A few of the best tablets can cost over $1,000, if you include high-end accessories like a keyboards and stylus. But not everyone wants or needs all of that.
Here are some of the best tablets that currently cost around $200. Some models on this list have seen price reductions in anticipation of their replacements, offering a bargain to those looking for tablets with solid performance. Others are just good old-fashioned budget tablets for casual use.
If you need a decent tablet on the cheap with a big screen for watching video, the Acer Iconia One 10 is about as cheap as they get. Its big 10-inch screen is fine for watching video on the go, but far from the sharpest in town. However, for its low price -- right now you can find one for $135 -- you won't find anything better.
Sure, you can buy the Amazon Fire for $50, but if you're not that cheap and want something better, upgrade to the $90 Amazon Fire HD 8. It's got a sharper screen, faster performance, a bigger battery and more base storage, for only $40 more.
A cheap tablet rarely looks as good as the ZenPad S 8.0. Its affordable starting price of $200 is a deal for anyone who wants a small tablet that looks and performs like a winner. It's got a color brilliant screen, user-friendly Android overlay and, did I mention it looks really good for a cheap tablet?
Be honest: Do you just want a tablet for binge-watching your latest Netflix obsession? If you do, an inexpensive option is the Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70 ($125 at Amazon). It has a sharp HD screen, microSD card expansion slot and loud speakers -- for when you definitely don't want to wear your headphones. Though its retail price is $200, it periodically goes on sale for less.
Are you being as cheap as possible? The Amazon Fire should be on the top of your list. It's a barebones model that only costs $50. Performance-wise, it's fine -- though a little slow -- and its screen is pixelated for today's standards, but it'll do for light reading. There's also a kid's version that comes with a case and unlimited replacement guarantee for two years. Believe be, it's better than other $50 options available.
The Yoga Tab 3 ($75 at Back Market) has a distinct design with built-in kickstand for hands-free use and a rounded spine for comfortably holding it in one hand. Combined with its razor-sharp screen, rotatable camera, booming speakers and long-lasting battery, it makes for one of my favorite small tablets.
Technically, you can't buy the Lenovo Miix 320 ($500 at Walmart) because it hits stores in April, but if you want a cheap Windows 10 ($145 at Amazon) tablet, you might want to wait for it. Its performance is comparable to a low-end Chromebook. Starting at $200, it includes a detachable keyboard and touchpad for more of a laptop experience.
If you can spend a little more...
Yes, I know; this is the third Amazon tablet on this list. What can I say? Amazon knows how to price 'em. The biggest of the bunch, the Amazon Fire HD 10 ($230 at Amazon), is one of the most affordable 10-inch tablets you can get, aside from, you know, the others on this list. The normal price is $230, but you can occasionally find it on sale for less.
If you want an iPad for cheap, you better jump on the Apple iPad Mini 2 ($140 at Back Market) quick. Apple just discontinued it, but you you can find a refurbished one online for $250. Your next best bet is the newest iPad ($300) or finding a deal on the also discontinued Apple iPad Air 2.
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Editors' note: This article was originally published on July 12, 2013, and is updated frequently with newly released products.