Best tablets to buy under $200

November 26, 2018

When you need to buy a tablet for under $200, you don’t have to settle for anything less than excellent. Thanks to the rapidly developing technology market, companies release new tablets on an almost monthly basis. While this does mean there’s a lot of scope for finding one that’s under $200 and delivering excellent performance, it also makes it hard to sift through everything out there to find the perfect one. Fortunately, we’re here to make your life easier. Here’s our guide to the best tablets for under $200.

Amazon Fire HD 10

Amazon Fire HD 10
$99.99 to $149.99
  • Processor:Quad-core 19.GHz MediaTek
  • RAM:2GB
  • Storage:32GB, 64GB + Micro SD
  • Resolution:1,920 x 1200
  • Screen Size:10-inch
  • Operating System:FireOS 5.5.0

As the name suggests, the Amazon Fire HD 10 comes with a larger than 10-inch screen. Like most of the tablets in Amazon’s range, it’s ideal for watching videos and listening to music. The 10.1-inch-screen works seamlessly alongside the 1,920 x 1,200 screen resolution. It’s these same sharp picture qualities that will allow you to showcase videos about your products or services at tradeshows, giving you the chance to attract more customers.

The Amazon Fire HD 10 is a big step up from previous models in almost every way. Its Quad-core 1.8GHz MediaTek MT8173 processor works with the 2GB of RAM to provide Internet video streaming that’s seamless. You can buy the 32GB or 64GB version to store plenty of information to your device, including stock inventories, ad mockups, and more. If you envisage needing more space, a Micro SD will allow you to expand that up to 256GB. As the continuous streaming time is 11 hours and 22 minutes when fully charged, you don’t need to worry about portable battery packs.

If you need to use the tablet for anything other than video and storage, you may find the other specs are a slight let-down. Amazon’s FireOS 5.5.0 does allow you to shoot off emails and create documents easily enough, making it great for transactions away from the office. However, the hefty 1.1-pound weight can make it feel a tad cumbersome. Taking product pictures that are high-quality is also challenging, as the camera comes in 2MP only.

Lenovo Tab 10-inch Android Tablet

Lenovo Tab 10-inch
$119.99
  • Processor:2.0GHz Wualcomm Snapdragon
  • RAM:2GB
  • Storage:16GB
  • Resolution:1,920 x 1200
  • Screen Size:10.1-inch
  • Operating System:Android 7.1

Rivaling Amazon’s latest fire in size is the Lenovo Tab 2, 10-inch Android Tablet. Android tablets are no longer commonplace, which means Lenovo’s offering should appeal to those who prefer the OS. It weighs slightly less than Amazon’s Fire HD 10 at 1.06 pounds. However, it’s also thinner, which means it may feel comfier to hold. If your business depends on Lenovo Thinkpads, you might also feel more at home using one of their tablets away from the office.

The Lenovo Tab 10-inch Android Tablet comes with an FHD 1920 x 1200 IPS and features a decent 10 hours of battery time. This is slightly shorter than Amazon’s, but could mean in the difference if you travel regularly and need a tablet for keeping on top of emails and projects. The processor is a 2.0GHz Wualcomm Snapdragon with 2GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it is running on an older version of Android (7.1), which does mean there’s a bit of lag if you like to have several tabs open.

As for the storage size, it comes in 16GB only. The camera is decent at 8MP for the rear facing camera and 5MP for the front-facing one. If you’re taking photos of stock at a wholesale premises, for example, this gives you the chance to analyze decent images once you’re at home.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch

Galaxy Tab A 8
$199.99
  • Processor:1.4 GHz Qualcomm APQ8017
  • RAM:1.5GB
  • Storage:32GB + Micro SD
  • Resolution:1,280 x 800
  • Screen Size:8-inch
  • Operating System:Android 7.1

If you’re seeking a lighter tablet that’s easier to take from place-to-place, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch is the one for you. As one of the lightest tablets for under $200, it weighs just 0.69 pounds. Running on Android 7.1, though, it might not tick all your boxes if you’re seeking one that supports having several applications open at once.

The 1.2GHz quad-core processor works alongside 2GB of RAM. You can enjoy 32GB of inbuilt storage or upgrade using a MicroSD for 128GB. As the tablet comes with an easy-to-use interface and a bunch of pre-loaded Microsoft apps, it will work well if you’re looking for a budget tablet that’s great for working on the go. However, it may not achieve much else. The old Android operating system means that apps such as Chrome could lag, especially if you want to open a lot of tabs. Additionally, there’s only one speaker, making it a no-go if you’re looking to complement the decent resolution images it displays with equally good sound. There’s a rear-facing camera that’s 5MP and a front-facing one that’s 2MP.

With all the downsides mentioned, it’s worth noting the exceptional battery life: 13 hours. Once again, if you need to work while commuting, it’s hard to dispute the benefits of long-lasting batteries. If you can comfortably overlook the lack of entertainment performance, it’s an excellent budget option from the Samsung range. Opting for one of the bigger named brands when purchasing a low-cost tablet could also mean better compatibility with POS apps and tablet stands, providing they work with the older Android OS.

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ASUS ZenPad 10.1

ASUS ZenPad 10.1
$170
  • Processor:1.5GHz QuadCore
  • RAM:2GB
  • Storage:16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Resolution:1,280 x 800
  • Screen Size:10.1-inch
  • Operating System:Android 7.1

In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the ASUS ZenPad 10.1 easily rivals many of its competitors in terms of size. There’s a 1.5GHz QuadCore processor and 2GB of RAM, making it ideal for both streaming videos and playing games. Although the screen is on the lower end in terms of resolution, you do enjoy the fast performance as a decent trade-off. Running at 1280 x 800, it’s unlikely to beat Amazon’s Fire HD 10 or Lenovo’s Tab 4 in terms of display perks. However, it is powerful enough to meet your needs when high-end graphics aren’t a must-have.

With a 1.08-pound weight, it’s also not the daintiest tablet. However, that does appear to be quite standard for the size. The Android OS 7 means it is at the higher end of the Android operating systems, but still fairly old. However, ASUS makes up for this with the diverse number of onboard storage options. You can choose from 16, 32, and 64GB, giving you plenty of flexibility in terms of price.

Compared with the other tablets you can buy for under $200, the battery life is a little weak. It lasts for 7.5 hours, and that’s without continuous play. However, ASUS claims that the battery should last for up to 13 hours, with continuous play.

Dragon Touch X10

Dragon Touch X10
$109
  • Processor:2.0GHz Octa-Core
  • RAM:1GB
  • Storage:16GB
  • Resolution:1,366 x 768
  • Screen Size:10.6-inch
  • Operating System:Android 5.0

As one of the cheapest Android tablets available, the Dragon Touch X10 comes with a 10.6-inch screen. If you’re looking for a tablet under $200 that can beat the iPad Pro in terms of size versus value, it’s a winner on that front. Alongside the screen, you’ll enjoy an Octa-Core 2.0GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s certainly a lot of room for maneuver there on the power front, but how does it perform otherwise?

The display falls just short of 1080p quality at 1366 x 768 IPS. Although this means the colors won’t pop, you might find that this is a favorable option if you prefer to avoid glare when displaying product images to prospective buyers. As it runs on Android’s 5.0 Lollipop, there is some lag when browsing, especially if you’re trying to push the processor to its limits. This could be because the software isn’t quite matching app updates, which is something to bear in mind if you depend on certain ones for running your business.

For a low-cost tablet, it won’t let you down when doing office work. The 1GB of RAM positions it perfectly for answering emails, completing documents, and browsing the net. Light games are also compatible, making it a tablet that’s perfect for work, with maybe a little bit of play on the side.

As you may have guessed, the low price means you’ll benefit from a battery life that’s around half of the more expensive models. The best estimates come in at six hours and 40 minutes. Like all the other features of this tablet, it’s worth considering how badly you need an extended battery life. For example, if you are using it to do a bit of work away from the office during lunch or while commuting, it’s going to do the job providing you charge it regularly. The 1.3-pound weight means it’s the heaviest of our tablets for under $200. The 16GB of storage is ideal for documents, while the 5MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing camera seem reasonable for the price.

Huawei Media Pad M3 Lite

Huawei Media Pad M3
$177
  • Processor:Qualcomm MSM8940, Octa-core
  • RAM:3GB
  • Storage:32GB
  • Resolution:1,920 x 1,200
  • Screen Size:8-inch
  • Operating System:Android 7.0

If you’re looking for a tablet under $200 that’s a little bit unique, step toward the Huawei Media Pad M3 Lite. As an 8-inch tablet, it’s incredibly light and convenient to carry around. Weighing just 0.66 pounds, it’s perfect for slipping into a backpack or briefcase (wearing its protective shield, of course) for easy portability.

Although the screen is small, the tablet itself is quite powerful. There’s an octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM, plus 32GB of storage. Although you can’t expand the storage using a MicroSD, you will find that the tablet is very multifunctional for the price. Thanks to the 8MP cameras at the rear and at the back, you can whip it out to take decent photos when necessary.

Running on Android 7.0 and providing 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, you can easily use it to watch Netflix or YouTube without experiencing any lag. The storage is also generous enough for downloading videos, although you’ll need to clear them out quickly if you plan on using the camera a lot.

While streaming videos, you can expect the battery to last for just under six hours. This makes the Huawei Media Pad M3 Lite excellent for both entertainment and work, providing you can comfortably enjoy it with the small screen size.

When trying to find a tablet for under $200, you’ll soon see that you’re exchanging some benefits for others. Few will tick all boxes on the work and entertainment front for this price, but many of them will come incredibly close. While choosing yours, always consider what you need to use it for. Then, pitch it against the specifications accordingly.

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