I would like you to keep in mind that budget tablets, at least in my mind, sit at $199 – $250 or so. The reason for this is, is at $199 or so, you can actually start getting a decent tablet that will last you quite some time, while a much cheaper tablet (excluding the Kindle and NOOK stuff) will not last you as long. Not to mention that cheaper tablets will easily get outdated. All of that said, I have chosen three pretty budget tablets that will cost you less than $250 from three notable companies.
If you’re looking to get a powerhouse tablet with a limited amount of storage space, the [easyazon-link asin=”B008J6VYUC” locale=”us”]Google Nexus 7[/easyazon-link], priced at $199, is where you should be looking. It features NVIDIA’s quad core Tegra 3 processor, so there isn’t much that this baby can’t run. The only downside that you might find is that it does not have any sort of expandable storage. So, you are stuck with the 8GB or 16GB options. You can reduce that down to 6GB and 14GB, as the Android operating system will take up a good 2GB for itself. Depending on what you use it for, the 6GB should really be enough, but again, if you’re looking for a powerhouse, you are probably going to want to do more with it than just read and browse the internet. In that case, the 16GB option is probably best for you, which is priced at $249. There will soon be a larger 32GB option, but that shouldn’t be releasing until sometime in early 2013. Until then 8GBs and 16GBs is what you have to work with. Still, it really is a bang for your buck.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 (7 inch) is another really good budget priced tablet as well. While it’s arguable that this tablet is no where near as good as the Nexus 7, it does feature a SD card and has a decent processor clocked at 1GHz. While this won’t be playing any of the exclusive games optimized for the quad core Tegra 3 processor, this guy does get the job done. Games still do play flawlessly, just not as fast as you would experience with the Nexus 7. Still, if you haven’t used a Tegra 3 processor before on any of your devices, you will not notice a difference. This guy is priced at [easyazon-link asin=”B007P4VOWC” locale=”us”]$199 over on Amazon[/easyazon-link], which is $50 off of its regular price.
The Nook HD is Barnes & Noble’s latest tablet. While it may have not been intended for budget pricing, it does fit extremely well in that category. You really shouldn’t be expecting this guy to play all of your games flawlessly, it will surely be able to do some of the more casual games, but things like The Dark Knight Rises is out of the question. This is perfect for casual uses, reading, surfing the web, a good ol’ game of Angry Birds, and even video playback. The [easyazon-link asin=”1400501466″ locale=”us”]Nook HD[/easyazon-link] starts at 8GBs priced at $199 with the 16GB version priced at $229.
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