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.

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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.

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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.

Fire HD 8 8 HD Display Wifi 8 GB Black

Our thinnest Fire tablet yet with stunning   fire HD 8 display, fast quad-core processor up to 1.5GHz, rear facing 5MP camera and front facing HD camera, and up to 128 GB of expandable storage.

How to fire HD 8 engineered by amazon

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Fast and responsive

The fast quad core processor consists of two high-performance 1.5 GHz cores and two 1.2 GHz cores running simultaneously for optimal load balancing and power efficiency.

Beautiful HD display

fire HD 8 features a widescreen 1280 x 800 high definition display with over a million pixels (189 ppi) and a bright, vivid picture.

No more worrying about storage space

Keep photos, movies, and compatible apps and games with you using a microSD card slot to expand your tablet’s storage by up to 128 GB. Plus enjoy free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire device.

Coming soon A software update in the coming weeks will enable Prime Music to be stored on microSD.

the fire HD 8 Power when you need it

Don’t be tethered to an outlet With up to 8 hours of mixed-use battery life fire HD 8 gives you the flexibility to go wherever the day takes you.

Capture life’s moments

fire HD 8 features a 5 MP rear facing camera for taking photos, and shooting 1080p video. The 720p front-facing camera is perfect for Skype calls with friends and family.

Stands up to everyday life

Amazon engineers Fire tablets to hold up against everyday life. As measured in tumble tests, fire HD 8 is almost 2x more durable than the iPad Air 2.

Designed for  fire HD 8 Entertainment

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Choose from millions of e-book and magazine titles. Connect with the largest online community of book lovers on Goodreads. Discover over a million titles with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Also, listen to your favorite books with Audible.


Enjoy all your favorite movies and TV shows on Amazon Video, Netflix, HBO NOW, and more. Discover thousands of TV episodes and movies and fling it all to the big screen.


Over 300,000 apps including favorites like Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify. Plus Amazon Underground, a one of a kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games, and even in-app items are 100% free. Play great titles like Frozen Free Fall, Angry Birds Slingshot Stella, and Sonic Dash from developers like Disney, Gameloft, Rovio Entertainment, and more.

Introducing Fire OS 5 Bellini

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Updated user interface Find the things you love easier

Fire OS 5 is the best entertainment experience on a tablet with quick access to the things you do most. The new home screen includes dedicated content pages for books, games and apps, video, music, audiobooks, and Newsstand, making it quick to pick up right where you left off.

All fire HD 8 New Apps that are actually free with Amazon Underground

Fire tablet owners have access to a one of a kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free. Experience titles from top developers including Disney, Rovio Entertainment, Gameloft, Zeptolab and Sega of America without ever having to pay for the app or in app purchases.

All New Read faster with Word Runner

Word Runner is a fun new way to read faster, it keeps your eyes focused on the center of the page and brings each word right to where your eyes already are. With Dynamic Pacing, Word Runner automatically slows down for difficult words, punctuation, and paragraph breaks. And when you first start reading, it gradually builds up to the speed you choose. If you miss something, just tap and hold the screen to activate the Brake.

Share content with Family Library

Family Library links your Amazon account to that of your spouse or partner so you can easily share apps, games, audiobooks, and books, and it now allows Prime members to share their Prime Instant Video. Access your family’s content across devices, including iOS and Android.

No more waiting

With ASAP Advanced Streaming and Prediction Amazon movies and TV shows are ready for you to watch instantly. ASAP dynamically adapts to your viewing habits.

Integrated on device tech support

Mayday Screen Sharing brings Mayday powered customer service to fire tablets. Amazon experts can now connect to any fire tablet to co pilot through features by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something yourself, or doing it for you  whatever works best fire Hd 8

Amazon price: $149.99

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