Are you looking to pick up a tablet as a gift this holiday season, but cannot afford anything super expensive? Well, there are plenty of Android tablets out there available that fit those on a low-budget! You do not have to spend a whole lot of money to get a decent tablet either–companies like Google have showed us this. $149 can get you an earlier model of the Nexus 7, but still give you something really nice to play around with.
With all of that said, we have put together a list of the top 8 budget tablets to look for this holiday season. There’s only 13 days left until Christmas, so I suggest acting fast!
1. Dell Venue 7
This is a lesser known tablet, but still a decent performer for the price you are getting it at. The Dell Venue 7 is obviously rocking a 7-inch screen at a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is sporting a pixel density of 216ppi. In all honesty, the display does not look that great, but that is not what Dell is going for here. They are looking to give you a affordable tablet, which means they will not be going all out like you would find on the newest model of the Nexus 7 or iPad Air.
However, for $149, the processing package is actually really good, in terms of value. You get 2GB of RAM, and a dual core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, clocked in at 1.6GHz. In most cases, you will not be doing much more than Internet browsing, Facebook, or the occasional YouTube video, so this processing package works just great for the Dell Venue 7. In all honesty, it actually runs pretty fast, albeit I did notice the bootup took a bit longer than you would find on most tablets, but again, that is to be expected in something like this.
Really, this tablet brings a usable experience to the tablet at an affordable price. In a world where mobile devices are becoming the norm, companies want everyone to be able to afford one, for obvious reasons. If you are interested in this little guy, you can pick up the Dell Venue 7 from Amazon for $137, which is a bit cheaper than the sticker price.
2. Amazon Fire HD 6
The Amazon Fire HD 6 released just this year in September, and offers a great a package for a low, low price. In terms of the display, you get a smaller than average 6 inch screen, with a resolution of 1280 x 800. You also get a pixel density of 252ppi, which is not a whole lot higher than the Dell Venue 7, but still a nice increase. Overall, the display package Amazon has put into the Fire HD 6 is really nice for what you are getting. I found everything to be quite crisp, and video or movie quality was not a problem.
As for the processing package, you get two dual core processors, one clocked in at 1.6GHz, and another at 1.2GHz. Complimenting that, you get 1GB of RAM, and 8 or 16GB options for storage. Overall, it is a nice processing package. The only dissapointment with this tablet is that you do not have access to the Google Play Store, which puts a lot of restrictions on what you can do with this little performer. You will not be able to find a lot of the popular apps that are on the Google Play Store in the Amazon AppStore, as Amazon just does not have as good as an ecosystem as Apple or Google available to you.
Either way, for $99, you really cannot say no this little guy. It will last you a few years, providing you with countless hours of entertainment and web browsing. If you are interested, you can pick it up from Amazon for $99, and possibly even lower if Amazon offers another deal.
3. Nexus 7 (2013)
This tablet, the Nexus 7 (2013), is a personal favorite of mine. I purchased it as soon as it launched, and have enjoyed it ever since. Google put together a really good package in this model at a very cheap price. In it, you have your standard 7-inch slate, rocking a resolution of 1920 x 1200. You also get a pixel density of a whopping 323ppi, which is quite a leap from the past two tablets we have on our list. Just about everything looks phenomenal on this tablet, from web surfing to all sorts of media. Video plays and looks beautiful, music can be a little on the quiet side, but not too bad. In web surfing, the text is crisp and easy to read. It is all sorts of awesome in this tablet.
Under the hood, you get a Qualcomm quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro, clocked in at 1.5GHz. With it, you get your standard 2GBs of RAM, and an Adreno 320 GPU. As per the norm, you have the choice of 16GB or 32GB options for storage. However, you do not have a microSD card slot to expand it any further than that. It has a 5-megapixel sensor strapped on the back of it, and it comes with Android 4.3, is upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat, and will, in the future, be upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
If you’re interested in picking up this guy, Amazon currently has the 16GB model on sale, although the 32GB option is a bit more on the pricier side, but recommended if you can spare the extra cash. Unfortunately, Google is not selling this guy on the Google Play Store anymore, so really, Amazon and brick-and-mortar retailers are your only option here.
4. LG G Pad 7.0
This one is another favorite of mine. I was able to pick one of these up for a penny on a new two-year contract when picking up my LG G3. You have your standard 7-inch display, touting a resolution of 1280 by 800, and it is sporting a pixel density of 216ppi. In all honesty, this screen really is not all that bad. After using a lot of the higher-end tech, you can definitely notice a difference, but if you are not looking for the ultimate entertainment package, LG’s G Pad 7.0 will suit you just fine. Text is sharp and easy to read, video looks decent, and in all honesty, nothing really looks choppy on this little guy.
As for the performance package, you get a Qualcomm quad core Snapdragon 400 CPU, clocked in at 1.2GHz. With it, you get 1GB of RAM, and a Adreno 305 GPU. It is not a bad processing package for what you are going to use it for. With this tablet, most people are just going to be using it for everyday browsing, a few games, and YouTube occasionally–a possible laptop replacement, maybe? For that, this really is not a bad tablet.
So, how can you pick up this little guy? Well, if you plan on picking up an LG G3 or G2, you can get this guy for a penny on a new two year contract through AT&T. That deal ends in January, so you have a little time after Christmas to be able to pick it up. If you are looking to avoid the contracts, Amazon is obviously your best option.
5. ASUS MeMo Pad 8
Made by ASUS, this is yet another great tablet for those on a budget. You get the 8 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800, and a pixel density of 189ppi. It is obviously a bigger display than our last four entries, but with a lower pixel density, which really is not all that great. However, if you are not looking for a big entertainment package, this is yet another tablet that will serve you just fine. High definition video could look a lot better, but again, it is not a garbage display package either. You will be able to easily accomplish your everyday tasks with the ASUS MeMO Pad 8.
In terms of a processing package, we have a quad core 1.6GHz Cortex A9 processor, and 1GB of RAM. Certainly a better processing package than you would find in a lot of low-end tablets. Again, this is not a high-end behemoth, but something that will certainly get you through your everyday tasks.
If you are interested in picking this little performer up this holiday season, you can do so straight from Amazon, who is actually running a really good deal on the device right now. You can get all of this for a mere $149, which is a whopping 25 percent off of the sticker price.
6. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
Right next to Google and Asus’ Nexus 7 (2013), the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is easily your next best option, again, if you have a bit more cash to spare. Again, you get your standard 7 inch display, touting the 1280 x 800 resolution. In addition to that, you get a pixel density of 216ppi. All in all, pretty standard for a lower budget tablet. As usual, video, games, and web surfing all look decent. Unfortunately, this device is not equipped with the Super AMOLED display, so those that are looking for deeper and more vibrant colors that Samsung has become known for will be a tad disappointed.
Under the hood, we have a great processing package. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is equipped with a quad core 1.2GHz processor, and 1.5GB of RAM. You have your standard 8 and 16GB options for this tablet. However, that storage can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot, which is always handy to have around, especially if you are big on photography.
You can pick up this tablet straight from Amazon at a fairly cheap price, and if you are looking to get a tad bit better of a tablet than this, Samsung offers a beefier 10-inch tablet of the same family.
7. Lenovo IdeaPad A1
This tablet released a few years back, and in terms of cost savings, this one is probably your best bet. Of course, you get your standard 7-inch tablet, but instead of the standard 1280 x 800 resolution, you get a lesser 1024 x 600 resolution. Coming with that, you also get a mere 170ppi, which certainly is not worth writing home about. Again, with a tablet like this, all you really care about is that it can perform basic tasks like web surfing or Facebook, and it is able to accomplish just that.
Under the hood, you get a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 16GB storage options, with capabilities of expanding up to 32GB via a microSD card. It honestly is not a bad performer, but probably the worst thing about this tablet is that it only runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so you will not get the better looking UI or better features in general.
If you are interested in picking up the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 this holiday season, you can do straight from Amazon on the cheap. Just make sure to see if you are able to swing something a bit pricier, as you will not regret it over this little guy.
8. Barnes and Noble Nook HD+
Another device that I would consider is one of the Barnes and Noble’s older Nook tablets. Coming in at 9-inches, you get a decent IPS LCD display, touting a resolution of a whopping 1920 x 1280 pixels. With it, it sports a pixel density of 256ppi. All in all, this is probably one of the best options in terms of a entertainment package on this list. Obviously it is a bit pricier than others, but well worth the buy. Text is sharp and easy to read, video plays phenomenally, and games generally look good.
Under the hood, we have a TI OMAP4470 dual core 1.5GHz processor, 1 gig of RAM and a PowerVR SGX544 graphics CPU. The tablet has a maximum storage of 16GB, 13GB of which the user is able to take advantage of. However, there is a microSD card slot, allowing up to an additional 64GB. One reason why I really like this tablet is because Barnes and Noble has recently put up support for the Google Play Store, so the options of this tablet has expanded greatly.
It is well worth the buy. If you are interested, you can pick it up from Amazon on the cheap!
And that wraps up our top eight budget tablets list! All of these are well under $200, and all perform very well for how much you are purchasing them for. Just remember, you will need to act fast if you are buying straight through Amazon, as customers only have four days left to order if they want their package to arrive before Christmas. After that four days is up, you might be giving your family and friends some “belated” Christmas presents.
What do you think of the tablets on our list? Do you have a favorite budget tablet? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and be sure to stay tuned to The Droid Guy as we will have plenty more deal articles coming up for you this holiday season!