Despite its performance limitations, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better entry-level tablet than the 2017 Amazon Fire 7.
Unless you're absolutely in love with the iPad Mini 4's smaller size, opt for the faster, larger, identically priced, and still pretty portable iPad Air 2.
The very basic Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet has great software for kids and parents, but the slightly more expensive 8-inch version is a better all-around pick.
The ZenPad Z8S is a solid little LTE tablet with a fantastic screen, premium design and long-lasting battery life.
It lacks the features and speed of a cutting-edge iPad, but the Mini 2 is still a solid tablet for basics, especially if you can buy it at a discount.
Though its build quality feels dated, the Asus Memo Pad 7 LTE provides a cheap no-frills Android experience with the perk of speedy Internet access on the go.
The LG G Pad 7.0 is a basic budget tablet that slightly outmatches its competition with a supremely comfortable build, modest software extras and bargain-basement pricing.
The Kindle Fire (2012) takes it up a notch in value, but is tethered to the same design oversights of the original.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is pretty and sleek, with well-implemented remote-control functionality, making it the best 7-inch Honeycomb tablet yet.
Though it lacks the tech specs found on more-expensive Apple and Android tablets, the $199 Kindle Fire is an outstanding entertainment value that prizes simplicity over techno-wizardry.
Building on the strengths of its predecessor, the e750 can claim a place at the top of Pocket PC heap.
Though low-priced, the Toshiba Excite 7 fails to offer as much value as other budget tablets.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 4G LTE (Verizon) delivers on 4G speeds and features, but is too expensive to recommend.
The smooth performing and feature-filled Amazon Fire HD 6 is unrivaled in the bargain tablet category.
If you're on tightest of budgets, the Acer Iconia One 7 will meet your needs for very casual use, but don't expect more than that.
While the new processor is a bit of a disappointment, this high-powered handheld is worth the price.
Sure, it's cheap, but what exactly are you getting for the $199 price? Let's start with a lack of storage place and a low-resolution screen.
The Hisense Sero 7 LT isn't worth your money -- skip it and go for its more robust counterpart, the Pro, instead.