The Sero 7 LT's sub-$100 price point makes it an attractive proposition for anyone who wants to sample the tablet experience without taking a hit to their wallet. Unfortunately, it's a sample that may leave a bad taste in your mouth, with a "mediocre display" that Computer Shopper says makes text look "fuzzy and pixelated," adding that the "colors lacked the vibrance common to better displays." CNET says it "feels like it's worth $100," with "a smooth plastic backing" that "feels less durable and sturdy." CNET recommends picking up the Sero 7 Pro instead, which Engadget described as "a decent outing," offering a "gorgeous, color-rich display" at the still-agreeable price of $150 (and even lower these days).
For just a bit above $100 you could do better than the Sero 7, but not by much. CNET calls the Acer Iconia One 7's display "average for a budget tablet," while Digital Trends says "it's not terrible." And though PC Mag says the Iconia One 7 is "good enough for casual gaming" and moves along at a "reasonably smooth clip," CNET says that "doing anything other than simple activities is a test of patience." Chances are, though, for more complicated tasks, you're probably just going to use a laptop -- Android Police says the One 7 is fine "for most tasks, like reading, web browsing, social network, watching videos and all that other fun junk most people use tablets for." Overall, TabletPCReview says you might actually enjoy it if you "keep your expectations low."
Price: $119 and up
In his review of the MeMO Pad 7 our own Jon Fingas had some nice things to say, calling it fine for "reading on the couch or playing games that demand a two-handed grip" due to its lightweight chassis and thin profile, with the Atom chip providing enough performance power to be "equally adept at both web browsing and intensive 3D games like Real Racing 3." He said it was a tablet he could "comfortably recommend," but the MeMO Pad 8 is "a better bargain," offering "better cameras, longer battery life and that all-important larger display" for just $50 more. But if you need or prefer the smaller 7-inch form factor, Pocket-Lint says the MeMO Pad 7 "runs well, looks decent and ticks all the necessary boxes."
Price: $131 and up
It's hard to have a discussion about low-cost tablets without bringing in the company that set a new standard for budget devices and sold a ton of them in the process. You could buy yourself a 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, which Brian Heater said offers "plenty of user-friendly features and specs that match the Nexus 7 blow for blow" in his review for Engadget. But it's also easy to forget that Amazon has the Kindle Fire HD as well, a "thoughtfully designed" tablet that CNET says will "meet your needs" if all you want to do is "stream videos and music, read books, do some light gaming and occasionally surf the web." And for some that's plenty. But power users will probably want to opt for something with a little more storage space that isn't locked down in the Amazon ecosystem.
Price: $139 and up
Last year, the original Venue 7 offered acceptable, but not impressive, performance for its low price. Less than a year later, Dell strikes again with the new Venue 7, raising the cost by $10, but delivering more for the price. CNET says its "fashionably subdued look" is "comfortable and lightweight," while the grooved back exudes "a subtle coolness." But Dell improved more than just the design, with Notebookcheck noting the "decent system performance" and the "cutting-edge communication modules" that are usually "only found in more expensive products." Laptop Magazine wasn't enthused with how movies looked on the "washed-out and unsaturated" screen, but at least the "impressive battery life" means you can finish watching that movie before the power runs out.
Price: $160 and up