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Best Tablets Under $300

Updated on November 9, 2014
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Top 5 Tablets That Cost Less Than $300

The tablet market is rapidly expanding and we are getting new options every day. When you have about $300 to spare and want a good tablet, you have a lot of research to do before making the final decision. In order to pick the best tablet for your needs, you will need to see what each manufacturer offers in order to get the most for your money. While iPad Mini does cost a little over $300, it may not be the best choice for some people. Of course, if you prefer iOS and Apple products in general, you will go for the iPad Mini anyway, but there are some really fantastic tablets in that price range that simply outperform the iPad.

Some of the best buy choices in this particular range are Android and Windows 8 tablets, and you will want the best one for your hard earned cash. For the money you have in mind, you can buy a stellar tablet that outperforms some of the most expensive ones on the market today. You just need to know what to look for.

While the 10 inch tablet monstrosities may seem appealing to some, they are slowly losing all the attention and the hype they initially raised seems to be evaporating. People are simply buying 7 and 8.9 inch tablets more because they are much more practical. This is the lucky part, because in the market for 7 inch tablets, which is the most popular size, there are so many good choices that will blow your mind – and a lot of them go for under $300. So if you have that kind of money in your pocket and you are willing to spend it on a tablet, here are some things you will want to consider.

Processor – for this kind of money, we are talking about Dual-Core and Quad-Core processors

RAM memory – you can get 2GB for your money

Resolution and pixel density – go full HD with $300

Graphics – in case you want to play games, check which tablet has the best graphics processing

Battery life – your shiny new tablet is as good as any other junky tablet if its battery life is miserable

Design – a good looking device that performs well will always have more buyers

Price – in the end, if you find two good tablets under $300, and one is cheaper, you may feel better about the choice that will save you some money

All things considered, it is pretty clear that for the amount of money you have in mind, you can find a superb device that will perform fast and enable you to do everything you wanted: browse the web, watch videos in HD, listen to your music, play video games, draw, paint, write, video chat, and so on. Below we discuss 5 tablets which we think are the best choices when you are on a $300 budget.

Kindle Fire HDX 7"

Kindle produces some of the best tablets on the market, and it is not a surprise that one of their products is featured on this list. Kindle Fire HDX by Amazon is a 7” tablet with maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels or 323 pixels per inch which supports multitouch. With 2.2 GHz Quad-Core processor and 2 GB of RAM, this device can be operated with ease and will bring you your entertainment flawlessly. With in-built wireless module and an optional 4G module, you can take this tablet anywhere and connect online to browse through web, watch YouTube videos and share your pictures and videos on Facebook. With built-in dual speakers this device will provide you with the best possible sound when it comes to tablets in this price range.

Internal storage memory depends on the model of this tablet which you choose, with 16 GB being the basic one, for extra money you can get the one with 32 or 64 GB. This device has the front-facing HD camera which will allow you to either take high-definition pictures or video and even to make Skype calls via this device, because it also has the built-in microphone. With sensors such as the ambient light one, accelerometer and gyroscope, plus the supported A-GPS, the things you can do with this device are limitless. Taking into consideration all of the features and performance aspects, this gadget is definitely one of the best tablets under $300.

Dell Venue 8 Pro

The Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet has some amazing features that will definitely turn some heads, as it comes with 8” capacitive multitouch screen whit maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. This device is powered by the Windows 8.1 operative system which is complimented by a 1.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel processor and 2 GB of RAM memory, making this tablet a joy to use. With HD graphics unit you can now view all of your favorite content in HD technology on this tablet. The standard Wi-Fi module is here, as well as the 3G cellular network, which makes this a great portable device that is able to connect anywhere and bring you the ability to have web based content.

Internal memory storage is 32 GB, but you are able to expand this with a microSD for up to 128 GB. With two cameras, 1.2 MP on the front and 5 MP on the back, you can now take pictures and record videos, as well as establish video calls via Skype or your preferred software. When you take into consideration the performance rate of this device, plus the awesome features, it can easily be said that this device is a worthy entry on this list and definitely worth every penny you spend on it.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet

The internet giant Google has entered the smartphone and tablet market recently, and this is one of their best entries in the tablet market. Google Nexus 7 is made by Asus and has a 7” moultitouch screen with resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, or 323 ppi, which is protected by the scratch resistant glass. With Quad-Core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM, this device will cater to your every need. Powered by Android 4.3 Jellybean operative system this tablet will enable you to play video games, watch movies, listen to music, read an eBook or browse through web with minimum effort. The standard Wi-Fi, and the optional 4G cellular network, enable you to take your tablet wherever you want and stay connected. Additional connectivity option includes the Bluetooth 3.0.

With internal memory storage of 32 GB you can store your files and applications without fear of overburdening the storage capacity. Two cameras, 1.2 MP on the front and 5 MP on the back, enable you to record your everyday moments and enjoy video calls whenever you want. With GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass and ambient light sensor, you have all the sensors you can wish for in a smart device. All of these features, and of course the performance aspects, definitely make this device one of the best tablets in this price range, so it so not a surprise for it to find itself on our list.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Galaxy is a famous series of smartphones and tablets produced by Samsung. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is an 8” tablet that supports 1280 x 800 resolution and multitouch. With Quad-Core processor of 1.5 GHz and 2 GB of RAM, this device will run smoothly and bring you your content instantly. Powered by Android 4.1 Jellybean, this device enables you to enjoy a plethora of content available online and offline. With built-in Wi-Fi you can easily connect anywhere you want and get access to web and all of the content available there.

There are two cameras on this device: the front one has 1.3 MP and the one on the back, which supports HD, has 5 MP resolution. The internal storage memory is 16 GB, but you can upgrade it up to 64 GB with a microSD card. This device also comes with a stylus which is really neat and can be in handy on multiple occasions. When you look at the performance, features and the price of this tablet, you can definitely see that it is one of the best in the industry and that it is worth the money.

Motorola XOOM MZ601 32GB

Motorola XOOM MZ601 is a great tablet within this price range, as it features a 10.1” multitouch screen. With processing power of 1 GHz and 1 GB of RAM, this device has a nice all-around performance which will satisfy many a customer. Powered by 3.0 Android Honeycomb, which is upgradeable to 4.1 Jellybean, this device is able to bring you video games, videos, music, eBooks and many other options for your entertainment. This device supports wireless and 3G cellular connectivity, which in turn means that it has great portability as you can take it anywhere you go.

With 32 GB of internal storage memory, which you can expand with a microSD card for up to additional 32 GB, you do not have to worry about running out of space. Accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer and compass are the sensor available on this device. Two cameras, the 5 MP HD one on the back and 2 MP one on the front enable you to take records of your life in pictures and videos, plus make video calls and take selfies. Taking into consideration all of the things said, this tablet is definitely one of the best tablets under $300.

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Conclusion

Finding a tablet can be difficult, especially because we are constantly showered with new options and shiny new devices that are coming out on the market all the time. This can be daunting, especially since wasting $300 on a device that will not perform according to your expectations is not a good thing at all. In order to find a good tablet, you need to know exactly what to look for.

When you have a specific budget in mind, it is easy to conclude that the item that is closest to your top margin is the best. However, this is not the case with most things, and definitely not with tablets. The top 5 tablets we discussed are some of the best tablet options on the market in that price range, and are definitely worth considering.

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      Juancho Forlanda 4 years ago from US of A

      The tablet market is so fluid. Come Thanksgiving you'll see tablet prices go down under $150. The price war is so intense that you'll see big name companies compete in this space, except for one, and you know which.