Top Windows and top Android tablet for under $100

A search for a good $100 tablet turned up not one but two from a major brand. One runs Windows 8.1 and the other Android.

There are so many tablets on the market that finding a good deal can be challenging. This is especially so for those on a tight budget, as inexpensive tablets are usually not the best quality. Looking around the web, I was surprised to find both a good Windows tablet and a decent Android tablet, both from HP, for less than $100 each.

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Windows on a budget

The HP Stream 7 is a small tablet running Windows 8.1. It has modest components but good build quality typical of HP. The list price of $99.99 is quite good for a Windows tablet with an Intel processor. It comes with a one year subscription of Office 365 Personal, essentially making the Stream 7 free.

Hardware specs

  • OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing 32
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core (1.8 GHz)
  • Display: 7-inch (1280 x 800)
  • Memory/ storage: 1GB/ 32GB
  • Wi-Fi: b/g/n
  • Cameras: Front - 0.3MP; Rear - 2MP
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh; 8 hours
  • Memory expansion: microSD
  • Dimensions: 4.36 x 0.39 x 7.59 in
  • Weight: 0.8 lbs

Android on the cheap

The HP 7 G2 is a 7-inch tablet running Android KitKat that is the perfect tablet for the beginner. It features modest components with enough power for performing common tablet functions. The ARM-based processor is typical for Android tablets. The $99.99 price is quite good for a name brand Android tablet.

Hardware specs

  • OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Processor: Allwinner A33 ARM Cortex A7 quad-core
  • Display: 7-inch IPS (1280 x 720)
  • Memory/ storage: 1GB/ 8GB
  • Wi-Fi: b/g/n (Bluetooth 4.0)
  • Cameras: Front - 0.3MP; Rear - 2MP
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh; 5.5 hours
  • Memory expansion: microSD
  • Dimensions: 7.41 x 3.98 x 0.34 in
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces

Both of these tablets are exceptional values and perfect for the beginner wanting to try either Windows or Android. They would also be good starter tablets for family members, especially children.