Tablets are certainly great accessories to have with you, but most people do just fine with smartphones. Still, there are those instances when a tablet might be a little more convenient as compared to a smartphone. Whether it’s better video entertainment, better email communications or just more space for your on-the-go notes, you might need a tablet. But since you already have that stylish and very capable smartphone by your side, you don’t need to purchase the new high-end tab that just got released. In this post, we look at the best cheap Android tablets, just in case you want to extend your mobile computing accessories without digging deep into your pocket.

Dell Venue 7 – the Dell Venue 7 is no doubt among the best cheap Android tablets. Although you won’t get this at anywhere below $150, it offers a staggering amount of functionality at that value. To start with, you get the power of Android 4.4 KitKat, a sleek cover design and a capable device all in one. 1GB of RAM, a 2.1 GHz dual-core Intel Atom CPU, and 16GB of internal storage space make this device a must have. Bluetooth 4.0 and typical Wi-Fi capabilities are the other two features that complete this 7” or 8” cheap Android tablet.

Asus Memo Pad 8 – this is another one of those cheap Android tablets that has a crafty name. Well, it offers a crafty experience to users too. From the first day on, you get a hoard of pre-loaded Asus suite apps that enhance the device’s functionality and capabilities. More so, two years cloud storage on WebStorage makes the deal even sweeter. An Android tablet, this device is enhanced with the new Asus Zen user-interface, which goes right ahead to rock the show. Some of you might disagree with me when I call this device cheap, but for $199 and all the immense features it has to offer, this is definitely a budget tab.

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Acer Iconia A1 – this is another top rated device that makes it to the cheap Android tablets list. The Acer Iconia A1 comes to you on the Android Jelly Bean OS, 4.2.2. Well, this might sound a little old if you’re running a KitKat or Lollipop smartphone, but that’s just not all. This device leverages a 7.9” LED-backlit IPS LCD, at 768 x 1024 pixels. The 16GB storage will do for basic tablet use, and the quad-core 1.2 GHz processor keeps this device revved up. This tab retails at an average $160.

If you have been looking at some of the best cheap Android tablets around anywhere, this list will get you started. Notably, none of the devices on my list retails for anything less than $120. That is because if you’re looking to buy cheaper than $100, you have to be very keen on the quality and durability of the device.

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