Top Cheap Tablets

Your guide to tablet deals

In an e-reader tablet computer, you should look for a lightweight product with a generous screen size, a long-lasting battery, plenty of memory and support for a complete range of file types. However, price is obviously an important consideration. If tablet prices for top of the line models are out of your reach, then you’ll want to consider more economical options. Beyond waiting for tablet sales, you can find great deals that don’t require you to sacrifice much in the way of functionality if you do a little legwork and research. For example, Amazon tablets and Kindle tablets are well-reviewed products that tend to come with more affordable price tags.

Here are our picks for the best tablet deals:

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Amazon Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is the king of Amazon tablets, and it comes with plenty of memory with the helpful option of adding more if you’d like to. With a 7-inch screen, the Kindle Fire offers generous reading space, and this e-reader does more than just let you read your favorite books. It offers limited Internet connectivity, letting you check your email and open attachments. It has a powerful dual-core processor that allows you to run numerous applications seamlessly, and it also allows you to store Amazon products for free on a computing cloud. The one drawback of the Kindle Fire is its relatively heavy weight, but otherwise, this is an excellent product.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Thickness: 0.45 inches
  • Recharge time: 4 hours
  • Internal memory: 8 GB (additional memory optional)
  • Compatible file types: 6
  • Screen size: 7 inches
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Nook Color

The Nook Color offers features that are comparable to its cousin, the Nook Tablet, except that it offers a vivid color screen. However, to achieve this, the manufacturers had to use LCD technology in the screen, instead of the e-ink technology that provides enhanced readability in all lighting conditions. Some users complain that this is hard on their eyes, but otherwise, you will find that this is a high-performing product with a full range of useful features, including lots of memory and excellent versatility. It is also compatible with 15 different file types, which is among the most on the market.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Thickness: 0.48 inches
  • Recharge time: 3 hours
  • Internal memory: 8 GB (additional memory optional)
  • Compatible file types: 15
  • Screen size: 7 inches
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Nook Tablet

This Barnes & Noble tablet allows you to play games, check your email, read books as well as magazines, and much more. Thanks to its generous 16 GB of memory, the Nook Tablet offers extended battery life and recharges very quickly. However, it does suffer from some significant limitations, most notably that it is not compatible with Bluetooth or 3G technology. Despite this, the Nook Tablet is an excellent choice if you are looking for an e-reader with tablet functionality that has lots of storage space.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Thickness: 0.48 inches
  • Recharge time: 3 hours
  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • Compatible file types: 5
  • Screen size: 7 inches