Updated on 2 December 2015 by

The best tablets under $500 are Android devices and also some of the notable brands like Apple offer premium tablets under this range (iPad with Wi-Fi).


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Google HTC Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 inch(2014)
Google Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet (32GB, LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9" (2014)
$400 - $500
$400
$400 - $500
$349 - $579
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Release Date
Nov 2014
Sep 2014
Aug 2014
Oct 2014
Digital Camera
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
5 MP,2592 x 1944 pixels,autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Display
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size
1536 x 2048
1920 x 1200
1600 x 2560
2560 x 1600
Operating System
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat - customized)
Screen Size(Diagonal)
8.9 inch
8.0 inch
8.4 inch
8.9 inch
Weight
0.93 lb.
0.85 lb.
0.64 lb.
0.82 lb.
Front Webcam Resolution
1.6 MP
5.0 MP
2.1 MP
Average Rating
 4.1 stars
 4.2 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.0 stars
Look and Feel
55% Positive
45% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
100% Positive
Display
93% Positive
7% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
90% Positive
10% Negative
100% Positive
OS
100% Positive
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
100% Positive
81% Positive
19% Negative
100% Positive
Battery
57% Positive
43% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive