The rising competition among top tablet manufacturers has led to a steep decline in the costs of tablets over the last two years, which means now you can get yourself some terrific tablets at affordable prices. Though there are many tablets that are priced well above the $500 mark, there are many excellent choices available for well under $300 as well.
So let’s take a look at some of the best tablets under $300 (in order of their ranks):
Samsung has always been a leader when it comes to Android based devices. Earlier the 10.1 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab was a great success even at $500 plus, and now seeing the popularity of 7-inch android tablets which offer great fun and are easy to carry as well, Samsung has launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, which is priced at just $250! The tablet features a fast dual core processor with 1 GB RAM that allows you to multitask easily. Also one of the other USP’s of this tablet is that it unlike other tablets, it runs on the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS!
Take a look at its main specs:
Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich OS
7-inch Multitouch 720p HD Screen (1024 x 600)
1GHz Dual-Core Processor
8GB Internal Memory
Wireless N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n); Bluetooth 3.0
Though HP Touchpad was launched in June last year, it is still going strong and is the preferred choice of many, mainly due to the great value for money that it offers. The tablet features a brilliant 9.7-inch diagonal LED backlit display and runs on an extremely snappy 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor with 1GB RAM. Even though it runs on HP webOS 3.0 instead of Android, the user interface is very nice and some experts even say that HP’s WebOS is vastly superior to Android and iOS! The best part is that when it was launched, the 32GB version used to cost $599. However now it is available at a whopping discount and costs just around $295 !
3. Acer Iconia A200-10g16u
Acer has emerged as one of the top tablet manufacturers with its highly successful Iconia series. Until now, the Iconia series tablets used to cost well over $500, but were still worth the money. However Acer has recently launched an affordable Iconia tablet named Acer Iconia A200-10g16u which costs well under $300 for the 16GB version and is high on specs as well. The tablet uses on Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS and runs on NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core processor with 1GB RAM. The design of the tablet is quite gorgeous, with metallic outer surface that lends it a glossy & elegant look.
10.1″ WXGA HD Multi-touch Display
Android Honeycomb 3.2 Operating System
NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Mobile Processor
1GB DDR2 Memory
2MP Front Facing Webcam
8-Hour Battery Life
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; Wi-Fi
If you are looking for a budget 7-inch tablet PC for light to medium use, then Amazon Kindle Fire can be the perfect choice for you. In just over a quarter of a year, Amazon has already sold over 5 million Kindle Fire units! The tablet comes with decent specs and a wide range of features that make it a complete package for entertainment purposes. However since most of the specs are quite basic (512MB RAM, 8GB storage), Kindle Fire is only good for watching photos/videos, surfing the web, reading books/comics/newspapers and other such light use. If you want a tablet that you can use for your office work as well, you should go for the tablets discussed above.
Here are some of its main features:
7″ vibrant color touchscreen with IPS technology
8GB internal storage
1 Ghz Dual-Core processor
Amazon Silk Split Screen Browser
Free Cloud Storage
Thousands of Apps
Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
Free Month of Amazon Prime
Up to 8 hours of continuous reading