I spent a fair bit of time researching the tablet market before making my choice, I think there are a few decent options to consider so if you haven’t quite made up your mind yet here are some other budget tablet options to consider.
What’s the best cheap Tablet?
Well, I decided to go for the Nexus 7, but I don’t think this is an easy question to answer and I think it will ultimately depend on what you want out of a tablet. I like to think I am an independent buyer who can look past the headline brands and pick out the best device for my needs.
So what are the Nexus 7 alternatives?
- Cheap Import Tablets: I spend a good deal of time investigating the various cheap non branded imported tablets. You can get these for around £100 and the prices steadily rise with quality. A competitive market keeps the prices fair and from what I could see you normally get what you pay for. If you go for one of these, make sure you understand what the limitations are. It might be that your chosen model doesn’t have access to the Google Play Market place, perhaps it has a low res or resistive screen, or it might be made from cheap components that won’t last. If you are looking for these, the best thing to do is head over to Amazon.co.uk and read the user reviews.
- Branded budget models: These are going to be a higher build quality, they are likely to have better screens and full access to Google’s Play store. However, despite the budget title, they can be a fair bit more expensive than the cheapest end.
- iPad Mini: The iPad mini is still just a rumour, but if true it looks like it is Apple that is playing copy cat for a change! According to the various leaks the mini will be a cheap entry level tablet with an 8 or 9 inch screen. No idea if it is true or not and to be honest I’m only really interested in an Android device right now as I have already invested in a number of apps via my phone. However if you like Apple products and have only stayed away from the iPad because of price, it might be worth hanging on ’til the end of the year.
The Nexus looks like it meets my needs, it seems to have the right mix of quality and technical power whilst just creeping into the budget price range. There are definitely a couple of things I’d like to have seen in it (HDMI, SD Card, etc) but none of them were deal breakers.