Top 5 Cheap Tablets

Nowadays everyone wants to own an Android tablet though the price is a huge deterrent factor. However, with the launch of a number of cheap tablets, things are suddenly a lot better for the average consumers. The cheaper tablets have less features but then who cares as long as you get to own one. Most of them have 7 inch screens and 16GB of storage space. Not everyone can afford an iPad so the following 5 tablets are the best in the low cost category.

1. Amazon Kindle Fire
The Amazon Kindle Fire is the star in the tablet category. The device poses a serious challenge to iPads as it is destined to achieve commercial success mainly due to Amazon’s retail force. The Kindle Fire has a number of features that will impress the entry level users. It has a 7 inch IPS display with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. It allows email, web surfing and watching movies. It can be a perfect present for anyone’s birthday. It is priced at $199 with 1 month of complimentary Amazon Prime.

2. Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
The Nook tablet was released in November, 2011 but already looks to challenge the Kindle Fire. It has a 7 inch IPS LCD display and a battery that will last for 9 hours of continuous use. The tablet is powered by 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM. It also has an extra microSD slot for additional storage space. You can get same day delivery in Manhattan and it will cost $249.

3. Vizio 8-inch Tablet
The 8 inch tablet, powered by Android 2.3, has some really cool features that give the user a good user interface and a great graphic performance. Though officially it is available for $299, you can get it at much lower prices at some shops and online. There is a buzz around this tablet as experts are impressed by its stereo sound and the IR controller that enables it to become a remote control for entertainment devices. Apart from this it has 512MB RAM, wireless-N wi-fi capabilities and front facing VGA camera.

4. BlackBerry Playbook
The Playbook is a perfect entertainment tool which scores very high points for its superb web browsing experience and the support for multitasking. It has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels which is perfect for 3D games. There is an HDMI output which will allow you to connect to a compatible HDMI monitor. The tablet has 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. 32GB and 64GB variants are also available but they are higher priced. You can get the 16GB variety for $199.

5. HP TouchPad
This is the most popular among the cheap tablet as the prices have been slashed drastically. Though critics have slammed this tablet, it is still considered a great choice for entry-level users. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor and has 1GB of RAM. It runs on HP WebOS 3.0 and users can print wirelessly with compatible printers. The 9.7 inch diagonal LED backlit multi touch display is probably the best feature of this device.

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  1. says

    Thank you for introducing us to some cheap tablets and for me mentioning a few tablets i have never come across such as Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet but am seriously doubting, how did u miss or forget the tablet made from Indian Govt, called aakash which is the cheapest tablet ever in world.
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  2. says

    To a certain extent you get what you pay for. I’m all for pinching pennies (sorry, monye-saving ideas), but having used a cheap tablet bought from Amazon (no, not the Kindle fire) the os tend to be clunky and you need the touch of the proverbial boxer to use the swipe gestures.

    At the same time, Apples offerings are horrendously overpriced, especially if you are or have kids. Our friends lasted 6 weeks before the inevitable droppage and cracked screen.

    Middle ground tablets will win the day here circa $300.
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  3. says

    I’ve heard that Amazon is barely making money on the Kindle Fire, they just wanted to establish a big chunk of market share. Having said that, the Kindle Fire is a great product.

  4. says

    Nice list. In US tablets are so cheap. I live in Brazil and due to tax issues, imported tablets here are way more expensive. The Blackberry Playbook, for example, costs at least five times the US Price. On the other hand, sometimes you cand find an iPad cheaper than the Motorola Xoom. The good thing is that the goverment is working on a popular tablet project (similar to the India’s project).
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  5. says

    Fantastic List of Cheap Tablets, Thanks for Sharing. In My Opinion Blackberry Playbook have slightly edged over its competitors due to its Brand Value, cost and attractive features! It will be quite interesting to see that whether Playbook will become though competitor for Motorola Xoom and iPad!!
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  6. says

    Great that you introduce these cheap tablets! I love them all but i need to have one. Hmmmm…planning to have one these next month probably. You do have great interest in gadgets and high technology components. Keep it up gal!
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  7. says

    Thanks for the suggestions. Also worth adding the Lenovo Ideapad A1 to the list. I’ve just got hold of one in the UK and I’m impressed. It’s a similar price to those above but has a 1GHz processor, runs Android Gingerbread and has a very responsive capacitive touchscreen. Would definitely recommend it from what I’ve seen to far.
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  8. says

    I have no idea that Blackberry playbook is now in a cheap list of tablet..I like it’s features w ith solid hardware specs, an operating system that utilizes a gesture-based user interface to deliver true multitasking capabilities and a web browser that supports Adobe Flash.

  9. says

    I’ve been on the brink of buying iPad or Kindle for the past couple of months but I keep finding a reason not to spend. But I’m leaning towards Amazon’s product because it addresses digital reading more directly and this is what I expect from an tablet in the first place.

  10. says

    The tablet market has been evolving and growing so quickly in the past few months. The price tag on the iPad has sent people looking elsewhere for a tablet. And it seems there are now plenty to choose from. Since most people just use tablets for the internet, email, games and videos, they don’t really need that much processing power. So these choices that are a fraction of the iPad’s price are extremely viable options.


  11. says

    Thanks to share a great information about cheap tablets. i am going to buy a new tablet and don’t know about it’s very informative post for a few months,lot’s of tablets are launches in a market.
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  12. says

    Well, yes, I agree on that! The Kindle Fire is definitely a great tablet that comes up with a lovely price too! Thanks for sharing this list. It’s a great one!

  13. says

    That’s really great that people can have an opportunity to buy tablets not for so high price. Thanks a lot for sharing their descriptions

  14. says

    I’ve heard of a tablet in India that is going to be the cheapest tablet in the world. Did any body know about it?

    By the way thanks for sharing. I’ve read some good reviews about Amazon Kindle Fire. BlackBerry Playbook is a flop.

  15. says

    I like this kind of tips..Its the cheapest kind of tablet that you can use anywhere..thank you for sharing this to us..

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  17. says

    Thanks for providing me with a comparison of the cheap pads. personally I like the Kindle. However I wish the comparison was a little more in depth.
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