Best Budget Tablets: Apple iPad Mini 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab A (8-Inch), Amazon Fire HD 8, LG G Pad 8.3 And More

Some of the best budget tablets available in the market such as old players like the iPad Mini 2 to new launches such as the Xiaomi MiPad 2.
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With the portability of the smaller tablets making them viable options over their bigger siblings, the 7-inch tablets are pretty popular with those on the move.

Another factor which makes the tablets a great option is that they are not as expensive and they fit in most budgets.

We take a look at some of the best budget tablets available in the market.

iPad Mini 2 

Even though the iPad Mini 2 may not boast a Touch ID sensor or come in gold, the 7.9-inch tablet from Apple is still quite stellar.

The tablet has a Retina display and a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels (pixel density of 326 ppi). The tablet may not boast the speedy processor of the latest iPad Mini 4 but it is no slouch.

The iPad Mini 2 houses an A7 processor – which is paired with an M7 co-processor – helping it deliver a seamless and speedy performance.

Selfie lovers need to contend with a 1.2MP FaceTime camera and the tablet has a 5MP iSight camera. The tablet is available in 16GB and 32GB options. The Wi-Fi version goes for $199 at Walmart.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 

Launched in March 2015, the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet is quite svelte and the metal chassis adds a premium feel. The device has an 8-inch PLS TFT display with a 1,024 x 768 pixel resolution.

Under the hood, the Samsung tablet houses a Quad-Core Qualcomm APQ 8016 processor which clocks 1.2GHz, as well as 1.5GB of RAM. The 2MP secondary camera is adequate for video calls and Skype. The Android-powered (Android 5.0 Lollipop) tablet also has a 5MP primary camera. The 4200 mAh battery of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 offers plenty of juice to keep you going for 13 hours on a single charge.

Earlier in September, we reported that the 16GB variant of the tablet was selling for a mere $160. However, now it is available for $179.99 instead of $229.99 from Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung, which means you save $50.

LG G Pad 8.3 (2013)

The LG G Pad 8.3 is marketed by the company as the tablet which is “just right for you.” Sporting an 8.3-inch Full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels (273 ppi), the LG tablet is quite handy and portable. It is also apt for single-handed use.

Weighing 338gms, the LG G Pad 8.3 houses a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor which clocks 1.7GHz, as well as 2GB of RAM. The tablet also has a powerful 4600mAh battery and a 5MP primary camera and a 1.3MP secondary one. The tablet also supports additional storage up to 64GB via a microSD card.

It comes with Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box but recently got updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Available in black or white the LG G Pad 8.3 is out of stock on most retailers but on Amazon a refurbished version costs $169.

Amazon Fire HD 8

The 8-inch Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is a great buy for those on a budget as it starts from $149.99. The tablet is extremely thin and Amazon claims that it has been designed keeping entertainment in mind.

The Fire HD 8 from Amazon, as the name suggests, boasts an 8-inch HD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, which translates to 189ppi.

The lightweight device (311gms) houses a quad-core processor which clocks at 1.5GHz and a 5MP primary camera. The front-facing camera is a HD one (720p). The tablet supports nearly 8 hours of usage on a single charge and is perfect for watching movies, reading and playing games. The Amazon Fire HD 8 is available in 8GB or 16GB options in several attractive hues: Black, Magenta, Blue and Tangerine. The 8GB tablet costs $149.99.

Xiaomi MiPad 2

Launched in November 2015, the Xiaomi MiPad 2 is the next-gen variant of the MiPad tablet. The tablet has a 7.9-inch screen size like the iPad mini 4, but is more affordable. The device has a 7.9-inch with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels (326ppi). The tablet weighs 322gms and is lighter than its predecessor. The metal body gives it a rich feel and the MiPad 2 houses an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 SoC, which has a quad-core 1.44GHz CPU. The Turbo Boost technology from Intel ensure that all four cores run as quickly as 2.24GHz.

The Xiaomi tablet boasts 2GB of RAM and sports a powerful 6190mAh battery. The device has a 5MP selfie camera and an 8MP primary one. The MiPad 2 also has the latest USB Type-C port for recharging and runs on MIUI 7, which is Xiaomi’s variant of the Android OS.

The MiPad 2 will retail for $156 and $203 for the 16GB and 64GB versions, respectively, per the company.

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1 Comment
  1. Reply Andgi 07.08.2016 at 10:53

    I have IPad mini 2 and I really enjoy this. Very convenient for all, especially work and games!

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