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Need a new tablet? You're in luck, because the selection just got a little wider today, thanks to new offerings from ASUS and Samsung.

ASUS Transformer Pad 300

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If you're in the market for a nice high-spec-low-price 10.1-inch tablet, then the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 is a hard one to beat. It's packing specs pretty close to the Transformer Prime, but thanks to a slightly lower-quality display and plastic body, comes in at around $150 less than the Prime. And since it packs the Transformer name, a keyboard dock will also be available, essentially turning this into an Android laptop.

Specs:

  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS display
  • 1.2Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB built-in storage
  • Plastic chassis
  • Android 4.0

Buy:

$399.99 on Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7

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If a 10.1-inch tablet just isn't your thing and you'd rather have something a bit more pocket-able (and affordable), then the new 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 is an excellent choice. While not as powerful or full-featured as the TF300, the Tab 2 is no slouch:

  • 7-inch 1024x600 TFT display
  • 1GHz dual-core TI processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 3.2MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
  • Android 4.0 with Touchwiz UX

The real story with this tablet isn't its specs though - it's the price. You can score this little guy for $250 right now, making it one of the most affordable full-featured Android tablets on the market.

Buy:

$249.99 on Amazon

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • isheeeeepbaaah

    nice try. i will be getting a windows 8 tablet.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gbatmarx greg batmarx

      Νice try!
      Get your microsoft propaganda and out of this site!We are not interested in closed, overpriced, ugly and contaminated proprietorial OSes mr...

    • Moody

       Ditto.

      A win8 tablet with bluestacks seems to be a good mix of both worlds.

    • webos_lover

      windoze just sucks 

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Oh, get over yourself. And quit changing your names, you're not fooling anyone. We get it, you like WebOS, just stop trolling already.

        Your names:
        webos_lover
        jill
        kati
        sam
        steveiobs

        Your only comments over the last 6 months:
        windoze just sucks

        M$ is pure evil master mind of all these patent trolling m$ I'd doing 80% damage than apple, btw apple is a seed of m$

        m$ is. Pure evil company they are behind all these law suits wake up people

        what a real stupid article and poll I am ashamed of you android police

        btw webos is the next big thing not crappy windoze 7 and vapore ware win8

        oracle is plain evil like m$ -sent from touchpad

        • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

          Artem,
          that comment was rambling and lacking any central theme to give it cohesion other than you hate everyone that is not Google. So I guess on the whole I would give that comment a B+.

          Also to be clear, here is my assessment of the companies you just bashed:

          Apple: eat shit and die. Not a fan. Also, does their PPO not cover Chemo?

          Microsoft: Price gouge like a mofo, but what am I going to do? Compile my own OS? Yeah right. There is an upside to using the most overpriced and widely used software in the world: keygens.

          Oracle: Don't bash big brother. They are old school. Also they are running the CIA, so I will do my best to stay off their radar. Also Larry Ellison was the original real life Lex Luthor until Bezos stole that crown away. Also, I am holding out hope that I will one day get to hang out on that yacht.

          HP: Solid PC company that was killing it until they started playing musical CEOs half a decade ago. Now they can't figure out whether they should invest time creating a fantastic mobile OS, or fixing the issues they are having with their laptop touchpads, so they decided to do neither. WebOS was seriously awesome until the CM9 Alpha came out, now I can;t figure out why I even left the option of dual booting (Oh wait, it's for the off chance I might need to use the camera or mic).

          Google: I will keep using Windows unitl one day I magically have a decade more experience on Android; however, just so you know, I keep my Windows machine on my desk and my Android in my pants. Guess where my loyalties lie.

          That is all I have to say about that.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Now, I'm not sure, but by your introduction, there's a chance that you think I said those things, as you keep referring to me and saying "you". If that is the case, I invite you to re-read my comment. Otherwise, I'll assume you're talking about the WebOS lover there.

          • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

            Oh wow, I can't believe I just did that.

            Getting told by the CEO of a blog that I may not understand writing, when it comes to reading that writing, might be the new low of my life.

            I may have a problem, and I think the only solution is to swear off reading from now on.

            Sorry @archon810:disqus 

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Rather than swearing off reading, just read more carefully :)

          • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

            No, @archon810:disqus I prefer the simple elegance of my solution, so I will stick with that.

    • webos_lover

      windoze just sucks 

    • denbo68

      Wonder what a Win8 Tablet is going to be priced at.   Not a big fan of Win 8 (at least running it on a desktop) and don't particularly like the Metro interface.  

  • Guestt

    Costco will have the Sammy for 239 most likely with a case

  • Phreqd

    Amazon has it now for $399, 32 gig version.

  • Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

    Would love to buy this in Europe :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmourar Ricardo Moura Rocha

    I love the fact that they're getting lower prices for tablets, I think that's the key for android tablets to take off...

  • fonix232

    No news about the Padfone? An italian blog said all three devices (Padfone, Pad Infinity, Pad 300) would come mid-May, yet the Pad 300 came out today. From that I assume the Padfone should be on market early May, or even possibly this week?

  • npike

    Damn! I just bought the 7" Acer iconia for $180 on 1saleaday the.other day! Maybe I can resell it...

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