4 Best Cheap Tablets You Can Buy for Under $100

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It’s easy to make mistakes when buying a tablet. From ignoring the device’s software or neglecting to consider the necessary connectivity options to otherwise skimping on the research you need to make an informed decision, there are plenty of ways that you can end up with a device that’s a poor match for your needs. Unfortunately, that’s especially true for budget-conscious shoppers who are just looking to get the best value for their dollar. But there’s a better way to find the best cheap tablets that won’t have you regretting your purchase a month later: taking a look at the ratings on tablets tested by Consumer Reports.

According to the group, the best thing you can do before shopping for a tablet is to consider your priorities. Think of factors like price, portability, access to top apps, the availability of cellular connectivity, the existence of built-in ports, and the operating system that powers the device. For shoppers for whom price is one of the biggest considerations, Consumer Reports has reviewed and rated a number of tablets that cost just $100 or less. Read on to learn about your four best options if you’re looking for a cheap tablet.

4. Amazon Fire 7

Amazon Fire 7

Amazon Fire 7 | Source: Amazon.com

The Amazon Fire 7 is a surprisingly affordable tablet with a 6.9-inch screen and Wi-Fi connectivity. Consumer Reports notes that the tablet does just about everything that other tablets do, despite its mere $50 price tag. While there are tablets with faster performance, sharper displays, more storage, and larger app stores, the Amazon Fire 7 is still a good choice for a shopper with a strict budget to stick to. The tablet gets 8.4 hours of battery life, and offers good display quality and excellent touch response. Though Amazon’s app store isn’t as large as Apple’s or Google’s, the tablet does have access to a very large media market for movies, music, and books through Amazon.

The Amazon Fire 7 tablet is powered by a 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex processor with 4 cores, 1GB of memory, and 8GB of storage (which is expandable with a microSD card). The device also features a headphone jack, a built-in microphone, a mono speaker Wi-Fi connectivity, a 0.3MP front-facing camera, and a 1.5MP rear-facing camera.

3. Asus ZenPad C 7.0 Z170C-A1-BK

Asus ZenPad C 7.0 Z170C-A1-BK

Asus ZenPad C 7.0 | Source: Amazon.com

The Asus ZenPad C 7.0 Z170C-A1-BK is a lightweight and easy-to-use tablet with a 6.9-inch screen, Wi-Fi capability, and almost 10 hours of battery life. It’s equipped to run 64-bit apps, and Consumer Reports testers noted that it offers very good display quality, with accurate colors and a wide viewing angle, plus excellent touch response. The device is powered by Android 5, and uses Google’s app store.

This Asus tablet is equipped with a 0.9 GHz Intel Atom C3200 processor with 4 cores, 1GB memory, and 16GB storage (which is expandable with a microSD card). The device also features a headphone jack, a built-in microphone, a mono speaker, Wi-Fi connectivity, a 0.3MP front-facing camera, and a 2MP rear-facing camera.

2. Acer Iconia One 7 B1-750-103A

Acer Iconia One 7 B1-750-103A

Acer Iconia One 7 | Source: Amazon.com

The Acer Iconia One 7 B1-750-103A is a 7-inch tablet with an excellent display and great ease of use. Consumer Reports testers noted that it’s a very slim and lightweight tablet for its size, and enjoyed the responsiveness of the touchscreen, useful features like custom home screen widgets or a voice-typing feature, and access to Google’s app and media stores. However, they reported that the rear-facing camera performed poorly. With battery life of 7.4 hours, it’s not quite as long-lasting as some other options on the market, but should offer adequate power for many users. It runs Android 4.4 and offers access to Google’s Play Store for app downloads.

This Acer tablet has a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735G processor with 4 cores, 1GB memory, and 16GB storage (which is expandable with a microSD card). The tablet also features a headphone jack, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. It’s Wi-Fi ready, and features a 0.23MP front-facing camera and a 3.68MP rear-facing camera.

1. Amazon Fire HD 6

Cheap tablets: Amazon Fire HD 6 tablet

Amazon Fire HD 6 | Source: Amazon.com

The Amazon Fire HD 6 is a competitively-priced 6-inch tablet that earned high marks for its display quality and portability. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can get even more out of an Amazon tablet, since you’ll have access to content like movies, TV shows, and books. The app store is curated by Amazon, and the user interface is also customized by the company. If you don’t mind the small screen size, this is a fast and useful tablet with 8 hours of battery life and excellent display quality.

The Fire HD 6 tablet is powered by Amazon’s Fire OS 5 and a 1.5GHz processor with 4 cores and 1GB of RAM. The tablet is available with either 8GB or 16GB of storage, but since there’s no microSD card slot, you should consider the 16GB version. The device also features a front-facing camera, a 2MP rear-facing camera, a headphone jack and speaker, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Honorable mention: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 | Source: Amazon.com

If you aren’t quite satisfied with what’s offered by the tablets that you can get for $100 or less, but don’t want to increase your budget too much, consider the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2. This tablet features an 8-inch display and Wi-Fi connectivity. It runs Android 4.4 and uses the Google Play Store for app downloads, and offers an impressive 12 hours of battery life. Lenovo’s Yoga tablets include a built-in stand, which can be useful for a variety of tasks.

For a little bit more of an investment than the sub-$100 choices, this Lenovo Yoga tablet offers an 8-inch screen (with much higher screen resolution than the other choices), a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745 processor with 4 cores, 2GB of memory, and 16GB of storage (which is expandable with a microSD card). The device also features a headphone jack, a built-in microphone, stereo speakers, Wi-Fi connectivity, a 1.6MP front-facing camera, and an 8MP rear-facing camera.

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