Under-$150 Tablets That Are Actually Good

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Overview

Apple would have you believe otherwise, but there's no law that says you have to spend over $300 for a tablet. In fact, you don't even have to pass the $200 mark. A growing number of tablets aim to take it easy on your budget, with price tags that fall below $150. You might think that means sacrificing quality and/or features, but these bargain tablets offer impressive bang for the buck.

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Dell Venue 7

Many sub-$150 tablets come from no-brand manufacturers, but it's a good bet you've heard of Dell. The company's new Venue 7 offers a solid set of specs, including a dual-core processor, 7-inch display, and dual cameras. And while it will ship with Android 4.2, Dell promises you'll be able to upgrade to Android 4.4 ("KitKat") soon after it's available. Dude, you're getting a Dell tablet, and for the surprisingly competitive price of $149.99.

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Ematic EGP008

It's great to see 7-inch tablets finally dipping below the $150 mark. So what's this 8-inch model doing selling for $129.99? Smoking the competition, for starters. Although the EGP008's screen resolution is on the low side at 1,024 x 768, it does come with a dual-core processor, quad-core graphics chip, 8GB of expandable storage, and a pair of cameras. And unlike some no-brand tablets, this one runs Android 4.1 with full access to the Google Play store.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Last year's Kindle Fire is this year's tablet bargain. Sure, there are newer models, but the Fire HD is a steal at $139. It includes not only a beautiful 1,280 x 800-pixel screen, but also Amazon's user-friendly carousel interface, which makes for easy consumption of books, movies, music, apps, and the Web. Plus, if you add an Amazon Prime subscription ($79 annually) you get all kinds of extra goodies. As media-savvy 7-inch tablets go, this one is hard to beat.

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