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 offers a $50 7-inch Fire tablet or the faster $90 8-inch Fire HD 8. 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.
Best Value: 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 for $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 HD 8
2016's Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is a substantial improvement from its predecessor in a few important ways. The biggest difference is seen at checkout, as it costs $60 less than 2015's $149.99 model. Amazon gives you more bang for less buck with the HD 8, as it offers 16GB of local storage, which is twice as much as last year's model. Lastly, Amazon's digital assistant Alexa is currently rolling out to the Fire HD 8 slates, which marks its first appearance on a tablet.
Pros: Fantastic battery life; Decent performance; Bright display; Great value
Cons: No native Google apps; Dull color reproduction
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 $159 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
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 $99 it's still a steal.