Not everyone has the cash to buy the most expensive, stylish, and technically beautiful Android tablet. If you don’t put too much emphasis on looks and don’t come looking for extensive features, you can go for cheap Android tablets that are currently sold at around $300 or even less:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
For the past year, Samsung has been making a lot of waves in the tablet world, especially with the release of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. It’s no more than $250, but the specs are simply gorgeous. For example, it already sports a 7-inch screen, which is enough not to overwhelm any user. The screen then plays 720p HD with a resolution of 1024×600. Playing video games and movies are by far amazing in this device.
It doesn’t have a 3G connection, but it can connect online via WIFI, which is still good since there is a growing number of WIFI hotspots in the country. The internal memory, at 8GB, isn’t the biggest you’ll find (some tablets have 16GB), but you can easily expand it through its microSD slot, boosting the space to more than 30GB in record time.
With a 1GHZ dual-core processor, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 comes with a 1GB RAM and the newest Android OS, which is the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
There are a lot of things to love about Le-Pan TC970. It’s a tablet with a very large screen, sporting more than 9 inches of display. However, it’s incredibly thin at 0.48 inches and weighs no more than 2 pounds. Thus, it feels truly great to hold and comfortable for the grip.
The keyboard is set in QWERTY, so using it to create messages is very similar when you produce one in your laptop or computer. It also has a microSD slot that expands internal space to 32GB. It has an excellent viewing angle too, at 178 degrees. This means it doesn’t matter where you’re seated or how the tablet is positioned. You’ll still be able to read and view images and videos.
Take note, however, there can be a couple of downsides. For example the tablet still runs on Froyo, which is one of the earliest Android operating system and one that is designed for the mobile phone. It also doesn’t have the biggest memory and a less-powerful processor. The battery life is 6 hours, which isn’t bad, though you can surely find that lasts much longer.
It’s actually a toss between Kindle Fire and Nook, but we give the slot to the latter because we find it more stable, plus it has essential features that are obviously missing in Kindle. One of these is the microSD slot. For some unknown reason, Amazon decided to exclude it, even though it’s banking a lot on content. Perhaps it wants its users to take full advantage of the cloud?
The Nook is one of the cheapest but really reliable Android tablets in the market today. It costs no more than $200. However, it already offers around 8GB of internal space. Users can also have direct access to content found not only in Pandora and Netflix but also in Hulu Plus. Coming from Barnes and Noble, users can download and buy more than 2 million reading materials ranking from books to comics.
It has an excellent screen display spanning 7 inches and a 512MB RAM. It also boasts of a very long battery life worth 11 hours or more than 8 hours of video playback. It has its own built-in WIFI and a syncing ability that ensures you don’t have to start from the beginning should you change your mobile device.
One of the distinct features of this tablet is you can make this a universal remote control. You can configure this to work with your entire home theatre system! Though it’s cheap, it’s just as light as the more expensive ones in the market.
It connects you online via WIFI and includes a microSD slot that expands the internal storage to more than 30 GB. There are also a couple of ports for ease of expansion, including a USB and HDMI. There are three speakers so you can hear sounds regardless of the screen’s orientation.