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7th Heaven– Affordable, Leisurely 7in Tablets for the Holidays

Hey everyone! We are continuing with more gift ideas and since we took a look at some kid friendly tablets, we should also look at their more mature counterparts. Some of you might think I am going to talk about the iPad from Apple or Surface from Microsoft, but I’m not. I’m going to be talking about tablets for just everyday use, that are $250 and under, and in this case, the two I have picked out both run Android OS.

Slate

First we have the HP Slate7. Released in April of this year, the HP Slate7 features Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), an ARM A9 Dual Core 1.6Ghz processor (this means that the tablet is hast and doesn’t have trouble running apps), 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of onboard memory, which is —but that can be expended to 32GB. It also has wi-fi and Bluetooth capabilities, along with built in Beats audio. With a 7-inch screen and coming in at under a pound, this tablet is great for checking email, surfing the web, or just sitting back and playing Angry Birds. However, it only has a 3 megapixel camera so relying on it for good quality photos is not recommended. It has a retail price of 169.99, but with some quick searches you can find it for even less.
HP

Most user reviews online from places like amazon.com and bestbuy.com have positive things to say about the Slate saying things like “The ARM Cortex A9 dual core is running at 1.6 GHz to enjoy the device without problems. To do this, we tried to have multiple applications open simultaneously and did not observe any significant slowdown…One of the positive elements of this handset is that it comes with Beats Audio, so the sound is very good and no problems listening to any music,” but places like PCMag.com say “HP has a laudable effort in the Slate 7, but it just doesn’t really offer many reasons to choose it… There are a few key areas where the Slate 7 just isn’t up to snuff…” those areas being screen resolution and battery life.

Dell

The second choice is the Dell Venue 7. The Venue 7 is similar in a lot of ways to the Slate7, but the Venue is running Android 4.2, has 2GB of RAM, and 16GB (can still be expanded to 32GB) of onboard memory. It also has a 3 megapixel camera, just like the Slate7, so again, relying on it for high quality photos is not recommended. The Venue 7 at retail is less expensive than the HP Slate7 at 159.99.
Dell

Again, most online user reviews for the Dell Venue 7 are positive saying “it’s build quality seems excellent—really solid feel” and  “lots of RAM and fairly fast processor means apps run quickly”, but PCMag.com gives it only an average review stating “The Dell Venue 7 is an average tablet with an average display and average performance. It’s a good buy if all you need is an Android tablet for basic apps, but other options exist.” Which is essentially what this article is aiming for: a good buy for just relaxing and mindlessly playing games or surfing the web.

So, overall the Dell Venue 7 is the better buy, but both can handle leisurely web browsing, and gameplay, and both are greatly enjoyed by users. But, as with most purchases, personal research is recommended. There are plenty of other tablets out there for $250 and under like the Nexus 7 or Galaxy Tab 3. Like with cameras, this article barely covers all the options, but you can find a good many tablets online with a quick search. 

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