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. In fact, if it costs $50 or less, keep looking. At that price point you’re unlikely to find anything worthwhile. 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.
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.
Sure, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is not the newest tablet, but for $179 it is definitely worth a look. It comes with a 1920 x 1200-pixel, 7-inch display, and lasts 8 hours and 39 minutes on a charge. For tablet newbies, it comes with the company's on-demand tech support and terrific parental controls. Plus, don't forget about Amazon's huge content library.
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 $99 price tag on the Amazon Fire HD 7 is just one reason to love it. It sports a colorful 7-inch display with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. You'll enjoy Amazon's excellent parental controls, as well as the company's huge library of content. Plus, it lasts 8 hours and 25 minutes on a charge. If you prefer something smaller, but just as good, Amazon also sells the Fire HD 6 for $99.
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.