Sure tablets are really handy devices, they’re not powerful as PCs are, but they can take on a variety of tasks, including web browsing, watching movies, playing casual games, photos, videos, and of course apps. Windows 8.1 tablets are slowly, but surely, emerging into the mobile market, and even though the iPad and Android devices dominate the market, it doesn’t mean Windows 8.1 tablets cannot compete in at the same level.
The latest version of Microsoft’s Windows is mobile operating system optimized for touch that also works well with a keyboard and mouse, it is quite easy to navigate and you can install millions traditional apps, including Photoshop, iTunes, Google Chrome or Firefox, and many more. Something you cannot do on an iPad or Android device. As such there are many reasons why is a good decision to get a Windows 8.1 tablet, the question is which one?
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The list below has the best 5 tablets running a full version of Windows 8.1 priced under $500. But before we go any further I want to give you a good piece of advice: plan what you want to do with your new mobile device, as the features on each device can really impact your experience. When choosing your next tablet, pay attention to screen resolution, battery life, internal storage, camera specs, and processor, then compare these specs side-by-side to make the final choice.
Windows 8.1 tablets under $500
HP Omni 10 5600US: This is a gorgeous tablet running a full version of Windows 8.1, it features a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Micro SD card reader, 8.5 hours of battery life, 2MP front-facing and 8MP rear-facing camera, quad-core Intel Bay Trail 1.46GHz. Priced at $399 featuring a full-HD display and almost 9 hours of battery life makes it a really good buy.
Lenovo Miix 10: This is a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 pixels screen resolution tablet, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, dual-core Intel Atom Processor Z2760 1.80GHz, 1MP front HD and 1MP rear camera. Priced at $449 it a bit less attractive than the HP Omni 10, but it is worth considering just because of the battery life and storage capacity.
Dell Venue Pro 11: This is also a Windows 8.1 tablet featuring a 10.8-inch 1920 x 1080 pixels full-HD display, 2GB of RAM for the base model, 32GB or internal storage, 8-10 hours of battery life, 2MP front-facing and 8MP rear-facing camera, and quad-core Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3770 running at 2.4GHz. Price at $499 is perhaps the best tablet you can get just under $500 because of the great HD display and battery life.
ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR: This is a 2-in-1 device (or hybrid). First it’s a tablet, but it also comes bundled with a keyboard docking station, which allows you to use it as a laptop (but not quite as powerful). As hardware specs go, the ASUS Transformer Book features a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 pixels screen resolution, 2GB of RAM, 11 hours of battery life, 64GB of internal storage, 1.2MP front-facing camera, and a quad-core Intel Baytrail-T Z3740 running at 1.86GHz. Priced at $379 is a good buy considering the low screen resolution and lack of a rear-facing camera, but it comes with a keyboard, excellent battery life, and good size storage.
ASUS Vivotab Smart ME400C-C2-BK: Last but not least, we have the Vivotab Smart Windows 8.1 tablet from ASUS. This device features a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 pixels screen resolution, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, up to 8.5 hours of battery life, 2MP front-facing and 8MP rear-facing camera, and Intel Atom Z2760 Saltwell Dual-core 1.8 GHz. Priced at $399 is a great buy for its storage capacity and battery life.
There you have the top 5 Windows 8.1 tablets you should consider buying this holiday season. As a side note, it’s worth mentioning that the ASUS Vivotab Smart, Transformer Book, and Dell Venue Pro 11 also come with Office Home & Student 2013 free of charge.
Finally, most of these devices come with optional peripherals, such as covers, keyboards, battery, and docking station, but they can be a little pricy. So, make sure you research what kind of peripherals each tablet has to offer and prices as this can impact the final cost.