Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 now available for $249.99
That makes this one of the cheapest tablets to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. At that price, it’s also an interesting competitor to the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook tablet. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 also adds two cameras to the mix compared to those tablets.
And it’s no slouch in terms of performance either. Sure, it doesn’t come even close to the high-end offerings of today, but it does pack a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, and a 7-inch 1024×600 touchscreen.
If you’re looking for a (very) pocketable and very affordable Android tablet that runs an actual version of Android (unlike the forked Kindle Fire), and one that is actually designed for tablets (unlike the Nook), this is probably it right now.
If you’d like something a bit bigger, the Archos 80 G9 Turbo starts at $269.99, but keep in mind that it’s a lot more plasticky. It does, however, come with an 8-inch touchscreen, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, a microSD card slot, just a front-facing camera, and it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich too.