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The best cheap tablets under $200

Tablets — as opposed to smartphones — are often seen as a luxury item. And with so many of them costing quite a bit of coin, there’s some justification for that view. But what if you didn’t have to mortgage your condo to buy one? There are plenty of budget options out there, and if you’re willing to compromise, you can easily snag yourself a very nice tablet for $200 or less. Cheap tablets have improved in the last couple of years as their prices have dropped and monster smartphones started eating into the tablet market. If you’re on a limited budget, here are the best cheap tablets that $200 or less will buy you. Looking for more tablets, and not restricted by price? Check our list of the best tablets money can buy.

Amazon Fire HD 10 2019 ($150)

Amazon Fire HD 10

This is the entertainment tablet to get if you’re looking to read or watch movies at a reasonable price. Our review praised it for its full HD display of 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution or 224 pixels per inch, which offers a superior viewing experience. The Fire HD 2019 edition is 10 inches and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, with more capacity available if you add a MicroSD card. It sports a 2GHz octa-core processor supported by 2GB of RAM with battery life lasting up to 12 hours for reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music. With a USB-C connection, it also supports faster charging and comes with a USB-C cable and 9W power adapter. It also operates hands-free with Alexa. Unfortunately, the camera is only so-so with a 2-megapixel front and a 2MP rear-facing camera and 720p HD video recording — but if you’re not using it as your primary snapper, it should function just fine.

Onn Android Tablet ($64)

onn. Android Tablet

The Onn 8-inch Android Tablet offers lightweight, fast performance accompanied by an 800 x 1280 resolution so your photos, movies, apps, and documents look crisp, clear, and vibrant. The tablet runs Android 9.0 Pie with 2GB of RAM on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. It doesn’t sound like much, but it carries enough power to get you through games, movies, web surfing, email, e-books, music, and more. Camera resolution is low — only 2MP for the rear-facing camera — but if your focus is on viewing rather than creating content, you’re in luck.

Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 ($90)

Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
If you’re longing for a tablet, but have less than $100 to shell out for it, you won’t go wrong with the 8-inch Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 edition. The updated version of this tablet comes with 32GB or 64GB internal storage and is powered by 2GB of RAM. It’s not high-power but it does the job of giving you some excess space to enjoy app favorites like Netflix, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TikTok, and more through Amazon’s Appstore.  It features all-day battery life with up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music with a USB-C connection that charges in under five hours. The tablet features a new Game Mode designed to upgrade your gaming experience and is compatible with Alexa. Our review criticized the newest incarnation of this tablet for its screen resolution of just 800 x 1280 pixels, which our reviewer found to be sub-par. It seemed to also affect maximum brightness, which diminished the ability to see and work in direct sunlight. Colors are also a little muted. We also dinged it for sluggish performance. Nonetheless, we judged it to be a solid budget option for those who want an entertainment machine, or who are plugged into Amazon’s ecosystem.

Dragon Touch Max10 ($140)

Dragon Touch Max10 tablet

Dragon Touch may not be one of the most well-known tablet manufacturers in the world, but its Max 10 device offers seriously good specs for the money. You get an octa-core 64bit processor clocking at an impressive 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a MicroSD card slot that will let you add up to 128GB. It also has an 8MP main camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. Best of all, there’s a 10-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, for full HD-quality visuals. If you want to play games and watch movies, this tablet will serve you well. It’s a stylish tablet that feels more expensive than it really is.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 ($130)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8

Here’s a portable tablet with a nice build quality that offers a decent mix of specs for a low price. As the name suggests, Samsung’s budget tablet has an 8-inch display, and the 1280 x 800 resolution is great for reading. It has a decent quad-core processor inside with 2GB of RAM, which is a bit better than average for this price point. You also get 32GB of storage, while there’s room for a MicroSD card. The battery life is very good, with the 5,100mAh cell capable of lasting well over a day’s use. The Tab A 8 also has an 8MP camera, as well as a 2MP front-facing camera, so this is the cheap tablet to go for if the camera is important to you.

Lenovo Tab M10 Plus ($150)

Lenovo Tab M10 Plus

A tablet with a 10.3-inch display for well under $200 is no slouch. The resolution comes in at 1280 x 1920 pixels, which is far ahead of earlier Lenovo models. The display is also flanked by dual front-facing stereo speakers on the top edge, giving you pretty high sound quality for the price. There’s an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage inside with room for a MicroSD card. The main camera is rated at 8MP, and there’s a 5MP front-facing camera as well. There’s also a hefty 7,000mAh battery for up to 10 hours of juice on the go. It runs Android 9.0 out of the box, with a handful of Lenovo apps. To put it simply, this tablet is an absolute bargain.

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