Let’s be real. Everyone would love to own an iPad, but not everyone can afford one. In fact, if you’re thrifty like me, you would view shelling out N185,000 for a tablet, a waste of money. So that leaves us veering to the other end of the spectrum. The bargain bin. Fortunately, a lot of tablet manufacturers understand that not everyone is comfortable paying so much for tablets so they accommodate us.
Over the years, a lot of tablets have come out that have won a place in every bargain hunter’s heart. Today we want to look at several of these tablets that you can go out there and purchase despite being on a tight budget.
Of course, hearing the words budget, any Apple product should be far away from your mind. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for that a device with that smooth look, look no further than…
1. Galaxy Tab 3 (7 Inch)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (7.0, 3G), you can take anywhere thanks to its robust design with ease. Relatively thin, compared with the other tablets on this list, it comes with that signature Samsung design, lovingly crafted and curved to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. The device comes with a TFT display which ensures brilliant images and sharp texts.
The Galaxy Tab 3’s lightweight ensures that your hands won’t grow tired quickly when reading or browsing the web.
The 1.3GHz quad-core processor is enough to render even the most intense games while apps and videos run at a lovely clip.
Other features include 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, voice calling (micro sim), Android 4.4 (KitKat), and two cameras.
2. Archos 101 Xenon Tablet
Since time immemorial, Archos has been churning out impressive devices with attractive features at a reasonable price. The Archos 101 Xenon continues that tradition by offering a 10-inch tablet that would satisfy most of your tablet needs.
The presence of IPS technology ensures that all that 10-inch screen real estate won’t be wasted. At 1280 x 800 resolution, pictures, videos, and even the internet come blazing to life with sharp colours.
Other features: Quad Core 1.3 GHz, SIM card, enabled, front and back cameras, 8 GB of internal flash memory, expandable to 64GB via microSD.
3. Archos Xenon 80B Tablet (8GB)
The Archos 101’s humble younger brother. Everything the 101 does, but fitted inside a smaller space and cheaper. Same IPS tech, same incredible visuals, SIM enabled, 8GB internal, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4 (KitKat).
4. Tecno 7C DroiPad 7 Dual Sim 8GB
The Tecno Tablet 7C is a 7-inch Tablet for the self-respecting bargain hunter. It looks and feels fancy, with its aluminium finish. It also comes with an IPS screen (1024×600 pixels at 170ppi), which means deeper blacks and sharp contrasts. Unlike the other devices, it ships with Android 5.0 (Lollipop), so you get more app compatibility in the Google Play Store.
Expect a device featuring mid-range specs in a beautiful looking product.
Other features: Dual-core 1.3GHz processors, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal (expandable to 32GB via microSD), Front and back cameras (with flash), SIM card enabled.
5. Lenovo A7-30 A3300 (8GB)
The Lenovo A7-30 is a 7-inch tab with a screen similar to the Tecno Tablet 7C. IPS display, resolution 1024×600 and pixel density of 170ppi. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and supported by 1GB of RAM, ensuring that your apps and games run without many hiccups. WiFi is present but the absence of voice calls makes this a curious prospect. Nevertheless, the Lenovo A7-30 packs a lot of features, and a magnificent screen at such a bargain price, it’s almost a steal.
Other features: front and back cameras, internal storage 8GB, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly bean)
6. Kindle Fire 8 GB
What was once a upper-mid range tablet has now found a comfortable place in the bargain section. And that’s not a bad thing at all. The Kindle Fire was Amazon’s flagship tablet for a brief spell when Amazon stuffed enough bells and whistles into this device to make your eyes water with lust.
Five years on, and even if its features aren’t on the bleeding edge, they still blow nearly every other budget tablet out of the water. If you don’t mind doing a little rooting, to open up the tablet to the Google Play store, you have a real gem on your hands.
Features: 7″ IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600), 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Rear and front-facing cameras, 8GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card up to 128 GB), 1GB RAM, front and back cameras, Bluetooth and microphone.
7. Innjoo F2
Dual Core 1.3GHz – 3G – 1GB RAM – 8GB, the Innjoo F2 is a 10-inch tablet packed full of features and an impressive config that makes it a worthy contender for the best budget tablet of 2016. It doubles as a dual SIM phone meaning calls and games can be handled on the same device, just like smartphones.
The back and sides are curved to enhance your grip.
Features: 10-inch screen, running at 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.3Ghz dual-core processor, and Android 4.4 (KitKat)