Finding the Best Budget Tablets Under $300

Last Edited: September 21, 2017 by

Best Budget Tablets Under $300

Welcome to our guide to the best tablets under $300 based on professional reviews, sales, build quality, consumer feedback and real world performance.

Bordering on the premium end of the tablet market, the tablets on this list still aren’t the best of the best. Many premium range tablets will cost you as much as $400 upwards – however, hitting mid-level pricing, these devices do not cut corners as much as their budget brethren. Everyday hardware/software performance as well as design of these tablets is comparable to what many of the best-in-class tablets have to offer.  Also featured on the list are older flagship tablet models, which, despite running a slightly dated operating system and hardware, are still solid choices considering their prices have come down significantly since their release. Included in the list are also some Apple tablets. They have average specifications relatively to their Android competition but offer more premium designs and access to the Apple App store for many premium tablet apps.

Included in the list are also some Apple tablets. They have average specifications relatively to their Android competition but offer more premium designs and access to the Apple App store for many premium tablet apps. Around the $300 price range you may also want to review our best cheap smartphones guide over at SmartphoneNinja where you’ll find some similarly priced (and often similarly sized) smartphones which may allow you to kill two birds with one stone in terms of your mobile computing needs.

Tablet Buying Guide

Before you get started on your journey be sure to check out our Tablet Buying Guide for a run down on tablet basics or if you would like to learn more of the ins and outs of what makes a tablet without being confused by a ton of technical jargon.

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Tablets Under $300 Top Picks

Due to ever increasing competition in the mid-range segment, expect these tablets prices to fluctuate on a regular basis. Check regularly so that you don’t miss out on the latest discount offers on every product in this list.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A – T580Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 SM-T580NZKAXAR 10.1-inch tablet

Combining decent build quality, impressive performance, a sharp screen and great battery life all for under $200, Samsung seems to have struck gold with their new Galaxy Tab A T580. Aluminum cases are reserved for higher-end devices, so it is no surprise that plastic dominates the Tab A’s design. Nonetheless, it benefits from the Korean company’s usual good finishes and impressive ergonomics. With a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the display is remarkably crisp and playing multimedia content is a pleasant experience. Moreover, the two speakers at the bottom edge of the device deliver more than acceptable sound for music, video and games. The good vibes spill over to the software, which features a relatively up-to-date Android version, v6.0 Marshmallow. Thankfully, Samsung has not flooded the interface with dozens of apps, but has instead opted for a fairly light version of TouchWiz that keeps things neat and positively affects performance. And speaking of performance, the Galaxy Tab A T580 packs a very capable 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 Octa and 2GB of RAM, which both result in a generally fast and fluid tablet. Even demanding games are handled fairly, and while 16GB storage is average, a microSD card slot is on-board to ensure you have all the space you need for your favorite games. The Tab A excels in the camera department, with an admirable 8MP main sensor at the back and a fitting 2MP front camera. Even more inspiring is the battery, which justifies the tablet’s relatively heavy nature with a good 18 hours of continuous video playback.

  • Samsung [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB DDR3L RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSDXC Card Reader
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 8MP
  • 10.1 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels pixels (TN)
  • Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 1.16 lbs

Pros

  • Sturdy design
  • Bright Full-HD display
  • Great performance
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • MicroSD slot with App2SD
  • Decent cameras
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Lacks a dedicated standard-sized USB port
  • Only 10.5 GB available storage
  • Weak speakers

Summary

Offering the best balance between features and price, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a stellar choice for the budget lovers.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 SM-T580NZKAXAR 10.1-inch
$279.99$223.94
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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T350NZAAXAR

Released as a newer, larger upgrade to 2015’s bestseller; the Galaxy Tab A 9.7, the Tab A 10.1 not only comes with an updated Android version, but also better overall performance and longer battery life. Much like its predecessor, the design has been kept simple to keep the price affordable. The case is made entirely out of plastic, with white and black being the only color choices. That said, it is sturdy enough for daily use, and will survive the inevitable knocks and drops. Equipped with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution TFT display, the Tab A offers a splendid visual experience. It also gets sufficiently bright for use in the open outdoors, and a brightness sensor assures that the appropriate brightness level is automatically selected depending on the light conditions. The Galaxy Tab A runs a recent version of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow, and save for a few pre-installed applications, Samsung left the OS untouched. The software is perfectly optimized to offer seamless navigation, scrolling and app-launching. The mobile giant’s new Exynos 7870 octa-core CPU and a 2GB RAM module offer exemplary performance for general use. Even current games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2 run stutter free, and gaming enjoyment is only underwhelmed by a weak pair of bottom-facing speakers. 16GB internal storage is rather modest, but a microSD card slot is available for up to 200GB memory expansion. Nothing good can be said about the cameras, so let’s reserve the nice words for the battery, which with continuous Full-HD video playback offers an admirable 15 hours of uptime.

  • Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: MicroSD Slot
  • Cameras: Front 8MP, Rear 1.3MP
  • 10.1 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels (IPS)
  • Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 1.2 lbs

Pros

  • Sturdy Design
  • Bright Full-HD screen
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box
  • Remarkable performance
  • Expandable storage
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Limited internal storage
  • Uninspiring cameras
  • Weak speakers

Summary

With a decent screen, an up-to-date software, great performance and long battery life, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 offers an exceptional tablet experience at a friendly price.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch
$279.99$223.94
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(as of 16-10-2017 20:50 UTC) Details

Samsung Galaxy Tab A – T580Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 SM-T580NZKAXAR 10.1-inch tablet

Combining decent build quality, impressive performance, a sharp screen and great battery life all for under $200, Samsung seems to have struck gold with their new Galaxy Tab A T580. Aluminum cases are reserved for higher-end devices, so it is no surprise that plastic dominates the Tab A’s design. Nonetheless, it benefits from the Korean company’s usual good finishes and impressive ergonomics. With a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the display is remarkably crisp and playing multimedia content is a pleasant experience. Moreover, the two speakers at the bottom edge of the device deliver more than acceptable sound for music, video and games. The good vibes spill over to the software, which features a relatively up-to-date Android version, v6.0 Marshmallow. Thankfully, Samsung has not flooded the interface with dozens of apps, but has instead opted for a fairly light version of TouchWiz that keeps things neat and positively affects performance. And speaking of performance, the Galaxy Tab A T580 packs a very capable 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 Octa and 2GB of RAM, which both result in a generally fast and fluid tablet. Even demanding games are handled fairly, and while 16GB storage is average, a microSD card slot is on-board to ensure you have all the space you need for your favorite games. The Tab A excels in the camera department, with an admirable 8MP main sensor at the back and a fitting 2MP front camera. Even more inspiring is the battery, which justifies the tablet’s relatively heavy nature with a good 18 hours of continuous video playback.

  • Samsung [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB DDR3L RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSDXC Card Reader
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 8MP
  • 10.1 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels pixels (TN)
  • Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 1.16 lbs

Pros

  • Sturdy design
  • Bright Full-HD display
  • Great performance
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • MicroSD slot with App2SD
  • Decent cameras
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Lacks a dedicated standard-sized USB port
  • Only 10.5 GB available storage
  • Weak speakers

Summary

Offering the best balance between features and price, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a stellar choice for the budget lovers.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 SM-T580NZKAXAR 10.1-inch
$279.99$223.94
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(as of 16-10-2017 20:41 UTC) Details

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Apple iPad Air MD785LL/B 9.7-inch

Thanks to its age, the ever brilliant Apple iPad Air now sells at less than $300 and as a result, it has gained significant traction among budget lovers. While you get a beautifully designed, attractive and premium tablet, what Apple really sells here is the light weight, which really makes a difference when using the iPad for long periods of time. The 9.7-inch IPS Retina screen is even more impressive, packing a good 2,048 x 1,536 pixels that result in razor sharp picture and very accurate colors. Viewing angles are wide, and brightness is sufficient, although Apple should have been generous enough to add anti-reflective coating for more comfortable use in the bright outdoors. The speakers are acceptably loud too, especially for a compact tablet such as this one. Performance is offered by the now fairly dated Apple A7 processor and 1GB RAM, which might not seem like much given today’s standards but is more than sufficient in practice. Apps open instantly, and even demanding games run smoothly with decent framerates. Tablet users out there often find it difficult to choose between Android and iOS, and while both have their ups and downs, what really propels iOS to the front is the App Store. With thousands of apps specifically optimized for your large iPad, the experience you get is generally smoother and more enjoyable. The iPad Air ships with iOS 7, but you can upgrade to iOS 10 the second you get it out of the box. The cameras are surprisingly better than most of what we get in this price range and even better is the battery, which manages a cool 10 hours of continuous multimedia use on a single charge.

  • Apple
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: None
  • Cameras: Front 1.2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 9.70 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels (IPS)
  • Apple iOS 7
  • 1 lbs

Pros

  • Robust and premium design
  • Very light and thin
  • Excellent screen quality
  • Decent performance
  • Great iOS app optimization
  • Decent cameras
  • Solid battery life

Cons

  • Non-expandable storage
  • No Touch ID

Summary

Diehard iPad enthusiasts might see the 2013 9.7-inch iPad Air as nothing but an old model, but for those of us looking for a bargain, it still remains a premium tablet, but at a not so premium price tag.

Apple iPad Air MD785LL/B 9.7-inch
$187.99
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ASUS ZenPad 3S Z500M

ASUS ZenPad 3S Z500M tabletFor the price, the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7-inch tablet has some impressive hardware driving it. Boasting a hexa-core MediaTek MT8176 chipset that clocks speeds of up to 2.1GHz, it features snappy performance. The 4GB of RAM is fairly prevalent in higher end tablets, making multitasking a breeze. The 2048×1536 IPS LCD display is sharp and CNET.com have described the colors as more lifelike in comparison to the deep blacks and rich colors of the Samsung displays that creates an almost overly dramatic image. The design is very similar to that of the iPad Pro 9.7 in terms of shape and its adoption of the 4:3 aspect ratio, but based on Amazon reviewers, unlike the iPad Pro 9.7 the quality control is not the best, with many receiving faulty devices upon arrival. It’s diamond-cut edges and metal casing give the Zenpad 3S 10 an elegant look and the fingerprint scanner, which doubles up as the home button, is super responsive. It has capacitive buttons on each side of the home screen/fingerprint scanner – one for back and the other for multitasking. The speakers are on the edge of the screen, with some potential to block them when holding the screen, which could be a bit annoying. But they are otherwise loud and impressive, and ASUS have made use of an NXP Smart AMP to drive the speakers. It makes use of USB-C and its quick charging allows for the 5900mAh battery to charge full in around 2.5 hours. The battery life is around 10 hours according to ASUS, which is more than enough for most users. The camera quality is rather poor, with the 8MP camera and 5MP front camera underperforming. The rear camera also doesn’t come with an LED flash, meaning you cannot take shots in low light at all. It is able to shoot videos in 1080p, but this is reportedly also rather poor. The PowerVR GX6250 allows it to run high-end games with general ease, so it well suited to those who enjoy playing demanding games. It makes use of Android 6.0 and unfortunately comes with quite a bit of bloatware that cannot be removed. The 64GB built in storage is more than enough for the price and it can be expanded to 128GB with its included microSD slot.

  • Mediatek [View Benchmarks]
  • 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 8MP
  • 9.70 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels pixels (IPS)
  • Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 0.95 lbs

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Sharp 2K display
  • Well priced
  • Good performance
  • USB-C
  • Quick charging
  • Decent battery life
  • Responsive fingerprint scanner
  • Good speaker quality

Cons

  • Speaker placement
  • Bloatware
  • Potential quality control issues
  • Poor camera quality

Summary

If you are not too worried about snapping pics and you are on a tight budget, then the ASUS Zenpad 3S 10 is for you. It offers a top tier performance, a beautiful 2K display and the design is stunning.

ASUS ZenPad 3S Z500M
$289.00$279.00
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(as of 17-10-2017 12:12 UTC) Details

Huawei MediaPad M3 BTV-W09
Huawei MediaPad M3 BTV-W09 8.4-inch tablet

While Apple’s iPads continue to dominate the tablet world and Microsoft has reached new heights with the Surface, Android devices haven’t had as much say in the market. With the MediaPad M3 however, Huawei aim to change this unpleasant trend. The new tablet is designed to look like a larger Huawei P9, and it inherits the flagship phone’s metal unibody, clear-cut lines and chamfered edges. Sporting a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels, the 8.4-inch display is near-perfect for multimedia use. Colors are vivid, blacks are dark, viewing angles are spectacular and although the panel can be a little too reflective in the outdoors, it gets sufficiently bright. Speakers are an important aspect of a media tablet, and the M3 doesn’t disappoint. The dual speakers output excellent sound quality and the software provides additional tweaks that help balance the sound. Speaking of the software, the MediaPad M3 ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which brings more than a few useful refinements to the tablet. Unfortunately, despite receiving a recent update, the Emotion UI still remains one of the worst custom interfaces around. On the bright side, Huawei has fitted top-of-the-range hardware under the hood – a 2.3GHz octa-core processor, Mali-T880 GPU and 4GB RAM – to ensure everything runs smoothly. General tasks are handled effortlessly and not even the most demanding games are too much for the M3. The 8MP rear camera doesn’t disappoint, and with 32GB of internal storage, all your pictures have enough space to call home. Tucked under the chassis is a well-sized 5100mAh battery, which not only offers a good 11 hours of life, but is also commendably efficient while the device is in use.

  • Hisilicon Kirin 950 4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex A53 [View Benchmarks]
  • 4GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD, up to 256 GB
  • Cameras: Front 8MP, Rear 8MP
  • 8.4 Inch, 2560 x 1600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 0.7 lbs

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Sharp high-resolution display
  • Admirable audio
  • High-speed Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Blazing-fast performance
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Intrusive custom UI

Summary

The Huawei MediaPad M3 is an exemplary tablet that is only let down by an overly dense custom interface.

Huawei MediaPad M3 BTV-W09 8.4-inch
$96.13$79.49
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(as of 17-10-2017 03:11 UTC) Details

Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T550NZAAX 9.7-inchSamsung-Galaxy-Tab-A-SM-T550NZAAXAR-9-7-Inch

The 2015 9.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T550NZAAX features the same all-plastic design you see on most Samsung products. Fortunately, the back cover is matte finished, which prevents fingerprints and also provides a firm grip. On the bottom of the screen, it has a signature Samsung button arrangement with a physical home button in between two capacitive keys. On the right side, you’ll find the power button and volume rocker, while the microSD slot is placed at the left. The microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack rest on the bottom edge along with great sounding dual stereo speakers. The Tab A also features front and back cameras, which perform very well for tablet cameras. The 9.7-inch Tab A weighs just 450 grams and measures 0.5mm thick. Its screen has a low 1024 x 768 resolution, but has a 4:3 aspect ratio that give readers a much wider area to comfortably view the contents of ebooks and web pages. While the display panel could be sharper,, itl offers excellent viewing angles and vibrant colors.. Under the hood, it packs a Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, which is backed by 1.5GB of RAM. This hardware package is capable of handling the usual Android applications and tasks without breaking much of a sweat. The Adreno 306 GPU will also let you play some demanding Android games, albeit with the occasional slow down here and there. If you run out of the onboard 16GB of storage, you can expand it up to 128GB via the included microSD slot. According to Cnet, its 6000 mAh battery offers 8 hours of screen on-time, and if you turn down the brightness and close some background apps it can last for even longer.

  • Snapdragon 1.2 GHz
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD Card Slot (Up to 128GB)
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 9.70 inches, 1024 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 0.9 lbs

Pros

  • Fingerprint resistant cover
  • 4:3 aspect ratio screen
  • Decent amount of memory
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Low resolution display
  • Many competitors cost less

Summary

Despite its lower-resolution screen, the Tab A SM-T550NZAAX is a worthy option because it offers respectable performance, a wide display and Samsung’s exclusive software features.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T550NZAAXAR 9.7-Inch
$299.99$259.99
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(as of 17-10-2017 05:32 UTC) Details

Fire HD 10 10.1-inchamazon-fire-hd-10

The Fire HD 10 is an affordable 10-inch tablet running Amazon’s latest Fire OS 5 that provides quick and easy access to access all the digital contents in the Amazon Prime subscription. The tablet has a basic design resembling the glossy plastic back of a budget smartphone. The cover is an absolute fingerprint magnet and while the build quality isn’t something to write home about, the overall impression is that of a cheap but well-made tablet. At this price, one would expect a reasonably sharp display. However, the HD 10, as the name suggests only has a 1280 x 800 HD display. This is not a bad display more affordable tablets such as the Lenovo Tab 2 A10 has a Full-HD display while the 8-inch Zenpad S8 has an even higher resolution 2K display. The HD 10 has powerful set of stereo speakers at the bottom but they sound bleak in comparison to the front-facing speakers on the Tab 2 A10 and Zenpad S8. Thus, media consumers are more likely to go with these cheaper alternatives featuring better displays and sound. Packing a 1.5 GHz MediaTek Quad-Core processor and 1 GB of RAM, the Fire HD 10 isn’t the king of performance in its price range, but it will get the job done. The HD 10 is again beaten by rivals S8 and Tab 2 A10 both of which pack 2GB of RAM on top of mid-range Quad-Core processor to offer an overall better performance. However, it has a respectable battery life of over 9 hours, which falls short of 11 hours of battery life on the Tab 2 A10 but easily outlasts S8’s 5 hours of runtime. Overall, if you are an Amazon user who needs quick access to your Amazon content and need Amazon Fire OS exclusive features like Mayday customer support and parental controls, the HD is the most affordable large screen tablet in the market. If you’re a regular Android user, the Tab 2 A10 offers more bang for your buck.

  • Mediatek 1.5 GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD slot
  • Cameras: Front 1MP, Rear 5MP
  • 10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Fire OS 5
  • 0.69 lbs

Pros

  • Large screen size
  • Loud speakers
  • Expandable storage
  • Parental control features

Cons

  • Display isn’t as sharp as its competitors,
  • Plastic build feels cheap

Summary

Overall, if you are an Amazon user who needs quick access to your Amazon content and need Amazon Fire OS exclusive features, the Fire HD 10 is the most affordable large screen tablet in the market.

Fire HD 10 10.1-inch
$229.99
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More 2-in-1 Tablets Under $300

 

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Acer Aspire Switch 10 E SW3-013-1566

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 E SW3-013-1566 is a low-budget tablet with a detachable keyboard to transform it into a compact Windows netbook. Regular notebooks at this price are equipped with better hardware but come in much larger sizes and offer significantly lower battery life. The 10E is built with hard plastic with subtle patterns across the outer lid and the keyboard surface. With rounded corners, a thin profile and a lightweight build, it is comfortable to hold for a long time. The new magnetic docking mechanism feels solid and allows the display to be fixed at various angles to be used in tent, stand and clamshell modes. Standard ports including USB 2.0, micro HDMI and a micro SD slot are lined neatly on the left edge of the display. Modern connectivity options like AC WiFi, NFC and USB 3.0 are excluded. This low cost convertible features a 1280 x 800 resolution screen that acceptable levels of brightness, wide viewing angles and adequate color production. Despite its plastic construction, the keyboard feels solid with little flex and quiet keys. Inside, it has an Intel Z3735F processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB eMMc storage, which is the same configuration used on many cheap netbooks and mid-range Windows tablets. While the 10 E is primarily intended for tablet related tasks, it can easily run basic productivity software like MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The embedded Intel graphics is not cut out for PC gaming, but handles mobile specific games on Windows Store very well. The tablet’s battery can provide over 10 hours of video playback time provided all heavy background apps are closed.

  • Intel Atom Z3735F [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: MicroSD memory slot up to 128GB
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 2MP
  • 10.1 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10
  • 2.54 lbs

Pros

  • sleek design
  • sturdy keyboard hinge
  • reasonable price
  • Decent performance

Cons

  • Screen is not Full-HD
  • Small onboard storage

Summary

A trendy convertible tablet with mid-range components and a competitive price.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E SW3-013-1566 10.1-inch
$279.99
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Apple iPad Mini 2 (2013)

iPad Mini 2 2013

The iPad Mini 2013 with Retina, also dubbed as the Mini 2 ME276LL/A, is currently one of the most popular small-form tablets from Apple. Compared to the original, the Mini 2 offers some great improvements to justify its price which is higher than most of its Android competitors. It has a sharper screen with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, improved cameras and a faster A7 processor that is excellent for gaming, photo and video editing and is built for handling the more powerful apps coming down the road. However, its bigger brother, iPad Air 2, is better equipped to handle demanding tasks such as video editing, but you’ll be paying more and sacrificing portability. If the 16GB of storage isn’t enough, you can go as high as 128GB, but that option is very expensive and many will find it too pricey relative to the competition. It also doesn’t come with a fingerprint ID sensor which many were expecting. Side by side you won’t notice any difference between the unibody aluminum design of the Mini and Mini 2, although the latter is a bit thicker and heavier mainly due to its pixel dense Retina display. All in all the Mini 2 is a well-priced tablet offering the performance equivalent to the iPad Air while remaining compact enough to slip into a handbag or rucksack. However, users who want to give Android a try have many alternatives that offer better value for the money.

  • Apple
  • Removable Storage: None
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 1.2MP
  • 7.9 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels (IPS)
  • Apple iOS 7
  • 0.72 lbs

Pros

  • High-resolution Retina display
  • Fast processor
  • Great battery life
  • Sturdy metallic design

Cons

  • No microSD card slot
  • Android alternatives are cheaper

Summary

While there are some strong Android competitors, the iPad mini 2, now available at a lower price, is the best value iPad thanks to its great screen, stable performance and robust design.

Apple iPad mini 2 ME276LL/A
$269.00
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(as of 17-10-2017 07:23 UTC) Details

Final Words

Although the sub-$300 market has some shining stars, things really start to get interesting when we look at the upper price tiers where premium tablets emerge. For entry level Apple tablets and additional options that pack a bit more heat be sure to checkout our guides to the best 7 inch tablets, the best 8 inch tablets and the best 10 inch tablets where you’ll find the best of the best offered in the tablet market. Although some more powerful tablets may be a lot more expensive, extremely competitive tablets such as the Nexus 7 offer world class tablet experiences at less than $200, including the latest Android operating systems and much more. On the other side of the coin, Apple’s latest iPad mini can be had for $400.

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