In the second quarter of 2014 nearly 50 million tablets were shipped around the world, according to IDC. Tablet sales grew 11 percent compared to last year. And while large-screen Smartphones are expected to slow sales slightly, tablets are still a hot item. The price of a tablet can vary significantly which is why it's so important to be a smart shopper.
Apple iPad Air
When it comes to tablets, the Apple iPad Air is the cream of the crop. In fact Cnet.com says "it's the best full-size consumer tablet on the market." We found the lowest price at Newegg.com where this tablet with stunning retina display is $789. There's no tax and shipping is free.
If you're looking for a tablet that can replace your laptop then the Surface Pro 3 may be the way to go. But if you want a more typical tablet experience check out the Microsoft Surface 2. It's just under 1.5 pounds, but comes loaded with Office 2013 and a 10" screen. It's on sale for $349 right now on BestBuy.com and shipping is free.
Asus Google Nexus 7
If the Apple iPad Air is way too rich for your blood check out the Asus Google Nexus 7. The 7-inch screen comes with 16 GB. It's only $99.77 on eBay with free shipping and a 14 day money-back guarantee.
Amazon Fire HD7
Amazon has several new tablet models available, each with fast quad-core processers, front & rear cameras and loads of other features. The Fire HD7 comes in an 8 GB or 16 GB model and prices start at $139 on Amazon.com. Choose between five colors include citron and magenta.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
Need a tablet with a large screen? The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 offers a 10.1 inch screen for a good price. At $319 from projectorscreenstore.com, you'll get a 16 GB hard drive, up to 10 hours of battery life and a smart remote so you can surf channels on your TV from your tablet.
By Alison Storm
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