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Stinkin Awesome Tablet PCs Under $200 for 2017
From Samsung's Galaxy to the Kindle HD, a Nice Tablet PC Doesn't Have to Break the Bank
If you've had a new tablet on your wish list or been wanting to give a tablet as a gift to someone, then seeing the hefty $300+ price tag on today's iPads and iPad Minis can be quite a shock and pretty disheartening. Trust me, I know that feeling myself, as my children are always playing my wife's iPad Mini and have been screaming for a tablet of their own. However, I have recently done some serious research and found 3 stinkin awesome tablets for the budget-minded individual who wants a great tablet for their kids or themselves...all $200 or less.
The good news is that I enjoy sharing, so will be happy to let you in on the fruits of my labors, so you too can enjoy a nice tablet without giving your pocketbook a coronary. If you have more suggestions, please leave them in the guestbook.
Questions are fine too and I'll respond to those as I get time. You can even participate in the duel debate module and make your voice heard!
Kindle Fire HD 7" Tablet
Get Big HD for a Little Price...This Sweet Tablet is my #1 Pick
The Kindle Fire is probably the best known brand of the three tablets listed in this lens and for good reason. It's sports a lot of the same features that you would expect from the $300 tablets, but it comes in at around $139 for the 8GB version. If you need more space, the 16GB version is only around $169, which is still a very good price. The Kindle Fire allows for Wi-Fi Internet access (wireless Internet access), so if you have wireless Internet at home or at your local coffee shop, you'll be able to access the Internet and the Amazon App store to download games and other applications.
The High-Definition (HD) display allows you to watch movies, TV shows, and other media content in similar quality that you will find on your television. One of the other neat things about this is that the Amazon app store releases a free app every day that you would normally have to pay for. One of the things that is missing from the Kindle Fire HD is a camera and a microphone. If these are features that you absolutely have to have, you'll need to look at a different tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Coming in at 2nd Best!
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
My #2 Favorite!
Coming in second is the 7" Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3. At nearly the same price of the Kindle Fire, you get some additional features as well. It has 8GB built in memory; however, you can expand that memory with the Micro SD card slot (basically, really tiny memory cards). This gives you the ability to store as much content as you need on a many Micro SD cards as your heart desires. The Galaxy runs on Google's Android operating system, so you'll use the Google Play store to download apps and games. The tablet comes with a free Hulu Plus membership and some Google Play credit to get you started in the app store. The Galaxy also comes with Wi-Fi Internet access built-in.
You'll still be able to watch television shows and movies with the Galaxy and enjoy decent quality while your at it, but not as good as the Kindle Fire HD. Battery life also is a concern with the Galaxy. For a full night's charge, you'll get about 2 hours of play time, so you'll need to plug this one in to charge frequently. If the children are using this for road trips, you'll certainly be in the market for a quality car charger. One of the other things that I've noticed about the Android operating system is that it sometimes freezes up or runs slower than other mobile operating systems.
Superb Review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
Last, but Certainly not Least!
Asus Nexus 7
And now for #3...
Coming in last, but certainly not least, is the Asus Nexus 7 tablet. One of the few reasons that this isn't higher on the list is that to grab it for under $200, you'll have to go used, and even the used prices are more expensive than the other two tablets when purchased new.
This tablet has one of the best screens of all 7" tablets, letting you watch TV and movies just like you would from a laptop or a desktop computer. It also has one of the more powerful batteries, lasting for about 9 hours of active use when fully charged.
Of course, the Nexus uses Google's latest version of their Android operating system and also comes with built-in wireless Internet access, so you'll be able to connect to the Internet wherever there is a wireless connection available.
The Nexus is also one of the lightest of the three tablets mentioned, weighing just over half-a-pound or 290 grams for you metric folks out there. The Nexus only comes in 16GB and 32GB storage versions and there is no way to upgrade the memory like the Galaxy offers. One of the main drawbacks with the Nexus 7 is a widespread GPS malfunction.
Sometimes the GPS has trouble locking onto satellites, other times, users report that trying to use the GPS locks up the system and the only solution is a factory reset. If you're never going to use the GPS feature, then this may not be a problem for you; however, if you do plan to use GPS, this baby may not be the best tablet for you.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet - This one has some features that make the other two blush
This beauty brags the best screen resolution of any in its class, along with amazing battery life.
A solid performer all the way around as this review shows.
Duel It Out!
Voice your opinion here! I want to know which app store is better: the Amazon app store or the Google Play store. Let me know what you think and tell me why. Convince me why your choice is the absolute best choice out there!
Which App Store is Better?