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Best cheap Android tablets (November 2015)

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off
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While high-end devices are generally the stars of the Android world, there is a growing emphasis on quality on a budget, and that’s very visible in the tablet arena.

From companies that are willing to sacrifice profits for the sake of market share, to established players looking to improve their game in the mid-range, several companies have brought to market affordable Android tablets that are actually worth buying. Unfortunately, for every great cheap Android tablet, there are tons of poorly made, clunky, and underpowered slates out there, which can make buying tablets on a budget a pain. We’re here to help.

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If you’re looking for a good budget-friendly gift for a loved one, or just want to treat yourself, check out our list of best affordable Android tablets. Let’s get started!

Update, November 2015: We have a few changes this time around, like the removal of the ASUS MeMo Pad 8, which is now only $120, but the new ASUS ZenPad S 8 is a little better bang for the buck. The LG G Pad 8 has an upgrade worth looking at, as does the Kindle Fire HDX7. Actually, there are more than one new Amazon tablets on the list, and a few other additions, such as the new NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1.

Nexus 7 (2013)

Despite being almost two years old, the Nexus 7 (2013) is still one of the best tablets you can buy, and with newer tablets making their way to consumers, the already attractive price tag of the Nexus 7 (2013) is bound to get even better.

The Nexus 7 (2013)’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM is still more than capable of handling all but the most processor-intensive activities. Its display resolution is still the highest you can get in this size category, and most importantly, you get a great software experience, helped along by the guarantee of timely updates, including Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is why the Nexus 7 (2013) opens our list of best cheap Android tablets.


  • 7-inch LCD IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution (323ppi)
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290 grams
  • 3,950 mAh
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Buy from Amazon from $129



The latest addition to our list is a tablet released this past week, the newly updated Android tablet from NVIDIA. The NVIDIA SHIELD K1 is a very similar device to the SHIELD before it, with the majority of changes working toward the new $200 price tag.

Deriving its name from its internals, the SHIELD Tablet K1 is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, backing that up is 2GB of RAM, the Kepler 1 SMX GPU and 16GB of internal storage behind a 8-inch display. In order to adjust the price tag to such an affordable level, the tablet ships with a few less core accessories than you might expect. Gone is the Stylus, slot for the stylus, a handful of pre-installed apps and the charger. Yes, you’ll need to supply your own USB brick and cable for this one.


  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1200 resolution (283 ppi)
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1, Kepler 1 SMX GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, expandable
  • 5 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm, 390 grams
  • 19.75 Wh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Buy from Amazon from $199.99

Asus ZenPad S 8.0


While Asus refreshed their affordable MeMo Pad Android tablet line earlier this year, they have more recently launched an even newer and more powerful tablet in this price range. In this new ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 you’ll find an 8-inch IPS LCD screen with a quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor running at 1.8 GHz with 2GB of RAM. There are actually a few different versions of this tablet floating around, we’ll link below to one that has a slightly slower processor but 32GB of internal storage for the same $199 price.


  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 2048 x 1536 resolution (320 ppi)
  • 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB internal storage, expandable
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 203.2 x 134.5 x 6.6 mm, 298 grams
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

Buy from Amazon from $199

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

While the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is priced slightly above $200, it’s a difficult device to ignore, given all that it offers for only a slightly higher price tag compared to the other devices on this list of cheap Android tablets. With its very high resolution display, making it a fantastic media-consumption companion, and a processing package that powered flagship devices only a short time ago, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is more than impressive when you consider its price point.

Samsung is known for packing their devices to the hilt with software features, and that is also available here for those that are looking for it. Samsung has refreshed their mid-range tablet portfolio since the release of this device, but the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 remains one of the best choices of the lot, and not only because of its comparatively cheaper price point.

Update: Although a new 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy tablet has hit the market, this device is still the more capable unit. However, in its scarcity, the price has jumped a little through many vendors, while you can find the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 for under $200 in places, don’t be scared off if you see $300+ at your favorite store.


  • 8.4-inch Super Clear LCD display with 2560 x 1600 resolution (359 ppi)
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 219 x 128.5 x 7.2 mm, 331 grams
  • 4,800 mAh
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop arriving in Q3 2015)

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Buy from Amazon from $223

Dell Venue 8

Dell Venue 8

The already budget-friendly Dell Venue 8 saw a significant price cut following the release of its successor, making this one of the cheapest Android tablets currently available. Powered by an Intel processor that is backed by 1 GB of RAM, the specifications of this tablet may not be as impressive as some of the others on this list, but it is still quite a capable performer, with a display resolution that is great for watching videos or gaming. Of course, it is hard to overlook its unbeatable sub-$130 price point, making it a great choice for those on a budget.


  • 8-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (283 ppi)
  • 2.1 GHz dual-core Intel Z3480 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD by up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 130 x 216 x 8.95 mm
  • 4,550 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Buy from Amazon from $129

LG G Pad 2 8.0 (LGV498)

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Following the success of the LG G Pad 8.3, LG added three new devices to their G Pad tablet line last year, featuring three different display sizes. Falling in the middle of the pack was the LG G Pad 8.0, with its 8-inch display big enough to enjoy gaming and video watching, without being too unwieldy. LG went ahead and again updated the line, bringing the new LG G Pad II 8.0. On the specifications front, the device has not been graced with any major upgrades, you’re still looking at a Snapdragon 400 powered device with 8-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display.

Where you will see improvements are in the bump to 1.5GB of RAM and some free cloud storage and apps from Microsoft Office. Don’t forget that this tablet has a full size USB port as well, for all of your connectivity pleasures. There is also a 10-inch version of this tablet, pictured above, it is beyond our $200 price point, but might be worth a look anyway.


  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution (189 ppi)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD by up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 4,200 mAh battery
  • 210.8 x 124.2 x 9.9 mm, 342 grams
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

Buy from Amazon from $189

Acer Iconia Tab 8

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The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is another great option for those looking for a low-cost tablet that offers solid specifications and performance. The device also comes with a premium design and build quality that goes beyond what its price point suggests, a high resolution display, and dual rear speakers that allow for a good audio experience, along with a large battery and the promise of an impressive battery life. Overall, the Acer Iconia Tab 8 is certainly one of the best options when it comes to cheap Android tablets.

Better yet, this tablet has seen a $30 drop since we last featured it, grab yours today for just $159.00.


  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (283 ppi)
  • 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor (1.86 GHz Turbo)
  • Intel Gen 7 (Ivy Bridge) GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 4,600 mAh battery
  • 215 x 130 x 8.5 mm, 360 grams
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Buy from Amazon from $159

Amazon Kindle Fire line


Following in the footsteps of the previous Kindle Fire HDX tablets, Amazon has launched not one, but 5 new tablets in recent months. While this sounds like a lot, rest assured, these are all just updates to previous models, and to be fair, two of them are pretty much the same device. What stands out in this new line is the prices, setting a precedent that we’ll talk about later.

Starting with the Kindle Fire 7, a 7-inch Android tablet with 1024 x 600 resolution 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and an unconfirmed 4400mAh battery. The specs may sound a little weak, but the minimal approach to Amazon’s Fire OS 5 promises smooth performance out of the device. Coming in at $250… I’m kidding, Amazon has a deal that will get you a full 6-pack of Kindle Fire 7 tablets for $250, or just $50 for one.

The duplicate in the group is the Fire Kids Edition, which is the Fire 7 with a solid bumper case, an amazing 2-year no questions asked replacement warranty and some other extras for $100.

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From there, you can find the Fire HD 6, Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10, all of which sport slightly better specs than the Fire 7, with optional larger internal storage capacities and features, priced at $100, $150 and $200 respectively. Actually, the Fire HD 10 is regularly $230, but it is on sale for the next little while.



  • 7-inch IPS LCD display with a 1024 x 600 resolution (171 ppi)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB storage, expandable via microSD
  • 2 MP rear-facing camera, VGA front facing
  • battery allows for battery life up to 7 hours
  • 191 x 115 x 10.6 mm, 313 grams
  • Fire OS 5

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Buy from Amazon from $49.99

Lenovo Tab 2 A10

The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 has a lot going for it when compared to the rest of the devices on this list. For starters, this is the only device to be released in 2015, introduced back at MWC this year, while being the only 10-inch tablet in this roundup as well. This is also the first tablets to feature Dolby ATMOS 3D Cinema audio enhancements, which aims to make your audio experience much clearer, while taking advantage of the beautiful, large Full HD display.

Performance is impressively smooth, and while mobile photography isn’t a key feature when it comes to tablets, this device does offer a solid camera experience. If you’re looking for a large-screen tablet experience on a budget, look no further than the Lenovo Tab 2 A10.

Update: you’ll be happy to know that the price has dropped on this tablet. You can now get the Lenovo Tab 2 A10 for $20 less than it was a few months ago.


  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (218 ppi)
  • 1.7 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8165 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 7,000 mAh battery
  • 247 x 171 x 8.9 mm, 509 grams
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (planned upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop at the end of June)

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Buy from Amazon from $179

Bonus tablet: Xiaomi Mi Pad

Xiaomi Mi Pad (4)

Fully admitting that the Xiaomi Mi Pad is not available in all parts of the world, that it runs a highly skinned version of Android that purists won’t care for, and its successor, the Mi Pad 2 is due before the month is out, we still think it is a great device to consider. Before the new NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 launched this month, the original Mi Pad was basically the only sub-$200 tablet on the market with the NVIDI Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM and a beyong FHD display.

To be specific, the Xiaomi Mi Pad comes with a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution IPS display, for 326PPI. The Tegra K1 is clocked at 2.2GHz, there is 16GB or 64GB internal storage options available, with microSD expansion for cards up to 128GB.

Be sure to stay tuned for the November 24th announcement, it may trigger a price drop on this excellent tablet offering.

Xiaomi Mi Pad (7)


  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 2048 x 1536 resolution (326 ppi)
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16GB/64GB internal storage, expandable
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 202.1 x 135.4 x 8.5 mm, 360 grams
  • 6700 mAh battery
  • MIUI 7, based on Android 5.x Lollipop

Buy from ebay from $195.99 (international seller)

And there you have it – our list of the nicest affordable tablets on the market right now! We’ll be keeping this post updated, so be sure to check back. You can’t really go wrong with any of the tablets listed above. Let us know what you think are the best cheap Android tablets!

Amazon has the Galaxy View on sale for $499.99

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Despite being only released roughly a week ago, Amazon has already slashed $100 off the price of Samsung’s Galaxy View, giving potential purchasers a savings of 17%. Specifically, the device is now listed as $499.99 instead of its retail list price of $599.99. The reduction is at least 24 hours old at the time of this posting (I first saw it yesterday). It is unknown as to the nature of this sale: it could be a permanent price break or just a temporary one. As the device is listed as in stock, those interested should presumably act quickly in the event it’s the latter reality.

The 18.4-inch tablet is sold with free shipping. For reference, the white color variant is also now listed at $499.99 however it is, and has been, classified as “out of stock” presumably as the color variant has yet to release. Those interested can still purchase the tablet now and lock-in the discounted price:

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For those in need of a recap of the Galaxy View, it has a 1.86GHz octa-core Exynos 7580 CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and microSD card expansion. Amazon adds the following points to elucidate on the merits of the tablet:

  • Instant access to movies and TV with touchscreen grid menu
  • Ideal for streaming movies, gaming, and browsing
  • Integrated handle for easy portability (1)
  • Extra-large, Full HD display for vivid detail
  • Designed for sharing with family and friends
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life per charge (2)

For reference, the LTE variant is already available from AT&T. Also please be aware that the list price does not include tax, and/or expedited shipping.

The Galaxy View can be found on Amazon here:

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Galaxy View

Pushbullet Adds Option to Send Texts From Tablets, Answers Pro Questions in AMA

Posted by Kellex November - 20 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Pushbullet, the service you once loved but now seem to hate because they want to make money and survive as a company, introduced a new feature today for both free and Pro accounts. That feature is an option to send text (SMS) messages from tablets. That’s a big deal, because well, tablets aren’t attached to phone numbers and so you haven’t been able to do things like send SMS from them in the past. 

To get tablet texting up and running, you’ll need to have Pushbullet up and running on your phone with SMS sync enabled. Once you have that enabled, install Pushbullet on your tablet and look for an SMS option in the app’s main menu. See it? Good. Send away!

The SMS from your tablet are actually being routed through your phone, in case you were wondering. That way, they come from your phone number, which is exactly what you need to have happen. Don’t worry, no one can tell that you are actually sending messages to them from a tablet (not that that matters). Oh, and you can choose which phone to send through, should you have more than one phone number.

As of today, tablet SMS sending is free, but come December 1, the number of them that you can send will depend on your free or Pro status.

On that note, because you all loudly expressed concern over Pushbullet’s Pro plan and pricing method, they are (were) running a reddit AMA to answer your questions. If you are in the group who hates the piss out of Pushbullet at the moment, head over there to read through the conversation.

Via:  Pushbullet

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Best Android tablets (November 2015)

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Android tablets make great gifts, and the best thing about them is that everyone can use them, from a three-year-old to your grandma. But with so many devices out there, how can you make sure you get the best Android tablet for your money? There are probably hundreds of Android tablets on Amazon, and avoiding the overpriced and the plain bad can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be that hard.

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Just take a look at the tablets below – they are the very best Android has to offer, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Without further ado, here’s our list of the best Android tablets available in July 2015.

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Editor’s Note – this post is being updated continuously as more Android tablets hit the market. In the November 2015 update, we’ve added the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1, and the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. Meanwhile, the Shield Tablet and the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 have been removed from the list.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

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