ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Technology»
  • Computers & Software»
  • Computer Buying Guides

Best and Top Rated New Tablets Under $200 Review 2013

Updated on August 21, 2013
Kindle Fire HD Tablet
Kindle Fire HD Tablet

Top Rated Tables for 2013

The Best Rated Tablets of 2013 (Under $200)

As with most new technological gadgets, they hit the market with a big price tag. Then, as newer models come out and features are updated, the prices go down. While you might have paid upwards of $500 last year for a good tablet, now you can enjoy one for under $200. This does not mean that you will get a cheap version that will leave you frustrated however; you can actually still get all the bells and whistles for a cheaper price.

Be aware when you are shopping, to look for memory storage and WiFi connectivity. Some of your cheapest tablets will be better for reading instead of playing around on the Internet; so if you need a tablet to keep up with your online activities as well as your reading habits, then you might want to consider one that is closer to the $200 mark. Many families will purchase a cheap tablet for the kids to share amongst themselves since their needs are usually simpler. Whatever your needs or desires in regards to a tablet, here are a few of the top rated under $200 for 2013.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Le Pan I TC 970 9.7-Inch Android TabletPandigital 7 Color Multimedia eReaderTursion Android 2.3 Tablet PC With Samsung Chipset CortexCoby Kyros 7-Inch Android 4.0 4 GB Internet TabletAsus Google Nexus 7 TabletSamsung Galaxy Tab 2Kindle Fire HD Tablet
Le Pan I TC 970 9.7-Inch Android Tablet
Le Pan I TC 970 9.7-Inch Android Tablet
Pandigital 7 Color Multimedia eReader
Pandigital 7 Color Multimedia eReader
Tursion Android 2.3 Tablet PC With Samsung Chipset Cortex
Tursion Android 2.3 Tablet PC With Samsung Chipset Cortex
Coby Kyros 7-Inch Android 4.0 4 GB Internet Tablet
Coby Kyros 7-Inch Android 4.0 4 GB Internet Tablet
Asus Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Asus Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Kindle Fire HD Tablet
Kindle Fire HD Tablet
5 stars for Kindle Fire HD Tablet

Best New Tablets for 2013 Under $200

New Kindle Fire HD Tablet

Amazon Loses Money - Still Comes Out Ahead

The Kindle Fire HD is Amazon's newest tablets that quickly rose to the top of the charts for tablet sales. The main reasons behind its success is Amazon's willingness to sell a quality product at a budget price. This device is powered by a high performance dual core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics and gives you a 7" viewing screen with 1280x800 HD resolution that makes viewing movies and playing your favorite applications a flawless experience.

The Kindle Fire HD has been a strong competitor with devices like the new iPad and iPad 2 which cost nearly two and a half times the price. One of the reasons is that Amazon's business model allowed for users to purchase the Fire at less than it costs them to make hoping that users will purchase movies and music through Amazon's store.

As an e-Book Reader

The Kindle Fire HD really shines when it comes to reading magazines in color; but, it's important to remember that the battery life for this model is great for a tablet at 11 hours, but doesn't have the 30 days of battery life that Kindle's black and white e-book readers have.

First, reading books has never been easier, and the machine is already linked to the Amazon Cloud so all your downloads are saved there instead of eating up memory on your device. Be advised that this device does not offer text to speech, so if you use that function while driving or multi-tasking, you will not get it with the Fire. Movies, streaming, games and more can be viewed with ease, and Flash Player is also supported so you can view any website perfectly. I've also found that writing and reading e-mails is considerably easier on this device than my smartphone, so it's very convenient on business trips as well.

Overall: With a battery life of over 11 hours and access to all of your favorite apps and books, the Kindle Fire HD is ideal for those of you looking for a fast tablet, but don't want to spend a ton of money. Those of you who'd rather have a larger screen should also consider the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" which also comes with a 1920 x 1200 resolution all for about $100 more.

Best and Top Rated New Tables Under $200 for 2013

Coby Kyros 7 Inch Android Tablet

This tablet gives you the ease of being able to read and then the convenience of Internet access. It is powered by Android 2.3 and has wireless high speed internet. You can access AppsLib to get popular games and apps to store on your device; however, be aware that this is the only apps market that is available on this device. The reader it uses is Aldiko E-book reader application that will give you options in portrait or landscape viewing, and a nice feature is the automatic orientation detection so you just need to move the device and the screen will adjust for you.

It also features HDMI connectivity so you can attach an appropriate cable and view in high definition! This makes a great reader but can be a little hard to use for a lot of Internet use however and the WiFi signal is not as strong as what you might be used to in a laptop or netbook. The battery life isn't the longest, but it recharges in under a half hour. One thing buyers should be aware of is the fact that they might have to buy a micro SD card. It has a smaller screen than most tablets at just 4 by 3 inches. This device makes a great purchase for someone who will use it to read more than playing on the Internet and for a first time tablet user.

Best Android Tablet Under $200 2013

Tursion Android 2.3 Tablet

This tablet comes with such a powerful applications processor that you will be amazed at what it can do for you. Not only can you entertain yourself with books, games, chat, social networking and email, you can also have access to a navigation system if you so needed and can Skype with friends and family since it comes preloaded with the software.

You get full speed Internet compatibility with a responsive screen; and any website that has Flash images will be able to be viewed. Accessing the Android Market is a breeze as well so you can download your favorite apps to make your life easier. The stylus that comes with this tablet is poor in design and has been reported to scratch the screen. It uses a Samsung processor but it is not a Samsung designed tablet; there has been user confusion regarding this issue. This device makes a great purchase because it is affordable and will keep up with the competition. It will never act like a second class product.

Cheap Deals on Tablets 2013

Pandigital Novel Tablet Review

This tablet has a 7" screen that is compatible with the Barnes and Noble network so you can access millions of books, newspapers and magazines. You are able to download and install the new Android Apps for more versatility; however, some apps might not be available on this older version of Android. eReader is ready to go so you can start enjoying your reading time; it includes a built in dictionary, word search, variable font size, bookmarks and a highlighting function for important text or note taking.

This feature makes a great tool for any student. Be aware that the processor is kind of slow at 800MHz. Some people find that using it as a digital photo frame when they can't play on the device, as a fun option. The screen is touch sensitive but you do have to push a little harder than on other tablets, but it works rather well besides. Battery life averages about 6 hours, but it depends on what you are using it for. So, this makes a great tablet for younger users, or lighter users.

Best Budget Tablets for the Money Review

Le Pan TC 970 Tablet Review

With a slim design, this tablet is easy to hold and nice to look at with a 9.7 inch screen display. At only 1.6 pounds, it is very comfortable in your hand; people sitting near you will be able to see the screen clearly, even from an angle. This has been a subtle feature that most people don't appreciate until they are crowded around the device, trying to watch the same thing. On other tablets, side viewing can be warped and darken so it makes it hard to share your content with many people, but that is not a problem with this little device. It runs on the Android 2.2 OS and fully supports Adobe Flash Player; so now you can view any site that has Flash encoded information. It has fully integrated Google technology so you can access your Google Maps, YouTube, and other Google run applications.

Movies actually translate very well and look great on the screen. It has a front facing camera so you can video chat and a QWERTY keyboard for convenient typing. Your battery life is about 6 hours of running use. With an external Micro SD card, you can extend your storage up to 32GB. Some users complain of having a sluggish WiFi connection but overall, this device seems to be worth every penny. With wireless and even GPS navigation, you can take this tablet anywhere and be fully equipped for anything.

Best and Top Rated Tables for 2013 - Newest Tablets Review Under $200

© 2013 Bob Miller

Which tablet did you buy for 2013?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      sunnyymk 4 years ago

      The bettery work time suprise me.