Are you in the market for a tablet, but don’t want to spend $400 on the newest iPad? Luckily, Apple is still not your only option when it comes to tablet shopping. Other manufacturers produce solid tablets that can meet your needs even if you’re on a budget.
Makers such as Samsung and Lenovo make tablets for under $200 that will most likely perform the simple tasks you need a tablet for. If you’re shopping for a simple device to watch YouTube or Netflix on, or to read ebooks, or perhaps to prop up in your kitchen when you need to follow a recipe from Pinterest, these tablets will do the trick. Many consumers would also like to buy a tablet as a gift for a child or teenager; in those scenarios, these devices would work perfectly.
Coming with a range of built-in features, these tablets all have their own set of pros and cons.
It depends on the user, however, and what function you need a tablet for. The list below presents an array of tablets under $200 and their respective highlights and downsides so that you can pick one that works best for you.
This lightweight tablet offers even more storage space than the iPad Mini, which is a plus, considering that the Zenpad comes at a much more reasonable price. With the Zenpad, you get 32GB of storage space, as opposed to 16GB. You can even shell out the extra money for 64GB of storage space. You can also plug in a microSD card into this budget tablet, for extra portable storage.
In addition, Zenpad users loved that it’s stocked with 2GB of RAM; most budget tablets on the market have only 1-1.5GB. This tablet is super-thin and can fit easily into a backpack or purse without adding any extra noticeable weight to your shoulders. Although its casing is made of plastic, it still pulls off a sleek, stylish appearance.
While the Zenpad comes with a slightly slower processor than competitors such as the iPad mini, for its cost of under $200, the processing speed is quick for performing everyday tasks such as streaming video. To sum up:
- 2GB RAM
- 32-64GB storage space with microSD capabilities
- Sharp, high-resolution display
- Snappy processing speed for its budget category
- Below-average camera quality with a low-resolution 2 MP front facing camera
- Underwhelming speakers
- No USB port
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This is Amazon’s first Fire tablet to feature more than 1GB of RAM, which will help with the Fire’s typically slow processing speeds. Users found this model to be quicker than previous Fire tablets, and it performs well with moderate gaming; however, graphically demanding gaming can put a strain on its processing power.
The screen is also excitingly high-definition for a budget tablet. It is much more defined than any of Amazon’s previous models, at 1080p. This tablet also comes with a baseline of 32GB storage, which you can upgrade with a microSD card. You can also buy the 64GB version, still under $200.
Possibly the Fire HD 10’s most exciting feature is its Alexa capabilities, which are now completely hands-free. You can ask for the weather or a song at any time by saying “Hey, Alexa,” even when the tablet is asleep. This means if you’ve been holding out on buying an Amazon Echo, now, you don’t have to– the Fire 10’s hands-free Alexa works just as well.
Unfortunately, though, Amazon’s app store does not contain any of the Google apps, so only buy this tablet if you don’t need them.
- 10-inch screen, large for a budget tablet
- 1080p display
- 32-64GB storage, with microSD slot
- Hands-free Amazon Alexa
- Processor not consistently fast when used for gaming
- Does not come with Google apps
- Not the slimmest tablet on the market
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This is a previous version of Amazon’s Fire tablet, coming with 1 GB of RAM and an 8-inch screen. Unlike the Fire HD 10, this Amazon tablet runs a bit more slowly, which means high-speed gaming is difficult.
This version of Fire comes with Amazon Alexa, but it isn’t totally hands-free. You have to press the home button first, rather than just being able to say “Hey, Alexa” from anywhere. If you’re not planning on using Alexa on a daily basis, though, this is manageable.
Storage space is more limited, with options for either 16GB or 32GB. 32GB is often still enough for the average single person’s use, depending on what exactly you’re using the tablet for. If you want a family tablet, with space to download apps for everyone, though, you might need more storage space in the form of a microSD card.
However, there’s no need to compare it to the Fire 10, since the Fire 8 is a much cheaper model. So, if you’re looking for an ultra-cheap tablet, here’s what it can give you. Here are the pros and cons of the Fire HD 8:
- Small body, which makes gaming easier
- Loud speakers
- Amazon Prime members have access to loads of free content
- Up to 32GB of storage with microSD capabilities
- No Google apps
- Relatively slow processing speed
- Not the most attractive design
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The Lenovo Yoga Tabs are known for their eye-catching design; these tablets come built in with an intuitive kickstand feature, which snaps into the cylinder at the tablet’s base. You can use this kickstand for easy media viewing, or even to hang the tablet from a nail on the wall. The cylinder base also includes a rotating camera feature.
The 8-inch screen is “super sensitive” which means you can still use the touchscreen while wearing gloves. This addition can become annoying though, because there is no way to turn it off, and the lightest of touches can register, causing unwanted button-pressing.
The processor offers 1GB of RAM, which means that high-speed gaming above the casual realm will likely be difficult. This tablet currently only comes with a 16GB storage option, as well, although it has microSD capabilities for external storage.
One excellent point is the Yoga tab’s super speakers. Listening to music or watching video is a breeze with this tablet’s stereo sound. Bottom line:
- Excellent speaker quality
- Built-in kickstand and rotating camera
- Touchscreen can be used while wearing gloves
- Good battery life
- Super sensitive touch screen can be annoying
- Not the best processing speed
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While this Samsung tablet may come with a relatively small display size, at 7 inches, it makes up for it in processing speed. With 1.5GB of RAM, it is fast enough for casual gaming and everyday performance, just as much as any other budget tablet.
The screen’s resolution is decent, at 1280-by-800 pixels. It’s not the best, as far as 7-inch tablets, but it’s also not the worst, either. Users ranked the screen as “pretty good”; in other words, not terrible.
The biggest problem with this Samsung tablet is that it only contains 8GB of storage space, although it does contain a microSD card slot. Consider buying a microSD if you plan on downloading more than a few apps.
On the plus size, if you like small, this tablet is the way to go. It’ll fit easily in your hand and isn’t too bulky to put in a bag or purse.
- Comes with an intuitive TouchWiz interface
- The most compact tablet in its class
- Relatively good processing speed
- Good display resolution
- Only 8GB of storage
- Unattractive plastic design
- Speaker isn’t very good
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Here’s a budget tablet from a maker you may have never heard of. It doesn’t come from a huge manufacturer such as Samsung; however, it’s still able to compete with other tablets of its class.
It comes with a 5 MP camera, a mini HDMI port, and even a USB port, unlike many other tablets under $200. It only has 1GB of RAM; however, processing speeds are surprisingly brisk, and capable of holding up casual gaming. It may lag when running heavier games, though, as with any other similar-class tablet.
Display is only at 720p, so it lacks what some of the other budget tablets bring to the table as far as quality displays. Don’t think that that means the display is bad, though; it still keeps up with high-definition quality at its level. Also, unlike many other tablets, you can view this one at an angle without getting a glare or reflection.
You get 16GB of storage space in this model. You can expand that using the microSD external storage slot. All in all:
- Large 10-inch display
- Nice processing speed for only 1GB RAM
- Full-sized USB port and mini HDMI port
- Camera is fair for in a pinch
- Low-quality speakers
- Only 16GB storage space
- Users reported poor battery life
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Users commented that this 2-in-1 tablet computer was in a similar class as the Amazon Fire, due to its build and camera quality. However, it runs on Android, which means the app store is more diverse and equipped with Google apps. This tablet comes with a detachable keyboard, which users stated was easy and seamless to attach/detach.
You get 32GB of storage with this device, and 1GB of RAM. Processing speeds are good enough for simple tasks, but not brisk enough for multitasking, meaning that you may not be able to run too many apps at once. The resolution is 1200 X 800, which some users noted was slightly disappointing. The cameras and speakers on this tablet are quite underwhelming. Cameras are only 2MP on the back, and 1MP on the front, so don’t expect to use this tablet to take high-quality photos.
- Comes with a detachable keyboard
- A whole 32GB storage with microSD card slot
- Relatively fast processing speeds
- Underwhelming camera and speakers
- Resolution is not the best
- Cheap-looking plastic design
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The Zenpad 10 is a larger version of the Zenpad 8, if you like a roomier screen in the same cost range. What makes this tablet special is its amazing battery life and its fingerprint scanner, which is rare for a tablet, although it is housed in an awkward location (not on the main home button).
Otherwise, users noted its quick performance for general tasks, but added that it can lag when running games. However, this tablet is not only large; it’s a little thicker than your average tablet, making it less portable than some users would like. You can also buy a Zenpad 10 with plenty of storage– 64GB– or the regular 16GB version. Either way, it comes with its own microSD card slot for storage expansion on-the-go. Here is a rundown of its pros and cons:
- Large 10.1-inch display
- Incluldes fingerprint scanner
- Long battery life
- Lots of storage (has a 64GB storage space version)
- Low resolution screen
- Tends to lag when running games
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab E, on the surface, looks very similar to the Galaxy Tab 4 aside from its size. The Galaxy Tab E’s screen measures 9.6 inches, making it slightly larger than the Galaxy Tab 4. This tablet still has a thin body, though, making it portable and easy to carry around the house.
Similar to other Samsung tablets, this one doesn’t come with a lot of storage space– only 16GB, to be exact, but you can make use of a microSD card. At the same time, the device comes with a non-slip coating on the back which makes it smooth to handle. The camera and screen resolution are modest at best. These come at 5MP and 1200 X 800, respectively, which some users found to be on the weak side.
- Slim design
- Supports split-screen multitasking
- Non-slip back coating
- Little storage space
- Low-resolution screen and camera
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This tablet’s review necessitates a different kind of pro/con list, because it’s built for kids. Therefore, high-resolution screens and high-definition cameras don’t matter quite as much, but we’ll still make note of them.
First of all, this tablet comes with its own set of features out the box: a thick foam case available in three colors, a year’s free subscription to Amazon FreeTime, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. Users agreed that it was a fabulous choice for children aged six or younger, for both its hours of use as a distraction and also the parents’ ability to restrict its usage to as many hours as they chose.
At the same time, some people noted that the speaker was dull, especially since the sound travels through that thick foam case. It also only comes with 16GB of memory, so don’t plan to download every video you see, but it’s usually enough for a kids’ tablet. In addition, there is a microSD storage card slot. To top it off:
- Comes with multiple free add-ons
- Parents are able to restrict usage if they choose
- Small size combined with a chunky case makes it easy for children to hold
- Screen is not very sharp
- Only comes with 16GB storage space
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To sum it all up: depending on your needs, you have a wide range of options for budget tablets under $200, including options for young children, adolescents, and teenagers. If you want a well-put-together tablet that can perform simple tasks such as playing videos or browsing the web, we’ve got a pretty good roundup of what you need here. Do you have any user’s comments on any of these tablets? Let us know!
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