Finding the Best Budget Tablets Under $100

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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 – 16 GB (2017)

Amazon’s 2017 edition of the Fire HD 8 has earned itself a top spot in the bestsellers list on Amazon due to its great value and overall performance. This budget tablet features an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 LCD IPS screen, which many users found to be more than sufficient. However, the folks over at Trusted Reviews have found that the screen reflects quite a bit of ambient light, which could be a little annoying and inconvenient at times. Little complaints were directed towards its performance, with users finding that the 1.3Ghz quad-processor ensures a rather responsive tablet. The battery life is around 12 hours for most and it features Amazon’s super helpful and super intuitive AI, Alexa. FireOS is based on Android, but some found that it does take some time to get used to it. The Amazon Appstore is packed with apps, however, some of the best Android apps, such as the Google suite of apps, are absent, which may be disappointing for some. The Fire HD 8 also comes with useful parental control abilities and a rather impressive battery life of around 12-hours. The two stereo speakers have been commended by many, finding that they are loud and clear enough when used for both movies and music. The RAM is still the same as the previous version at 1.5GB, and as mentioned above, it allows for reasonable performance and makes multitasking fairly easy. The Fire HD 8 remains a popular budget tablet amongst Amazon customers, and thanks to its great price and decent performance, it will surely remain one of the top 2017 budget tablets.

  • 1.3GHz
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 8 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels pixels (IPS)
  • Fire OS 5
  • 0.81 lbs

Pros

  • Speaker quality
  • Decently Responsive
  • Long battery life
  • Alexa capabilities
  • Decent screen quality
  • Good value

Cons

  • Lackluster camera quality
  • Fire OS is not for everyone
  • No Google Apps on Amazon Appstore
  • Lockscreen adverts

Summary

The 2017 Amazon Fire HD 8 is one of the best budget tablets currently available, offering a pleasing overall performance with a great battery life, but its cameras are average at best, and the Fire OS may not be for everyone.

Amazon fire HD 8 16 GB (7th generation)
$79.99
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Amazon Fire 7 -16GB (2017)

Amazon Fire HD 7 16 GB (7th generation) tablet

The 2017 edition of the Fire 7 still pushes for top spot in the low-end tablet market. Minor changes have been implemented to improve the user experience of this already incredibly cheap tablet. While the resolution of 1024 x 600 is pretty low, the 7-inch screen has been improved in terms of clarity and contrast thanks to what Amazon says is an improved IPS panel. Alexa, Amazon’s AI, has also been integrated and remains a super useful and helpful assistant. Those with fairly modest expectations were rather impressed with the performance of the Fire 7. Packing a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, it handles most applications reasonably well, but you can definitely expect some slowdowns with certain resource heavy applications, especially since it only has 1GB of RAM. The camera quality is one of the biggest let downs for users, with the rear camera only being 2MP, and the front a VGA camera. Fire OS is reasonably easy to navigate, but the lack of the Chrome browser and the Google Play Store could turn away potential buyers. To make full use of the all the Amazon services offered by this Amazon orientated tablet, you will need to get an Amazon Prime membership. The battery life is said to be around 7 hours in the Amazon product description, but this is surely for light users, as those who use the tablet heavily suggest that they only get around 4 hours. On top of this, the 5V 1a charger charges incredibly slowly, taking around 6 hours to fully charge according to the folks over at Trusted Review. Amazon’s Fire 7 is marketed towards those on a lower budget, delivering a decent performance for the incredibly low price. The battery life and slow charging can be frustrating, however, and the fact that it is heavily Amazon services orientated.

  • 1.3GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD slot
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels pixels (IPS)
  • Fire OS 5
  • 0.65 lbs

Pros

  • Exceptional value
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Decent performance
  • Alexa

Cons

  • 600p screen resolution
  • Camera quality
  • Amazon Silk
  • Slow charging

Summary

The Amazon Fire 7 suffers from a few drawbacks, such as a rather low resolution screen and the slow charging, but it puts up a decent performance for a tablet in this price range, remaining a popular budget tablet.

Amazon Fire 7 – 16 GB (7th generation)
$69.99
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Samsung Galaxy Tab E Litesamsung-galaxy-tab-e-lite

While Samsung has always been a dominant force in the tablet industry, it has not been particularly famous for its budget-friendly devices. This year’s Tab E is therefore a rare addition to the Galaxy line of products. As expected, the tablet suffers more than a few tolerable compromises, which include a somewhat boring design, a modest 1024×600-pixel resolution 7-inch display, and inadequate sound output from the weak speaker situated at the back of the device. The software however, is one of the areas the Tab E Lite excels the most. Based on Android 4.4 KitKat, Samsung has been gentle enough to leave the user interface largely unpopulated by intrusive bloatware, while offering up a decent array of useful perks. Among these is a very intuitive Kid’s mode, which is especially designed with kids in mind, and has adequate parental control features that will effectively integrate you to your child’s learning journey. Powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the Galaxy Tab E Lite handles basic tasks and light gaming reasonably well. 8GB internal storage is not much by any standard, but you do get a microSD slot for further memory expansion. Both the 2MP rear camera and the VGA front sensor fit well within the tablet’s price constraints. The 3600 Li-Ion cell is however more commendable, as you get up to a decent 8 hours of video play time and a little over 9 hours of continuous internet browsing.

  • 1.3Ghz 4 Spreadtrum T -Shark
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card
  • Cameras: Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 0.68 lbs

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Pleasant Android OS experience
  • Remarkable battery life

Cons

  • Poor screen quality
  • Old Android version
  • Modest performance
  • Insufficient internal storage

Summary

For some, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7 might not come off as a good bargain; but if you have long admired and appreciated Samsung devices and the quality they come with, this one will not let you down.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7-Inch (8 GB, Black)
$119.99$99.99
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NuVision (2017)

NuVision (2017) 8-inch tablet

If you’re a Windows fan, and you are on a tight budget, the 2017 Nuvision 8-inch budget tablet should not be overlooked. It boasts a Full-HD display that is said to be sharp and clear, and runs most basic tasks with relative ease. The Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Quad-Core Processor does take a hit when resource heavy apps are running, however. The 2GB of RAM is decent for multitasking and most thought that the tablet feels good in hand with its lightweight build, weighing in at 9.6-ounces. It has a dedicated Windows capacitive key on the front of the device, and two built-in speakers at the bottom. There were some reports that its Wi-Fi is terribly slow, making web page load times slightly slow and updates a headache. Furthermore, the battery life has received quite a bit of criticism. It states that it has around 6 hours of battery on a single charge, but some reports suggest around 4 hours at most. It has 32GB of internal storage, but it may be recommended to upgrade that to 64GB via a microSD card, as Windows 10 does take up quite a bit of space, leaving you with only 10-14GB of free space for you to work with, and apps and files will fill up that space really quickly. Its screen is said be responsive and easy to use. Some found that it froze randomly, however, requiring a reboot. This does prove to be rather frustrating, but for the price, most were still impressed with its capabilities.

  • Intel Atom x5-Z8300 1.44 GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB DDR RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: MicroSD
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 8 Inch, 1920 x 1200 pixels pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10
  • 0.6 lbs

Pros

  • Well priced
  • Windows 10
  • Full-HD display
  • Good at basic tasks
  • Lightweight design

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Struggle with resource heavy apps
  • Some reports of freezing issues
  • Slow Wi-Fi

Summary

The 2017 NuVision budget Windows 10 tablet is well priced and does the basics well, but its battery life and reportedly slow WiFi may be deal breakers for some.

NuVision (2017) 8-inch
$76.46
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Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet – 16 GB (2017)

Amazon’s 2017 Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet is well suited to kids and for the price, it’s a steal. The 7-inch IPS screen is plenty for its target market, and built kid-proof with its foam shell that surrounds the tablet. While the resolution of 1024 x 600 is fairly low, it shouldn’t distract kids. The interface is designed for kids, who will easily be able to navigate around the tablets various features and apps. Furthermore, it comes with a one year access to FreeTime Unlimited, which gives kids access to 13,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. The tablet also allows for parental controls to be setup, allowing you to monitor and restrict your child’s activities. This is done through a multiple profile setup, allowing you to create separate profiles for you and your kids. With its 1.3GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, the performance is ideal for kids. The battery life is said to be around 8 hours and it comes with a two year guarantee, so if it breaks, you can easily get it replaced. The camera quality is rather poor however, with a 2MP back camera and a VGA front camera. The speaker quality is also not the best, but a pair of headphones can always be plugged in to improve on the listening experience. With younger kids sometimes downloading anything and everything they see, the 16GB as well as the 32GB is fairly limited, and it may be necessary to get an additional SD card.

  • 1.3 GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card reader up to 256GB
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels pixels (IPS)
  • Fire OS 5
  • 0.86 lbs

Pros

  • 2 year guarantee
  • Durable
  • Nice size for kids
  • 1 year FreeTime Unlimited subscription
  • Decent battery life
  • Great price

Cons

  • No touch control
  • Limited internal storage
  • No video auto next feature when not on Wi-Fi

Summary

Amazon’s 2017 Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet offers parents good control of their children’s activities and it allows kids to access good content with FreeTime Unlimited.

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet 16 GB (2017)
$99.99
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ASUS Zenpad 7 Z170C-A1-BK 7-Inch

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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.

ASUS ZENPAD Z170C-A1-BK 7
$99.00$89.00
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Amazon fire HD 8 (2016)Amazon Fire HD 8 8-inch tablet

Priced at less than $100, the 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.

Amazon Fire 7 7-inch
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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
  • 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.

Alldaymall A88X 7-inch
$54.99
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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.

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
  • 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.

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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.

Fire Kids Edition 7-inch
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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.

LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Kids Tablet 7-inch
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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.

LeapFrog LeapPad3 5-inch
$99.99
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from Amazon.com
(as of 17-10-2017 06:45 UTC) Details

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
$169.99
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from Amazon.com
(as of 17-10-2017 06:26 UTC) Details

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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
$79.99
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from Amazon.com
(as of 12-10-2017 06:35 UTC) Details

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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.

Nextbook Flexx 8.9-inch
$189.95
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(as of 17-10-2017 17:11 UTC) Details

 

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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