Best Tablets Under $200

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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 offers a $50 7-inch Fire tablet. We evaluated the latest tablets from the biggest brands based on design, screen quality, performance and included software, and determined which ones belonged on our best list. You can buy these Android-powered devices with confidence.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

When you pair more than 15 hours of battery life with a $170 price tag, you've got a match made in heaven. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 may not have the most powerful processor inside, but it does make watching videos for hours easy, thanks to the built-in kickstand. The bright, 1280 x 800-pixel screen and front-facing speakers are nothing to sneeze at, either.

Pros: Class-leading battery life; Accurate, 8-inch display, Built-in kickstand

Cons: Mediocre performance; A bit bulky

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 offers 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

Lenovo Tab 2 A8

With its bright, vivid screen and excellent battery life, Lenovo's Tab 2 A8 offers a lot in one of the most affordable tablets on this list. With an endurance of 11 hours and 32 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi), the A8 proved its worth is greater than its $129.99 price tag. Costing $70 less than the Tab A10, this 8-inch tablet is a fine choice for reading e-books, watching videos or listening to music.

Pros: Fantastic battery life; Bright and colorful screen; Very affordable

Cons: Sluggish performance; Struggles with multitasking

Amazon Fire

There's no reason to bother with cheap, no-name tablets now that Amazon is offering a 7-inch Fire for just $50 for 8GB of storage or $70 of 16GB of storage. It's available in black, blue, tangerine and magenta. This sturdily built device offers access to all sorts of Amazon goodies, such as Prime content and the Underground app store that gives you paid apps for free. This tablet also has some impressive parental controls. We just wish it had longer battery life and a higher-resolution display.

Pros: Unbeatable price; Access to Amazon Prime content; Amazon Underground app store makes paid apps free; Impressive parental controls

Cons: Short battery life; Sluggish performance; Low-resolution screen; Poor camera quality

Amazon Fire Kids Edition

Access to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited content is a huge plus for the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet. It's got impressive parental controls and comes with a two-year accidental damage guarantee. It also features the pre-installed Amazon Underground app, which offers paid apps for free. Amazon Fire Kids Edition may not be the fastest tablet around, but for $100 it's still a steal.

Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1 is an affordable Android tablet with full access to the Google Play store that boasts a colorful display display with great viewing angles. It also comes with a microSD card slot for expanding the amount of storage space, something far too few tablets offer. Its battery life (7 hours and 28 minutes)  is below average, but not unusably so.

Acer Iconia One 10

The Acer Iconia One 10 offers decent battery life in a full-size tablet that won't break the bank. This 10-inch machine also comes with some nice multitasking tricks, such as the Acer EZ Tasking screen splitter that allows you to draft an email while you surf the web side by side. And you can add the EZ Gadget on top to add a floating calculator or notepad.

Author Bio
Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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28 comments
  • JudyH Says:

    I am a retired lady. I've had an Imac desktop for abt. 16 years and just got an iphone about a year ago. I am thinking of getting an inexpensive tablet mainly for larger screen and to add a keyboard. I am not clear what a tablet can and can't do compared to what I have. Could I use one as a digital pic frame, for instance (with card)? Browse net, send, receive e-mail? Does it matter that my other two devices are Apple?

  • Maddie Says:

    Wait ignore that I did not mean to write that, but you should add the EMatic tablet!

  • Maddie Says:

    Dang y'all need to add more tablets

  • Hector Says:

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  • Timothy Says:

    The $199 Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 should be added to this list. It would easily beat the performance of any of the others. It has a nice screen, great speakers and a minimally polluted Android OS.

  • John S Says:

    The Kindle is a steal. If you don't like the launcher (I hated it), it takes about 5 minutes to root it and install the launcher of your choice, along with the play store and the rest of the google apps.

  • Martin Says:

    Lost all credibility when you listed the Amazon Fire. That launcher gave me cancer, both cameras are 15 years old late and the app store is absolute crap.

  • Maryanne Says:

    good one, any more cheap samsung tablets available. It's for a 21st birthday. I'm from Samoa in the pacific island

    Kind Regards

  • Vikram Goyal Says:

    I needed 200 tabs with lowest price pls send details and price in Indian rs

  • Goitsione Says:

    I'm looking for 10" Tablet affordable I really need it can u do something for me?

  • Fielfer Says:

    Hi I am looking for a good tablet 10 to 11 I got tire of my iPad, can you people please give an advice, I don't have to much money it's for my classes, thank you very much..

  • Tom B Says:

    Margie, if you're still looking for a tablet it's most common to recommend an iPad since its easy to use and its the device most of the doctors are more familiar with. It's not a good value compared to Android tablets but may be worth the extra investment for the two reasons mentioned above.

  • margie Says:

    hello, I am looking for a donation of a 9" or a 10" tablet for a fiend, who spends a lot of their time in a power chair because of a disease called PROGRESSIVE IDIOPATHIC POLYNEUROPATHY, and has COP, and has COPD and has had 2 heart attacks, and has a, DCS implant for nerve damage from breaking his back he is 61 years old and needs some thing to carry around from the DR.s office and hospitals and home. if you could help me please let me know. Thank you margie

  • peggysue Says:

    Beware the Amazon Fire HD 7. If your model is defective they will replace it with a refurbished tablet. Customer service is an Indian call center with all that implies.

  • Juan A Corral Says:

    I'm looking for a 10' tablet affordable, what can you tell me about Visual Land and Hipstreet? Who has a better prouct?

  • Juan A Corral Says:

    I'm looking for a 10' tablet affordable, what can you tell me about Visual Land and Hipstreet? Who has a better prouct

  • Pete Says:

    Good contenders, but I recommend looking closely at top end 2014 models that have been slashed in price. The Samsung Tab Pro 8.4 is widely available for $199, and simply leaves these tablets in the dust with a Snapdragon 800 (2.3ghz) cpu, excellent/bright 2500x1600 screen, 2gb ram, in a nice 8.4" format. In fact, not a fair comparison as this was a $399 tablet a year ago. That is a whole lot of tablet for $200.

  • Peter Says:

    I think RecPad is better than those tablets. You can take a look at www.rectonics.com RecPad is an affordable yet powerful tablet offers consumers the best value.

  • Pat Roedel Says:

    I bought an LG tablet but returned it the same day as their "help desk" was helpless. They could not even help me with set up. It was an awful experience!!

  • James Says:

    Is anyone selling a Linux based tablet?

    If not, are there tablets (hardware) available with no operating system that Ubuntu tablet OS can be installed?

    I build Raspberry Pi robots and I would like a Linux based tablet to control/communicate with the PiBot.

    Thank you for any advice you may provide.
    Cheers,

  • M Says:

    I'd recommend taking a look at the Lenovo S8-50. For the specs at $170 on their website, it definitely seems like it belongs.

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  • vince Says:

    tell me when new i phones come out and tablets

  • jessmurray Says:

    New Tablets in December 2014

    Tab le t M a x x -- offers some Great Holiday Deals on new Tablets with a half of dozen new models released this month all priced around $200 and offering the latest specs and premium features --

    A few superdeals are also available including the 7-inch Venus Android tablet ($69) which offers a quad core processor and HD screen.

  • grady harmon Says:

    What about the Nivdia note 7???? more performance &amp; better screen than most you listed.

  • bonnie lawarance Says:

    im specifically looking for samsung galaxy note 8.0 only

  • Joe Says:

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