Over the last few years tablets have become accessible to the regular person. These days the average person can find a tablet that meets their needs for $300 or less, with more affordable models coming out every year. But with so many affordable tablets, how do you figure out which one is right for you?
Best Tablets Under $300
1. Apple iPad Mini 2 With Retina Display
Apple has finally brought their technology to an affordable tablet. Sold for $274.99, this tablet has the highest processing power of any tablet on this list. It’s got all the things you love about Apple and an impressive battery that will get you through 10 hours of solid use.
There are still a couple drawbacks to the iPad Mini. While the Windows tablets on this list come with a host of free apps so you can start using them effectively right away, you have to purchase and download apps on the iPad Mini. It’s also more complicated to transfer data to and from your computer with an iPad Mini 2 than with other tablets in the same price range.
2. Asus Vivo Tab Note 8
The Vivo Tab Note 8 is a Windows based tablet produced by Asus, currently one of the most popular companies for tablets. While most tablets under $300 are primarily entertainment tablets, this is meant to be an office tablet and provides almost complete Windows 8.1 functionality. It comes with a stylus to make use easier.
Asus has also become popular for their convertible tablets which come with detachable keyboards so you can transform them into a laptop. If you want the detachable keyboard you can purchase the newer version of the Vivo Tab Note 8, the Asus T100.
3. Acer Iconia Tab 10
Acer is a well-known laptop brand and also produces some pretty great tablets. The Acer Iconia Tab 10 is one of the most popular tablets sold for under $300 and for good reason. It runs on the Android OS and is designed for office use but the screen is also great for entertainment purposes.
Despite the functionality this is one of the cheaper tablets on the list, typically sold for somewhere between $200-215.
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro
You probably know Samsung as a phone company, but they’ve expanded their reach to make excellent tablets as well. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro runs on Android and comes with built in Polaris office apps which make it easy to take notes and even make presentations on the go.
With a top quality 10.1 inch screen, this tablet is also pretty great for entertainment purposes, but it does come with a pretty low battery life of six hours.
5. Nexus 7 From Google
Built through a partnership between Asus and Google, this is considered by many to be the ultimate Android tablet. Nexus tablets are always the first to receive the new Android OS and this model also contains the best hardware from Asus.
This tablet doesn’t come with quite as much office functionality but can use an almost endless amounts of apps and games. Because of its small seven inch screen and light weight it’s considered by many to be the best tablet you can buy your kids. And at $196, it’s definitely worth considering.
6. Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2
This Lenovo tablet is perfect for gaming on the go with a sharp display and powerful speakers. It runs Windows 8.1, giving you access to many different games and office apps. It’s also incredibly attractive for a tablet in this price range, sure to garner many compliments.
While it might not have as much processing power as some of the other tablets on this list, the Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2 comes with an impressive 10 hour battery life, making it great for traveling long distances. It also comes in at a quite affordable $240.00.
7. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
This is one of the lightest weight tablets Samsung has ever made, an earlier model in the Tab series that’s definitely worth considering. It comes with a slot for a Micro SD card which allows you to increase the memory up to 64 GB and a special glare resistant display.
The only drawback of this tablet is that it comes with a rather short battery life of five hours and therefore isn’t great for long journeys.
Think carefully about what you need in a tablet and try to read lots of reviews before you make any big purchases. You’ll be glad you did!