Android tablets are made by a number of different vendors. There are so many that it is difficult to decide which tablet best fits your needs. If you want something to watch videos on and occasionally deal with some email, you may want something from one vendor. However, if you just want something to read books on as you ride the bus or train to and from work, you probably won’t want to spend so much.
5 Best Android Tablets for the Price
Many times, we want the technology without having to pay the exorbitant costs. These tablets are a combination of less technology and lower prices.
The Best All-Around 10-Inch Android Tablet on the Market
According to most reviewers, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the best overall tablet with a ten inch display.
The 1,280×800 10-inch display is crisp and easy to see. Whether watching movies and videos or listening to music, the speakers in the front give great sound. Samsung regularly pushes Android updates and the processor is compatible with the widest range of apps at the Play Store. Samsung is also lowering the price, making them even more attractive.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 Tops the List of Best 8-Inch Android Tablets
Samsung is the most recognizable and prolific maker of devices running the Android operating system. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 makes the lest of best Android tablets representing the seven to eight inch category.
The Note comes with an S-Pen that facilitates note-taking during meetings and has a display that outclasses the iPad Mini.
Best Transforming Android Tablet
With its detachable keyboard, the Asus Transformer Infinity is the best of both worlds.
Asus makes a line of tablets, the Transformer line, that I really like and I’m not alone. The Infinity is one of these. Although it has a higher price than most other tablets of the same size, this is because they have a docking connector which allows you to use them like a laptop/notebook. They’ve also got a Super IPS display that makes watching movies on them a joy. By the time of this writing, Asus should have made Android 4.2 available for all Transformer tablets. The only drawback is the cost.
The Best eBook Reader that Can Do Other Things
Not surprisingly, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tops the list of best Android book readers that can do other things. The HDX 8.9 is designed to be the best reader for Kindle books out there and I think they’ve succeeded. The reading experience is second to none. They also do a really good job of browsing the web and watching videos in HD.
Unlike some lesser rivals, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDx 8.9 also has a quad-core processor that runs at a surprisingly fast 2.2 GHz. They’ve also got two GB or RAM and your choice of 16, 32, or 64 GB of internal storage.
The Tesco Hudl is the Best Economy Android Tablet
The Tesco Hudl packs a pretty decent punch for the $120-$150 price range tablet. At seven inches it’s perfect for solitary book reading or movie watching on crowded flights or bus rides. The BBC recently ran a program where some people were given a Hudl and asked to use and rate them. At the end of two days, most said they preferred the Hudl.
For the low price you get a tablet with an excellent seven inch display, 16 GB of storage, and a quad-core processor. You can spend more and get more, but if you’re looking for budget Android tablets, the Tesco Hudl is close to perfect. One more thing, the version of Android that the Hudl runs is untouched, meaning they haven’t changed it or added anything to it like other hardware vendors do.
Best Performance Tablet on a Budget Goes to Google
The Academy would like to congratulate Google on landing two tablets in their Nexus family on this list of the best Android tablets. What can you expect you make the operating system these awards were created for? Seriously, the Nexus 10 is better in most categories than the Samsung Tab 2 and the iPad, with screen resolutions of 300 pixels per inch.
It has a camera that leaves a little to be desired in speed, but the processor packs a punch and breezes through app launch with ease. Even better, they’re all running Android 4.3 already. The major drawback is the lack of the MicroSD card slot. Most tech journalists rate the Google Nexus 7 as the best overall Android tablet on the market.
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