Want to get a taste of the android tablet craze, but don’t have enough budget to splurge on expensive devices? Fret not, for here is a list of the best budget android tablets below the $300 mark. If there’s a tablet we missed out, let us know in the comments!
1. Huawei S7 Slim :
Let’s start right at the $300 mark (a cent less if you are that finicky). As the name suggests, it has a 7-inch screen. As the name also suggests, it is extremely slim! It runs Android 2.1 on a 786 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon. There’s WiFi, Bluetooth as well as 3G (3G won’t work in the US). The backside features a 2MP camera of little use. The front has another 1.03 MP camera for video calling. It offers the best deal for its price.
2. Archos 101 :
The Archos 101 is a nice looking 10.1 inch tablet (which we believe has a lot to do with its name). The 16:9 display has capacitive touch. It features Android 2.2 and miniHDMI output. Google has given it the nod, which means it can access the Android market. The 8GB version is available for $250.
Price: $250 for 8GB Model
3. Kogan Agora :
The Kogan Agora offers a lot for its price. Ignoring the 4GB measly on-board storage, it supports 720p video playback and even HDMI output. There’s Android 2.2 on this tablet. The front features a 1.3 MP camera, but strangely there’s no camera on the back. There’s also a 1 GHz Cortex A8 powering this, putting this amongst the best value-for-money deals in this list.
Price: Starting $139
4. Archos Arnova :
Moving even lower on the price rung, we come to the Arnova tablets designed by Archos. There’s a 10.1 inch variant with 8GB storage and a 8 incher with only 4GB. There’s a 600 MHz processor on both, and both run Android 2.1. Both also have resistive touchscreens, which gives them good touch accuracy.
Price: $199 (Arnova 10) or $150 (Arnova 8 )
5. Creative ZiiO :
Probably one of the most powerful budget tabletsm the Creative Ziio features Android 2.1 Éclair running on a 1 GHz Cortex A8. The 7-inch resistive touchscreen isn’t the best, but does its job well. There’s 8GB internal memory, and miniHDMI output. There’s Bluetooth and WiFI but no 3G. And did we mention it looks pretty good?
6. Coby Kyros :
This is another great value-for-money proposition. The 7-inch tablet is available for about $150 (you can find some good bargains on this one). It has 4GB internal memory and Android 2.1 and a resistive touchscreen. It looks tiny, but its metal casing makes it fairly hefty.
7. View Quest Slate :
The View Quest Slate is available only in the UK at present, so if you live outside you will have to import one. It runs the outdated Android 1.5 on a 600 MHz chip. The battery life is decent at 5.5 hours. There’s WiFi and expandable storage on board.
Price: £150 For 5-inch, 2GB, £200 For 8-inch, 8GB or £250 8-inch, 16GB
8. Morgan tablet :
Another tablet available only in the UK, this is the cheapest tablet on the list. However, we’d recommend buying this only for experimental purposes, and not as a daily-use tablet. The reason is simple – the processor is a measly 400 MHz. There’s WiFi, thankfully. There’s also 2 GB storage and a practically useless 0.3 MP camera. The screen is a good 7-inches of resistive pleasure.
9. Augen Gentouch 78 :
This Android 2.1 tablet comes with a stylus and a faux leather case as freebies. The 2.5 mm headphone jack is a negative point. It features expandable storage, 800 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM. It’s a pretty good experience for its price. If $150 is the highest you can go, this is among one of the few tablets you should consider.
10. Nook Color :
“What? The Nook Color? But that’s not a tablet!” you scream. And you are almost right. Out of the box, this is simple an e-reader. But with some rooting it turns into a fully feature Android tablet. Be warned that this voids the warranty. But hey! At least you get a cheap Android tablet, right?
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