Best tablets under $200 right now

Tablet shopping on a budget? We've got you covered with some of the best slates under $200.

It's a big world of tablets out there. Here are some affordable picks. Xiomara Blanco/CNET

The saying goes, "Out with the old and in with the new," if you're looking for a device with good performance at an affordable price. However, "in with the old" might be your best game plan if you're looking to save money while picking up a new tablet.

When new and upgraded gadgets are released, they're usually followed shortly by price cuts for older models. Most of the tablets on this list have already seen price reductions in anticipation of their replacements and offer a bargain to those looking for tablets with solid performance. If you're on the fence about shelling out a little more cash, check out the best tablets of the year here.


The Fire HD tablet also comes in a 7-inch model. Xiomara Blanco/CNET

Amazon Fire HD 6

Let's start with the smallest and cheapest. The Fire HD 6 is one of the smallest tablets we've seen in many years, yet for a little shrimp, it really holds its own. It runs on Amazon's latest Fire Sangria OS, which now includes separate individual user profiles for easy family sharing, and it offers all of the features we're used to seeing on Fire tablets. Not to mention, it's the perfect size for using with one hand. Read the full Fire HD 6 here.


Not updated, but still relevant. Josh Miller/CNET

Amazon Fire HDX 7

It may seem a little unfair to have two Amazon Fire models on this list, but let's face it -- they usually hit the nail on the head when it comes to tablet pricing. The 2013 model of the Fire HDX 7 is the most expensive on this list, starting at $199, and it packs gobs of value. The high-end features, like MayDay instant customer service and streaming (or downloading) Amazon Prime Instant Video, in addition to its sharp screen and fast processors, are only a few of the hottest reasons to pick up the 7-inch Fire HDX. Read the full review here, or if I've overwhelmed you with Amazon tablet options, check out our Fire tablet cheatsheet here.


The Multi Window function allows basic multitasking. Nate Ralph/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0

Samsung's roster of tablets rivals Santa's long list of naughty and nice children. And they both probably share similar good-to-bad ratios. In the case of the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, it's not a crummy piece of coal. The TouchWiz-packing tablet performs fine for basic uses like surfing the Web, checking email, and simple mobile games, and the IR blaster lets it transform into a universal remote. Read the full review here.


The Dell Venue 7 runs on pure Android. Xiomara Blanco/CNET

Dell Venue 7

Dell refreshed its line of Venue tablets with new 7- and 8-inch models. The simple Venue 7 starts at only $150 and offers the freedom of a pure Android experience. Compared to the Fire and Samsung tablets above, the 7-inch Dell doesn't come out of the box with loads of features and apps, or as some people like to call it, bloatware. Instead, you have free space and free rein to download the apps you want and to customize your homepages to your delight. Check out the full review here.


Want to know what else is shining in the bright world of tablets? Peruse the best tablets here.

Editors' note: This article was originally published on July 12, 2013, and has been updated frequently with newly released products.

 

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