3 Best Cheap Tablets (Under $50) [2019 Update]
Want to buy a good tablet but worried about going broke? You may not need to spend a cent over $50.
There are excellent cheap tablets that you can get for a very reasonable price that will serve all your needs.
You only need to pay more if you want a branded tablet or a highly specialized tablet for professional use.
Currently, the best budget tablet is Fire Tablet by Amazon. It comes with state-of-the-art features and carries a very reasonable price.
But hey, don’t rush into anything! Scroll down for a selection of more of the best budget tablets under $50 that you can reliably invest in:
|1||Fire Tablet with Alexa, 7" Display, 8 GB, Black - with Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)||122558 Reviews||from $49.99||CHECK PRICE|
|2||Premium RCA Voyager 7-inch Touchscreen Tablet PC 1.2Ghz Quad-Core Processor 1G Memory 16GB Hard...||903 Reviews||from $42.59||CHECK PRICE|
|3||RCA (RCT6673W23M) Mercury 7" Android Tablet with Dual Camera - 8GB (Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google...||27 Reviews||$44.99||CHECK PRICE|
3 Best Budget Tablets Currently Available – 2019
Amazon’s beautiful new Fire tablet is the best budget tablet you will find anywhere. It’s available in four stunning colors.
The Fire tablet is now powered by Alexa, Amazon’s answer to Apple’s Siri. You can read ebooks, watch movies and play App games easily.
New Alexa feature:
The voice-powered AI is now cloud-based. Users only have to press and pose a question.
The best part:
The Fire tablet provides access to the Amazon Underground app marketplace where most apps are free. Of course, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you will have access to more free features.
The tablet has 8GB (up to 16GB) of internal storage so you can store plenty of movies and music. With microSD card, storage is expandable to 200GB.
The 7-inch screen is generously large. It’s optimized for reading books and playing games.
The tablet has a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, which is fairly powerful. We didn’t experience any lag or freezing issues.
An amazing feature:
The battery can last up to 7 hours. Recharging is relatively quick.
The downside to all these amazing features is that everything is related to Amazon. Customization is highly limited.
We were limited to using Amazon apps and services. The price may not seem worth it unless you have a Prime subscription.
- Amazingly affordable
- Comes with Alexa voice AI
- Decent processor power
- Long-lasting battery
- Great screen for reading
- No customization
- Only compatible with Amazon apps
This is a fairly decent tablet that offers great benefits for the price. We didn’t expect much, but we got much more in return.
This highly affordable tablet is really lightweight. It’s great for lugging around in a bag or for kids to play on.
The 7-inch touchscreen is highly responsive. This tablet runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
We were not too impressed with the engine. It only has a 1.2ghz quad-core processor.
It’s not very fast but the lag is minimal. However, don’t expect superior multitasking capability.
One major perk:
It has 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage. This is decently sufficient for most tablet needs.
What it’s best for:
This tablet is great for simple tasks like streaming video, reading ebooks, and browsing the web. Just don’t expect too much.
It has all the necessities like Wifi and Bluetooth. There’s even a webcam video for Skyping.
One major downer:
The battery capacity is small. Don’t expect to use it non-stop for more than 3 or 4 hours.
When streaming, the battery won’t last more than 2 hours. Even smaller smartphones have better battery life than this.
- Suitable for daily needs
- Includes webcam camera
- Good storage capacity
- Responsive touchscreen
- Terrible battery life
- Older processor and OS
Here’s the best feature of this tablet:
The vivid 7-inch screen. Despite the cheap tablet, the high-res screen is akin to something you might find on a $200 tablet.
The screen resolution is particularly clear and sharp for playing video games. Readers might find ebook text more crisp with this tablet.
We expected a slow OS considering the price. While it’s not super fast, there are some features that protect against extreme lag.
A 1.3GHz quad-core processor supported by 8GB of RAM.
This tablet is much faster than what we expected it to be. The performance is fairly decent.
This tablet has both front and rear cameras. That’s a major plus for selfie-takers and Instagram hounds.
One more thing:
The RCA comes with built-in Bluetooth. That’s a rare feature for tablets in this price range.
This tablet has no cellular features. You can use a SIM and make phone calls.
Also, there is no separate cord provided for charging. We had to get our own mini USB cord.
This is another tablet we recommend for kids. While adults may not find many useful features, kids will love watching videos and playing games.
- Hi-res screen
- Decent memory
- Bluetooth supported
- Great for video streaming
- Two cameras
- No SIM card support
- Not fast enough for work use
- No charging cord
Tips for Buying a Cheap Tablet
When you are out shopping for the tablet with just $50, keep the following tips in mind:
Carefully read the specs. Some budget tablets may have the same specs as a more expensive branded one. So, know what the specs mean to make the best decision.
Your needs matter.
If you want to simply surf the web, play the occasional gaming app or read ebooks, a tablet around $50 will be more than enough.
If you want to multitask, play more games and use the tablet for work-related tasks, you should spend $20 or $30 more on bigger internal storage and a faster processor.
Most tablet cameras have very low MP rates and take pictures like smartphones 5 years ago did. So, it’s best not to bother with camera specs at all.
The size of the tablet decides how portable it is. Tablets with screens of 8 inches or less weigh less than a pound. These tablets are very easy to carry around.
Tablets with larger screens may weigh more. The large screen also makes these tablets harder to carry in a handbag.
Find a tablet with a detachable keyboard like Viking Pro mentioned above if you plan on using it for work.
You can also separately buy a Bluetooth laptop keyboard for tablets. Make sure the tablet you buy has Bluetooth capability if you want this option.