Tablets under £200

Tablets under £200There was a time when most of the big name tablets, even the 7in ones, were priced similarly to the iPad. Check out this guide from July 2011, including the 16GB Wi-Fi only HTC Flyer at £479.99. Sweet Moses, what were you thinking, HTC?

However, Bob Dylan has written a song about tablets called "The times they are a-changin’", essentially detailing how you can now grab various slates – some old, some new – for less than £200. That’s more like it, man.

Needless to say, the prices are up and down and all over the shop, but here – for our money – are some of the best tablet deals kicking around at the time of writing.

As always, if I’ve forgotten anything, or made some ghastly mistake, hit us up with a tirade in the comments.

Asus Nexus 7

After months of rumours, the Asus Nexus 7 was finally made official in June. It has a wallet-friendly £159 price tag for the 8GB model, rising to £199 for the 16GB.

Tablets under £200If you grab your Asus Nexus 7 directly from the Google Play Store, you can bag £15 of Google Play credit, and a handful of other free content – including Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

On the poop side, the Asus Nexus 7 has no rear camera (there’s a 1.2MP front-facing shooter), however, as a Nexus device, it’s guaranteed to be top of the upgrade list when Key Lime Pie (Android 4.2/5.0) drops.

Oh, and don’t forget the nippy quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is, of course, just one of 673 different Galaxy Tab models. Samsung is a firm believer that one size does not fit all. Fair enough.

Tablets under £200Pluses for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 include front and rear cameras (3MP for the latter), and while the 8GB model is generally more expensive than the Asus Nexus 7 equivalent, it does boast a microSD slot.

Samsung is running a Back to College promotion at the moment, allowing you to claim £30 cashback. The timescales are pretty strict, so make sure you peruse the fine print.

You can currently grab the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for £189.97 (free delivery) from Ebuyer.

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

Tablets under £200This chap is ideal if you fancy something with a larger display. The Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition weighs in at 8.2in. Oh, and it has a 5MP rear snapper. Not too shabby.

Carphone Warehouse is punting the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition for an incredibly reasonable £149, however the deal ends today – so get in quick!

The geekier chaps among you should be aware that the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition has a locked bootloader. Also, it’s currently rocking Honeycomb (Android 3.1), however an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is scheduled for this very quarter. Huzzah!

BlackBerry PlayBook

It’s incredible to think that the BlackBerry PlayBook launched at the same price as the iPad 2. RIM, RIM, RIM, RIM, RIM. What are we gonna do with you?

Tablets under £200While the BlackBerry PlayBook has largely been forgotten, RIM recently announced that the tablet has received 15,000 new apps this year alone. And of course, a new model is expected later this year, which might give the old chap a shot in the arm. Of sorts.

You can currently grab the 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook for just £129 from PC World, while the 32GB model will set you back £149.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2012 at 17:04

I wonder....
Consumer psychology. This is just a potshot, but:
Will people really be 'satisfied' by the cheaper tablets they have been screaming for?
I'm not talking ACTUAL 'quality'... more about the perception.
A lot of people wouldn't touch an Acer laptop because...well, it's Acer. They used to be sold in Tesco, Argos etc... And they usually are cheaper than an equivalent model by Dell or Lenovo or or or...
The iPads were priced in a genius way: cheaper than an iPhone. Cheaper than a mediocre laptop, but not CHEAP.

Oh, I lost my own thread here, but I have the feeling some folks will appreciate the cheapness of the new breed of tabs, but they will develop this nagging feeling that the cheapness shows it's an unnecessary product.

Pondlife  Aug. 21, 2012 at 00:18

None of this stuff we see here daily is a necessary product for most people. Desirable might fit better.

Has the decrease in console prices and increase in some features since they launched made them more unnecessary or just widened their potential?
As the owner of an Acer Netbook, which suits in many respects but not in others I'd be wary of buying from them again.
Many of the above are pretty much firesale prices to remove stock of old or unwanted stuff just cluttering warehouses, I think it's definitely helped them to clear it judging by hukd.

First ipad seems dearer than a mediocre laptop to me, but that's by the by.

Anyway where's Treab to say we ll need a Nexus 7.


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