Best Tablets under $200
Prices on tablets have recently dropped quite a bit, and now you can buy a tablet for under $200 that works quite well. So if your buying price point is at or below 200 dollars, now might be just the right time to buy.
These tablets are a great way to surf the web, play games, watch videos, listen to music, and more. I’ve selected these tablets based on features and customer reviews.
Most, although not all, of these tablets run Android. If you are a little bit flexible on the price, be sure to look at this bottom of this page, which highlights tablets that cost in the $200-$250 range.
Top Cheap Tablets:
Kindle Fire HD 7
Kindle Fire HD 7″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers
Amazon’s new Kindle HD has a better screen, faster processor, and now you can make free Skype video calls with the front-facing HD camera!
It now has an HDMI out port, so you can connect it to your TV and view your Kindle’s screen on your big TV. This means you can stream movies through Amazon and view them on your TV, as well as share pictures on your TV, and more!
You can also use wireless speakers, headphones, keyboards, and more, with the bluetooth connection.
If you want to watch movies, TV shows, read books, read magazines, play games, and surf the web — and do so easily — then Amazon’s new tablet may be perfect for you!
It runs a highly modified version of Android and Amazon has designed the tablet to encourage users to buy books, movies, and apps from Amazon… but the good thing about this is that with an Amazon Prime membership you get unlimited streaming of over 10,000 popular movies & TV shows, plus access to Kindle Owners’ Lending Library!
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi)
– MicroSD expansion slot for more memory
– Built-in IR blaster and Smart Remote app for using this tablet as a remote control for your TV
– Rear facing and front facing cameras for taking photos and video chatting over Skype
– Bluetooth for connecting to headphones, external keyboard, etc.
– Samsung Apps including AllShare (DLNA), S-Memo
– Apps include Netflix, Dropbox, Amazon Kindle App, and more
For a long time I couldn’t include this tablet on this page because it was always priced over $200… Well, no longer! Most days you can find this at or near the $200 price mark. I’ve have very good experiences with Samsung and the reviews lead me to believe this is a reliable tablet. It runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and has a 1GHz Dual-Core Processor.
Blackberry Playbook 7-Inch Tablet (16GB)
* HDMI out for connecting to your TV.
* Very stable operating system, very few crashes or glitches.
* 2 Cameras – both front and rare facing
* The company that owns Blackberry, Research in Motion (RIM), isn’t doing well.
* No Micro SD Card Slot for Memory Expansion
This is the tablet that I personally own. I bought it about 5 months ago. This is a fast tablet with an intuitive interface. This makes it ideal for first time tablet users.
I use it to edit word documents, read PDFs and ebooks, surf the web, check email, watch movies, and play Angry Birds.
I recently subscribed to Amazon Prime and I got an HDMI cable. I’ve been watching Amazon Instant shows on my TV by streaming them through this Playbook. They run flawlessly, the video and sound both transfer through the HDMI cable. I’m just so impressed by the quality!
Blackberry is made by Rim in Motion. Rim isn’t doing well… Their stock has been going downhill. However, this tablet has great reviews, and when Rim manufactured it, I think they expected the selling price to be much higher. It used to be over $400… But because they’re not doing well, the price for this tablet continues to be around $200. I don’t know how they manage to keep it at such a low price.
The only thing that’s a negative is that it’s not Android. So there aren’t as many apps, but that may change over time. But if you don’t care about apps, but care more about web browsing and productivity, this may be the right tablet for you.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16 GB)
Recommended for geeks and Google fans.
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) – Newest OS
Long battery life – 9 hours of video playing
Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
1.2MP front-facing camera
No HDMI out.
No micro SD card expansion slot (can’t increase memory).
No Rear Facing Camera for Taking Photos
Actually costs a little more than $200
Designed for consuming content that you can buy from Google Play (Google’s store for movies, music, books, magazines apps)…. This could be a plus or a negative.
Acer Iconia TAB A100-07U08U 7-Inch Tablet (8GB)
This is a powerful Android Honeycomb tablet with GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, memory card slot for expandable memory, micro HDMI out for viewing the screen on a TV, and more!
Lenovo Ideapad A1 22282EU 7-Inch Tablet (Black)
Specifications / Features:
– TI ARM Cortex-A8 1.0 GHz single-core processor
– 7″ LED (1024×500) capacitive multitouch display
– Less than 12mm thin, the A1 weighs in at less than a pound
– WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
– Integrated front and rear webcams
– Micro SD card reader and a mini USB port for easy connections to other devices
– Solid as a rock: A magnesium alloy roll-cage internal frame protects your hard drive and other critical components
Adobe Flash support for vivid animation and video playback
– Lenovo SocialTouch lets you manage your social networking in one simple interface.
There are actually a lot of tablets under $200. The ones on this page that are are all branded tablets, that is tablets from a company that’s well known. You can also buy tablets that have no brand name or have an obscure brand name. However, if I’m going to spend $100-$200 on a tablet, I’d like to have good customer support, which is something you might not get with a no-name tablet.
I tried to pick out tablets that had good customer reviews and a good set of features for the price. However, I’d love to know if there’s a tablet that you think I missed.