A while back we talked about the best 7-inch tablets you could get your hands on for under $250, which in today’s terms is pretty cheap. Of course, don’t expect any iPad in that countdown, or for matter, in this one either. But even so, there are lot of cheap and good products out there which can provide all your day to day needs. And if you are interested in a device with more screen real estate, then this lineup of the best 8-inch to 9-inch tablets will be right down your alley.

Another criteria we tried to keep to is the price of the devices, and we set the budget to no more than $350, which is a reasonable price and in this range you will be able to find good tablets, and not just knockoffs. If you feel these devices aren’t suited for your needs, you are most welcomed to search the market for one that fits like a glove, but be sure to keep in mind our tips on how to choose a good tablet.

Best 8-inch and above tablets under $350

I usually root for 7-inch tablets, as I find them to be the ideal size for my needs, however, if you like watch movies or do a lot of web browsing, then a bigger screen might be more what you’re looking for. It pretty much comes down to personal preferences when it comes to screen size, and if you are a fan of larger screens, then these devices are just what you are looking for.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3


Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 is a perfect example of a great 8-inch tablet you can pick up for under $300. While its specs aren’t awe inspiring, it will keep you connected throughout the day and provide you with all the features you might need. What makes the Galaxy Tab 3 worth its money is the extras package it ships with, offering a great deal of digital content like 3 months of Hulu Plus membership, $10 Google Play credit and 12 months of free Boingo Wi-Fi Access. Lightweight and slim, the Galaxy Tab 3 is a great e-Book reader and it can double as a remote control thanks to IR blaster.

Screen Size: 8 inches
Screen Resolution: 1280×800 pixels
CPU: 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor
RAM: 1.5 GB
Storage: 16GB
Cameras:  5MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing
Operating System: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Price: $249.99 (Note: Price offered by Amazon. May change over time)

LG G Pad 8.3


Last year’s LG G Pad was, and still is an awesome tablet to have. The company have stepped up their game and produced a number of very powerful devices. At the time of this writing, the device was part of a limited time deal, but if you missed the sale, the going price for the LG G Pad 8.3 is still under our $350 mark, usually hovering at the $329 point, price offered by BestBuy. The device is slim and lightweight, making it perfect for travelling, and thanks to its generous 8.3-inch screen and HD resolution, watching movies, mobile gaming or web browsing will be a delight.

Screen Size: 8.3 inches
Screen Resolution: 1200×1920 pixels
CPU: 1.7 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 Pro Snapdragon 600
Storage: 16GB
Cameras: 5MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing
Operating System: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Price:  $299.99 (Note: Limited time offer)

Dell Venue 8 Pro


I’ll be the first to admit that Dell isn’t the first name you think of when it comes to tablets, but even so, they can take you by surprise sometimes, like with the Venue 8 Pro. This 8-inch tablet is both cheap and feature rich, making it a great addition to your gadget lineup. The device runs Windows 8.1 and comes with Office Home & Student pre-installed. Also, to sweeten the deal, Dell has added all day battery life, making a good choice for students who don’t want to carry a laptop all over the place, so they can benefit from up to 10 hrs of battery power. Its high storage capacity also appeals to those who are interested in watching movies or installing lots of Windows 8.1 apps.

Screen Size: 8 inches
Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
CPU: 1.8 GHz Intel Atom
Storage: 32GB / 64GB eMMC
Cameras: 5MP rear-facing and 1.2 MP front-facing
Operating System: Windows 8.1
Price: $239.80$269.88 (Note: Price for 32GB / 64GB versions. Product listed at a limited time deal. Price may change)

Lenovo IdeaTab Miix2


In terms of design, I must say that I find Lenovo’s IdeaTab Miix2 quite pleasing to the eye. The minimalist and stylish design go well with the slim body, and the specs of the device, while not overly-impressive, do make it a good enough device for students or for those who don’t practice too much mobile gaming. As with most Windows 8.1 tables, the Lenovo IdeaTab Miix2 comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student, which is particularly useful since the device offers all-day battery life.

Screen Size: 8 inches
Screen Resolution: 1280×800 pixels
CPU: 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3740
RAM:  2 GB
Storage: 32GB / 64GB
Cameras: 8MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing
Operating System: Windows 8.1
Price: $224.00$348.99 (Note: Limited stock available)



ASUS has put a lot of time and effort into creating affordable devices, and one perfect example of that is the MeMO Pad 8, which is a very affordable Android 8-inch tablet, priced at the low end of the spectrum. Its decent specs are what you’d expect, scoring a quad-core processor with only 1GB of RAM. Nevertheless, the device looks clean, but its plastic build, although cutting down prices, shows it for what it is: a simple and cheap 8-inch tablet. Long battery life, stereo speakers and expandable memory make it a good, albeit unremarkable, choice for those who want to pick up a cheap 8-inch Android tablet.

Screen Size: 8 inches
Screen Resolution: 1280×800 pixels
CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9
Storage: 16GB
Cameras: 5MP rear-facing and 1.2 front-facing
Operating System: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Price: $179

Acer Iconia W4


Acer has moved quite aggressively in the mobile market, manufacturing pretty much everything from laptops to tablets and smartphones, and keeping true to being early adopters of new technologies, they provided users with a cheap and stylish Windows 8.1, 8-inch tablet, powered by an Intel processor. The tablet offers tons of storage space, and like always, Microsoft’s Office suite pre-installed. While the device won’t win any graphics benchmark tests anytime soon, it is still a viable option if you’re more interested in productivity rather than mobile gaming.

Screen Size: 8 inches
Screen Resolution: 1280×800 pixels
CPU: 1.33 GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom Z3740
Storage: 32GB / 64GB
Cameras: 5MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing
Operating System: Windows 8.1
Price: $249.99 / $299.99 (Note: Price for 32GB / 64GB versions)

Toshiba Encore WT8-A32


As a brand, I have always respected Toshiba, and it seems that they have managed to push this tablet out of the pool of almost identical Windows 8.1 devices. Spec-wise, the Encore WT8-A32 (Note to Toshiba: Please come up with better names!) doesn’t stand out with much, except for its upgraded rear-facing camera, which has been pushed up to 8MP. In terms of software, the device comes with the always present Office Suite, as well as with 30 days of free unlimited worldwide Skype calls, which is kinda nice, but more would have been better. Xbox SmartGlass technology is also available, and on the connectivity front, the device benefits from a micro HDMI port apart from the usual ports and technologies.

Screen Size: 8 inches
Screen Resolution: 1280×800 pixels
CPU: 1.86 GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom Z3740
Storage: 32GB
Cameras: 8MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing
Operating System: Windows 8.1
Price: $288.98

Kindle Fire HD 8.9


If you’re more about reading books and watching movies, then Amazon’s own Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is a great choice. Of course, owners can still download apps from the Amazon store, and to top it off, they can receive 1 paid app for free each day. Just to add more value to the tablet, Amazon is adding 500 Amazon points to the bundle for US customers and if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can get even more deals. All of this sounds awesome, but this device might not be for everyone, even with its dual band WiFi and Dolby Audio, so chose wisely.

Screen Size: 8.9 inches
Screen Resolution: 1920×1200 pixels
CPU: TI OMAP 4470 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Cortex-A9
Storage: 16GB / 32GB / 64GB (Note: 64GB storage only available for 4G version)
Cameras: Front-facing HD camera
Operating System: Customized Android 4.0
Price: $299

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8


Lenovo are certainly an inventive bunch when it comes to tablet design. The same form factor and general style doesn’t stray too much from one device to another, but when it comes to the Yoga Tablet from Lenovo, the norm changes and we’re left with a different looking device. While the design is interesting, it usually goes one of two ways with this device: either you love the design, or you hate it. The bottom part of the device, apart from the speakers and power button, has a rocking stand which allows users to lay the tablet vertically and watch video content. The specs aren’t game changing, but the design most definitely is.

Screen Size: 8 inches
Screen Resolution: 1280×800 pixels
CPU: 1.2 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A7
Storage: 16GB  / 32GB
Cameras: 5MP rear-facing and 1.6MP front-facing
Operating System: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Price: $260

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9


The big brother of the Kindle Fire HD has a number of improvements when it comes to the specs. For starters, the same 8.9 inch screen how has a whopping 2560×1600 resolution, the processor has been upgraded to a Snapdragon 800 and 1 more GB of RAM was added to the device. All of this horsepower relates to ultra-smooth HD video playback and gaming, but again, Kindle Fire HDX owners will have to make due with Amazon’s appstore. One other addition to the device was the new “MayDay” button which instantly connects the user to an Amazon representative at any time.

Screen Size: 8.9 inches
Screen Resolution: 2560×1600 pixels
CPU: 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU / Adreno 330 GPU
Storage: 16GB  / 32GB / 64GB
Cameras: 8MP rear-facing and 720p front-facing
Operating System: Customized Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Price: $339 (Note: Limited time deal offered by Amazon)

Of course, there many other tablet models which would fit our criteria, but tried to restrict our lineup to well established companies which have produced highly appraised products over the years. If you believe we have left out a product which deserves a spot on this list, let us know by leaving a comment below.

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I often wonder, where is technology heading? What do all of these advances mean for us and for our future? I sometimes miss the days when I didn’t know how to use a floppy disk, or how a computer CPU works, but now, until I find an answer to my questions, I’ll keep tracking these advances and show everything I find to those who share my interests.