Top 6 Budget Android Tablets (October 2013)

September 16, 2013
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HP Slate 7 cheap android tablet

If you want to enter the Android space without emptying your checking account, there’s plenty of low-cost budget tablets available. Want the best of Android? You don’t have to put down $400+ for that. In fact, the best of Android is a cheap Android tablet priced at $229, offering the same, premium experience as a $400 tablet.

If you don’t mind skipping the premium experience, Android tablets can get even cheaper with the Acer Iconia B1 at $179 or the HP Slate 7 at $142.99. If you’re looking for a budget-level, yet good performing tablet, then Android might be a wise path.

ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)

nexus 7 2013 cheap android tablet

The Nexus 7 (2013) launched with flying colors, showing the world you don’t need top of the line specs to make a premium tablet experience. Coming in at a humble $229 for the 16GB model, the ASUS-made Nexus 7 (2013) isĀ theĀ best cheap Android tablet you can get.

A bevy of optimizations makes its Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU clocked at 1.5GHz something to brag about, and with the help of 2GB of RAM, multitasking is a breeze, as it should be.

On the software side of things, you get the latest version of Android — 4.3 Jelly Bean. The OS is as smooth as can be, and with features like Google Now, it’ll be hard to put the tablet down.

ASUS Nexus 7 (2013) Specs

  • Profile: 7.62mm (0.3-inch); 2mm thinner, reduced bezel by 3mm on each side
  • Weight: 318g (11.2oz)
  • 7-inch LCD IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution (323ppi)
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Adreno 320 graphics
  • 2GB of DDR3LM memory
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • 1.2-megapixelĀ front-facing camera
  • dual-stereo speakers
  • virtual surround sound technology
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • MicroUSB port with SlimPort
  • 9 hours video playback, 10 hours web and reading
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

ForĀ more info on the new Nexus 7 (2013), including ourĀ review, clickĀ here!

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#2 Amazon Kindle Fire HDX


At the very end of September, Amazon unveiled its latest member to the Kindle family, the Kindle Fire HDX. The new Fire HDX models stomp all over their past-gen version with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM and 16/32/64GB price configurations.

The Fire HDX has a 7-inch 1920×1200 LCD display, which is also an improvement of the Fire HD. Thereā€™s also a unique Mayday button that brings you live assistance 24/7, at no added cost.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Specs & Features

  • 186mm x 128mm x 9mm
  • 303 grams
  • 7-inch 1920×1200 LCD display, with 323 PPI
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB configurations
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU at 2.2GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wi-Fi with MIMO support
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI out
  • HD front-cam
  • Battery rated for 11 hours of ā€œmixed useā€
  • Majito Fire OS 3.0 (based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean)

For more on the Kindle Fire HDX, click here.

Buy Now on AmazonĀ ($229)

HP Slate 7

hp slate 7 cheap android tablet

The HP Slate 7 is HP’s entrance into the 7-inch market, attempting to take on the Nexus 7 (2013) at a low price point of $142.99. When put to the test, this tablet is nothing in comparison to the Nexus 7 (2013).

Elements are generally slower, mainly because of the lack of high spec’d hardware and a bevy of software optimizations. Don’t get me wrong, the HP Slate 7 is a great cheap Android tablet for its price, but media consumption isn’t the best.

Nonetheless, the Slate 7 will get you through the day with ease, depending on usage. There are frequent amounts of lag here and there, but if you can get past that, the tablet is a decent performer for its price. Of course, for those wanting to spend a little bit more cash, the HP Slate 7 may be a hard sell with rumors of an alleged HP Slate 8 Pro on the horizon.

HP Slate 7 Specs

  • 197.1 x 116.1 x 10.7 mm
  • 372 grams
  • Cortex-A9 dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz
  • 7-inch FFS (Field Fringe Switching)Ā LCD display,Ā 600 x 1024 pixels (170ppi)
  • 1GB of memory
  • 8GB of storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 3.15-megapixel rear camera
  • Beats Audio
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

For more on the HP Slate 7, including our review, click here.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD+


Much like the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ is running a forked version of Android. However, Barnes & Noble recently gave the device a fresh coat of new point by opening up the Play Store and giving the tablet a much needed price drop.

Does the added Play Store and price drop make all the difference? In short, yes. The Nook HD+ is a very impressive device, but Barnes & Noble’s own app store was just too limited to justify the price.

Nonetheless, things have changed, and with the Play Store, new possibilities have opened up for this little performer. In example, the Amazon Kindle app can be downloaded from the Play Store, opening up Amazon’s massive library of books for this tablet, and there are a variety of games available, so you can finally take advantage of the Nook HD+’s Retina-like display.

There are now an endless amount of possibilities for this tablet, which puts the Nook HD+ one step ahead of the Kindle Fire HD, in my opinion. It’s easily one of the best cheap Android tablets on the market, even if it is a year old.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ Specs

  • 240.3 x 162.8 x 11.4 mm
  • 515 grams
  • TI OMAP44709 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz.
  • 9-inch IPS LCD display, 1,920 x 1,280 resolution (256ppi)
  • 1GB of memory
  • 16/32GB of storage
  • microSD card slot
  • HDMI

For more on the Nook HD+, click here.

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Hisense Sero 7 Pro


In the Android space, when you think tablet, Hisense isn’t usually the first manufacturer that comes to mind. In this case, Hisense has released the Sero 7 Pro, an impressive budget-level tablet, equipped with formidable specs.

For $129, you’d think this cheap Android tablet to be a slouch. On the contrary, with a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, the device is blazing fast. Sure, it may be a cheap Android tablet, but under the hood, it performs exceptionally well.

As for the software, you get an interface very similar to stock Android on the Nexus 7 (2013). In short, you’re in for a slick and smooth experience with the Sero 7 Pro. And if it’s too expensive for you, there’s a lower spec’d version of this tablet, the Sero 7 LT, priced at $79.

Hisense Sero 7 Pro Specs

  • Ā NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 7 inch, 1280 x 800 IPS display
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board memory
  • 2.0MP front camera
  • 5.0MP rear camera with flash and auto-focus
  • Mini HDMI, SD, and USB ports
  • 10-hour battery life
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth

For more on the Hisense Sero 7 Pro, click here.

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#4 Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013)

kindle fire hd 7 inch android tablet

Now that the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX has arrived, the Kindle Fire HD is also getting a minor refresh as well as a major price cut – with the tablet now starting at just $139.

Largely this is the same tablet as the original, but this time around the Kindle Fire HD (2013) has a slightly faster 1.5GHz dual-core CPU.

The Kindle Fire HD (2013) also has a 7-inch IPS 1280 x 800 display, a touch sensor that helps decrease glare, and stereo speakers, the Kindle Fire HD is perfect for media consumption. Thereā€™s also a battery that is said to last through about 10 hours of mixed use.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Specs & Features

  • 191 x 128 x 10.6 mm
  • 345 grams
  • 7-inch 800 x 1280 IPS touchscreen display
  • laminated touch sensor that helps decrease glare by 25%
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU
  • 8 or 16GB storage
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz and MIMO support
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI out
  • Majito Fire OS 3.0 (based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean)
  • Battery rated for about 10 hours mixed use

For more on the Kindle Fire HD, including ourĀ iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD comparison, clickĀ here.

Buy Now on AmazonĀ ($139)

If you’re not looking to conduct demanding tasks, a cheap Android tablet will work the same way a premium device does. Just with less power and more savings in your pocketbook.Ā The cheap Android tablets of today aren’t the outdated, slow devices of yesteryear. Every single tablet listed on this page will provide you a good experience, with the Nexus 7 (2013) providing arguably the best of all.

We’ll be updating this list throughout the coming months as more devices come in, so be sure to keep your browsers pointed to Android AuthorityĀ to find the latest and greatest in cheap Android tablets!