Some students have asked me some budget tablets to recommend. I can’t keep up with every device under the sun, but I know someone who does: Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader. Here’s his September 2014 guide to the best budget (under $100) tablets. Nate recommends the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. (see his earlier review). Note: This is an ANDROID tablet. You can buy a refurbished model for $80 on Amazon (new price is 109$). Or you can buy a factory-refurbished model at newegg for $89. Obviously there are sales everywhere and new devices always coming out (especially as Christmas nears), but this looks like a great deal.
If you want an Apple device or want a 9 inch screen, you will probably have to pay more. This week Nate recommended the new $150 Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet.
Although he generally likes this Kindle, he adds that
But not everyone wants to get their kid a game and media tablet like the Kindle Fire, so it’s not perfect for everyone. If I were looking for a more academically focused tablet, I would not buy this one. Instead I would look at what Fuhu had released lately, and see what names are mentioned as competitors.
Although you might be comfortable using the tablet’s onscreen keyboard, you can often find a keyboard which can connect to it with bluetooth. I generally recommend the Logitech bluetooth keyboards. Sometimes keyboard makers have produced a tablet case/keyboard combination specific for your device. They all generally work fine. Feel free to add your own suggestions/tips.