How Much Is a Tablet PC?
The most important decision to make before making any purchase is determining a budget. Choosing how much money to spend helps filter your options, leaving only a select few to pick from.
You must set a budget – without one, you’ll never make up your mind.
That being said, it’s hard to set a budget for a product you don’t know much about. In this case, it’s tablets. If you’re new to the world of tablets, this page will help you accurately set a budget before you buy your next tablet PC.
Let’s go through some average tablet prices to find out how much you should spend on your new tablet.
The average cost for a new tablet PC is approximately $453.73. This number represents the mean (average) of the top 20 bestselling tablet prices.
Cheap Tablets: $199 – $300
The costs of a cheap tablet is set by the Kindle Fire, the Blackberry Playbook, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Each of these tablets ranges from $199 (Kindle Fire) to $299 (Galaxy Tab).
If you’re interested in buying a tablet on the cheap, those are the 3 tablets you need to check out. Personally, out of those 3, I’d recommend the Kindle Fire, or the Galaxy Tab. These tablets are great buys, especially at their low prices. If this is your first tablet purchase, it’s all you really need.
Mid-Level Tablets: $300 – $600
The middle ground in tablet pricing is about $300 – $600. At this price point, you’re exposed to a large variety of tablets, most notably: the iPad.
The difference between the cheap tablet budget, and the mid-level budget (other than $300) is the variety. You pay for your right to choose between a lot of different brands and models.
The top 3 tablets priced between $300-$600 are:
- Apple iPad
- Asus Transfomer
- Samsung Galaxy Tab*
* = The Galaxy Tab is listed under both the cheap tablets, and the mid-level tablets. Why? Because they are 2 different models. The first one, which costs $299, has a 16GB hard drive, where as this one has a 32GB hard drive. Now you know!
As you may have guessed, the safe bet at this price range is the iPad. It’s simply an excellent tablet that has gained a lot of popularity because of its large selection of apps and games. Don’t like Apple? Check out the Transformer – it’s also great.
High End Tablets: $600 – $1,200
If you’re just buying a tablet to use around the house, you don’t need one of these. Tablets in this price range are built for heavy, technical needs, such as: producing music, editing video, and large scale presentations. They are essentially desktop replacements.
Favorites at the high end level include the fully loaded 64GB iPad, the fully loaded Asus Transformer, and the powerhouse known as the Samsung Series 7.
Next: What Accessories Do I Need?
Now that you’ve decided on a budget for your new tablet PC, let’s take a look to see if there are any must have tablet accessories, or if you’re better off saving your hard earned money. Click here to read “Do I Need Any Tablet Accessories?“.