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Best Tablet for less than $200

Tablets are a great way to have fun on the go by letting you play games, watch movies, and surf the web all in the palm of your hand.   In this cheap tablet review, we’ll consider some of the best reviewed tablets that are available for less than $200.  These are reviewed for general quality without necessarily factoring the features included in the tablet itself however we’ll list the features of each tablet for your convenience.

These tablets are considered under the conditions that you’re someone looking for a tablet for wireless internet surfing, email, eReader capability, and can play MP3s.

Coby Kyros MID7015 7-Inch Android Internet Touchscreen Tablet – Black

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The Coby Kyros tablet is one of the better reviewed “cheap” tablets and is available for as low as $140.  For people on a serious shoestring budget looking for a tablet that won’t crap out on them, should seriously consider this tablet.

Features

  • 7″ screen (800 x 480)
  • Anrdoid 2.1 OS
  • HDMI out for 1080p for HDTVs
  • 4GB HDD
  • Memory expansion with microSD
  • Wi-fi
  • 7 hours battery life
  • $140

As you can see, it’s not going to win any awards feature wise, however, its solidly built, very affordable, and runs Android 2.1 with all the goodies that that OS provides.  One thing to keep in mind, there’s an optional (but really should be required) firmware update that requires you to download it on a 8GB microSD card before installing it on the tablet.  So, you’re buying this tablet, be sure to pick up an 8GB (at least) memory card.  Overall, this is the best tablet for less than $200 (or even $150).

Archos 7 Home Tablet – 7″ Tablet – Android – 8 GB

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This is version 2 of the Archos 7 tablet series.  Its a 7″ tablet that was updated to use the new Android 2.1 OS but also includes some other goodies that differentiate this tablet from its predecessor like:  an accelerometer and kickstand (good for watching movies especially on airplanes).  One downside is it does not have a HDMI out which puts it at a disadvantage compared to the cheaper Coby Kyros (this tablet: about $150, Kyros: $140).

Features

  • 7″ screen (800 x 480)
  • Android 2.1
  • 8GB HDD
  • microSD expansion
  • Wi-fi (b/g/n)
  • Battery life:  7 hours for video, 10 for web browsing
  • $150

A good second place to the Coby tablet, the Archos tablet does have some redeeming factors like being a superior eBook reader because of the apps that come bundled with it.  So if you’re looking for a tablet for reading books on, this may be the one you’re looking for.  Otherwise, stick with the Coby tablet talked about above.

Velocity Micro T301 Cruz 7-Inch Android 2.0 Tablet (Black)

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Finally, our final pick for good tablets under $200 is the Velocity Micro T301 tablet available for $200.   Its the only tablet that has access to the official Android App store on this list (however there are workarounds for this).  Purported to be the best color tablet for reading books this may be the tablet for you if you’re a book nut.  It comes with the Kindle reader but you can download pretty much any other reader if you want.  This tablet is easily compared with the Nook color.

Features

  • 7″ screen (800 x 600)
  • Android 2.0
  • 4GB HDD
  • Expansion available through USB and SD card slots (includes a 4GB SD card)
  • Wi-fi (b/g/n)
  • 10+ hours battery life
  • $200

As with most tablets you’ll find, this tablet doesn’t support flash inherently (AKA no Youtube).  However there is an app that you can download called Skyfire which is a browser that supports flash.  Overall a strong 3rd pick for people looking for a good ebook reader that can surf the internet and do everything an Android tablet can do.  It having both USB and SD card slots do it a real favor for people who have lots to put on their device.

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