When the original iPad launched in 2010, its $499 price tag seemed like a bargain. However, today you can get a high-quality slate for well under $200, with popular options like the $199 Nexus 7 and the $159 Kindle Fire 7. But what if even the $129 Nook HD 7 is too rich for your blood?
A slew of lesser-known companies like Coby, Ematic, and Hisense are stocking store shelves with sub-$100 slates, with some as low as 80 bucks. On the upside, the price of these manufacturers’ Android tablets is blindingly attractive, but on the down side, many cut corners when it comes to screen resolution, performance and design. We reviewed seven of the cheapest tablets on the market to tell you which budget slates are worth your money.
Hisense is making quite a splash with its $149 Sero 7 Pro, offering Nexus 7-like performance and a microSD slot, for $50 less than Google's tablet. Now, here comes the $99.99 Sero 7 LT. This Wal-Mart exclusive boasts better specs than pricier entrants from ASUS and HP, making it one of the few sub-$100 slates we recommend.