One of the best tech inventions of recent years has been the tablet. We’re no longer chained to our desktops or reliant on heavy laptops. It used to be that the iPad was the only truly great option for tablets. But now, several companies have released bargain tablets that don’t actually require you to drain your bank account. In the market for a tablet, but not sure which one to get? Follow this guide for 5 of the best tablets for those of us on a budget!
1. Toshiba Encore Tablets
Toshiba offers a great line of tablets in 3 sizes: Encore Mini 7-inch at $119.99, Encore 2 8-inch at $199.99, and Encore 2 10-inch at $269.99. The variety of options means you can pick the perfect tablet for your preferences. Each one comes with an Intel Atom processor, ultra-fast WiFi, and tons of built-in apps. Plus, a multi-touch display and amazing battery life make any of the 3 models a great purchase. Want to save even more money? Use a Toshiba coupon code at checkout!
2. Google Nexus 7
This 7-inch tablet (available through Amazon) has tons of perks, namely a powerful battery life (up to 9 hours of active use!), a fast 1.5GHz quad-core speed processor, 2GB ram, and 16GB of USB storage. You can get the 2012 model for as low as $139, but even the latest model will only run you $183. The Nexus’ claim to fame is the world’s highest resolution, with over 2.3 million pixels. This makes it easier to read text or view content (like videos in 1080p HD).
Additionally, this tablet only weighs 10.2 ounces, which makes it super easy to carry around with you. Although some people claim the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) operating system has some kinks to work out, this is definitely one of the best tablets around!
3. Asus MeMO Pad 8
Although Asus doesn’t usually get as much press as other brands, they do make a great bargain tablet. The MeMO Pad 8 starts at $152.99 (you can purchase it at Amazon), and it comes with a 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, 16GB storage, and an 8-inch HD IPS display. This tablet is also a must-buy because of the brand-new Asus ZenUI, a user interface that offers over 200 upgrades and enhancements over a standard Android operating system.
If you’re all about customizing your tablet, you’ll appreciate that it comes in 5 stylish colors. You can also accessorize with the MagSmart Cover, Carry Me Cover, or folio cover - all of which can protect your tablet (as well as make it look cool).
4. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7
Fans of Amazon will love the new Kindle Fire. It has a super fast Snapdragon 800 processor and starts at just $139. If you’re into gaming or streaming movies, the Kindle Fire offers a 1920x1200 display - the highest of any tablet below $200. This tablet is also ideal for reading since it’s super lightweight at just 11.9 ounces.
The only downside? The tablet doesn’t easily stream content from other sites. If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll have access to thousands of shows and movies. If you don’t, you could have a problem. But, despite this flaw, the Amazon tablet is still a great buy because of its speed and easy-to-use touchscreen.
5. Apple iPad Mini
Of course, no list of best tablets would be complete without the iPad. Although the other models might be out of your price range, the iPad Mini is a great bargain option at just $299. Although the other tablets on this list are cheaper, Apple devotees will love the specs of the iPad. The 7.9 inch tablet weighs just .68 pounds, so it’s easy to tote around. It also comes with a fabulous LED-backlit multi-touch display with IPS technology and a 1024x768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch. Another good feature is the oleophobic fingerprint-resistant coating that comes on the screen.
The iPad mini also comes with a long battery life (up to 10 hours surfing the web, watching videos, or listening to music), and it has your favorite Apple features like Facetime, Siri, and an iSight camera.
So, whether you can’t live without an iPad or Androids are more your speed, you won’t regret buying one of these bargain tablets!