The Most Effective Economical Tablets You Can Get

Still, because a tablets isn’t essential to most people’s lives, it’s totally understandable if you don’t want to overpay for one. Luckily, you don’t have to.

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Although the highest quality iPad Airs and Galaxy Tabs cost $400 or more, there are still a handful of worthwhile options in the $200 range. So, per usual, we scoured the web and did some hands-on testing to find them.

With one minor yet worthwhile exception, which we’ll explain below. We also gave them our usual BI kindle vogaye Rating.

In doing so, we looked for the obvious.

You won’t find strong enough performance to get a ton of work done, but in this range, you’re looking for a media machine anyway. The build doesn’t have to be made of high end metals, but it should feel comfortable and well put together. You want enough storage space, along with software that, at the very least, doesn’t get between you and your stuff. And of course, you want a good screen, colorful, bright, and, ideally, sharp.

The tablets 7 or 8 inches

With few exceptions, that screen will be around 7 or 8 inches. With all that out of the way, here are our favorite affordable tablets you can buy today. Update (2/11/16): We’ve completed our first major refresh of this guide.

The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 is our new top pick among budget Android tablets, while the Amazon Fire gets a mention as an ultra-cheap option. We’ve also updated our Apple iPad mini 2 entry to further explain why it’s been included here.

The tablets ipad mini 2

Apple iPad mini 2 $234.90* BI Rating: 9/10 Apple iPad mini 2, $220.85, available at Amazon.

Best BuyFirst, we’re going to cheat a bit. If you can pony up an extra $70 to get Apple’s entry-level iPad, it’s the only almost, budget slate that’s worth the plunge. The iPad mini 2 is technically the weakest of Apple’s current crop of tablets, but two years into its existence it’s held up well. Its metal and glass build is still refined,of tablet tightly constructed, and pleasant feeling in the hand.

Its 7.9-inch, 2048×1536 IPS display isn’t as vivid or deep as the world best beating among non OLED options panels of the newer iPad mini 4 or iPad Air 2 mostly because of its lower maximum color gamut, but it’s still impressively sharp, and it’s still miles more fine tuned than the vast majority of tablets in the budget range.