The best tablet of them get close to blending the productivity of a laptop with the portability of a smartphone, but unless you splurge on something like a Surface Pro, they usually end up being weird approximations of the two. If you want to get work done, you’re usually better off with a laptop.
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If you want to read things on the go, you’re usually better off with a smartphone. Or at least a big smartphone. Instead, most tablets are still best for luxury. They’re something for your in-between time, when you’re sitting around and you want a more convenient way of throwing on a Netflix stream, opening up an e-book, or playing a game of Plants vs. Zombies. They’re simpler to start up than laptops, and fitted with bigger screens than smartphones.
They don’t replace the two, but they can be convenient sidekicks to both. Still, because a tablet 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. 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.
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With one minor yet worthwhile exception, which we’ll explain below. We also gave them our usual BI Rating. In doing so, we looked for the obvious. You won’t find strong enough performance to get a ton kindle vogaye 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. 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.
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We’ve also updated our Apple iPad mini 2 entry to further explain why it’s been included tablet here. 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 tablet, but two years into its existence it’s held up well.
Its metal and glass build is still refined, 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-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 tablet in the budget range.