Looking for an cheap Android Tablet

Posted Dec 07, 2012 at 7:15 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

What’s up everyone? My sister in law is looking for a decent tablet but my brother won’t let her spend more than $200. She wants a bigger screen than a Nexus 7 can offer. She isn’t a techy person so she doesn’t nee the latest and greatest, but I’d like to make sure she gets the Google Play store. Is there anything out there that ya’ll would recomend? Whatcha got for me??

  • KOBesucker

    If she only has $200 to spend, she can want a bigger screen than a Nexus 7, but beggars can’t be choosers. Seriously though, I don’t think she’ll get a better experience for $200 than the Nexus 7, or the Kindle fire.

  • gp126904

    I was going to say the nexus 7, then I read your post… In my experience shopping for a tablet this holiday season you probably are not going to find a tablet with a screen bigger than a nexus 7 that is even worth the money. I have seen a couple of tabs for around $100 but the specs were horrible (like only 4gbs of storage) or they were running Android but werent supported and therefore could not run the play store. I think your best option is still the Nexus 7.

  • LucenNox

    As KOB said. The only thing I can think of that you have a shot of getting close is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1″, which, if you’re really lucky, the moon is full, and the planets are aligned properly at the stroke of midnight, you may be able to get used or seller refurbished for less than 200 on ebay.

    But seriously, any 10″, and the vast majority of 7″ tablets that you can get for under $200 are going to be crap or old crap. The nexus 7 is by far the best option.

    • LucenNox

      Actually on second thought, there is the HP Touchpad. I’d still recommend the Nexus, but that is a decent 10 inch tablet which you can probably find for under $200. It’s no longer officially supported, and not (natively) Android, but as far as I can tell has a decent developer community and can be flashed to at least 4.0.

  • sm.komo

    Yeah, you guys are right… I tried searching around for a Xoom, which would work for my purposes, but I couldn’t even find one cheaper than $225! I guess this was a pretty tall order!

  • Bpear96

    I’ve actually heard some good things about ainol tablets http://android-sale.com/ainol-novo-10-hero-android-tablet.html $200 10.1″ tablet. I dot know if id buy one though, and don’t expect it to get anymore updates, but it is on android 4.1 jelly bean.

    Heres a video of it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BZ3gL4MHRY

    It actually has decent specs, 1.5ghz dual core cortex a9, Mali 400 GPU (same as SGS2 and 3) , 1gb ram etc.

    • Bpear96

      it does have the Play Store btw.

      • dino13

        Are there any phones / tablets with Android 4.x and without the play store?

        • Bpear96

          Majority of the cheap Chinese mainland tablets and phones arent google certified and technically arent suppose to have the Google apps, many resellers preload them anyways. I think Ainol tablets are actually certified however.

    • Bpear96

      - 10.1 inch IPS screen, 1280 * 800 pixels display resolution
      - 1.5GHz dual-core AMLogic AML8726-MX processor
      - 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB storage
      - 2MP front Camera, 5MP rear camera
      - Android Jelly Bean OS ( Android 4.1)

      • dino13

        Now is it 10 or 7 inch?

        The site also says in the specifications:
        Screen Size: 7 inch IPS screen, 1280*800 pixel

        Other than that the tablet doesn’t look to bad.

    • sm.komo

      Wow, great find, I knew you guys would pull through for me! Thanks!

  • MC_Android

    Unless you’re willing to spend up to $300, it’ll be hard to find a decent android tablet, especially that has Play Store support. I think around holiday sales, the OG Transformer goes for about $300 ish.

  • sabrhawk

    There have been some good sales lately on new Asus Transformer 101′s. They may be older tech but still a good way to get started on a tablet. They should be releasing an upgrade to JB soon for it.

  • http://jwtear.blogspot.com/ cutiyar neriman

    I swear u dont get better tablet than nexus 7 .

  • sandy105

    i own a nexus 7 and can totally vouch for it but as per your requirements ;u can look at ainol novo 10 hero which is popular amongst the chinese made tablets..i dont think any top tier manufacturers makes 200$ sub 10 inch tablet :(

  • Bpear96
    • Bpear96

      I had 10 Inch tablets before, but now have a Nexus 7, and like the screen size much more. I still like the others above recommend the Nexus 7, but if you must have a bigger display, the Ainol novo 10 looks decent.

  • Bpear96
  • Martyac

    There’s countless used TF101′s on eBay that are ending right at the. $200-215 range. I have actually been shopping for one for my mom they last few weeks. The only reason I haven’t won an action is because I don’t feel that a used one should be more than $180ish so i will hold out til I get one at that price point.

  • sm.komo

    Well, they might go with the Novo 10,but I’m going to do some ebay-ing to see if I can find a transformer, she really likes my Prime, so that would be a great option. I really wish I could have talked her into a Nexus 7, but she really wants a 10″!

  • dharr18

    I have a Nexus 7 and a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. The Sammy was $179.99 and the N7 was $199.99. If you are looking for expandable storage, the GT2 is a good choice. If 16 GB is good, go with the N7.

    As for 10 inch tablets, nothing to recommend under $200 unless you check the deal a day sites like woot, etc. I have never seen a 10 inch for sub $200, even refurbs start at the lowest of $225. I would not recommend anything that is a no name at this point, everyone I have know that ordered one have been less than happy.

  • reyame

    Tabs under 200 to avoid
    Mach Speed
    Im not too sure about Aluratek and Skytex

    Archos……I have the Gen8 28(Paid $90) and i still feel angry every time it lags/force quits apps due to low amount of ram. But they were the company to offer something for the low end customer. I dunno how their newer tablets hold up.

    As for chinese tabs Ainol and Onda last time i check are good brands. if u end up going for a chinese tab research the hell outta the website you order from

    I believe slatedroid has some reviews from other users of ordering online.


    http://www.topnotchtablets.com/ and http://www.flsuperstore.com/

    US based resellers

    Good luck

  • DroidPower

    these are all pretty good suggestions. It’s definitely hard to find a 10 in tablet for around 200 bucks. That said, there are some deals out there if you can catch them.

    Here’s a simple site from Best Buy for checking out clearance deals https://clearance.bestbuy.com/category/devices?categoriesSel=48

    you can also google for coupons. if i had seen this thread earlier, i would’ve posted this for you


    good luck, and happy holidays!

    • DroidPower

      if you can get an extra 50 bucks, go for the Amazon Kindle HD 8.9. on sale for today at 249

      • azswift

        I’d expect to see Kindle deals through the year end. You’ll know the quality and support level at a very nice price-point.

        It may not be stock Android, but you’ve got lots of apps, plus the lending library and Amazon instant video. That’s a lot to like.

        • DroidPower

          Definitely agree! They already had discounts for the standard Kindle Fire, and now the 8.9 HD. I think the next one that they’ll do will be the Kindle Fire HD. Now that will be a super cool deal!

  • Luv_android

    Get Amazon Kindle HD (even though there arent custom rom’s out there out, but I think eventually someone will figure it out).

  • kelltrash14

    2nd the Kindle Fire HD, it’s rootable and you can get market back, so you can ghetto-tize it back to a somewhat normal android. More will be doable later hopefully.

  • TheVoodoo

    While it’s going to be hard to find a 10″ tablet for $200, it’s going to be almost impossible to stay happy with whatever she finds for more than a year.

    I’d strongly suggest that you have her try a 7″ tablet St that price, since anything else will seem like a good idea due to the savings only initially.

    I’ve seen many people hate Android and switch away from it after being deceived by the budget options available for Android phones and tablets, thinking that all Android devices offer a similar experience, which could not be further from the truth.

    Have her look at it as an investment and buy a Nexus device.

    They’re available at many local retailers. I believe Staples has a no-restocking-fee return policy, which will allow her to try the 7″ Nexus, if her budget is absolutely firm.

    • SGB101

      This is the main downside to androids main up side, openness.

      For the longest time, you could only by naff underpowered tablets, with non tablet optimised android on. It gave the wrong impression turning a lot off.

      I think that is the main reason google come in so low with nexus 7 pricing. To show you can get apple ipad ish, style and feel for chipad money.