Best Android tablets under $199

October 27, 2014
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While high-end¬†devices are generally the stars of the Android world, there is a growing emphasis on quality on a budget, and that’s very visible in the tablet arena.

From companies that are willing to sacrifice profits for the sake of market share, to established players looking to improve¬†their game in¬†the mid-range, several companies have brought to market affordable¬†Android¬†tablets¬†that are actually worth buying. Unfortunately, for every great cheap Android tablet, there are tons of¬†poorly made, clunky, and underpowered slates out there, which¬†can make buying tablets on a budget a pain. We’re here to help.

With the holiday season just around the corner, if you’re looking for a good budget-friendly gift for a loved one, or just want to treat yourself, check out our list of best Android tablets available for $199. Let’s get started!


Nexus 7 (2013)

Despite being over a year old, the Nexus 7 (2013) is still one of the best tablets you can buy, and with the new Nexus 9 making its way to consumers soon, the already attractive price tag of the Nexus 7 (2013) is bound to get even better.

The Nexus 7 (2013)’s¬†quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM is still more than capable of handling all but the most processor-intensive activities. Its display resolution is still the highest you can get in this size category, and most importantly, you get a great software experience, helped along by the guarantee¬†of timely updates, including the all new Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is why the Nexus 7 (2013) opens our list of best cheap Android tablets.

Specs

  • 7-inch LCD IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution (323ppi)
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290 grams
  • 3,950 mAh
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop)

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Buy Now from Amazon for $199

LG G Pad 7.0

The LG G Pad 7.0¬†is a¬†great example of a budget-friendly device offering a solid feel and build quality. While made entirely of plastic, a matte finish give it¬†a great handling experience and makes it less prone to fingerprints. Not only is the G Pad 7.0¬†very sturdy, it’s also light overall. In the specifications department, you get a processing package that is becoming increasingly common with the current crop of mid-range devices, and as we‚Äôve seen from similar devices, the performance is actually quite good.

The specs and features aren’t groundbreaking, but if you’re in the market for a tablet with a¬†solid build quality, decent specifications that allow for good performance, and great battery life, all for a great price, the LG G Pad 7.0 is the tablet for you.

Specs

  • 7-inch IPS LCD display, 1280 x 800 resolution (216 ppi)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB storage, expandable
  • 3.15 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 189.3 x 113.8 x 10.1 mm, 293 grams
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

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Buy Now from Amazon for $149.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0

Samsung’s latest mid-range tablet brings with it everything you love about Samsung devices in a more affordable package. Specifications are pretty standard fare for today’s mid-rangers, including a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 8 GB of internal storage with microSD expansion, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Samsung’s signature design language makes a return here, along with¬†TouchWiz¬†and its¬†key features, such as Smart Stay and multi-window. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is not without its shortcomings, just like any other low-cost tablet, but if you’re looking for a good¬†Samsung tablet¬†at a very reasonable price point, this is the device¬†for you.

Specs

  • 7-inch display, 1280 x 800 resolution (216 ppi)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 8/16 GB internal storage, expandable
  • 3.15 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 186.9 x 107.9 x 9 mm, 276 grams
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

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Buy Now on Amazon for $163

Lenovo Ideatab A8

Lenovo continues to make a push for a global audience with some great mid-range devices on offer. Their latest tablet line includes the Lenovo Ideatab A8, which offers a practical, minimalistic design, solid build quality, and decent specifications, all for a fantastic price point.

What makes this tablet stand out is the availability of front-facing speakers powered by Dolby Digital offering some great sound, whether you’re listening through headphones or the speakers themselves. While the specifications are quite standard fare across the board, a near stock Android 4.4 Kitkat allows for a smooth and snappy software experience. There’s a lot of things that this tablet does pretty well, and even if it does have its flaws, at the end of the day the Ideatab A8 is very competitively priced.

Specs

  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution (189 ppi)
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8/16 GB internal storage, expandable
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 217 x 136 x 8.9 mm, 360 grams
  • 4,200 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

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Buy Now on Amazon for $125.99

Asus MeMO Pad 8

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Asus refreshed the affordable Android tablet it first launched last year, bringing to the new MeMO Pad 8 improved specifications and a better overall performance. The new MeMO Pad 8 combines a 8-inch IPS LCD screen with a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor running at 1.33 GHz and 1GB of RAM. A thin and light design makes this tablet very portable, and a ton of extra goodies worth around $270 makes this a good choice for budget buyers.

Specs

  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1200 x 800 resolution (189 ppi)
  • 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, expandable
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 211.7 x 124.9 x 8.3 mm, 320 grams
  • 3,040 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
Buy Now on Amazon for $158.30

EVGA Tegra Note 7

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Late last year, Nvidia launched the Tegra Note, a reference tablet that is powered by a Tegra 4 SoC, priced at less than $200. Nvidia is offering the Tegra Note as a reference model, allowing smaller partners to put their name on the device and sell as their own. In the case of North America and Europe, the prefered partner is EVGA, which brings us to the EVGA Tegra Note 7.

Following closely the reference model, the EVGA Tegra Note 7 offers all the features baked in by Nvidia, including stylus support, Chimera camera technology, PureAudio, and TegraZone, Nvidia’s dedicated app that compiles games to¬†take advantage of Tegra processors. Front-facing speakers round out some decent hardware, and the EVGA Tegra Note 7¬†is priced well below $199.

Specs

  • 7-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution (216 ppi)
  • 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor
  • GeForce 72-core GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, expandable
  • 5 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera
  • 199 x 119 x 9.6 mm, 320 grams
  • 4,100 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
Buy Now on Amazon for $152

And there you have it – our¬†list of the nicest¬†affordable¬†tablets on the market right now! We’ll be keeping this post updated, so be sure to check back. You can’t really go wrong with any of the tablets listed above. Let us know what you think are the best¬†Android tablets for under $200!

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