New Cheapism Research Identifies the Best Cheap Tablets for Frugal Holiday Shoppers

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Review site names the recently released Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and Amazon Kindle Fire the top budget tablets. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Acer Iconia Tab also make the list.

New tablets from Amazon and Barnes & Noble top a list of the best cheap tablets recently published by Cheapism.com, a review site dedicated to finding quality low-cost products. At $200, the Amazon Kindle Fire carries one of the lowest price tags in the category yet delivers solid performance and easy access to the company’s vast content library. The $249 Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet impresses with its vibrant, responsive screen and snappy performance.

Cheapism also singles out two $380 models, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and the Acer Iconia Tab A500. These tablets boast more features, including GPS, HDMI audio/video ports, and cameras -- front-facing for video chatting and rear-facing for taking pictures.

Cheapism made its picks based on careful analysis of tablet reviews from experts and users. The site also looked for tablets with must-have features, such as fast processors and capacitive touchscreens that support multi-touch gestures, as opposed to the less responsive resistive touchscreens found on some of the cheapest tablets.

All the site’s picks are cheap Android tablets, running versions of Google’s popular operating system. The Nook and Kindle have 7-inch displays, while the Asus and Acer tablets boast 10.1-inch touchscreens. All the best cheap tablets connect to Wi-Fi networks and the latter two also feature Bluetooth capability. The Kindle Fire comes with 8GB of internal memory and lets users store content online for free with the Amazon Cloud service. The other three models offer 16GB of internal memory, plus microSD card slots for external storage.

Cheapsim’s buying guide includes a roundup of where to find the best tablet deals online. Check Cheapism’s blog to learn more about how to save money on electronics throughout the holiday season.

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About Cheapism.com
Cheapism.com is a review site that serves consumers on a budget who want the best value for their money. The site’s carefully researched buying guides focus exclusively on low-price products. Cheapism was recently featured on the Today show as a “top site for saving.”

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