Inexpensive tablets are an excellent idea for those that don’t need the power of a more expensive device, such as an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. If all you’re going to use your tablet for is to stream the occasional movie, play games, and maybe read books, why spend several hundred dollars when you can buy a perfectly good device for less than $200?
6 Inexpensive Tablets Worth Considering
I’m going to lay out for you a few of the better inexpensive tablets I’ve found in my travels.
Google Nexus 7
Since the introduction of the original Google Nexus tablet, this product line has been getting quite a bit of airtime. The Google Nexus 7 tops this list of inexpensive tablets for a number of reasons. The main reason is its performance. You get expensive tablet performance with an inexpensive price (around $200). The Nexus 7 has a seven-inch screen (measured diagonally), with beautiful HD resolution.
It is also one of the lightest tablets available and has excellent battery life. Reviewers also claim that the game performance of the Nexus 7 is only matched by the much more expensive iPad. This baby comes with up to 32 GB of storage and in 3G and 4G LTE versions. The main detractor with the Nexus is no Micro-SD card slot.
Barnes and Noble Nook: Best for Books and Magazines
At about $150, the Barnes and Noble Nook is one of the lowest-priced offerings on this list of inexpensive tablets.
It’s not going to compare with any of the major brand name tablets like those from Google and Samsung, but if you want a low-cost reader that can also download some Google Play apps and watch movies (with an awesome screen), this is the device for you.
Incredibly, it has a full nine-inch screen. You can also use the Micro-SD card reader to expand the storage capability of the device from its original 32GB.
Acer Iconia A1-830 Fits Most Low-End Needs
Acer’s Iconia A1-830 packs nice, smooth performance into one of the thinnest tablets available. At 7.9 inches, it’s a bit bigger than the Nexus. Although, operating system upgrades are possible, the Iconia is optimized for 4.2.2. This is basically an intro tablet for those looking to become familiar with tablet interfaces.
However, it is stylishly designed and comes with a number of pretty cool apps preloaded, like Acer’s Life Image that lets you create custom scrapbook-like photo albums.
Amazon Hits the List with Two Kindle Fire Tablets
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD sports a price tag of around $120-$150. This Kindle comes with 8GB of storage and no cameras. This means that the video chat you see advertised on TV isn’t available.
If all you’re looking for is books and a few movies, this one is perfect for you. However, it’s recommended that you pop for the extra $50 and get the 16GB version.
However, for a little over $60 more, you can get the newer Kindle Fire HDX. It’s faster and does more than the Fire HD. You get a newer operating system that allows you to take advantage of the full Amazon app ecosystem. You also get a camera so you can take snapshots and video chat. The Silk browser that ships with the Fire HDX is excellent, loading pages quickly and efficiently.
The EVGA Tegra Note 7
The Tegra Note 7 comes in two versions: Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi with LTE. The Wi-Fi only model is in the $200-$250 price range, depending on where you shop. The 7-inch screen delivers resolution of 1280×800.
The Tegra Note also has a Micro-USB and Micro-HDMI ports, as well as a Micro-SD card slot that supports cards of up to 64GB.
Opting for the LTE version with the built-in Tegra i500 modem adds another $100 to the price.
Apple’s iPad Mini Costs More, But Might Be Worth It
Apple seems to price their devices quite a bit higher than other comparable models. The iPad Mini is no different. With an average price of right at $400, it also really doesn’t fit on this list of inexpensive tablets, but, since it’s Apple’s lowest priced offering, it’s here.
The iPad Mini has a robust operating system that gives you access to a huge number of apps. It’s also true that many see iOS and the iPads as far superior to Android devices, as long as you don’t consider their cost. The Retina Display really has to be seen to be believed. But, is that worth double the price? That’s up to you to decide, dear reader.
If you have a favorite low-cost tablet that I haven’t mentioned, let me know about it in the comments below.
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