How to Buy an Affordable Tablet PC

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How to Buy an Affordable Tablet PC

Most people believe that tablet personal computers are very expensive devices, and as a result unobtainable. Although many of the bigger brands like Apple and Samsung do charge a high amount for their products, there are plenty of less costly tablets to be bought. This guide shall examine some of the more affordable devices, as well explaining how to find these products on eBay.

Affordable Tablets

The best way to find affordable tablets is to research and review what's on offer. Customer reviews often provide in-depth and honest portrayals of a tablet's functions and quality. The following are among the best affordable tablets on the market today.

iPad Mini

Although the various other tablets in Apple's iPad family tend to be quite expensive to buy, the iPad Mini can often be bought for a very reasonable price. This tablet is extremely light and portable and has an excellent battery life, making it ideal for busy people on the move. The iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch screen and weighs 308g. This device has a 7-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front camera, and can take a 1080p video. The dimensions of this device are 199.9 x 134.6 x 7.1mm. The iPad Mini runs on the iOS 6 operating system, and 16GB models can be bought for as low as $100.

Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 comes equipped with a quad core processor and is the first device to run on Google's Android Jellybean operating system. This device has a 7-inch 1200 x 800 HD IPS display and is available with 16GB or 32GB of memory. The Nexus 7 weighs 340g and its dimensions are 10.5 x 198.5 x 120mm. Unlike other tablets the Nexus 7 does not feature a rear camera and instead is equipped only with a 1.2-megapixel front camera. The device is quite fast thanks to its quad processor, and it has extremely strong Internet connectivity. The Nexus 7 is available to buy for prices starting as low as $50.

Kindle Fire HD

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is one of the most popular affordable tablets on the market today, and is fast becoming the number one choice for people looking for an inexpensive but powerful device. The tablet runs on the Android OS, and has a 1.5GHz processor. The Kindle Fire HD is quite heavy weighing in at 567g and its dimensions are 238.8 x 165.1 x 8.9mm. One of the main selling points of the Kindle Fire HD is its access to the greatest media library of any tablet. Users have a multitude of books they can read, movies they can stream and songs they can listen to through the tablet. As the device is made by Amazon, users receive discounts on products they buy from the website. As with the Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HD does not possess a rear camera, but is equipped with a 1.3-megapixel front camera. The Kindle Fire HD can be bought for as little as $40.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Another very popular tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 runs on the Android operating system, and has a 1GHz dual core processor. The device has a 7-inch display screen and dimensions of 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5mm. The weight of the device is 345g. Buyers can choose between models with 8GB, 16GB and 32GB of memory, and the device is packed with features and applications. Prices for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 start at around $40.

Buying Affordable Tablets

One of the easiest ways to find an affordable tablet is by searching for used devices. Used tablets are generally sold in excellent condition and are less expensive than brand new models. However, buyers need to ensure that the tablet they purchase is in excellent working condition. It is recommend that all buyers inspect any photographs of the tablet and keep and eye out for scratches, cracks and other signs of physical damage. Buyers also need to check for information regarding the battery and condition of the tablet. This information is generally found in the description box on the item page of a listing, but if it is missing it can be requested by using the Ask A Question feature.

Finding Tablets on eBay

eBay is one of the best places buyers can search for affordable tablets, as the devices sold here are done so at much lower prices than those in computer stores or on specialist websites. Head to and when the homepage has loaded, move the cursor down over the Electronics tab on the left hand side of the screen. When the tab opens click on theComputers & Tablets link, and on the following page click on iPads, Tablets & eReaders. On the listings page buyers should use the Price filter to list tablets that fall within their budget. Once this is done type the name of the desired tablet into the search bar and press enter. Buyers interested in searching for a used tablet can do so by clicking on the Used filter under the Condition heading in the Categories table.

It's also a good idea to check out eBay Deals, as this section of the site has a large number of electronic products for sale at reduced prices. Click on the Deals link at the top of the page, followed by the Tablets link in the Electronics menu.


There are a large number of affordable tablets available to buy today, and the best way for buyers to find a suitable device is by researching and reviewing what's on offer. eBay is the number one place to buy affordable tablets, and buyers should remember to check out eBay Deals and used models before making a purchase.

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