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Choose the best cheap tablet

There are some great tablets to be found under $300, but there's also plenty of garbage. To make sense of it all, here are some tips for choosing a great low-cost tablet for your needs.

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Products like the Amazon Kindle Fire have proven that you don't have to spend $500 to have a useful, fun tablet computer.

In the wake of Amazon's success, manufacturers have been paying a lot of attention to the $200-$300 tablet market. Unfortunately, there has been a huge influx of generic, substandard tablets swooping in that promise better features, but only deliver disappointment.

If you're shopping around for a cheap tablet, but you're wary of buying a piece of junk, I've created this video along with a slideshow buying guide that breaks down your options and offers some buying tips.

For more buying options, check out CNET's running list of the best budget tablets.