In 1990 you would easily pay $2500 for an Apple Macintosh that connected to the web at 2800 baud rates and had “squint friendly” graphics, today users can purchase handheld devices that download entire movies in a matter of minutes and at a fraction of the cost associated with older technology. While the Apple iPad may reign supreme among tablets there are now a handful of tablets that are cheaper than Apple’s prized tablet line while still offering the same type of functionality.

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 comes equipped with a 7-inch display that places it directly between the average smartphone and a full-sized tablet. Throw in 1280-by-800 pixels on a high-resolution display protected by scratch resistant Corning® glass and this HD offering is a top-notch piece of equipment.

Technology standards don’t stop at the display, the tablet is powered by a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor,  a 12‐core GPU which delivers rich and immersive graphics while patented 4-PLUS-1™ CPU design.

This powerful yet cheap to procure tablet also features Google Android 4.1 which gives users access to hundreds of thousands of mobile apps.

Throw in up to 10 hours of battery playback time and up to 300 hours of standby time and we have just began to breach the surface of what this tablet offers!

Equipped with 8GB of storage for just $199 or 16GB for just $249 and this is one of the best priced tablets on the market.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Kindle-Fire-HD

 

A 16GB tablet for $199 is a steal, when you throw in a modified version of Google Android with a newly equipped Amazon marketplace it gets even better.

Just like the Nexus 7 the Kindle Fire HD also features a 1280×800 HD display and comes equipped with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology.

The processor is not quite as impressive on the Kindle Fire HD with a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core.

One of the best perks might be the free Amazon cloud storage option for all of your Kindle Fire files.

With other perks available and a 32GB upgrade for only $249 it’s hard to go wrong with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

If you have a problem with buying from Google the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a decent second choice.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (Wi-Fi)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

The oldest of the tablets on this list, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is still an impressive Google Android 4.0 device that sells for $249.99 with 8GB of internal memory and an expandable microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional memory.

As the name suggests this is yet another 7-inch based tablet but this time with a 1024 x 600 pixel display with a wide SVGA output.

The Galaxy Tab 2 features a TI OMAP4430 dual-core 1.00GHz processor and comes equipped with 1GB RAM.

While not the most powerful of the cheap tablets worth buying the Samsung Galaxy Tab is often a favorite among Samsung Galaxy S buyers because of brand loyalty and a strong Samsung build factor.

 

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