Android update is the the most important element, all it gives you are new features (that you might not need), hence a lot of old Android phones or tablets still works. What's important maybe is the security updates. I don't believe there's an Android 11 tablet out there at the moment, but like I've said, it's mainly new features that I can live without.
Thanks for sharing - seeing this, definitely worth the extra £10 - better cameras, speakers, fingerprint sensor, much bigger battery, USB-C...
Yes, but the Lenovo comes with 9 or 10, while this one is 8. Not only this, may be a while for the Lenovo to update, while we know for sure this one will not get an update, will stay on 8 forever.
Problem is that Lenovo is even worse when it comes to updates. Used to have tab 4 8 plus the (released on 02/2017) which stuck on android 8 (or 9, can't remember really) and security update from ages ago.
It depends of your kids age too. My son is still with Android 7 and he's fine with this. My tablet, 1 year old, on Android 9 and I'm fine with this too. My phone is Android 8, well tomorrow the new phone will be Android 11, but so far I was able to find anything I wanted on Android 8. Yes, the newer the better, but don't expect to see Android 11 on most tablet soon. Android 8 is a bit old, but 9 is not bad. If you're looking at a newer model, with the latest, or a more recent Android, you'll pay more. It may worth, for the age of my kids, this tablet is more than enough. But lack of further updates is a big issue IMO. You'll have to look at a different brand. Perhaps Lenovo M10 Plus can be an option. But some older models are better than new ones.