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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 2017, 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. For our readers, we compiled the list of top 5 best options currently available to purchase under $200.
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Going below $200 doesn’t mean you don’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.
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.
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.
In our listing, the second position is attained by the Lenovo Tab 4. The best thing about this Tab is being a power tab which doesn't cost hefty amount as well as it is running on the Android Nougat 7.1 straight out of the box. The Lenovo Tab 4 is available in two variants based on the display size. The smaller variant is 8-inches variant which costs $130 whereas the slightly larger variant is 10-inches model which is slightly expensive at $180. So both the variants of Lenovo Tab 4 are below $200. Under the hood both the devices are same and the only difference is the display size.
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. You can attach Bluetooth Keyboard to use the device as a full-fledged laptop which isn't bulky at all and also provides you pretty great battery life.
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.
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.
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.
Amazon recently announced Fire HD 10 as an affordable Tab which is certainly cheapest amongst the pocket-friendly tabs in the market. It is bringing a number of features, still doesn't cost much. The Fire HD 10 features helped it to be the number one best selling tab in the market. Amazon recently released upgrades Fire HD 10 with 2X better hardware at the same price tag. The Fire HD 10 is now featuring Full HD IPS display which is quite sharp that's why watching movies and videos are pretty great experience on this device.
The Fire HD 10 is bringing a number of luxuries for Amazon Prime members, they can enjoy free access to huge library of TV shows, games, and movies from Amazon. Another positive aspect is free to access Kindle library, So you use it as an e-reader with the number of features including Word Runner to facilitate your reading experience.
Under the hood, the latest pocket-friendly Amazon Fire HD 10 is packed with a 10.1-inches IPS display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The MediaTek Quad-core chipset is powering the device at 1.8GHz with 2GB RAM. The base variant built-in storage is 32GB whereas there is a 64GB model. The rear camera is a 2MP sensor whereas the front-facing sensor is VGA camera. As OS the device is pre-installed with Fire OS 5. It provides battery life of 10 hours on normal to heavy usage. The Fire HD 10 weighs 1.1lbs. The new OS brings Alexa AI assistant on board.
Last but not the least we have the Nextbook Flexx 9 a Windows 10 running Tab. Despite bringing a number of perks it doesn't cost much as it is running on Windows 10 with Bing. We have seen tons of 2-in-1 tabs this year so it wasn't an easy task to pick one of the best options. It is tablet/laptop which features a detachable keypad with the trackpad. It looks quite luring especially when the keyboard is attached, it will become the best option for those who are looking for a 2-in-1 tab at the pocket-friendly price tag.
You will get Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscription for 1 year, 60 minutes of Skype world every month for 1 year and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage free of cost. These freebies surely make it an attractive option, its performance is also pretty good but it could be better if the device has more RAM under the hood.
In terms of hardware, the Nextbook Flexx 9 is featuring an 8.9-inches IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. The Intel Atom Z3735F is powering the device at 1.83Ghz with 2GB RAM and 32GB memory which is further expandable using MicroSD card. The rear primary snapper is 2MP whereas the camera on the front is VGA sensor. It weighs 2.6lbs if the keyboard is attached. The battery life of Nextbook Flex 9 is certainly the weakest point as it lasts only 6.5 hours.
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.