Finding the Best Budget Tablets Under $100

The best tablets under $100

Trolling the depths of the net in search of the right budget tablet for you can be a a serious time sink – we’re here to help.

This guide covers the best cheap tablets under $100 based on professional reviews, sales, build quality and consumer feedback. Even though this is a range for budget tablets, there are still many deals from leading manufacturers as well as some sneaky alternatives from some lesser known brands at bargain prices. Be warned though: For the best tablet experience possible we  suggest you checkout out our list of cheap tablets under $200 or our guide to the best cheap tablets under $300, as the sub-$100 can be prone to cutting corners and may not always provide the best experience possible.

As always, the key to finding the ultimate cheap tablet to meet your needs is to put in the time to research all of your options before pulling the trigger – our cheap tablet guides are a great place to start. With the tablet market still falling far short of the Smartphone arena, you may also want to consider reviewing our partner guide to the best unlocked cheap smartphones over at SmartphoneNinja – you may find a new smartphone more appealing than forking out for a tablet.

Tablet Buying Guide

If you are new to tablets I suggest checking out our Tablet Buying Guide which will give you a great rundown of the basics you’ll need in order to understand what makes a tablet tick. If you’re already experienced in the tablet game or would rather let the pros do most of the research for you then feel free to carry on reading below. There aren’t too many tablets on this list quite simply because there are not that many tablets within this price range we would recommend.

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Best Tablets Under $100 – Top Picks

These tablets are our top picks of the moment and many of them are marked down at discount prices ripe for the picking. Generally specials can last from a couple weeks to a couple of months (sometimes on old stock) so be sure to take full advantage if you can.

Amazon fire HD 8 (2016 version)Amazon Fire HD 8 8-inch tablet

Priced at less than $100, the new Amazon Fire HD 8 is one of the cheapest tablets you can buy from a well-recognized brand. It comes with more than a few compromises, but is highly recommended for family buyers and users with modest expectations. While it is indeed a cheap tablet, its design has a commendable edge over other similarly priced devices. The build is solid, and it isn’t overly thick or weighty. At 1280×800 pixels, the 8-inch screen’s resolution is pretty generous. Moreover, the sound output from the stereo speakers is reasonable enough for both music and video. The new Fire HD 8 runs FireOS, which is based on Android, but looks and feels very different. The app store is not quite as stocked as Google Play, but there is plenty of free cool stuff here as well. This is thanks to Amazon Underground, a pay-as-you-play approach to games that makes many pricey titles free and indirectly pays itself with your app’s data usage while in use. Performance-wise, 2016’s Fire HD 8 is not that fast, a factor attributed to an average MediaTek MT8163 quad-core processor and sloppy software optimization. Nonetheless, 1.5GB RAM is adequate enough for general multitasking, and 16GB of storage is just about what is expected at this price. While nothing good can be said about any of the cameras, serving up a decent 12 hours of life, the Fire HD 8 surely deserves a good applause in the battery department.

  • 1.3GHz
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card (up to 200GB)
  • Cameras: Front 0.7MP, Rear 2MP
  • 8 Inch, 1200 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Fire OS 5
  • 0.75 lbs

Pros

  • Decent performance
  • Generous internal storage
  • Long battery life
  • Robust speakers
  • Adequate parental controls

Cons

  • Modest screen quality
  • Slow charging
  • Costly Amazon Prime membership

Summary

The new Fire HD 8 is a worthy successor to last year's critically acclaimed HD 8; offering a generous set of features at a very friendly price.

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Amazon Fire 7 7-Inch

At less than $50, the Fire is an attractive option for budget-conscious customers who want an inexpensive device for performing some of their basic smartphone activities like reading, web browsing and video playback on a larger screen. Because it runs Fire OS 5 with features ideal for Amazon Prime users, you won’t get access to all the Android apps in the Google Play Store. However, the pre-installed Amazon Store offers an ample assortment of popular games and apps. If you are willing to accept this limitation of the Fire OS, the Fire 7 offers the biggest bang for the buck by offering better hardware at a cheaper price than most budget tablets of this price. With its chunky size and thick screen bezels, the tablet looks old-fashioned, and its plastic construction feels flimsy. The smooth plastic back has a nice feel, however it’s slippery and lacks a proper grip. Its 7-inch screen has 1024 x 600 pixel resolution and is prone to scratches, whereas its slightly higher-end sibling, the Fire HD 6, features an HD display and Gorilla Glass protection. The viewing angles are also narrower, colors less accurate and the lower brightness isn’t suitable for outdoor use. However, the display quality is comparable to other budget options and most users will find it adequate. The Fire 7’s modest hardware configuration includes a 1.3 GHz Quad-Core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card. While some large games took some time to load, for the most part the tablet performed better than expected. Individual apps and basic games ran smoothly, and even some demanding games like Dead Trigger and Hearthstone were playable with only occasional slowdowns. With a small build, cheap price and over 7 hours of battery life, the Fire 7 is an excellent starter tablet that won’t cost you a fortune.

  • 1.3 GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD, up to 256 GB
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Fire OS 5
  • 0.69 lbs

Pros

  • Low price
  • Sturdy build
  • Long battery life
  • MicroSD expansion slot

Cons

  • Low resolution
  • Both cameras are poor

Summary

Most competing tablets do not offer the same combination of price, performance and build quality as the Fire 7, although users will be restricted to limited apps on the Amazon store.

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Nextbook Flexx 8.9

The Nextbook Flexx 8.9 is a portable Windows 10 tablet and one of the cheapest devices to come with a detachable keyboard for easy typing. With thick bezels surrounding the screen and a chunky design, it resembles the look of other budget tablets of this size. The included keyboard is a useful accessory that converts this tablet into a mini laptop, but it won’t replace a full-sized keyboard for regular typing. The 1280 x 800 IPS panel is actually considered high-resolution in the budget category and it is sharp enough to offer an enjoyable viewing experience. The Flexx 8.9 comes with a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3735G Quad-Core processor that is able to run the majority of apps in the Windows Store as well as some lightweight Windows desktop programs. Storage won’t be an issue since it has 32GB of internal storage and the option to add up to 64GB via microSD card. The limited memory of 1GB and a weak integrated GPU are two of its drawbacks that will limit multitasking and gaming performance. For connections, you get a microUSB 2.0 port, a micro-HDMI port and a standard USB 2.0 port that lets you connect external peripherals without the need of an OTG cable. Its battery should last over 4 hours on normal usage and it can be extended by using the battery saving feature or turning down the brightness. If you want a netbook like experience on a budget tablet, the Flexx 8.9 is definitely the way to go.

  • Intel Atom Z3735G [View Benchmarks]
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 8.9-inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10
  • 2.6 lbs

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Fst day-to-day performance
  • Large storage
  • Detachable keyboard with standard USB 2.0 port

Cons

  • Heavy for its size
  • Keyboard has small keys

Summary

A well-priced Windows 10 tablet that may be a good alternative to your old Netbook for browsing the web and occasional document editing.

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More Tablets Under $100

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iRULU eXpro X1 Mini

The iRULU eXpro X1 Mini is powered by a 1.3 GHz Allwinner A33 Quad Core processor that isn’t the top of its class, but it’s more than enough for running Facebook, taking short notes, watching Youtube videos or playing basic games. However, with only 512 GB of RAM it’s not feasible to run memory hungry apps and games on this tablet. This tablet has 16GB of internal storage, which is rare for a budget device, and there’s also a microSD slot for expansion. It has an adequately sharp 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. The tablet lasts four hours on battery, which is decent and on par with most competitors. The built-in speakers are clear but not very loud so it’s recommended to use headphones or external speakers for better audio. It has built-in Wi-Fi but lacks other useful options like Bluetooth, NFC and GPS. However, with an external USB dongle you can not only add Bluetooth but also 3G data connection to this device. Overall, iRULU eXpro X1 Mini delivers decent budget performance and will handle most apps with ease.

  • Allwinner A33
  • RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 0.3MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.1 lbs

Pros

  • Compact build
  • Speedy Quad Core processor
  • Good battery life
  • Higher internal storage than other budget options

Cons

  • Poor dual cameras
  • No Bluetooth

Summary

This iRULU eXpro X1 mini is the perfect choice for new tablet users as well as children who could use a tablet for simple tasks such as email, web surfing and light gaming.

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Alldaymall A88X 7-inch

The Alldaymall A88X is a compact 7-inch tablet with modest hardware and a simple design. Like its budget counterparts it has a plastic build with thick bezels around the screen, giving it a slightly outdated look. Its 7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024×600 pixel, which offers adequate clarity for viewing all types of content. However, it isn’t high quality as the IPS panels on pricier tablets, and it suffers from a lot of glare making it unsuitable for using in bright sunlight. In terms of speed, the 1GHZ Quad Core processor is more than capable of handling daily tasks like web surfing, video chats and basic Android games. The 512MB of RAM is quite low, limiting the performance especially when multitasking. Out of the onboard 8GB only 5GB of storage is actually free while the rest of the space is occupied by the Android 4.4 system files. Fortunately, the tablet has a microSD slot for storage expansion. Audiophiles will be disappointed with the sound coming from its tiny rear speaker so it’s recommended to purchase a headset or a cheap Bluetooth speaker. The cameras on this device are very low quality and don’t take any remarkable images worthy of profile picture update. The battery life is acceptable lasting around 3 to 4 hours with brightness set at half. All in all, the A88X is a well-equipped tablet for basic use and it is worth the price despite its budget shortcomings.

  • Allwinner 1.0GHz A33 Quad Core
  • SDRAM DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (TN)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 3.5 lbs

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Decent day-to-day performance
  • Acceptable battery life
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • Storage and memory is quite low
  • Mediocre rear speaker
  • Narrow viewing angle

Summary

If you’re looking for a well-made tablet with basic features for everyday use, the A88X is worth its price.

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Tagital T7X

The Tagital T7X featuring entry-level hardware is aimed at budget buyers who want basic a tablet experience at the lowest possible price. It has a relatively slim design and glossy finished back, which feels comfortable and light to hold. The plastic casing with thick frames around the screen gives it the same cheap look as other low-end tablets. The 7-inch TFT display has good sensitivity, but suffers from low sharpness due to its 800 x 480 pixels resolution and poor viewing angles. However, the display clarity is acceptable for webpages and videos. The A33 Cortex-A7 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor with Mali-400 GPU allows fast navigation and lag-free gaming on the Android 4.4 KitKat OS. However, with only 512MB of RAM it’s not feasible to run memory hungry apps and games. Its four hours of battery life is good but there are longer lasting competitors that cost slightly less. The tablet’s built-in speakers are clear but not very loud so it’s recommended to use headphones or external speakers for better audio. If you want a lightweight tablet for daily apps and web browsing, the Tagital T7X will do the job for cheap, and it can also be a great gift to children provided you don’t need the parental control features found on kid’s exclusive tablets.

  • ARM A33 Cortex-A7 Quad-Core
  • RAM
  • Internal Storage: 4GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixels (TN)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 0.56 lbs

Pros

  • Siim design
  • Fast processor
  • MicroSD card slot
  • OTG support

Cons

  • Low screen resolution
  • Poor sound from the speaker
  • Rear camera produces grainy images

Summary

Keeping expectations reasonable, the T7X offers adequate performance for budget users who want a tablet only for the most basic activities.

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ASUS Zenpad 7 Z170C-A1-BK 7-Inch

The Zenpad 7 Z170C-A1-BK is an attractively designed 7-inch budget tablet. It has thin screen bezels and curved edges similar to the Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30, but it feels more expensive thanks to the textured back which feels like the faux leather used on the cover of the premium Samsung Galaxy tablets. The 7-inch IPS screen is clear and vivid, and although the 1024 x 600 pixels resolution looks inadequate on paper, it delivers a satisfying viewing experience for users who are into e-books and YouTube videos. The tablet runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with ASUS’s ZenUI on top. Along with Google’s usual bundle of apps, more than 20 third party apps are included. Some of these extra apps are useful but most are simply bloatware that can only be disabled but not completely uninstalled unless you go through the rooting process. The tablet is powered by a 64-bit Intel Intel Atom x3-C3200 Quad-Core processor combined with 1GB of RAM. Thus, this device is clearly designed for simple tasks and not for 3D gaming or multitasking. Scrolling through webpages, navigating menus and launching apps should go smoothly as long as you don’t overuse the system memory. The Zenpad S 7 has 16GB of internal storage, a huge chunk of which is occupied by the preinstalled apps. Fortunately, there is a microSD card slot for expansion. It has a battery life of 8 hours, which lasts even longer after enabling the power saving feature. All in all, while there are similarly fast competitors, the Zenpad 7’s portability and build quality is currently unrivaled at this price point. ASUS released the Zenpad 7 alongside its higher-end ZenPad S 8.0, which comes with powerful internal hardware, modern connectivity options and a sharper display for its price.

  • Intel Atom x3-C3200 1.2GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSDXC Expansion up to 64GB
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 0.6 lbs

Pros

  • Thin frame
  • Solid build
  • Fast day-to-day performance
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Back camera is of low quality,
  • ZenUI looks cluttered
  • Pre-installed bloatware

Summary

A decent tablet for users who mostly hang out on the internet, watch videos and update social media profiles without any heavy lifting activities in the memory and graphics departments.

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Dragon Touch M7 7-Inch

The Dragon Touch M7 is an upgraded version of the Y88X and comes with a slightly improved design, better internal hardware and extra connectivity features. It is lighter and more compact in size and sports an attractive white back cover as opposed to the dull black casing on its predecessor. Besides micro-USB and Bluetooth, it has an HDMI port and GPS, both of which are not included in most low-end tablets. With no added bloatware, the software interface of the vanilla Android 4.4 KitKat is very simple and user friendly, and you can also upgrade it to 5.0 Lollipop after contacting the Tablet Express customer support. The 1024×600 pixel-resolution IPS display is bright and clear and has good viewing angles. It’s not the sharpest screen, but you won’t find anything better for the same price. It has a 1.3 Ghz Mediatek Quad Core processor that does a decent job of handling basic apps, games, web browsing and video streaming. It offers a lag free experience as long as you don’t overuse its 1GB of RAM with too many background apps. Its 8GB of storage is enough for small apps, games and music files, and you can always use the micro SD slot for expansion. Cheap tablets mostly suffer from poor battery life, but the M7’s 4.5 hours runtime should satisfy most users.

  • Mediatek MT8127 1.3 GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.2 lbs

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Clear IPS display
  • Decent day-to-day performance
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • Outdated look
  • Glossy cover feels cheap

Summary

While not the most advanced or the most beautiful, the M7 offers all the essential hardware and the latest software features to keep budget users happy.

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Astro Tab A10

The Astro Tab A10 is a 10-inch slate featuring a basic design with rounded corners and thick bezels around the screen. Its plastic casing is free of any textures and it has no capacitive buttons. There is a power button and a volume key on the top and a 3.5mm headphone jack, DC charging port, HDMI port, microUSB and a microSD card slot housed on the right edge. Weighing slightly over a pound, the A10 is easy to carry and fits easily inside a backpack due to its manageable 0.4mm thickness. Its 1280 x 800 resolution display is not as “stunning” as advertised, but it’s certainly ahead of the pack. It is bright, clear, and doesn’t suffer from poor viewing angles like most cheap tablets. The laptop is running a stock version of the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop, and without any pre-installed bloatware, the rather limited 16GB of internal storage isn’t occupied by unnecessary apps. The A10 delivers fast performance due to its powerful 2GHz Octa Core processor combined with 1GB of RAM. Except for the most demanding apps, everything loads up quickly and swapping between active apps is also smooth. However, the limited memory does become a bottleneck when you try to multitask intensively. Other features on this tablet include dual cameras, Bluetooth and a respectable 5 hour battery life.

  • Allwinner A83 2.0GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 10.1 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 1.2 lbs

Pros

  • Large display
  • Decent battery life
  • Vanilla Android experience
  • Fast performance for the price

Cons

  • Quiet speakers
  • Bad cameras

Summary

While both its design and hardware aren’t close to that of higher quality slates, the Tab A10 offers excellent performance for the price and packs all essential features for basic media entertainment and web browsing.

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Kids Tablets Under $100 – Top Picks

These tablets are geared towards younger children and are jam backed with great educational content. Parents can also view our childrens guide to the best kids tablets on the market for more child friendly tablet options.

fire-hd-kids-edition Fire Kids 7-inch

The Fire Kids 7 is a budget tablet with kids-oriented software & design features. It has the same hardware components and design as the current bestseller, the Fire 7, but costs a bit more for the additional parental control features, kid friendly user interface and a child-proof casing. The tablet feels firm and lightweight even with the case on and it fits comfortably in the hands of the kids without adding much extra weight. This tablet comes with a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, which is quite low but because it’s an IPS panel, it has better image quality than the TN panels on most low-price tablets. The hardware components consist of a 1.3GHz Quad Core Processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Out of the 8GB of onboard storage only 5 is free, so for media consumption users getting a microSD is a must. If you don’t want a “kids” tablet, there are similarly priced tablets with a better display, larger storage and a faster CPU. However, compared to other Kids tablet, the Fire Kids Edition is one of the best devices available. The battery life lasts close to the advertised 7 hours, which is adequate, and the sound from the mono speaker is also sufficiently clear. The Fire 7 tablets are based on the Amazon ecosystem, meaning instead of the Google Play Store users get access to the Amazon App Store. The Fire Kids Edition has some extra software features compared to other standard Fire Tablets. It has Amazon FreeTime camera and photo software that lets kids get creative with editing tools for adding sticks and drawing on their photos. Amazon’s parental control features allow parents to create accounts for their kids and then restrict access to certain types of content. The software bundle also includes a 1-year subscription of Kindle Freetime Unlimited that gives unlimited access to thousands of kids-oriented books, videos, learning apps and games. All in all, if you are afraid to give your kids your iPad, the affordable Fire Kids 7 is a fun-filled tablet that is designed to last and gives you full control of your child’s contents.

  • Quad-core 1.3GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD slot
  • Cameras: Front 1.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Fire OS 4
  • 0.88 lbs

Pros

  • Sturdy and durable casing
  • Excellent parental controls
  • Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Content
  • Good value for the money

Cons

  • Low resolution display
  • Average performance
  • Below average battery life

Summary

The Amazon Fire Kids Edition offers good parental controls and quality content that will please both you and your kids. It is not the fastest device nor does the battery offer the best endurance, but with a price tag that reads below $100, you are guaranteed great value for your money.

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LeapPad Platinum

LeapPad Platinum is a 7-inch tablet designed for kids between 3-9 years old. Unlik, regular tablets that easily shatter on impact, the Platinum is better equipped to survive accidents due to its shatter-safe screen and wrap-around bumper. It has bright colors and big buttons which children will find attractive. The 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display is nowhere as sharp as high-end tablets, but it’s a welcome upgrade over previous LeapPad models. The platinum has a larger display than its siblings but its battery life is still the same, lasting five hours on a charge. Other upgrades include a faster 1GHz processor and a larger 8GB of storage. The package also includes a stylus to make it easier for the kids to scribble on the screen. The LeapPad operating system provides quick access strictly to kid-friendly applications and games. The pre-installed kid-safe browser gives kids access to restricted content thereby mitigating any risk of exposure to anything harmful online. With customizable parental control features, parents can determine what games, apps and features the kids can have access to. Overall, the LeapPad Platinum is built to last and features all the essential components to facilitate kid’s learning. If you want a tablet just for the children, this is a safer choice than Android based kid’s tablets.

  • 1GHz
  • RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: none
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (TN)
  • LeapFrog OS
  • 1.2 lbs

Pros

  • Strong and durable design
  • Power efficient idle-mode
  • Remarkable parental controls
  • Stylus functionality

Cons

  • Sluggish performance
  • Average screen resolution
  • Limited app selection
  • Average battery life

Summary

The LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum is designed specifically for kids and will therefore withstand the mishandling of clumsy little hands. If you have no problem digging into your wallet for extra content, it promises to offer a fun learning experience for your child.

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LeapFrog LeapPad3

The LeapFrog LeapPad3 is a feature rich learning tablet with a shatter-safe screen and an attractive soft bumper to withstand rugged use by kids. Compared to the original which had a single core 550MHz processor, the LeapPad3 offers almost twice the performance thanks to a faster 1GHz Quad-Core processor. Other improvements include a new battery indicator, 480p video recording and placement of the stylus more securely on the back rather than on the side like on the previous model. Unlike the original which used rechargeable AA batteries, the LeapPad 3 features a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery that lasts over 6.5 hours on a charge, The display quality of the 5-inch screen has remained unchanged and sports the same 480×272 pixels resolution, but the sensitivity seems to have been improved so that touch responses are more accurate. The LeapPad 3 comes with more educational apps and games to keep the children busy and even has Wi-Fi so that kids can share apps and play cooperative games with kids with another LeapPad 3. It gives full control to parents with tools that let you create security codes, manage Kids profiles and control App Center access. The device also supports all the apps and cartridges purchased for the LeapPad 2. It may not have the latest specs or the slickest apps like an iPad but it’s actually much better built for kids. With an affordable price and robust build compared to most adult tablets, the LeapPad3 is a hit among younger kids.

  • 1.0GHz Quad-Core
  • RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: None
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 2MP
  • 5 inch, 480 x 272 pixels (TN)
  • LeapFrog OS
  • 1.9 lbs

Pros

  • Rugged build
  • Access to a vast library of kid’s app
  • Good parental control features,
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Apps are relatively expensive
  • Low internal storage

Summary

While the LeapPad 3 may lack the power and attractiveness of an expensive iPad, it has the necessary features to help a 3-9 year old learn and stay entertained, and parents need not empty their wallets in the process.

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The Nabi 2S is one of the best Android tablets for kids available on the market with excellent hardware features comparable to mainstream tablets. Most kid’s tablets suffer from cheap build quality and poor hardware specs, leading to cripplingly slow performance. With a 1.3GHz Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor backed by 1GB of RAM, the Nabi 2S even manages to beat the 2012 Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 on CPU benchmark tests. It has a robust build encased by a protective bumper that is capable of surviving drops of up to 7 feet. The only minor downside of the sturdy build is that it makes the tablet a little heavy. On the software side, it includes many interesting kids oriented features including educational apps and excellent parental controls which limit a child’s access to various system settings, apps & games, websites and media files. While it ships with Android 4.2, the operating system can be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat. Unlike its predecessor, the Nabi 2 which only has a built-in kids app store, the 2S gives users access to all the Android app markets when the tablet is in “Parent mode”. All in all the Nabi 2S is a full-featured Android tablet with more powerful specs than most other child-friendly tablets on the market.

  • Nvidia 1.2 GHz Tegra 3.0 [View Benchmarks]
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD cards
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (TN)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.31 lbs

Pros

  • Fast and responsive
  • Sturdy build
  • Great battery life
  • Ample storage
  • Higher resolution than most kids’ tablets

Cons

  • Glossy screen is a fingerprint magne
  • Poor quality speakers

Summary

The Fuhu nabi 2S’s solid performance, rugged design, preloaded children’s content and useful parental tools make it a great kids’ tablet and regular Android tablet in its own right.

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nabi DreamTab HD8

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Kids love tablets.  Everybody knows that.  However, just because they love them doesn’t mean you need to run out and buy them an unsecured Android tablet or even an iPad.  You want to safely introduce your child to the world of tablets with something that you can control.  The nabi DreamTab HD8 is one of the best choices available for kids.  It comes preloaded with many different apps that your child will love and it is compatible with the Google Play Store so you can expand your child’s library of apps easily.  However, many of the apps require a credit card in order to use and any app you load from Google Play won’t have the same security as the apps that come with the tablet.  The screen is bright and clear with impressive resolution of 1920 x 1200 for this price range and the tablet is sturdy but light making it perfect for your young child to carry around the house.  Overall, the nabi DreamTab HD8 is a great choice if you are looking for a tablet with decent specs but with protection designed for kids so you can be sure they are safe while they are using their tablet.

  • Nvidia tegra 4.0 1.6GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD, up to 32GB
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 8 Inch, 1920 X 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.46 lbs

Pros

  • Large screen
  • Vast selection of apps for children
  • Secure system
  • Decent hardware for a kid's tabblet

Cons

  • Premium apps and games can get expensive

Summary

The DreamTab HD8 is a good upgrade, if you want a bigger display and more powerful hardware than your kid’s current tablet.

nabi DreamTab HD8
from $169.99$79.96
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VTech InnoTab Max Kids 7-inchVTech InnoTab Max Kids 7-inch tablet

Released in 2014, the InnoTab Max is VTech’s bestselling device to date, and while competition in the kids tablets class is stiff, it still manages to get more than a few things right. The design for instance, is as child-friendly as they come. The chassis is made of smooth and refined plastic, whose strength is enhanced by a robust cover that doubles as a kickstand. There is a slot for the stylus conveniently placed on the back panel, as well as an array of useful connectivity options all around the device. The 7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024×600 pixels which although modest, compares fairly well with immediate competitors. Above the screen is an acceptable 2MP camera that rotates 180 degrees to double up as the rear sensor. Software-wise, the InnoTab Max runs a closed off Android OS overlain with a largely kids-based interface that only allows access to VTech-approved apps and sites. That said, your child gets a good selection of pre-installed programs, and the Learning Lodge app store is well populated with expert-supported and age-appropriate content. Parental controls are also adequate, which means you can track and supervise everything your child does with the device. Like most toy tablets, the VTech InnoTab Max packs uninspiring internal hardware. Booting up takes around 30 seconds, and general navigation is plagued by unpleasant lags. While sloppy performance is an expected snag, the same can’t be said about the battery life, which at a little above 6 hours falls short of the 8-hour kids’ tablets average.

VTech InnoTab Max Kids 7-inch
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NeuTab K1 10.1-inch

Very few manufacturers can afford to price a fully-functional tablet at less than $100, and NeuTab is one of them. When it comes to hardware and power, the NeuTab K1 is not the wealthiest of the bunch, its design also does little to please the eye, but getting a 10-inch tablet with its price tag is next to impossible. That is the K1’s main selling point. Structurally, the tablet is more or less what we would expect. Its all-plastic casing feels fairly solid and thanks to a soft and grippy back, holding the tablet feels comfortable. Weighing 1.2 pounds and measuring 0.4 inches thick, the K1 can be unwieldy for some users, but we are reserving our criticism for its most disappointing feature; the screen. While most 10-inch budget tablets do well with 720p resolution displays and some are even crossing over to the Full-HD territory, the NeuTab K1 lags far behind with an underwhelming 1024 x 600-pixel resolution panel. Text appear fairly sharp, but picture quality is dismal and colors are not saturated. Running things is Android 5.1 Lollipop and although we cannot be sure of any future updates, the interface is impressively kept clean and easy to navigate. Rigged with a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and 1GB RAM, The K1 offers enough performance for basic operations and simple multitasking. Moderately demanding game titles like Temple Run and Subway Surfers also play without any significant issues. 16GB internal storage is more than we would expect at this price range and as for the battery life, you can thank the low resolution screen for a remarkable 19-hour endurance on a single charge.

  • Mediatek MTK8127 1.3GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: SD card
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 2MP
  • 10.1 inches, 1024x600 Pixels pixels (TN)
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 1.2 lbs

Pros

  • Solid design
  • Decent performance
  • Great battery life
  • Very good value for the money

Cons

  • Poor display quality
  • Bulky

Summary

If you can cope with the average display quality, the NeuTab K1 10 is a stellar budget tablet whose value for the money is hard to ignore.

NeuTab K1 10.1-inch
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LeapFrog Epic 7LeapFrog-Epic-7

LeapFrog, one of the bestselling manufacturer of kid’s tablets, now brings you LeapFrog Epic, the latest Kid’s tablet featuring upgraded hardware and software for a slightly higher launch price than the earlier models. It is more expensive than competitors like Fire HD and Dragon Touch Y88X Kids Edition, but features more powerful internal hardware. The previous generation of LeapFrog tablets had very limited number of apps installed and some models even required game cartridges. Running Android KitKat 4.4 on a customized skin, the Epic has over 20 Leapfrog exclusive games and apps pre-installed, and it’s even possible to sideload any Android app via Amazon App Store. This means the Epic offers better flexibility in software than previous models. The Epic feels well-made but the thick screen bezels gives it an outdated look that isn’t sleek. The tablet comes with additional accessories like a silicone bumper for protection and a stylus for the kids to doodle. For a relatively expensive children’s tablet, it is a little disappointing to see that the Epic features a low quality TN display instead of an IPS panel like that on the cheaper Fire HD 7. The low resolution of 1024×600 is also not what one would expect at this price, but kids will probably not mind. One aspect where LeapFrog Epic excels at is in the hardware performance. Most kids tablets pack less than standard specs, but this tablet has a snappy 1.3 GHz Quad-Core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with a microSD slot for expansion. This delivers a satisfying performance even when running slightly heavier tasks. The battery life of 6 hours isn’t bad and the speakers are quite good as well.

  • 1.3 GHz Quad core
  • RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD slot
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.28 lbs

Pros

  • kids-friendly user interface
  • Ability to sideload apps
  • Excellent parental control features
  • Durable design with sturdy bumper

Cons

  • Low resolution screen
  • Poor cameras
  • Expensive LeapFrog store

Summary

If you know your kids can compromise on the average hardware and low resolution, the LeapFrog Epic is a well-priced device that offers engaging software thoughtfully tailored for children.

LeapFrog Epic 7 kids tablet
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Dragon Touch Y88X Kids Edition

Identical to the original Y88X, the Y88X Kids Edition is a budget friendly kids tablet featuring pre-installed apps for kids and comprehensive parental control features that allow you to monitor your kids’ activities and restrict any type of usage such as web browsing, downloads and app access. The tablet also has the Zoodles Kid mode installed that features various educational apps, games, books, videos and other contents for kids all for free. The content adapts to the kid’s age and skill level, and the learning experience can be customized by the parents themselves. The tablet has a plastic build protected by a childproof case made of high quality silicone material that is durable, lightweight and environment-friendly. Besides the controlled “kids mode”, running on Android KitKat 4.4 the tablet gives full access to thousands of apps in the Google Play Store. The design is sturdy enough to survive minor bumps and falls which the tablet is likely to endure at the hands of kids. The 7-inch LCD display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution is not the sharpest but looks good when viewed from a straight angle. Under the hood is a low-end 1.2GHZ Quad Core processor that does a good job of running day to day apps and basic games. If you plan on installing multiple social media apps or extensively browsing the internet using third party apps like Chrome browser, paying a little extra for 1GB of RAM on the Fire 7 Kids edition is worth it. However, for exclusive apps for children, the default 512MB of memory is more than adequate. The built-in 8GB of storage will run out fast if you install many apps or save large media files. Fortunately there is microSD slot for expansion. Overall, as a budget tablet the Y88X does offer good value for money, but as an exclusive kids-tablet the Fire HD 7 Kids Edition is a better option.

  • 1.2 GHz quad-core
  • DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD slot
  • Cameras: Front 0.1MP, Rear 0.1MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 0.57 lbs

Pros

  • High performance to price ratio
  • Fast processor
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Low-resolution screen

Summary

The Dragon Touch Y88X offers many features for what you pay, the kids’ features and child-friendly interface make it a great inexpensive tablet for kids.

Dragon Touch Y88X Kids Tablet 7-inch
from $79.99$59.99
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Final Word of Warning

The sub-$100 tablet market is full of gimmicks and cheap imitations from relatively unknown manufacturers. Furthermore, user reviews on sites such as Amazon.com can be rigged when dealing with less than reputable Chinese manufacturers. If you’re serious about getting a quality tablet that will last you may want to save up a few extra bucks and head over to our guide to tablets under $200 or checkout our guides to the best 7 inch tablets, the best 8 inch tablets and the best 10 inch tablets.  The list above was put together carefully based on the tablets that appear most trustworthy, but when it comes to sub-$100 tablets be extra careful when buying from an unknown brand!

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