You can’t always trust a cheap price tag. The Android tablet market is flooded with devices at rock-bottom prices, but it’s hardly a bargain if you have to deal with lagging performance, a fuzzy screen and sad battery life. However, there are some excellent tablets that cost less than $200. We’re talking about sharp and bright displays, long endurance and snappy enough performance to play the latest games. These tablets are all rated 3.5 stars or higher from our reviewers and can be yours for a couple Ben Franklins –or considerably less.
The Dell Venue 8 earned 4 stars and an Editors' Choice award for a variety of reasons, but affordability definitely played into that. However, the sharp, full-HD display and solid build quality helped too. Running Android 4.4 KitKat, this tablet came with some pretty useful productivity software as well, including Dropbox, Evernote and PocketCloud, which lets you remotely control your PC from the tablet. .
For less than $125 bucks, the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 is a phenomenon. This Android tablet offers strong overall performance from its 1.33-GHz quad core Intel Atom Z3745 CPU with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It's thin and light, weighing just 10.4 ounces. The 7-inch 1280 x 800-pixel IPS display was bright and crisp. Plus, you can color coordinate with your choice of red, yellow, white or light blue shells.
Proving that the $100 barrier can be beaten down with a big stick, the Amazon Fire HD 6 is a tiny, impulse purchase-worthy tablet. Not only do you get 8 hours and 27 minutes of battery life with a bright 6-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display, but you get best-in-class parental controls. The sturdy build quality also makes it a great option for Junior. Amazon Prime members will also get access to tons of free music, movies, TV shows and e-books.
Epic battery life -- I mean, 11 hours and 18 minutes of epic -- is a great reason to pick up the LG G Pad 7. But the $150 price tag is just as good. That's because this Android KitKat-powered tablet also offers a vivid 1280 x 800-pixel IPS display and excellent audio quality. The snappy performance offered by the dual-core Qualcomm processor isn't too shabby either.
The Lenovo A8 features a 1.3 GHz MTK 8121 quad core processor, 16 GB of flash memory and 1 GB of RAM. The 8-inch tablet also has a 1280 x 800-pixel IPS screen with good color accuracy and wide viewing angles -- great for watching movies with a friend. We also like the Lenovo Smart Side Bar for easy access to media and recently used apps and SHAREit for wireless file transfers. With almost 9 hours of battery life, the A8 has the endurance to last you the whole day without injuring your wallet.
A combination of quad-core Arm Cortex A7 performance and long 8 hours and 34 minutes of battery life make the Lenovo A10 a solid choice among 10-inch budget tablets. And at $199 this Android-powered slate is a good choice among all tablets. The 10-inch screen sports a 1280 x 800-pixel IPS panel that offered bright colors and great viewing angles. And with access to the full Google Play store you'll have all the apps you could possibly want.
Sure, the $99 Fire HD 6 makes a great tablet to hand over to the kids in the family. But if you spring for an extra $50, you can get all the same Amazon tablet goodness in the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition wrapped in a colorful, kid-friendly bumper. Amazon also throws in a 2-year, no-questions-asked, worry-free guarantee. Plus, Junior will enjoy 6,000 free and curated pieces of content, including movies, games, apps and addictive TV shows.