When tablets first came onto the market they were exorbitantly expensive and because of their new, largely unsupported operating systems they didn’t have much functionality either. As technology progressed though, the tablets became more and more affordable, and eventually, the previous generation or in some cases even brand new tablets can be had for less than $100.
Some of the tablets at this price point are so powerful they can run actual desktop operating systems such as Windows 10, and others work as 2-in-1s with detachable keyboards giving them the functionality of a full-fledged laptop. There are still cheap tablets out there that are not so great, however, so we’ve done the research so you don’t have to.
The following are ten of the best tablets on the market for under $100 that won’t let you down.
Fire 7 Kid’s Edition Best Budget Kids Tablet
The Fire 7 kid’s edition is not a toy despite the name. It is a full-fledged 7-inch tablet with 16GB of included internal storage. There is an SD card reader slot on the side to allow for expansion of up to 256 additional gigabytes of storage. The Fire 7 kid’s edition also comes with a stout case of thick rubber in either blue, pink, or yellow. What’s more is that in line with Amazon’s track record of incredible customer service they offer a 2-year warranty. If the tablet break for any reason they will send you a new one no questions asked.
The Fire 7 Kid’s comes with a year of access to their “FreeTime” marketplace included. This gives your child or the user of this tablet access to over 15,000 kid-friendly games, apps, videos, books, and more. The content comes from reputed sources like PBS, Nick, and Disney so there’s no need to worry about your child doing something nefarious with the tablet anytime soon.
- 2-year worry free replacement
- 1 year of FreeTime included
- The included case is very sturdy
- Small low resolution screen
Next up on our roundup is another version of the Fire tablet. This time with an HD 8 inch screen. The device has a fairly thick black bezel but comes with four options for the color on the back. The HD screen looks great and can be used for up to twelve hours on a single charge, impressive to say the least for a tablet that’s less than a hundred dollars. They can be configured with either 16 or 32GB of internal storage and also come with an SD card reader to boost the expandable storage up to 256GB. The Fire 8 HD is the first Amazon tablet to come equipped with Alexa which is a nice touch, but the real draw is it’s ability to play any HD movie or show, play games, and be used as an e-reader.
- Tons of supported apps
- 8-inch HD screen makes movies look amazing
- 12 hour battery life
- Large bezel makes device bigger than it needs to be
- Lackluster speakers
The Wecool tablet boasts an impressively large 10.1-inch screen that runs at 1280×800 resolution. This is great for reading documents on, which can be downloaded either through the onboard Wi-Fi connection, or one of the two sim card slots onboard. Each sim card can run on either 2g or 3g networks. The device also supports Bluetooth connections so you can use wireless headphones, speakers, or other wireless devices.
The device includes 16GB of storage and can be expanded with a TF card up to 32GB. All of the network and connection options make this feel like a fully fleshed out tablet, and the Android 8.1 OS is a real improvement over the OS 6 installed on previous models.
- Powerful Quad-core processor for the price
- Relatively large 10.1-inch screen
- Tons of network, Wi-Fi and SIM card options
- Out dated operating system
- Poor battery life because of huge screen
If the Fire 8 seemed like overkill, but the Fire 7 kid’s edition is not your style, then lucky for you there’s a grown-up version of the Fire 7 as well. This comes with the same IPS display as the Fire 7 kid’s edition but loses the blue rubber case and adds in a bit more functionality. Rather than being restricted to the FreeTime marketplace and having a parental control oriented operating system the normal Fire 7 comes with a fully functional operating system. This allows you to take full advantage of the 7-inch screen to watch movies, read books, browse the web, or anything else you want. The Fire 7 comes in the same four colors as the Fire 8.
- Extremely affordable
- Includes Alexa
- Can do anything you could want to do on a tablet
- Small 7-inch screen
- Low resolution
The Lenovo Tab is a well-rounded budget tablet that can tackle the kinds of workloads that most people would expect out of a tablet. While it may not run the latest and most graphically intensive games, it can probably run most mobile games on the Google Play Store just fine. The older android version that comes loaded on the Tab 3 might have some compatibility issues, however.
The 7-inch screen can be a little small to some but looks nice with its fairly high resolution. The major drawback to this tablet is that it only has a meager 1GB of internal storage. It does support Wi-Fi connections so you can browse all you want, and the device includes both a front and rear-facing camera. Overall, the Tab 3 is designed with portability first and foremost, so it comes in at just over one pound and boasts a ten hour battery life.
- High resolution 7-inch screen
- Front and Rear-facing camera
- Light with good battery life for maximum portability
- Only 1GB of storage
- Cannot connect to networks, only Wi-Fi
- Might have compatability issues with newer apps because of very outdated OS
The NuVision tablet is probably one of the most impressive tablets you can buy for under $100. It has an impressively vibrant 8-inch IPS display that offers great viewing angles and runs at a very high definition resolution of 1920×1200. The screen continues to impress with its 10-finger multi-touch support for accurate input and control. The screen is powered by a powerful Intel quad-core chip with onboard graphics and 2GB of memory.
This gives this humble tablet the ability to run on a full-fledged operating system, Windows 10. The device has 32GB of internal storage and an SD card reader for optional expansion. The power and desktop operating system make this the ideal tablet for people looking for something to improve their portable productivity. The only major drawbakc to having such a powerful system crammed into such a small package is that the battery life suffers, coming in at only 6 hours.
- Windows 10 desktop operating system enables huge productivity
- Powerful processor and ample RAM make this tablet feel more like a laptop
- Beautiful high resolution screen
- Short battery life due to demanding processor and OS, only runs 6 hours
The next tablet in our roundup, the Astro Tab A395, at first glance may appear to be even faster than the NuVision, with a faster 1.5GHz quad-core. However, this initial impression is proven wrong when the onboard graphics are factored out, plus the Astro Tab only has 1GB of RAM. The storage is also scaled down to only 8GB, however the option to push in an SD card to improve storage is still there. While the display is larger than most tablets at this price with an impressive 9-inch display, it falls behind in the resolution coming in at only 1024×600. This tablet runs on Android 6 Marshmallow giving it full access to the Google Play store and all of its apps.
- Large 9-inch display
- Only 8GB of onboard storage
- Low resolution for it’s large screen size
- Powerful processor is bottle necked by lack of RAM
The largest screen in our lineup of budget tablets is one the Dragon Touch X10 at an incredible 10.6-inches. This tablet also has very impressive internal components at this price point, and even at a higher price, this would still be an impressive tablet. Under the hood the X10 sports an octa-core processor that runs as high as 2GHz on each core. This makes the chip so fast that it can actually run many VR games. This is enabled by the mini-HDMI output on the system, alongside micro-USB, USB, and audio in and output. The device has 16GB of storage and is ideal as a streaming machine that can be used on the go or hooked up to a home entertainment system via the mini-HDMI when not in portable use. The 10.3-inch display runs at 1366×768 resolution and sports a 178 degrees of viewing angle.
- Ridiculously fast eight core CPU
- Huge screen
- Mini-HDMI output for easily switching from protable to big screen
- Not very high resolution for such a large screen
- Short battery life
The RCA Viking Pro is designed much like the Microsoft Surface Pro, only with more considerations given to budget-friendly hardware. The system features a keyboard that can be closed, opened like a regular laptop, or opened entirely to put the keyboard on the back of the device which enables the use of the touchscreen like a tablet. The screen comes in at 10.1-inches which is a nice size for a 2-in-1 laptop. The system runs on quad-core processor alongside 1GB of RAM.
The internal storage is a sizeable 32GB and the whole thing runs on Android 5, which could potentially present compatibility issues with newer apps. The Viking Pro also comes with similar input and output to a real laptop, with several USB ports, audio, and a mini-HDMI output for broadcasting what the tablet is running onto a full-sized monitor or TV.
- Great 2-in-1 functionality makes this a reasonably good laptop and tablet
- Keyboard feels great to type on and isn’t flimsy like many other 2-in-1s
- Not super powerful CPU and only 1GB of RAM limits laptop functionality
- Runs on very outdated OS
The Yuntab tablet is the final tablet in our reviews and is the ideal mate for those who travel internationally as it features dual SIM card slots that can connect to any 2G or 3G network. This tablet also has Wi-FI and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to sync it with all of your favorite devices. The system is powered by a decent quad-core ship and has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage which can be expanded by 32GB with a TF card. The screen runs at a decent 1280×800 which is plenty ample for this tablet’s intended productivity use.
- Large screen with a good resolution
- Dual SIM card for staying connected anywhere in the world
- Speakers don’t go very loud and produce mediocre sound
- Battery life as low as 5-hours
If you still can’t decide what type of tablet you want then why not have a look at our some of our other tablet guides: