Dealhacker: Australia’s Cheapest Android Tablets

Dealhacker: Australia’s Cheapest Android Tablets

Kogan’s announcement of a sub-$200 Ice Cream Sandwich Android tablet adds to what’s already a very competitive market. Just how cheaply can you score a basic Android tablet? Here are five of the cheapest current “bargains”.

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Cheap, of course, does not always equate to good, but specifications are improving: many of these options do include Ice Cream Sandwich. If you’re just after a basic browsing device, these are some of the cheapest options we spotted on a quick hunt around over a few price points and specifications (all are online so delivery will be an extra charge in most cases):

Given the extra screen size and memory, the Kogan offer does stand up pretty well, though we’re keen to actually get our hands on one. Any other nominations or thoughts on these models? Tell us in the comments.


  • None of those tablets look appealing in the slightest.

    I have literally *never* seen an Android tablet out in the wild here in Australia, and I go to a university where you usually see a cosmopolitan variety of electronics. The only decent Android tablets here seem to have the You’re-Australian?-Fuck-you!-tax slapped ontop of them, half the time making them more expensive than a certain fruity competitors tablet which is arguably better anyway. Android tablet manufacturers don’t really care and this is reflected in the utter lack of interest in them.

  • The Acer Iconia A200 is probably the cheapest of the Tegra-powered name brand tablets. Harvey Norman had it for around <$350 and Officeworks had it for about $375 last time I checked.

  • Bargaining is a man’s best friend. I price matched and price matched again to get my 16gb wifi galaxy tab 10.1 down to $400. Harvey likes to play ball. The good guys often have great sales and officeworks ALWAYS matches any advertised price with a further 5% off. Be savvy and get a great deal. Original transformer at 500 is prob the best deal ATM but I look forward to Google’s own efforts to come

  • I’ve seen a Galaxy Tab 7.7, 8.9 and 10.1 and a Transformer Prime.

    But the YA?FU tax is definitely one reason people don’t see good bargains in Android Tablets….that and iSheep

  • The Ramos W17 Pro has much better specs than the Dell or any of these; dual-core 1GHz A9 CPU, Mali400 GPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB flash, 7″ 1024×600 screen etc – and you can get it for only $127 shipped. Word is, it’s a speedy little tablet, but probably not one for Grandma.

  • My best advice would be that if you’re looking for a cheap android tablet, don’t even bother searching in Australia. Look overseas. I got my Onda Vi10 elite for $130 from a seller on aliexpress, and you can find the ainol novo 7 aurora line for decent prices from places like merrimobiles, aliexpress, dhgate, pandawill, or any other wholesale chinese store.

    • Hi Ben, did you get this Onda Vi10 shipped to Australia? did it come with any warrantee? I’m keen to get a cheaper tablet simply because I worry I’ll lose or drop or break something more expensive!!! 🙂 advice much appreciated 🙂 Lucy

  • At first I was like …. tablet? Pffffft why buy a dumb pc.
    Then I was like …. hey this ipad (belonging to my friend) can do shit and it’s alot easier to browse around the house.
    Now I’m like …. oh ffs google get your shit together and build something that’s cheap and can compete with the ipad so I don’t have to use that totalitarian software!

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