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5 Best Tablets Under $100

Updated on April 28, 2014
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Best Super-Cheap Tablets 2014

We all want to have a good tablet, but our first choices may be a bit too pricey for our budgets. While we can bet that it is very possible to find an ideal tablet for you within a $200 budget, when you are willing to spend only $100, it gets a little bit more difficult. However, there are some really good tablets that cost well under the 100 mark, and you will not lose out on the performance nearly as much as you may expect. In fact, some of these tablets cost this little simply because they are not manufactured by some stronger brand names like Samsung or Apple.

What can you expect from $100 tablet?

Cheap tablets are not necessarily bad, but there are some attributes that suffer because of the price. However, you would be surprised to know that a difference between a tablet in the 100s range, and a slate that costs twice or more as much is minimal – usually you only have to deal with a little less RAM memory and sometimes (not always) a slightly lower resolution. You can expect basically the same processor and the same amount of flash memory on your cheap tablet as you would get with a two or three times more expensive tablet of a familiar sounding brand. Sounds good, right? It is.

For those of us who don’t have the “I have to have the fastest, best, high-end gadget” syndrome, a tablet that costs about $80 may be ideal. You can read, listen to music, watch videos, browse the web and basically do the same things you would do on an iPad or the relatively expensive Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. And if you don’t really feel the need to play the latest games on your tablet, then a cheaper tablet that will cost you about $100 is perfect for you.

Pros and Cons of buying a cheap Android tablet

One thing that is blatantly obvious when it comes to these cheaper tablets is that the manufacturers had to cut some corners in order to make them as cheap as they are. The downsides are usually evident when it comes to tablet design, a bit slower performance, and a lower screen resolution. On the other hand, these cheap tablets usually include some additional things in the box – some of them have a handy stylus, others have a free screen protector, while there are some that include both. This is pretty neat, as most expensive tablets include nothing but a tablet and its essentials. This is because manufacturers of high end tablet want you to buy the stylus and a screen protector in order to charge you more money.

While it would be unfair to say that tablets that cost less than $100 can compete with some high end tablets on any level, we can frankly state that if you only need to enjoy your multimedia content and browse the web, you should go on ahead and save a lot of money by buying one of the cheap tablets we will now discuss in more detail. We have picked 5 tablets under $100 that are simply better than the rest in that price range.

FastTouch AllWinner Android Tablet

The first in line is the FastTouch tablet which sports a 7” touch sensitive multitouch screen and a size of 7 x 0.25 x 4.75 inches.

The operative system is Android 4.1 Jellybean and the tablet has a Cortex A8 processor of 1.25 GHz speed, 512 MB of DDR3 RAM and an amazing 4 Gigs of internal memory. Included with the tablet is the standard built-in Wi-Fi and a 1.3 Megapixel web cam.

With a support for Microsoft Office and 3D gaming with built-in 3D accelerator, this tablet under 100 dollars just might take your breath away.

Various multimedia content is supported by this device, which has a TF card slot, earphone jack and it comes in package with a stylus pen and a screen protector. Plus, it is a great cheap gift for a techie person in your family.

Quantum Axis 7

Quantum Axis is a 7 inch multitouch tablet that is powered by Android 4.1 Jellybean. The maximum resolution of this device is 1024 x 600 and the processor is dual core 1.2 GHz which doubles the speed for gaming and web surfing. You can also connect this device to a TV or monitor with a mini HDMI port. With 4 Gigs of internal storage, which you can expand with a MicroSD card up to 32 GB, and 512 MB of DDR3 RAM memory this device will appeal to anyone who wants a cheap tablet that has great performance aspects.

Multiple multimedia formats are supported by this device, enabling you to watch HD videos, listen to music and read your eBooks. With 3D gaming GPU, you can now play all the latest mobile/tablet games at full speed. Another great feature of this tablet is the ability to expand the features through the mini USB slot, where you can connect a flash drive or a keyboard. Definitely a nice gift for someone who enjoys gadgets.

Dragon Touch® 9''

Dragon Touch is a tablet that has a multitouch screen of 9 inches in size which supports a maximum resolution of 800 x 480. Powered by Android Jellybean 4.2 and with a Cortex A8 processor, this tablet brings the performance on a whole new level.

A great 3D GPU enables you to play latest tablet entries in the video gaming world, plus the storage of 8 GB enables you to store a lot of data on it.

512 MB of RAM memory and the ability to expand storage with a 32 GB microSD card are neat features that make this product well worth the money. It has two cameras, on the back and on the front side, plus a 3D G-sensor and a multi language support.

With the price in mind, and all of the great features, this tablet comes as a bargain and could be a perfect gift for your loved ones.

Digital Reins 9"

The Digital Reins tablet is our top recommendation, because you get a lot of great features for the price below 100 dollars. The 9 inches multitouch screen with a maximum resolution of 800 x 480, plus the amazing dual core processor and the DD3 RAM memory, this tablet will preform flawlessly with all of the multitasking that you need. Powered by the Android 4.2.2 Jellybean and with a built in Wi-Fi, this tablet will enable you to browse the internet seamlessly and provide you HD videos, music and eBooks.

It has two cameras, one on the back and one up front, plus the HDMI port which enables you to connect it on a TV or monitor. This tablet is simply built for entertainment, including the gaming, as the powerful GPU will support all of the latest releases in the tablet video game market. Considering the price and feature, this device is worthy of a spot on this list and it could be a perfect gift for techies all over the world.

iView 7-Inch 4 GB Tablet

iView 7 inch multitouch tablet is our last entry on this list. It is in the price range of all of the other tablets mentioned here and packs an Intel Dual Core Cortex A7 1.2 GHz processor. The integrated Wi-FI and the 512 MB of DDR3 RAM make this device a really handy gadget indeed. Great GPU enables you to play modern video games and watch HD movies in maximum resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

Another great feature is the expandability via the USB 2.0 slot. The internal memory is 4 GB, but it can be expanded to 32 GB with the help of MicroSD card. Powered by Android Jellybean 4.2, this device is made for your entertainment and web surfing, which makes it an ideal gift, whether for yourself or for someone dear to you.

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Conclusion

Cheap tablets are definitely attractive because of their prices, but we don’t want to risk our hard earned money on a random piece of junk. That is why, before deciding to get one of these slates, it is paramount that you do some research beforehand.

You are probably aware that by buying a cheap tablet you are giving up on some of the options that are available on high end tablets, but these inexpensive tabs can still cover most grounds: they can play videos, music, games, you can browse the web, Skype, draw, and basically do whatever you would normally do with a tablet. While launching some demanding apps may cause a bit of a lag, for these kinds of prices the tablets we presented work like a charm.

Basically, we listed tablets under $100 that enable you to get the most out of your money, and that is probably what you want. On the other hand, cheap tablets like these make excellent gifts that won’t drain your budget. If you have a friend or a family member who is into tablets, but doesn’t have one, these may make fantastic birthday or Christmas gifts.

In case you are interested, this is about how your cheap tablet will look like

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      jenp123 3 years ago

      Thanks for this. It's nice to see people talk about alternatives to the ipad! Voted up.

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      Avinesh Prahladi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      This hub will surely help all those who are looking to purchase cost-effective tablets.

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      HOUSTAN FISHER 3 years ago from UNITED STATES

      I want to buy a cheap and reliable tablet. Can anybody suggest me a good one?

    • BEEZKNEEZ profile image

      BEEZKNEEZ 3 years ago

      I think that you can find great tablets under $100. I feel that too many people want a name brand item and overpay for tablets.

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      Good info. Some manufactures simply stuff an Android compatible board inside a box and then called it an Android tablet. Many like that in China, got to watch out. So much freezing and resetting makes them unusable after being loaded with software.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      I am going to read this again. Thanks for this information, very useful.

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      Icarus Unburnt 3 years ago

      @jponiato Agreed. I have taken the time to find tablets with those exacts specifications in mind.

      @FullOfLoveSites Yes, a lot of people are concerned about that. I have an Android tablet which I paid $70, and it has been almost a year now without issues. I use it for reading and internet mostly. I guess that with all the competition, even the cheap tablets have to be very good to sell.

      @ShyeAnne I hope you find what you are looking for, and trust me, if you don't plan to play demanding video games and just want it for the internet, reading, etc. you are better of spending less money.

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      ShyeAnne 3 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, I didn't know there were cheap tablets, seriously, I have wanted one for a while but thought they were way out of my price range. apparently some are not! Thank you for all of this great information.

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Thank you for this. They are really informative.

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      FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

      What I initially fear about buying those cheap tablets is of course if they will function well in the long run. Even the basic features -- the power, if it re-charges batteries well, etc. -- are my most important considerations. My sister has a cheap Android tablet, a rebranded Ainol Novo Venus for around $92 and for four months it's been doing well. Maybe some say it's just luck when buying tablets. Most of the time, we get what we pay for.

      My other considerations: 4.1 JellyBean or higher, at least dual core, and better yet a 1 GB RAM and a good battery life (at least 3000 mAh). You have very good recommendations there.

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      jponiato 3 years ago from Mid-Michigan

      I love the cheap tablets, and agree that they are a good choice when compared to their more expensive counterparts. Just make sure you look for a few things: Android 4.1 or newer, capacitive touch screen (as opposed to resistive touch screen), and at least 512 MB memory. All of the ones you've listed here look like excellent choices.