Best budget tablets (Updated June 17, 2013 10:45 AM PDT)
Sometimes "the best" just isn't in the budget. We've collected our favorites of the tablets priced substantially less than the iPad and its high-end competition. For parents, if your kid is obsessed with getting an iPad, be sure to consider the Apple iPad Mini. It's currently the cheapest way to enter the iPad world.
With a beautiful screen, refined interface, and huge coffer of media consumption options, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the Kindle Fire as it should have been.
Price: $169.99 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review
The Barnes & Noble Nook HD's sharp screen and comfortable body make it an ideal tablet choice, especially for reading books, magazines and watching movies. Google Play now only adds to the allure.
Price: $199.00 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review
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The $199 Nook Tablet (8GB) matches up well to the Kindle Fire in specs and price--and has the added advantage of offering an expansion slot for additional memory.
Price: $179.00 (check prices) 4 stars Read full review