Tablet computers are definitely all the rage right now, and tablets running on the Android OS are quite common and pressing Apple’s iOS as the platform dejour.
What is the big deal with $200? Nothing really, just that it seems that the tablets in this price range seem to provide decent performance, albeit not great, at an affordable price point. It is worth mentioning here that these type of tablets more than likely have some short comings due to the manufacturers cutting some corners in order to bring the tablet below $200.
Below is a list of what we think are the best Android tablets under $200.
The Kindle Fire
The shining star for the moment is the new Kindle Fire (released November 15). It is certainly one of the more affordable tablets on the market. The Fire is Amazon’s first attempt at moving the Kindle from an e-Reader to a fully functional tablet. It uses a modified version of the Android OS that has received great reviews from early adopters.
Web browsing is optimized with the new Amazon Silk browser utilizing Amazon’s cloud based architecture to do the CPU heavy lifting.
The Superpad features a 10.2 inch screen, one of the few sub-two hundred dollar models that can compete with the iPad for size. Complete with ethernet and USB ports, this unit is a legitimate computer user’s dream in a tablet form. The Superpad is also one of the few tablets that is priced at under $170, making it a great buy for those on a budget.
The Zenithink Zt-180 by ePad
The ePad may have the name of an iPad knockoff, but it is a great ten-inch tablet for the price. Running Android 2.2, the device has a 10.2 Inch touch screen LCD. It comes with 512 MB RAM and smallish hard drive space at 5 GB but does work well and is a value at below $200.
The iRobot APad
The APad may have a silly name, but it is a great tablet for those that speak multiple languages. One of the few tablets on the market that supports multiple languages off the shelf, it makes up for rather standard technical specifications by a price point of under one-hundred and fifty dollars.
The Superpad 3 x220
This Android pad comes right in at the high end of the pack in terms of pricing, but has the ability to actual expand its internal memory. A rarity among tablets, the unit has the potential to grow along with the needs of the user.
In closing, people like getting the most value for their money especially when spending it on technology. These slates all have some good qualities as well as bad but at the end of the day they can give you an idea of what is possible without spending a ton of money.