badland (£free/£1.99/£4.99)
Annoyingly, we discovered it’s not enough to eat loads of tapas and hope you gain fluency in Spanish by some kind of food osmosis. It actually requires study. Fortunately, Duolingo turns learning the basics of a foreign language into an entertaining and game-like experience, through bite-sized exercises, achievements, stats, and a gentle difficulty curve.
Download Duolingo (£free)
Flipboard bills itself as your personal magazine. All you need to do is follow some topics, and the app compiles a digital publication for you to flip through, in addition to hand-picked stories in The Daily Edition. In both portrait and landscape, it looks great on the Hudl, and there’s a social aspect too, with you able to follow friends and have a quick nose at their magazines.
Download Flipboard (£free)
Movies by Flixster (£free)
Movies is one of those apps that does one thing really well, and we love it for that. Give it your location, select a film you fancy seeing, and it’ll list all relevant local cinema times; alternatively, you can select a cinema and find out everything that’s on over the coming week. You can also discover whether a movie is any good or by Michael Bay by checking out its trailer, info and Rotten Tomatoes score.
Download Movies by Flixster (£free)
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