Cheap Tablets: The 10 Affordable Tablets Available Today

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Shopping for a new tablet can be exhausting, especially if you’re trying not to hurt your wallet. However, it doesn’t have to be. There are many cheap tablets that both have great features and won’t empty your bank account.

Tablet FAQs

1. What is it?

2. What does it do?

3. Where can I buy it?

4. How much does it cost?

Reviewing Process

This list is the result of huge amounts of research. Both expert and consumer opinions are taken into consideration in order to produce an honest, unbiased list.

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Overall Price Range

A qualified tablet that is suitable for most people can be purchased for less than $300. More expensive tablets will have higher resolution, faster processors, and more features. Nevertheless, some great tablets are out there for very inexpensive prices.

Top 10 Cheap Tablets

To keep it simple, here are the top 10 choices for tablets under $300.

Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 32GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model)
  • 9.7-inch Retina display
  • A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 8MP camera with 1080p video and 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO

 

Overview

This is an all-around great tablet that will meet your needs. It has a colorful 9.7 inch screen and a 2048 x 1536 resolution, plus an 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera for FaceTime and selfies. Don’t expect to use the Apple pencil, however, for it does not support the use of a stylus.


Pros

  • Fast processor
  • Great camera
  • Bright screen

Cons

  • Slightly heavier than previous models
  • No stylus support
  • Expensive accessories
  • Pricing
  • Where to buy
  • Warranty
  • Coupons/deals

Amazon is a great place to look for discounted iPads, but their stock is always changing, so act fast.

Fire HD 8 Tablet (8" HD Display, 16 GB, with Special Offers) - Black
  • 8" HD display; 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (up to 400 GB with microSD)
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Alexa hands-free enabled
  • 1.5 GB of RAM

Overview

The Fire HD 8 is an inexpensive 8-inch tablet for basic computing. It features an 8-inch screen and is incredibly easy to use. Its speakers are loud for games and entertainment. The downside is the push for Amazon services, so no Google apps can be downloaded.


Pros

  • Loud speakers
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent value

Cons

  • Focused on Amazon services
  • Mediocre camera
  • Sluggish charging
  • Pricing
  • Where to buy
  • Warranty
  • Coupons/deals

Amazon often offers deals and bundles, especially around holidays, so keep your eye out for them.

Lenovo Tab 4, 10.1" Android Tablet, Quad-Core Processor, 1.4GHz, 16GB Storage, Slate Black, ZA2J0007US
  • THEATER-LIKE MULTIMEDIA: 10-inch tablet has a brilliant HD display with booming Dolby Atmos Audio and built-in dual-stereo front-facing speakers perfect for binge-watching TV and movies on-the-go
  • TABLET FOR KIDS: Transform to a kids tablet with Lenovo Kid's Pack, including a shock-resistant bumper, blue-light screen filter and fun stickers; family sharing is now a breeze
  • MULTI-ACCOUNT: With multi-user and multi-space functionality, switch to Productivity Mode and add the Lenovo Bluetooth keyboard for a 2-in-1 tablet. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE ANDROID TABLET: Wifi tablet has a 64-bit Quad-core Snapdragon processor of up to 1.4 GHz, 2GB of RAM, plus an epic 20 hour battery life for seamless performance on any day-to-day tasks.BOX CONTAINS: Lenovo Tablet Tab 4 10, Charger, USB Type-C Cable, Safety/Warranty Guide, Quick-Start Guide; perfect tablet for kids, work or play
  • BOX CONTAINS: Lenovo Tablet Tab 4 10, Charger, Micro USB, Safety/Warranty Guide, Quick-Start Guide; perfect tablet for kids, work or play*Now enabled with Amazon Alexa Voice Services. Please make sure latest firmware is updated.Battery:2 Cell Li-Polymer 7000 MAh

Overview

The Lenovo Tab 4 is the top choice for students wanting a 2-in-1. It comes preloaded with Microsoft Office, so this is the ideal tablet for students. It has great battery life and a large screen, though its resolution isn’t the greatest.


Pros

  • Long battery life
  • Pre-loaded with Microsoft office
  • Large screen

Cons

  • Average screen resolution
  • Heavier than others
  • Camera is underwhelming
  • Pricing
  • Where to buy
  • Warranty
  • Coupons/deals

Best Buy is currently offering a bundle that comes with a screen protector and folio-style case for $198.

ASUS ZenPad 8 Dark Gray 8-inch Android Tablet [Z380M] 2MP Front / 5MP Rear PixelMaster Camera, WXGA TouchScreen, 16GB Onboard Storage, Quad-Core 1.3GHz Processor, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
  • Incredible 76.5% screen-to-body ratio gives you a vivid and rich HDTV Tablet experience.MediaTek MT8163 Quad-Core, 64bit
  • Fashion-inspired design carries modern influences for a luxurious, clean look for universal and stylish appeal
  • ASUS VisualMaster optimizes all aspects of display resulting in an incredibly realistic viewing expereince
  • ASUS ZenUI improves the Android experience to be simpler and smarter with more than 1,000 features. Wireless Data Network : WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Zenpad 8.0's PixelMaster Dual camera is designed to deliver stunning, high-resolution photos

Overview

The Zenpad S 8.0 is affordable competition for the iPad mini. Its powerful processor and bright display put it in the fighting ring with more expensive tablets at an inexpensive price, but the speakers and camera are disappointing.


Pros

  • Sleek
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent display

Cons

  • Second-rate camera
  • Less-than-average battery life
  • Quiet speakers
  • Pricing
  • Where to buy
  • Warranty
  • Coupons/deals

None at this time

Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 8 GB, with Special Offers) - Black
  • 7" IPS display; 8 or 16 GB of internal storage (up to 256 GB with microSD)
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Alexa enabled
  • 1 GB of RAM

Overview

The Fire 7 is a small tablet that’s a favorite for kids. It cuts back on a few things compared to the HD 8, most noticeably the screen resolution. It’s user-friendly, making it a great tablet for children.


Pros

  • User-friendly
  • Incredibly cheap
  • Great speakers

Cons

  • Small amount of storage
  • Low screen resolution
  • Short battery life
  • Pricing
  • Where to buy
  • Warranty
  • Coupons/deals

At $50, this tablet is already the greatest deal you’ll find.


ASUS ZenPad 10 10.1-inch IPS WXGA (1920x1200) FHD Tablet, 2GB RAM 16GB storage, 4680 mAh battery, Android 7.0- Quartz Grey (Z301MF-A2-GR)
  • 10.1" WXGA IPS Display (1920 x 1200) with ASUS TruVivid technology for better visual experience
  • Powered by Quad Core 1.5 GHz, 64 bit MediaTek MTK 8163A processor.
  • Easily handle and speed up productivity with 4680 mAh battery, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage
  • 5M/2M Dual Camera; 1 x microSD Card slot, support up to 128GB SDXC
  • Android 7.0 OS; Free 100GB of Google drive storage for 1 year

Overview

The Asus Zenpad Z8s is an all-around great and balanced 8-inch tablet. The battery life is long, and the screen is crisp, even with its 4:3 aspect ratio. However, it’s only available with a data subscription through Verizon.


Pros

  • Durable design
  • Stylish
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Verizon only
  • No backlight
  • Must purchase monthly data plan
  • Pricing
  • Where to buy
  • Warranty
  • Coupons/deals

Verizon offers it for about $149 with a 2-year contract and around $249 without a contract. Best Buy offers it without a contract for around $199.

Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, 10.1" 1080p Full HD Display, 32 GB, Black - with Special Offers
  • Brilliant 10.1" 1080p Full HD display (1920 x 1200), up to 1.8 GHZ quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
  • Our largest display, now with over 2 million pixels, stereo speakers, Dolby Audio, and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi-perfect for watching Full HD video, playing games, reading magazines, and streaming content seamlessly
  • Use Alexa hands-free mode to pause videos, play music, open apps, show sports scores, display the weather, and more-just ask
  • Call or message almost anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends with a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to enabled Echo devices.
  • 32 or 64 GB internal storage expandable by up to 256 GB (using the microSD slot). Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription.

Overview

It’s the Amazon Fire HD 8 with a bigger screen, which is this tablet’s best feature. The OS is Amazon-only, which is acceptable for the less expensive versions, but at $150, a little more is expected.


Pros

  • Large and colorful screen
  • Lots of storage
  • Excellent value

Cons

  • Feels cheap
  • Amazon-only apps
  • Poor camera
  • Pricing
  • Where to buy
  • Warranty
  • Coupons/deals

Keep an eye on Amazon for specials around the holidays.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0" (16GB + 16GB MicroSD) WiFi Tablet
  • Take in your favorites on a screen that looks good in any light on a sleek metal frame that's comfortable to hold
  • Power through movies, games, emails and more with a long-lasting battery that gives you up to 14 hours of video playback
  • Get 16GB of Built-in storage and expand your Memory up to 256GB with a Micro SD card (16GB microSD Card included).
  • Bixby home serves up relevant content like weather and news, and gives you a preview of your day
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, HT40Internet use time: up to 15 hours, music play time: up to 153 hours ; Bluetooth v4.2

Overview

Samsung is a company that prides itself on reliability, and it doesn’t fall short here. It has a very user-friendly set up and comes with premium apps for free. However, its plastic cover doesn’t feel the greatest, and its speakers are sub-par.


Pros

  • Affordably priced
  • User-friendly interface
  • Lots of base storage

Cons

  • A little bulky
  • Plastic casing
  • Weak speakers
  • Pricing
  • Where to buy
  • Warranty
  • Coupons/deals

Best Buy has an open box for $160.

Huawei + Harman Kardon MediaPad M3 8.0 Octa Core 8.4" Android (Marshmallow) +EMUI Tablet, WiFi only, 32GB, Moonlight Silver (US Warranty)
  • 8.4-inch tablet that boasts a proprietary HI Silicon octa-core processor and high-speed Wi-Fi network connectivity;Contrast: 1500:1
  • Features a 2560 x 1600 pixel IPS display; 8 MP front & rear camera and HD video; high-speed Internet connectivity (does not support 3G/LTE); office productivity suite; and GPS
  • Tuned and certified by Harman/Kardon to provide a paramount audio and video experience, as well as support HiFi headphones (AKG headphones only included with 64GB version)
  • Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Huawei Emotion UI 4.1
  • Highlights a stylish narrow bezel and lightweight aircraft aluminum body measuring just 4.6 mm thick, making it a highly portable device and easy to grip

Overview

The MediaPad is extremely durable, which is why this 2016 release is still on the 2018 list. It has a great screen and aluminum design. The weak chip makes things like playing games disappointing. However, for basic streaming and web browsing, this tablet is a great choice.


Pros

  • Slim design
  • Colorful screen
  • Durable

Cons

  • Weak operating chip
  • Extremely low speaker volume
  • Poor gaming performance
  • Pricing
  • Where to buy
  • Warranty
  • Coupons/deals

Unfortunately, the 32GB has been out of stock on Amazon for a while, so the best option is to look for it on third party sites like GearBest or eBay.

 

Apple iPad mini 4 (Wi-Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray
  • 7.9-inch Retina display with antireflective coating
  • A8 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 8MP camera with 1080p video and 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO.

Overview

The iPad mini has some advantages over the 2017 iPad. It comes with more storage, has a better feel because of the laminated screen, and is more portable. However, it has a slower processor and will not have ongoing update support for long. It is also a little more expensive for a 2015 tablet, and the only way to keep it under $300 is by buying a refurbished one.


Pros

  • Portable
  • Laminated screen
  • More storage options

Cons

  • Slower processor
  • Limited update support
  • Pricey
  • Pricing
  • Where to buy
  • Warranty
  • Coupons/deals

There aren’t a lot of deals at this time, which is one of this tablet’s downsides.

Comparison Table

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Display Size:

9.7 inches

Screen Resolution:

2048 x 1536

Internal Memory:

32 GB

128 GB

RAM:

2 GB

Expandable Storage:

None

Cameras:

Front: 1.2 MP Rear: 8 MP

Weight:

0.88 lb

Dimensions (inches):

9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29

Battery:

8827 mAh

Release Date:

March 2017

Price Range:

$250 to $450

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Display Size:

8 inches

Screen Resolution:

1280 x 800

Internal Memory:

16 GB

32 GB

RAM:

1.5 GB

Expandable Storage:

MicroSD up to 256 GB

Cameras:

Front: 0.3 MP

Rear: 2 MP

Weight:

0.81 lb

Dimensions (inches):

8.43 x 5.04 x 0.38

Battery:

3210 mAh

Release Date:

June 2017

Price Range:

$40 to $60

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Display Size:

10.1 inches

Screen Resolution:

1280 x 800

Internal Memory:

16 GB

32 GB

64 GB

RAM:

2 GB

4 GB

Expandable Storage:

MicroSD up to 128 GB

Cameras:

Front: 2 MP

Rear: 5 MP

Weight:

1.11 lb

Dimensions (inches):

9.7 x 6.7 x 0.33

Battery:

7000 mAh

Release Date:

July 2017

Price Range:

$150 to $200

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Display Size:

8 inches

Screen Resolution:

2048 x 1536

Internal Memory:

16 GB

32 GB

64 GB

RAM:

2 GB

4 GB

Expandable Storage:

MicroSD up to 128 GB

Cameras:

Front: 5 MP

Rear: 8 MP

Weight:

0.66 lb

Dimensions (inches):

8 x 5.3 x 0.26

Battery:

3950 mAh

Release Date:

August 2015

Price Range:

$200 to $250

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Display Size:

7 inches

Screen Resolution:

1027 x 600

Internal Memory:

8 GB

RAM:

1 GB

Expandable Storage:

MicroSD up to 128 GB

Cameras:

Front: 0.3 MP

Rear: 2 MP

Weight:

0.69 lb

Dimensions (inches):

7.52 x 4.53 x 0.42

Battery:

2980 mAh

Release Date:

Sept. 2015

Price Range:

$45 to $60

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Display Size:

7.9 inches

Screen Resolution:

2048 x 1536

Internal Memory:

16 GB

RAM:

2 GB

Expandable Storage:

MicroSD up to 128 GB

Cameras:

Front: 2 MP Rear: 8 MP

Weight:

0.68 lb

Dimensions (inches):

8.08 x 5.37 x 0.29

Battery:

4680 mAh

Release Date:

August 2017

Price Range:

$150 to $250

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Display Size:

10.1 inches

Screen Resolution:

1920 x 1200

Internal Memory:

32 GB

64 GB

RAM:

2 GB

Expandable Storage:

MicroSD up to 256 GB

Cameras:

Front: 0.3 MP

Rear: 2 MP

Weight:

1.10 lb

Dimensions (inches):

10.31 x 6.26 x 0.39

Battery:

3830 mAh

Release Date:

October 2017

Price Range:

$100 to $150

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Display Size:

8 inches

Screen Resolution:

1280 x 800

Internal Memory:

32 GB

RAM:

2 GB

Expandable Storage:

MicroSD up to 400 GB

Cameras:

Front: 5 MP

Rear: 8 MP

Weight:

0.79 lb

Dimensions (inches):

8.35 x 4.89 x 0.35

Battery:

5000 mAh

Release Date:

Sept. 2017

Price Range:

$100 to $150

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Display Size:

8.4 inches

Screen Resolution:

2560 x 1600

Internal Memory:

32 GB

64 GB

RAM:

4 GB

Expandable Storage:

MicroSD up to 128 GB

Cameras:

Front: 8 MP

Rear: 8 MP

Weight:

0.72 lb

Dimensions (inches):

8.48 x 4.89 x 0.29

Battery:

5100 mAh

Release Date:

October 2016

Price Range:

$250 to $450

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Display Size:

7.9 inches

Screen Resolution:

2048 x 1536

Internal Memory:

128 GB

RAM:

2 GB

Expandable Storage:

None

Cameras:

Front: 1.2 MP

Rear: 8 MP

Weight:

0.66 lb

Dimensions (inches):

8 x 5.31 x 0.24

Battery:

5124 mAh

Release Date:

Sept. 2015

Price Range:

$300 to $350

The Verdict

There are many options for many different needs. The Lenovo Tab 4 is likely the best choice for a student or business professional who needs to write a lot of papers. Any of the Amazon Fire tablets will do for children. The Asus Zenpad S 8.0 is probably the most versatile of the 8-inch tablets. However, when it’s all said and done, the iPad 2017 wins out for overall design, performance, and productivity.

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