I used to think that cheap tablets were crappy tablets; but I don’t think that anymore. Yes, there are some (severely) horrible budget tablets (you know, like those $30 tablets from brands like Coby, iView and Zeepad). Don’t buy those (please, I beg of you!). But this year there are some seriously decent (even quite nice) budget tablets from reputable brands like Amazon, Lenovo, Samsung and yes, even Apple. In fact, I think you’ll be a bit surprised at just how far you can stretch those dollars when you see my list of the best cheap tablets (in the $99-$399 price range). If you’re looking for the best budget tablet under $400, under $300, under $200 or even at $100, this is the article for you. If you’re looking for the best budget tablet under $100… this isn’t your article (but let me know if you’re desperate in the comments and I’ll try to make a recommendation for you).
There are plenty of reasons to get a budget tablet. Maybe you’re a student and you just need something you can actually afford! Or maybe you’re a parent and you want to get a tablet or two your family can share (or a tablet that isn’t too expensive in case your kids, you know, break it). Maybe you need some cheap tablets to give to your employees (that they’ll actually be able to get some work done on). Or maybe you just want a decent second screen you can keep in the family room for when you’re watching movies. In any case, there’s a great budget tablet for you.
So buying a budget tablet doesn’t have to suck. You don’t have to have a tiny screen size (see the Samsung I picked out below). You don’t have to spend too much to get a nice, HD screen (hello, Amazon). And you don’t have to sacrifice features: the Lenovo tablet below does several things you won’t even find on a high-end, super-expensive tablet!
If you ask me, when you’re buying a cheap tablet (that doesn’t suck) you’re looking for a few specific things: a decent screen and a processor that isn’t too sluggish. So what does that mean in layman’s terms? I’d say to look for a screen that’s at least HD (1280 x 720) and a processor that’s at least a quad-core that can clock 1.3 GHz or above. Anything above ...