Best Tablets under $200 (2014 Update)
Best Tablets under $200: Android and Other Tablets
Prices on tablets have recently dropped quite a bit, and now you can buy a tablet for under $200 that works quite well. So if your buying price point is at or below 200 dollars, now might be just the right time to buy.
These tablets are a great way to surf the web, play games, watch videos, listen to music, read books, and more. I've selected these tablets based on features and customer reviews.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
This tablet is currently one of the best choices for both adults and kids. As I write this, it has over 600 reviews and a 4.5 star rating. It has all of the features you'd expect and then more. These include:
IR blaster (universal remote control)
microSD slot for adding memory
Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS
1.2 GHz quad-core processor
WXGA Display (1280x800 Resolution)
I have a special place in my heart for Samsung. I know that sounds funny, but I find their Galaxy phones to be easy to use and my husband has a Samsung tablet that he also uses all of the time. One thing about Samsung is that they write their own software so their tablets have the Android operating system and then the Samsung enhancements over the top. Some people call this bloatware, but most of the time I find that their software actually offers genuine improvements to Android. In any case, their tablets consistently get high reviews and they tend to be reliable.
Also, Samsung makes deals with other companies so you often get free trials with their phones and tablets. This one says "Enjoy hundreds of dollars of premium apps and services and 50GB Dropbox space for 2 years" Having all that Dropbox space has proven useful for myself.
Kindle Fire HDX 7"
This is a tablet designed for HD video. The 7" screen has a resolution of 1920x1200, which is a pixel density of 323. That's more resolution than most other tablets in the same price range. Plus, it has dual speakers with Dolby Audio, so that you can experience good movie sound too. The fast quad core processor and the dual band antenna help to create a smooth experience all of the time.
It's great for novices because of its "Mayday" button. Maybe you've heard about it? If not, just know that you get fast customer service when you press it. The tech support agent can see your screen and walk you through how to do things. They can draw on your screen to show you exactly what to do. I can't tell you how many times I've been on the phone with someone who's having computer problems and they try to describe their screen to me... It just doesn't work out well.
Amazon has a huge selection of movies, books, and games that you can enjoy on your Kindle Fire HDX. Many movies and TV shows are included with Prime. For an extended kids selection, you can get unlimited Kindle FreeTime for just $2.99/month. It has parental controls and thousands of educational titles. Now there's even a Kids Edition Kindle Fire HD that comes with a protective case and a 2 year worry free guarantee. If it gets broken, Amazon replaces it for free.
Lenovo 8" Android Tablet
An extra inch of screen real estate makes the tablet feel significantly bigger. This Lenova tablet boasts a quad-core processor, long battery life, and a thin profile. It has front and back cameras, GPS, and a micro SD card slot.
Dell Venue 7" Android Tablet
This tablet has the same resolution screen as the Kindle Fire 7" HD and double the amound of RAM. That means it might be faster! It also has a Micro-SD card reader, so you can add a card for more storage. The processor is an Intel® Atom processor Z2560 (up to 2.0GHz Dual-Core). All in all, this had good specifications and only costs a little over $100 currently.
Microsoft Surface RT 32GB
Microsoft has really been discounting their tablets lately. If you prefer the Windows interface, you may want to keep an eye on the prices of their tablets.
That's All I Recommend
Because I want you to have a frustration-free experience!
I used to recommend other tablets on this page, but I've since removed them because of negative reviews. Too many tablets have issues... Tablets that freeze up, tablets with short battery life, tablets that work sometimes.... I don't want a tablet that works sometimes, and I'm sure you don't either.
A tablet should work all of the time. It should be about fun... Sitting back on the couch and relaxing. If a tablet can't tell where on the screen you touched and you end up hitting the back button because of mistakes, it's just not worth it.
Watch Out for Fake Reviews
When reading Amazon reviews, look to see if it says "Amazon Verified Purchase."
Also, if a review is very vague it might be fake. Look at the reviewer's profile to see if it looks suspicious.
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There are actually a lot of tablets under $200. The ones on this page that are are all branded tablets, that is tablets from a company that's well known. You can also buy tablets that have no brand name or have an obscure brand name. However, if I'm going to spend $100-$200 on a tablet, I'd like to have good customer support, which is something you might not get with a no-name tablet.
I tried to pick out tablets that had good customer reviews and a good set of features for the price. However, I'd love to know if there's a tablet that you think I missed.
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