Whether you’re looking for one for yourself or a child, there’s no need to break the bank to own a quality tablet. Our picks come with 7- or 8-inch-sized screens and run the Android operating system. They make for great Netflix players, eBook readers, and internet browsers. Best of all, they all cost under $200.
If you’re looking for a budget iPad, unfortunately, Apple’s cheapest tablet (the 9.7-inch iPad) costs $329. The tech giant used to sell much cheaper iPad minis, but the only configuration available — the iPad mini 4 — comes with 128 GB of storage, resulting in an expensive $399 price tag.
1. Lenovo Tab 4 Tablet
The Lenovo Tab 4 sports an all-glass body similar to the old iPhone 4. Editors at Laptop Magazine and CNET both recommend the Lenovo Tab 4 for its colorful display, excellent battery life, and affordable price. The cheap tablet, which comes in two configurations, is equipped with an 8-inch, 1,280-by-800 resolution display, and it has powerful front-facing Dolby speakers for watching videos.
The smaller 8-inch model comes with 2 GB of RAM and a 4,850 mAh battery, compared to the 10-inch model’s 7,000 mAh battery and 3 or 4 GB of RAM. The more expensive 10-inch model also has a slightly faster processor. Regardless of which one you choose, you can’t really go wrong with either, considering their wide feature sets and attractive prices.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablet
The sleek and lightweight Galaxy Tab A by Samsung sports a bright 8-inch display with a 1,280 by 800 HD resolution. It’s equipped with 32 GB of storage, a USB-C port, and 2 GB of RAM.
Other highlights of the tablet include a 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, expandable memory, 14 hours of battery life, and dual cameras. The tablet comes in black and silver. Samsung also sells an even cheaper model with just 8 GB of storage, but it has a shorter 11-hour battery life.
3. Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet
The 8-inch Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet has stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, which make it perfect for entertainment on the go, especially considering its 16+ GB of storage space. Available in four colors — black, blue, red, and yellow — the affordable tablet also comes with Amazon Alexa support out of the box, giving you the option to enjoy news and media and control smart home devices with your voice.
The tablet, which is Wired Magazine’s pick for Best Tablet Under $100, is equipped with a 2 MP front-facing camera that can record 720p video. Like all Amazon hardware products, the Fire HD 8 tablet has solid build quality, but it works best with an Amazon Prime subscription. It’s also available in a 10.1-inch model and an even cheaper 7-inch model.
4. ASUS ZenPad S8 8
The Asus ZenPad S is one the nicest looking budget tablets you can buy. It’s just 0.26 inches thick, and it sports a smooth, leather-like back. The tablet’s 8-inch IPS LCD screen is incredibly sharp and sports a 2,048 by 1,536 pixel resolution. It’s powered by a speedy 1.8 GHz processor, and it’s equipped with 2 GB of RAM. With 32 GB of onboard storage, you’ll have plenty of room for apps, music, videos, pictures, and games.
5. Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7-Inch
This is the best $50 tablet money can buy. The NOOK is thinner than the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet, and it feels more premium. With Google Play on board, you can download apps, and thanks to its expandable storage slot, you’ll have plenty of space. Although the tablet’s 7-inch, 1024 by 600 resolution display isn’t the sharpest, viewing angles are still decent.
Best of all, the Nook runs Android Marshmallow, and its software is basically stock, meaning it isn’t loaded with bloatware that’ll slow down the tablet.
6. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Tablet
This tablet sports a unique design that isn’t entirely flat like other budget tablets. Instead, it has a kickstand that slides out from the bottom, which comes in handy for watching videos. Best of all, the tablet offers an impressive 15 hours of battery life.
Other key features of the Yoga Tab 3 include a 1,280 by 800 HD resolution display, a 1.3 GHz processor, 16 GB of storage, and 2 GB of RAM. There’s also a single 8 MP camera next to the kickstand that rotates 180 degrees, so you can use it as the front-facing or rear camera. Lenovo also sells a configuration of the tablet with a 10.1-inch screen, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage.