Companies have a greater variety of tablet models than ever before. Their prices vary depending on their specs, storage capacity, screen size, quality of materials, and their brand. All the following tablets are under $200 and we will provide an overview of the specs, unique features, pros and cons of each device. Our suggestions for the best inexpensive tablet will help you make a decision you won’t regret.

5. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

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This 8-inch model from Lenovo is one of the top inexpensive tablets you can find, as it costs only $169.99 on Amazon.  It’s a good balance of performance and functionality. Lenovo managed to innovate by deviating from the traditional shape of a tablet and decided to include a cylindrical spine. The spine allows the 8-megapixel camera and high-quality speakers that rotate depending on your needs. The tablet runs on a basic version of Android and doesn’t include any special apps like other tablets.

Specs:         

  • Screen: 8” LCD IPS Multi-touch, 1280 x 800.
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.3 GHz.
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable to 128GB.
  • Features: Lenovo SYNCit, McAffe Security, AnyPen technology.

Pros: 

  • Built-in stand.
  • Practical design.
  • Expandable storage.

Cons:

  • Slightly heavy for its size.
  • Large and demanding apps like games are slow to load.

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8

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You can buy this tablet from the popular Galaxy Tab A series, for only $169.99, thanks to Samsung’s sales promotion. At this price, its features are unrivaled by any other similar model, making it one of the best inexpensive tablet options we can think of. It runs on Android Lollipop 5.0, with Samsung’s TouchWiz Overlay. It also comes with several perks for a few apps like Audible and the New York Times. One of its most interesting features is that it can run two apps in side-by-side windows. Unfortunately, not all apps are able to use this function. It can even sync up with your Samsung smartphone.

Specs:         

  • Screen: 8” 1024 x 768 TFT technology.
  • Processor: 1,2 GHz Quad-Core.
  • Storage: 16GB expandable up to 128 GB.
  • Features: Samsung SideSync 3.0, multi-window functionality, personalized logins.

Pros:

  • Excellent balance between price, software and functions.
  • Premium apps: The Economist, The New York Times, Blinkist, Audible.
  • Standard 16 GB storage.

Cons:

  • Low hardware specs.
  • Cheap plastic build.

3. Amazon Fire HD 8

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Amazon’s conquest of the inexpensive tablet market starts with this 8-inch Fire HD model. It has a starting price of $149.99 for the 8 GB model and $169.99 for the 16 GB storage capacity. At a first look, the tablet does not stand out from the crowd. However, its large screen, good performance and Amazon’s on demand content make it easy to enjoy your favorite entertainment media. As it is the case for all recent Amazon tablet models,  the Fire HD 8 runs on Fire OS 5 Bellini and comes with dual stereo speakers that enhance Amazon’s huge video streaming library. All these features make it one the best inexpensive tablet options you can find.

Specs:         

  • Screen: 8”, 1280 x 800 resolution.
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz.
  • Storage: 8/16 GB.
  • Features: Dual band Wi-Fi, Amazon Prime content.

Pros:

  • Good hardware specs.
  • Large, high-quality screen.
  • Dual-stereo speakers.

Cons:

  • Cheap plastic materials and design.
  • Performance can lag when using demanding apps and features.

2. Amazon Fire HD 6

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The Fire HD 6 is one of the smallest and cheapest tablet from Amazon. It’s priced at $99.99, but you can get it for $69.99, when it’s one sale. It also has a more compact build which facilitates travel and commuting, while offering the same basic functionality as bigger models. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the Google Play Store and the construction plastic feels cheap. Nonetheless, its low price and decent specs makes it one of the best inexpensive tablet options you can find.

Specs:         

  • Screen: 6” with 1280 x 800 resolution.
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz.
  • Storage: 8 or 16 GB.
  • Features: Access to Amazon Prime content: movies, songs, games, books .

Pros:

  • Decent specs for its low price.
  • Compact build and easy to use with one hand.
  • User-friendly OS with many functions.

Cons:

  • Non-expandable storage capacity.
  • Lacks Amazon’s Mayday instant customer service and the Google Play store.
  • Cheap plastic build.

1. Amazon Fire 7

Amazon Fire Seven tablet
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We’re ending the list with the cheapest tablet you can find without completely sacrificing quality and performance. You can, of course, find this model on Amazon for just $49. 99.  Thanks to its decent durability you can even entrust it to kids, without being afraid of losing a lot of money if they break it. It fulfills all the basic functions of a tablet but you shouldn’t expect too much out of it, as Amazon wants to beat quality with quantity. Its cost, performance and overall functionality make this our number one pick for the best inexpensive tablet.

Specs:         

  • Screen: 7” with a resolution of 1024 x 600.
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.3 GHz.
  • Storage: 8/16 GB, expandable up to 128 GB with a microSD card.
  • Features: access to Amazon Prime content: movies, songs, games, books.

Pros:

  • Extremely cheap.
  • Decent durability.
  • User-friendly OS.
  • MicroSD slot.

Cons:

  • Cheap build materials and design.
  • Slow performance when running multiple apps.
  • Low resolution screen.
  • Slow touch input.

Verdict

The launch of a new generation of tablets always leads to a price cut in previous models. Some of the tablets on this list are either intended as cheap but reliable devices or are just previous high-end models. Every tablet has both pluses and minuses, from price to hardware and features. If you want the cheapest tablet with decent performance then we recommend buying the Fire 7 tablet. If you’d prefer a tablet with more functionality, we suggest going with Lenovo’s reasonably priced Yoga tablet for its unique features.

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