When we say the 5 best cheap Android tablets 2011, we are trying our best to present to you an optimum balance of performance as well as budget friendliness. The year saw a variety of slates flooding the market, right from 7-inch to larger screen sizes, with different designs, some with a tweaked interface, others possessing an upgradable yet archaic OS, and more. But if most of them required you to crack your budget or maybe postpone your dream of owning one, our list should be of some help, without having to compromise on quality either.
1. Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi –
A 7-inch tablet with some sweet Honeycomb inside, the Dell Streak Wi-Fi is powered by an Nvidia Tegra T20 dual core mobile processor. But what might seem a little dismal to some of you is that the device comes as a locked version from T-Mobile, which obviously keeps it restricted within the country. If you aren’t willing to compromise on that aspect, then there is an option of purchasing an unlocked version, which requires you to shell out a hundred dollars more. If you decide to buy this product featuring in our list of cheap Android tablets 2011, Dell has accessories, warranty plans, and more to offer.
2. HTC Flyer –
This is a combination of the Gingerbread OS merged with the HTC Sense user interface. With a 7-inch touchscreen, this Wi-Fi variant seems apt to fit neatly in your pockets and handbags, or you can just carry it around in your arms if you like to flaunt it so much. As it is accompanied by the HTC Scribe digital pen accessory, the 16GB HTC Flyer also gives your fingers some rest, as you don’t need to tap them against the screen, especially if you are into gaming, writing, or performing other such activities on your slate. For fans of the manufacturer, this might seem like a complete treat. However, for others who feel that this device puts a wee bit more strain on your pockets, our line-up of cheap Android tablets 2011 definitely has more to offer.
3. Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet –
The latest one to follow the Barnes & Noble collection of e-readers is a brand new offering, called the Nook Tablet. Owning to this, it might prove to be an ideal choice for avid readers and literature lovers. Other than that, if you seek on-the-go entertainment and like to stay hooked to the latest on television, comics, and more, the Nook Tablet claims to give you all of it. Even as it is powered with the Android OS, the manufacturers have customized it enough to give it a more than a subtle touch of B&N. Nonetheless, this one from our compilation of cheap Android tablets 2011 gives access to Netflix, Pandora internet radio, Hulu Plus, Nook Friends, PagePerfect, free reading app, and more.
4. ViewSonic ViewPad 7e –
Launched around October this year, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e is loaded with a 1GHz ARM A8 processor and a 512MB DDR2 RAM. Suitable for fans of Gingerbread, this slate also offers access to Amazon services like Kindle for Android, Amazon Appstore for Android, and others. As the name suggests, it boasts of a 7-inch touchscreen, which displays content in a resolution of 800 x 600p. If you are among the group of social bees who are constantly exchanging conversations with friends in the virtual universe, or part of the working category who needs to compose mails and documents quickly, then the Swype keyboard with one finger text input should make these activities easier for you. Ample multimedia content storage is allowed with its 32GB expandable memory.
5. Amazon Kindle Fire –
The cheapest gadget featuring in this array is deemed to be in competition with the Nook Tablet. The 7-inch handy gadget also comes across as an entertainment package with features like book reading, movies, and more. For a smooth internet surfing experience, the Fire is integrated with Amazon’s Silk browser with content being displayed in 1024 x 600p resolution. But all this does not mean that the tablet is limited only for leisurely activities. It also reads PDF, Word, and some other formats of documents as well as the ability to send emails using services like Yahoo!, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, and more. And if you are members of Amazon Prime, the slate opens up a whole world of movies and TV shows, allowing you to download, rent, or purchase them.
Our compilation of five best cheap Android tablets 2011 was a quick recap of what the tech world saw this year, in terms of affordable yet worthwhile tablets integrated with the Android OS from Google. Take your pick from among these, whichever suits your needs, style, and budget of course. And if you think there was something that our eyes missed, do let us know about your choices.