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Top 5 pocket friendly tablets under $200 in 2018

20 December 2018 5

A couple of years ago, if you plan to purchase a tablet under $200, you do have to comprise on a number of aspects as well lowering your expectations but that’s not the case anymore. In 2018, price tag and hardware specs of budget-friendly tabs changed drastically and now under $200, the buyers can grab good devices without compromising many aspects.

The budget-friendly tabs currently available in the market are packed with full HD displays which provides pretty good quality and they are accompanied by at least quad-core processors which can easily handle day tasks as well as games. We have already compiled the list of best phablets, top Android flagships, best-rugged phones and many more. Today we will enlist the top 5 best options currently available to purchase under $200.

Going below $200 doesn’t mean you won’t find big names but instead, we do have tabs from Samsung, Amazon, Asus and a couple of others. The devices are running on different Operating systems. During this year, if we see the best budget-friendly tab provider then only one name came to mind and that’s Amazon.

The company is selling their latest tab lineup for a pretty less price tag even below $100. Although it has nice display and slot for memory expansion the only thing which makes Amazon Fire lineup tab not desirable for everyone is its OS as it is not running on Android but instead an Amazon’s custom OS. Let’s have a look at the top 5 budget-friendly tablet options currently available in the market. Starting with the best option.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018)

The first position is attained by the recently announced Fire HD 8 which is currently one of the best selling product from Amazon. The Fire HD 8 brings a number of goodies, however, you can utilize it to the fullest if you are an Amazon Prime member. If you are an adult user you can enjoy Amazon offerings of apps, games, music, and videos.

If you are gifting it to your kid, you don't have to worry about its usage as the company allows you to restrict usage thanks to Amazon FreeTime. However being a budget-friendly option it features plastic body which doesn't look premium at all. Another important aspect is Amazon's OS isn't as mature as Android or iOS that's why you may not have the best of the best in terms of apps.

Ultra affordableAmazon FreeTime for KidsPretty great with Amazon Prime subscriptionupto 12 hours battery life
Average camerasAverage plastic body

Under the hood, it is running on a moderate Quad-core chipset with max clocking at 1.5Ghz. The Quad-core SoC is accompanied with 1GB RAM. The base model has 16GB storage whereas the high-end model comes with 32GB memory. As the name suggests the Fire HD display is of 8-inches. Its an IPS display with HD+ screen resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. The primary rear snapper is 5MP whereas the front-facing snapper is VGA sensor. According to Amazon, the device will last 12 hours on a single charge.

Specs Amazon Fire HD
Display 8-inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Chipset Quad-core with max clocking at 1.3Ghz
RAM 1.5GB
Storage 16GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 2MP
Front camera 2MP
Dimensions 214 x 128 x 9.7mm
Weight 363g
OS Fire OS
Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Without any doubt, the South Korean giant Samsung is currently not only ruling the smartphones market but also their tab lineups are well appreciated because of their top-notch build quality and reliability. For those who are looking a pocket-friendly Tab, they simply can't ignore the Samsung's Galaxy Tab A. The Tab A is featuring AMOLED display of 8-inches. It is running on the Android OS with the Samsung's TouchWiz UI layer over it which is not only user-friendly but also one of the robust UI in the market. Samsung also brings free in-app bonuses as well as you will get the free subscription to top journals.

The Galaxy Tab A is featuring a plastic design with the slim profile so that it can be grabbed easily. Unfortunately, the audio experience on the Tab isn't the best because of the mono speaker on the bottom. So we will recommend using headphones while watching videos and movies. Being a pocket-friendly tab it doesn't have the high-resolution display that's why you will find average display quality but all of these aspects are compensated due to the pricing of the Tab.

Top-notch build qialitySharp AMOLED displayBest compact Tab below $200
Plastic bodyAverage sound quality

In terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab A is featuring an 8.0-inches display with a screen resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels. The company's own Quad-core chipset is powering the device at 1.2GHz clocking speed with 1.5GB RAM and the built-in storage of the device is 16GB. The rear primary camera sensor is 5MP module whereas the selfie-camera on the front is 2MP. As OS the device is pre-installed with Android Lollipop with TouchWiz UI layer. It weighs 0.68lbs. The device easily lasts 12 hours from normal to heavy usage.

Specs Galaxy Tab A
Display 8-inches TFT
Screen resolution 768 x 1024 pixels
Chipset Quad-core with max clocking at 1.2Ghz
RAM 1.5GB
Storage 16GB
Rear camera 5MP
Front camera 2MP
Weight 0.68lbs
Battery Up to 10 hours
Lenovo Tab 4

If you are looking for a decent performer the Lenovo Tab 4 is certainly a pretty great option. Despite being a mid-range phone the Tab 4 brings a decent language which is stylish and premium enough to stand out amongst the crowd. It is currently the latest best from Lenovo in the mid-range segment. Like most of the tablets, it is available in two models with 8-inches and 10-inches display. The 10-inches model can be grabbed at $180 whereas if you choose the smaller variant you can save $50.

The company claims the Tab 4 has enough juice to survive 12 hours of video playback which makes it a better choice for those who are looking for an entertainment-centric tab.

We will consider the 10-inches variant as it is the best value for your money in this price range. The audio experience of Lenovo Tab 4 is amazing thanks to Dolby Atmos Audio which provides pretty awesome audio experience while watching videos and movies.

The Qualcomm's Quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset is powering it with 2GB RAM. As a freebie, it is pre-installed with Microsoft Office straight out of the box. The best thing is you can enhance the Tab 4 productivity by using the Bluetooth keyboard. Well if you are looking for a great value for your money the Tab 4 is an excellent choice.

Dolby Atmos AudioBest value for buyers’ money Awesome battery life
Accessories are expensiveOlder version of OS

Under the hood, the Lenovo Tab 4 is featuring a 10.1-inches IPS display with HD screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC is powering the device at a clocking speed of 1.4Ghz with 2GB RAM. The internal storage is 16GB which is further expandable up to 256GB using MicroSD card. The rear snapper is 5MP module whereas the front-facing camera is 2MP. As OS it is pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1. It also weighs 0.68lbs. The best thing is Lenovo Tab 4 provides you the battery life of 12 hours of non-stop video streaming which is something worth appreciating considering it is pocket-friendly Tab.

Specs Lenovo Tab 4
Display 8-inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 425
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 5MP
Front camera 5MP
Battery 4,850mAh
Dimensions 211 x 124 x 8.2mm
Weight 310g

Asus ZenPad S8

The third position in our listing belongs to Asus ZenPad S8 which is certainly one of the best options in the market below $200 pricing. The best thing about ZenPad S8 is its performance as well as sleek looks which makes it the best Android Tab on the market. In terms of looks, the ZenPad S8 is pretty similar to iPad Mini but it is significantly cheaper and brings the performance of iPad Mini 2.

Not all things are perfect same is the case with the ZenPad S8. Its camera sensor and audio capabilities are pretty average. The audio experience on the device is not loud enough to watch videos openly but instead, you will require headphones. The camera performance of this Tab is also underwhelming that's why if you don't take many pictures and don't require tab to listen to music then Asus ZenPad S8 is pretty great option in this pricing.

Last year, it was one of the first tab unveiled in the market packed with USB Type-C port for fast charging and transferring files.As the ZenPad is relatively thin at just 6.6mm that’s why it is pretty easy to hold. The device screen-to-body ratio is pretty good at 76.5%. Although it features plastic chassis but it does have chrome bezel linings on sides differentiating it from IPS display.

Good camerasDual Dolby powered speakers Near stock version UI
Plastic chassis Display is not very bright

In terms of hardware, the Asus ZenPad S8 is featuring an 8.0-inches IPS display with a screen resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. The Intel Quad-core Atom Z2530 SoC is powering the device at 1.3GHz with 2GB RAM and built-in storage is 32GB. The rear primary camera is 5MP module whereas the front-facing snapper is the 2MP sensor. As OS the device is pre-installed with Android Lollipop 5.0. It weighs 0.7lbs. According to Asus, the device survives 8 hours on heavy usage.

Specs Asus ZenPad S8
Display 8-inches LCD
Screen resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels
Chipset Intel Atom Z3530
RAM 2GB
Storage 32GB
Rear camera 5MP
Front camera 2MP
OS Android Lollipop 5.0
Weight Up to 8 hours
Weight 0.7lbs

LG G PAD X 8.0

We have to admit not all Tabs are meant for all tasks that's why you have chosen wisely. The LG G Pad X is meant to attract gamers and web surfers. Thanks to its 32GB storage it has enough memory to store HIFI games. If you find 32GB isn't enough, you can expand it further up to 128GB using MicroSD. It sports an IPS display of 8-inches with Full HD screen resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels. ​​

Sharp displaySolid hardwareSolid build quality
Pathetic cameras

It is powered up by an Octa-core Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 chipset with max clocking at 1.5Ghz and 2GB RAM. It is packed with one of the best hardware amongst all in the budget-friendly segment. The primary rear snapper is 5MP whereas the front-facing camera is 2MP.

As far as the battery life is a concern the G Pad X will survive up to 10 hours on a single charge. You can utilize it as your gaming-centric. Another good thing is it supports 4G LTE connectivity. Yes, you don't have to worry about Wi-Fi network to use it. It is the only 4G LTE tab available in the market below $200.

Specs LG G Pad X
Display 8-inches LCD
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 615 with max clocking at 1.5Ghz
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB
Rear camera 5MP
Front camera 2MP
OS Android Lollipop
Battery Up to 10 hours
Weight 0.9lbs

Conclusion:

All aforementioned tabs in our view at currently the best tablets available in the market below $200. These tabs are bringing better value for your money. As expected every device has pros and cons, So decide the Tab which can cater all you need from your Tab.

The Tab in this list are of different genres and every tab has its own plus and negative points. It all depends on what you are looking in a tab before making any purchase. In this listing, we paid special attention to make sure all the best options are included which are below $200. As currently there are numbers of tabs available below $200 and few of them are two years old. It would be the pleasure to know names if we missed in this listing, which our readers think should be included in the list. Do share them in the comments section below.


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PrajaktaSurve

Have read quite a few stories on affordable smartphones under various price brackets. But this is the first time for me to read about tabs. Enjoyed reading.

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