The best of what's cheap in tablets ($200 and under)

A Listmania! list by C. Schmidt (amztabhlp at gmail)
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The list author says: "Tons of the same question keeps coming into the Tablet forum here on Amazon. While the actual words of the queries differ slightly, it's still the same question - what's the best cheap tablet I can get? Hey, I get it, money doesn't grow on trees, and my other list of the excellent tablets doesn't fit the price budget of all potential tablet buys.

But by the same token, premium quality tablets aren't dirt cheap. Every device here has one or more reasons for being less desirable. Performance, battery life, brand, features, etc. Something isn't up to snuff compared to the pricier models,which is why they are cheap in the first place. If you're willing to have very lowered expectations, one of these might fit the bill.. And with that, here we go."
Le Pan I TC 970 9.7-Inch Android Tablet
1.  Le Pan I TC 970 9.7-Inch Android Tablet by Le Pan
The list author says:
  "On specs alone, it looks pretty good.  1GHz CPU (unknown maker), Google Play (aka Market) access, camera, GPS, Bluetooth, and some other goodies.  With Android 2.2 rolling inside, you can move supported apps to an SD card.  And you're going to want to, as this little guy only has 2GB of native storage, part of which is taken up by the OS."
Used & New from: $192.00
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,021 customer reviews)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi) 2012 Model
2.  Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi) 2012 Model by Samsung
The list author says:
  "While it doesn't have the fastest hardware under the hood compared to the newer models, the Tab 2 isn't a slouch, comes packed with features, and is hard to beat in the sub $200 range."
$170.00   Used & New from: $74.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,876 customer reviews)

Lenovo Ideapad A1 22282EU 7-Inch Tablet (Black)
3.  Lenovo Ideapad A1 22282EU 7-Inch Tablet (Black) by Lenovo
The list author says:
  "Look, a brand name!   In 7" tablets, this one isn't the best, but it does offer a full tablet experience at a low price and is backed by a company known for quality products."
$169.99   Used & New from: $74.99
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

Blackberry Playbook 7-Inch Tablet (16GB)
4.  Blackberry Playbook 7-Inch Tablet (16GB) by BlackBerry
The list author says:
  "Another brand name device with decent hardware.  The problem here is apps.  There aren't nearly as many available for it as there are for Android tablets with access to Google Play or Amazon Appstore. Around 1% at best. Also, the apps it does have are often more expensive than their Android or iOS counterparts."
$108.39   Used & New from: $44.00
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,789 customer reviews)

eLocity A7-004 7-Inch Tablet Computer - Black
5.  eLocity A7-004 7-Inch Tablet Computer - Black by eLocity
The list author says:
  "The power of a Tegra 2 CPU/GPU inside, which will best pretty much anything in this price range.  No Google Play, but you can use Amazon Appstore.  Older OS, but it will do all you probably want."
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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