Best Tablets Under $200
Getting a tablet for less than $200 used to mean lowering your expectations. Not anymore. Today's budget slates deliver sharp and bright full HD displays, long battery life and quad-core processors powerful enough to play the latest games. If you're willing to live with less-than-HD resolution, Amazon now offers a $50 7-inch Fire tablet. Evaluating based on design, screen quality, performance and included software, we review all the latest tablets from the biggest brands to determine which ones belong on our best list. You can buy these Android-powered devices with confidence.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (8 inch)
Thanks to its built-in kickstand, the Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch lets you prop this slate up for watching movies or checking out recipes. The cylindrical hinge makes holding the device feel natural when surfing the web or reading articles, and it houses a beefy battery that lasted nearly 10 hours in our tests. Add in strong Intel Atom performance and loud speakers, and you have a great value.
Pros: Versatile design with multiple modes; Excellent battery life; Very bright display; Powerful speakers; Strong overall performance
Cons: Relatively heavy; Lackluster camera
Lenovo Tab 2 A10
The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 delivers a lot for its aggressive price, starting with a very impressive 12 hours of battery life. Other highlights include a bright display that displays 94 percent of the color gamut and a 5-MP front camera that takes better selfies than your average slate. The quad-core MediaTek processor isn’t the fastest in its class, but this Android Lollipop device has more than enough oomph for multitasking.
Pros: Fantastic battery life; Bright and colorful screen; Strong overall performance;
Cons: Not the best gaming performance
Asus ZenPad S 8.0
It certainly looks more expensive than its $199 price tag would suggest. The Intel Atom-powered Asus ZenPad S 8.0 sports a slim design that’s only 0.26 inches thick, complete with a leather-like band on the back. This slate also benefits from a high-resolution 2K (2048 x 1536) display and sharp back (8 megapixels) and front (5 MP) cameras. We just wish it had a little more staying power.
Pros: Sleek design; Helpful ZenUI software; Sharp screen; Strong camera performance
Cons: Short battery life; Display not very bright; Some bloatware
Acer Iconia Tab 10 (A3)
Acer’s 10-inch Android tablet makes a good first impression with a full HD display that’s brighter than average and protected by Gorilla Glass. The pre-installed abFiles app makes it easy to access your files on a remote Windows PC, while the iStoryTime app allows parents to download children’s books. Just don’t expect blazing performance from the 1.5-GHz MediaTek processor.
Pros: Bright, accurate display; Sturdy design; Little bloatware
Cons: Below-average performance; Lackluster camera
Amazon Fire (New and Notable)
There's no reason to bother with cheap no-name tablets now that Amazon is offering a 7-inch Fire for just $50. The sturdily built device offers a 1.3-GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and 1024 x 600p IPS display. The new Fire OS 5 interface allows quicker access to content and personalized recommendations, and you get a decent 7 hours of battery life.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (New and Notable)
Running the new Fire OS 5 software, Amazon's Fire HD 8 is all about putting more content at your fingertips. The 8-inch tablet, starting at $150, offers a 1.5-GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 1280 x 800-pixel IPS display. The company claims the Fire will last eight hours on a charge, which is more than enough time to binge watch "Transparent" and "Vicious."