Last Updated 1st February 2017.
Tablets are now fast becoming as common as smartphones. With android as an open source operating system, allowing manufacturers to adopt android into their devices. The abundance of apps let people customize their tablets to their hearts’ desires and that makes each device unique.
#1 Choice for Most Users
- #1 Choice for Most Users
- Best Tablets Under $150
Dragon Touch X10
Why we selected this item:
- Provides the fastest multitasking experience
- SmartColor Technology enables brilliant image display
- Patronized by many tablet users
What do people look for in a tablet? First, the difference between a tablet and a phone is the size. Some people want tablets that would let them see more. Yet some people still want to invest on a tablet that can still store inside carrying pouches, so they can discreetly surf the web without announcing it to the world that they’re on it.
Because of the amount of apps you can pack into these devices, you will also want to consider the data capacity allowable on the unit. While units like apple does not allow you to extend the memory capacity by using external storage, a lot of android devices do have slots for external storage like micro sd. This allows your 16GB storage capacity to expand an additional 16-32GB if you’re planning to use your devices to the hilt.
Processors are also a factor in choosing these tablets, as people want speed. Gone are the days where cores are dual; you now have quad-cores and octa-cores running the market, promising that your tablet isn’t going to freeze in the middle of that skype conversation.
Best Tablets Under $150
|Lenovo Tab 2 A10 10”||10||Good||Over $150||4.1 / 5|
|NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1||8||Very Good||Over $150||4.2 / 5|
|ASUS Google Nexus 7 Tablet||7||Good||Over $150||4.0 / 5|
|ASUS Zenpad S 8.0 Z580C B1 BK||8||Very Good||Over $150||4.1 / 5|
|Insignia Flex Elite 7.85”||7.85||Good||Under $150||4.0 / 5|
|ASUS ZenPad 10 Z300C A1 BK 10.1||10||Good||Under $150||4.0 / 5|
|Lenovo Tab 2 A8 ZA030046US||8||Very Good||Under $150||4.1 / 5|
|Insignia Flex||10.1||Good||Under $150||4.0 / 5|
|Dragon Touch X10||10||Excellent||Under $150||4.5 / 5|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 4||7||Very Good||Under $150||4.3 / 5|
* prices may vary, we’ve just given a price guide as of 1st February 2017
Note on prices
The range of quality tablets under the price of $150 is quite small. There are quite a few options, but good quality options are less frequent. With that in mind, we’ve include a number of tablets below that can cost anywhere up to $250 or more, with quite a few in the $150-$200 range as you may consider spending slightly more for a more high quality product.
10. Lenovo Tab 2 A10 10″
It may be attractive in its midnight blue shade but the first few things may offset you. It collects fingerprints very easily, unless you’re willing to invest anyway on those protective stickers you can place over the screen, which I know a lot of people prefer. Also, although blue is a pretty sleek color, the back cover doesn’t give you much at all. Not that these things matter much. What is important is that you have an 8MP camera, Dolby ATMOs sound bar speakers and a full-HD 1920×1200 IPS display working for you. Running on Kitkat, with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.
9. NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1
Lollipop upgraded when most of its earlier manufactured brothers and sisters were on Kitkat. That means if you buy one of the Kitkat models, you can easily upgrade them to lollipop anyway. 2.2GHz quad-core Tegra K1 processor provides the unit with GeForce graphics and HDR lighting. If you are a gamer, we suggest this tablet. At 8 inches, it is still a pretty good size, but the biggest of pockets may not accommodate it like a regular 7 incher. Internal storage of 16GB paired with a microSD card slot.
8. ASUS Google Nexus 7 Tablet
This is the 2013 version, which means at the same specs as the original, the price had gone down. Of course a few improvements were added to make it still marketable. Snapdragon S4 processor and Full HD screen with 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and running on Kitkat, this tablet can still get you the best.
7. ASUS Zenpad S 8.0 Z580C B1 BK
The Zenpad is the choice for people who want to stay on a budget, yet still get a quality piece of equipment. The Zenphone, ASUS’ smartphone counterpart has been able to pierce through a market dominated by the Samsung Galaxy phone, and the tablets have been doing the same. The matte finish and rubber bar at the bottom allows for a firm grip, making you hold on to this tablet a lot better. Intel lends it an Atom Z3580 processor with 4GB RAM. Paired with a long lasting battery life, 32GB internal storage, this tablet is a winner.
6. Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 Inch
Okay, let me just explain briefly why 7.85 and not a full 8 inch is better. The screen is wider that way. Practically, the unit will pass for an 8 incher, but when you’re on landscape, it’ll look a lot better. Running on Lollipop, with a Quad core Rockchip processor, 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot, you cant lose with this one.
5. ASUS ZenPad 10 Z300C A1 BK 10.1
Face it, your category is tablets under $150. The Zenpad does enter that category whether on a smaller size or this 10 inch, very generous screen. Again, ASUS doesn’t like their Zenpads slipping off of your delicate fingers, so it comes with a a faux leather textured back, with polished metallic band along the edge. Quad-core and with 16GB of internal memory, you can expand the memory via a microSD card slot up to 64GB.
4. Lenovo Tab 2 A8 ZA030046US
Blue seems to be the Lenovo color. Why this 8-inch tablet ranks higher than its 10-inch counterpart is that it looks better with a soft touch matte finish at the back. It also has a microUSB port that’s rare than most tablets, and a very visible microSD slot on the top left 2MP front camera and 5MP back camera, but don’t be discouraged yet, it has very good resolution for a 5MP. The front camera however, we’ll expect the faded colors. There are dual speakers placed at the top and bottom of the tablet. 16GB internal storage and microSD slot makes up for its 1GB RAM.
3. Insignia Flex
Another tablet with a 2MP front facing camera and a 5MP back camera, the front camera however is of a better quality than the last model we reviewed. If you want tons and tons of pictures, you have enough space with its 32GB internal storage expandable with a microSD card slot. Runs on Lollipop,
2. Dragon Touch X10
What you may want to consider about this tablet is that it comes upgradable to Marshmallow, or at least there’s a chance. It runs on an 1.8GHz Cortex A7 processor with 1 GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with expandable memory thanks to a microSD card slot. Its long battery life and lightweight design are to consider.
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
Most affordable among its family of Galaxy Tabs, it is still sturdy and lightweight, and smaller than the average tablet, you can fit it in your pocket. Kitkat OS, Touchwiz UI are a deal-maker. Comes with 8GB Internal storage, with a microSD card slot that allows you to expand it to 32GB.
These are only a few choices we can provide you, however, as we speak, more tablets are being released into the market, which makes these gadget reviews pretty hard to make, since you have to be up to date with the newer ones popping up by the minute.
Cheap Tablet Buying Guide
The market for tablets is not just dominated by big names and high prices and you may be able to get tablets cheap as per your budget. You may be surprised to know that many low priced products that perform as well as the premium products are also available in the market. The trick is to search for these products so that you are able to save your valuable money.
When shopping for cheap tablets you should not rush through the process. It is best to research the product so that you are able to make an informed choice. You do not have to spend a huge amount of money to buy the product that meets your specific needs and requirements.
Most people end up buying expensive products with features that they do not use. When you have a clear idea about what you want you may be able to make a good choice.
Operating system – Depending on the tablet you choose to buy there are different types of operating systems that are available. iOS, Android and Windows are the popular operating systems and you can compare these online before making the choice.
Screen size – The size of the screen is an important factor that you need to take into consideration. The prices may vary depending on the size you choose. The screen size may vary from 5 inch to 10 inch and you can make the choice depending on how comfortable you are using the different sizes.
Processors – All tablets run on the ARM processor technology and it is the same as those used in mobile devices. The ARM chip design may vary depending on the companies that produce them.
Applications – Check how many applications are compatible with the tablet of your choice. The Apple application store has the most number of applications available for its users.
Battery life – The battery life is important when making the choice and it is best to choose those that last at least for a couple of days. Avoid choosing those whose battery life does not even last for a day.
Storage space – The amount of storage space that is available is important and you can make the choice depending on how you intend to use it. A decent storage space can help you run most of the applications you want and it is not necessary that you should opt for a very large storage space.
Thickness and weight – The thickness and weight of the tablets may vary depending on the brand you choose. If you are going to hold it in your hands for long it is best to opt for a lighter one.
It is important to determine the purpose of buying the tablet so that you are able to make a good choice. Your choice may be different if you are going to use it for business or entertainment purposes. Read reviews about the latest models so that you become aware of the unique features and choose the best ones available.