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7 Best cheap tablets (under $200)

You don’t have to break the bank to secure yourself a new tablet. If you’re willing to compromise on size, speed, and functionality, you can snag yourself a serviceable device for less than $200. Tablets have improved fast in the last couple of years, and they’ve dropped in price as smartphones have grown larger and eaten into the tablet market.

If you’re feeling the pinch right now and that budget is limited, here are the best cheap tablets that $200 or less will buy you.

LG G Pad 7.0 8GB ($130)


At this price, you can forgive the wide bezels and the 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. Inside, you’ll find a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with just 1GB of RAM, but this tablet still performs surprisingly well in practice. You only get 8GB of storage and a 3-megapixel camera, but that’s counterbalanced by a whopping 4,000mAh battery, which delivers around 10 hours of service. It’s a solid, 7-inch Android tablet that offers good value for money. Read our full review here.

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Lenovo Tab 2 A10 ($198)


A tablet with a 10.1-inch display for under $200 is not to be scoffed at. Thankfully, this is a major improvement over the original, fuzzy-screened A10. This time around the resolution is 1920 x 1200 pixels, there’s a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 7,000mAh battery for up to 10 hours of juice on the go. It also runs Android 4.4 out of the box, but can be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. To put it simply, this tablet is an absolute bargain.

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Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000 Series 32GB ($128)


There two reasons why this tablet is now worth considering, where we wouldn’t have recommended it before. Firstly, the price has dropped dramatically, way below our $200 budget. Secondly, you should be able to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 10. The hardware is every bit as limited as the budget-based price would suggest, though, with a 1.33GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. However, it does tout 32GB of storage — with a microSD card slot for adding more — and an 8-inch screen with a passable 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. Read our full review here.

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Toshiba Encore 2 10 32GB ($180)


If you’re a Windows fan, you can even snag a 10-inch tablet for less than $200 now. Toshiba’s Encore 2 ships with Windows 8.1 and a free Office 365 subscription for a year, but you can also easily upgrade the device to Windows 10 if you wish to do so. Nonetheless, the specs aren’t great. The 10.1-inch display is only 1280 x 800 pixels, which is stretching things at this size, and there’s only 1GB of RAM. Thankfully, there is an Intel Atom processor, 32GB of storage, and a 5-megapixel camera. Read our full review here.

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Google Nexus 7 16GB ($190)


Even though it’s rapidly aging and Google has officially discontinued it, you’ll still find stock available here and there, and you could a lot worse than to snag one before they’re all gone. The 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution is sharp, while the 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM make it snappy alongside the 16GB of storage. You also get a 5-megapixel camera and the Nexus 7 runs stock Android, so you’ll enjoy the latest flavor of Lollipop. It’s surprising how well this tablet stands up, considering it landed two years ago. Read our full review here.

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Asus MeMO Pad 8 16GB ($120)


If you want a slightly bigger screen, then you really don’t have many options at this price point. Asus has proven adept at manufacturing cheap tablets that are reasonably good quality. This one sports 1280 x 800-pixel resolution, a 1.33GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. It does offer a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel camera, and a reasonably big 3,950mAh battery as well. There are obviously some compromises here, but it’s a good price for a tablet within the 8-inch category.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 ($140)


The pricing on the Fire HD 7 is incredibly enticing — and the specs are decent. It offers 1280 x 800-pixel resolution, a quad-core processor that can hit 1.5 GHz, stereo speakers, a 2-megapixel camera, and 8GB of storage. Battery life is reasonable at around 8 hours from mixed use. It’s not a great tablet, and Amazon’s brand of Android is limited, but it makes a lot of sense if you’re a Prime member given the adventurous can look into sideloading and rooting. If you can stretch to $180 for the Kindle Fire HDX, which also sports a 7-inch screen, then you’ll get a lot more for your money. The 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, 2.2GHz processor, and dual-band Wi-Fi are just the start. Read our full review here.

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