Gadgetmania recommends – top Android tablets for people on a budget


There are quite a lot of new tablets on the market nowadays, and with more than enough of them in the high, mid and low price and performance range, it’s getting quite difficult to make a choice. Below you’ll find a short list of tablets that you should consider getting if you’re on a budget, but still want a device that looks great and performs decently, as well:

Acer Iconia Tab A500
Acer Iconia Tab A500. The Iconia A500 was released half a year ago and quickly became the most popular tablet for budget conscious buyers, thanks to its nice internal specs, nice display and high build quality. Acer intended it to be affordable from the get go, and with the aluminum back, big protective glass over the 10 inch display on the front, dual core processor and a nice selection of features and ports, it’s the perfect choice for anyone. With Christmas time here, the price will likely go down, so be sure to check it out.

Motorola Xoom. Motorola Xoom was the first tablet to be released with Android’s then new Honeycomb OS (version 3.0), and it’s still one of the best tablets on the market, even though it’s not as thin as the competitors. The display is a very nice 10.1 TFT LCD unit with a resolution of 1280×800, which is pretty much the standard for this size. The performance of the tablet is also on par with the newest tablets, with the Tegra 2 dual core processor still being among the fastest on the market. With the Xyboard already here, the Xoom will be going for a very low price, so if you want a great 10 inch tablet, you should take this one into consideration.

budget Android tablet Motorola Xoom

Toshiba Thrive. The Toshiba Thrive wasn’t very popular even when it first came out (remember the South Park episode about the HandiBook?). Well, regardless of its popularity levels, the Thrive actually offers a lot more features for the buck than other tablets. The 10 inch tablet has a full sized USB and HDMI ports, as well as an SD card slot, which are pretty damn important if you’re power user. Performance wise, there’s nothing wrong, either – the tablet is powered by the same Tegra 2 platform as the Xoom above. The tablet is well made, even though it’s mostly plastic, and the price is more than right at the moment, making it a perfect addition to the budget conscious buyer’s home or office.


Acer Iconia Tab A100. The Iconia A100 is the A500’s little brother, and it’s also a great choice for the price. It has pretty much the same specs as the A500, but the 7 inch display means it’s more portable and easy to use anywhere. The resolution of the TFT LCD screen is the usual for this size 1024×600 pixels, and it’s more than enough for comfortable Web browsing, writing documents, playing games and any other activities.

Acer Iconia Tab A100

Sure enough, there are a lot of other Android tablets that can accomplish whatever tasks you might need, and of course you should take a look at them, before making a choice, as well, but if you don’t have time or can’t decide, you can get any of the tablets listed in this article without worries.


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