2015 Budget Tablet Roundup
Apr 27, 2015 7:40 AM –
There are so many tablets on the market today that choosing a device that meets all of your needs can be a bit of a challenge. Would you need to use your tablet for work, or would you just use it for browsing the web? Is the display quality an important factor in your decision? Do you have a budget in mind? Or are you more interested in reading your favorite novels, and wish to have access to different apps that will allow you to do just that?
Below, you’ll find a basic rundown of three different tablets, all of which are affordable to the average family.
The Barnes and Noble Nook HD
The Barnes and Noble Nook HD is one of the best tablets for dedicated readers on the market today. It comes loaded with the incredibly powerful Nook eReader software, which is among one of the top choices in eReading apps for people who wish to recreate the feeling of physical books. With a 7-inch display and a 1,440-by-900 pixel resolution, this tablet boasts an impressive screen for the price point. The Nook HD also packs some pretty meaty hardware, running a TI OMAP 4470 processor at 1.3 GHz with 1GB of RAM. This means that any apps and videos you run on the Nook will appear to be very responsive and smooth.
The Nook HD comes with average storage capabilities. You have the option to purchase a model that comes with either 8GB or 16GB with SD card support up to 64GB. The Nook is also fairly cheaply priced, between $75-$200 depending on the model and where you purchase it. This puts it well within the reach of people with a fairly tight budget, something that parents will definitely appreciate. All in all, it’s a very reasonably priced device for those who simply want to read their favorite novels.
The Apple iPad mini 2
The Apple iPad mini 2 is Apple’s most recent mini-tablet, aimed at either travelers or those that have a tight budget. The Apple iPad mini 2 sports a 7.9-inch, 2,048-by-1,536 resolution and an average battery life of 6-10 hours, depending on your display setting and how intensive the apps you’re using are. The iPad mini 2 runs a 1.3GHz Apple A7 processor, so expect a similar performance to that of the Nook.
This tablet obviously also has access to the Apple App Store, so you will have a huge amount of games and content available to you. If you’re a reader, the iPad mini 2 can also run the Nook eReader app, the best book reading app available for those who wish to replicate the feeling of a paper book. You will also have access to all of the common video streaming services (YouTube, Hulu, Netflix etc.).
The iPad mini 2 generally retails for around $299. So while you may be getting more features than the Nook, you will also be paying substantially more. If you plan on using your tablet to entertain your family on roadtrips or long flights, The Apple iPad mini 2 also has the Nook eReader app available to its customers. This means that you can take advantage of all of the content available on Apple’s App Store, and still have a fully functional eReader.
The Kindle Fire HDX
The final tablet on the list, the Kindle Fire HDX, is Amazon’s latest tablet offering. The Kindle Fire HDX boasts a 8.9 inch screen with a 2,560-by-1,600 display. The tablet comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64 GB models but unfortunately doesn’t have a memory card slot. While the storage and lack of memory card support is disappointing, the Fire HDX is great for those who simply want to consume media. All of the expected video streaming apps and even good games for Fire HDX are available.
With the extra features and bigger display, the Fire HDX is unsurprisingly the most expensive tablet on this list and generally retails for $379 dollars for the 16GB base model.
While the price may put it out of reach for those with a tighter budget, for those who can afford- it’s a great option for streaming content or consuming media. The amount of quality content and games available from the Amazon app store will make this a great tool for entertaining any member of your family. Users will also have access to the Nook eReader app here as well, and can take advantage of the display that the Kindle Fire offers in order to recreate the feeling of a physical novel to an even higher degree.
For most families, a tablet is a pretty hefty investment. Trying to find a device that can perform as a multimedia platform in conjunction to be a dedicated eReader but is still affordable can be very challenging. Making a purchase of this magnitude is very risky if you’re uninformed, so hopefully this article assisted you in making the right decision for your family based on your budget and needs.