It can’t really be argued that the iPad is the most sought after tablet on the market, but does that really make it the best. There are plenty of people out there that would happily take an Android tablet over, what they believe to be an overhyped, overpriced tablet that is nothing more than a very pretty display.
Consumers are always going to be split on the Apple/Android debate, but the reality is that even those who believe that the iPad is the greatest thing since sliced bread are going to find that they simply cannot afford the hefty price tag. The good news is that there are plenty of great alternatives out there, and all at a fraction of the price.
Google Nexus 7
Yes, we are well aware that this is a 7-inch tablet, but it is also an incredibly affordable way to get your tablet fix, without having to give up any quality at all. This is truly an ideal way to experience what the Android OS has to offer, and with the 16GB version coming in at under $200, it’s also one that most people should be able to get their hands on without any type of buyer’s remorse.
Google Nexus 10
Size sometimes does mean everything when it comes to owning a tablet, and in that case, nothing less than a 10-inch display will suffice. The Nexus 10 is, as you may already have guessed, the big brother of the Nexus 7. The display on this tablet is about as close as you are going to get to the retina display on the iPad, and while it falls a little short in that department, it more than makes up for it with a blazing fast processor, and all for around $400.
Asus Transformer Pad TF300
Asus have made a name for themselves by delivering low cost computer options that still deliver a healthy dose of quality, This 16GB tablet is very nice indeed, and with a starting price of just $350, you get a tablet that delivers a decent little camera, great Wi-Fi connectivity, and a keyboard dock (assuming of course that you pay the extra $150).
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
This may be the perfect tablet option for those of you like to get a little creative. This 16GB tablet comes with all that you would expect from a great Android device, but it also has an S Pen Stylus that allows you to treat it like a blank canvas of you take advantage of the apps that are designed with the stylus in mind. A little bit pricier, but still less than the iPad.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
This is a blazing fast tablet that has a display to die for. Throw in a camera that really delivers great pictures, 32GB, and a thin, sleek design, and you have a real winner in the Android category, and all for around $500 or less.