Before we get down to the list of best tablets under $200, let’s have a quick look at the reasons why a tablet might be an ideal choice if you are looking to purchase a computing device.
- If you are moving around a lot, and you are looking to make good use of Wi-Fi and 3G networks, then tablet might be the right choice
- Tablet can serve as an e-reader, the experience might not be as good as a device designed primarily for reading e-books, but it is much better and far more convenient than laptop or a smart phone with smaller screen size.
- The size, weight, thickness, and touchscreen make it a lot more portable and convenient than laptop
In short, if most of your computer usage is limited to internet browsing, watching movies, listening to songs, and browsing the Internet, than a tablet will be a far better choice than a laptop.
While there are some tablets priced as high as $3000 or more, you can easily find a PC tablet well under the $200 range. These tablets might not be as good as some of those high-end devices (for obvious reasons), but they are good enough to serve just about any basic purpose.
Barnes & Noble Nook HD+: $150 – $170
With 9 inches screen, 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and a pretty sharp screen, only thing that this tablet doesn’t have is a camera, but then you shouldn’t be complaining, because you are already getting quite a lot for just $150. As you’ll see, all other tablets appearing in this list are actually 7 inches, but Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ is a 9” tablet at a very reasonable price (they have a 7” Nook HD if you are looking for a smaller, lighter, and even cheaper option).
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1: $180 – $200
Samsung is a front runner when it comes to brands and manufacturers competing for smart phones or tablets’ market share. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 targets the low-end market with low price and reasonable specs. You will get a 7 inch tablet with 8GB storage, 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and an SD card slot. The tablet has a 1.3 MP front, and 3 MP rear camera. The resolution is pretty low but the TouchWiz interface will pretty much make up for that.
HP Slate 7: $140 – $165
Another 7 inch tablet, HP Slate 7 comes with 8GB storage, and 1.5GHz CPU along with 1 GB RAM. The screen resolution isn’t great, but the tablet is quite strongly built with a nice sleek design. You’d also like the tablet if you are into gaming or music. However, having no GPS or Gyroscope might be a big turnoff for many users.
Hisense Sero 7 Pro: $130 – $160
Hisense Sero 7 supports Google Jelly Bean and comes with a powerful quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 5 Mega Pixel rear, and 2 Mega Pixel Front Camera. In addition to that, Hisense Serp 7 has both, GPS and gyroscope. Just like any other tablet in this list, Hisense Sero has 1280×800 pixel resolution, which is not great, but that’s a common drawback in all of these low priced tablets.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD: $159 – $199
Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a beautiful tablet with quite distinctive looks (especially the back). It has a 7 inch screen, 1.2 GHz processor, and 16 GB space, but the width and weight makes it slightly less comfortable to hold in one hand.
While going through the online reviews for the aforementioned tablets, you wouldn’t find these tablets getting high ratings and all the accolades, but that is mainly because the guys doing the reviews or making comments are actually power users, and they have seen and used the best, which means their expectations are quite high as compared to a normal user.
At the end of the day, these tablets are priced for what they are, and most of these tablets will turn out to be a pretty good buy at $150 or lower. In case, you are looking for a fully featured tablet at the lowest possible price, you can go for Google Nexus 7.