Last minute Father’s Day gift idea: Tablets under $200 [Photos]
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you still haven’t found a gift for your dad, you may want to consider getting him a tablet.
Nowadays, finding a quality Android tablet for less than $200 is not only possible but also pretty easy. So if you’re looking for a last-minute gift that shows you care, here are some of the best tablets you can buy for less than $200.
Nexus 7 - $199
Google’s Nexus 7 was one of the first quality tablets to become available for less than $200 when it launched last year. The device runs on the latest version of Android, is great for gaming and features an excellent high-definition screen. For $199, you can get a 16-gigabyte version.
Amazon 7-inch Kindle Fire HD - $179 through June 15
If you’re looking for a device built for reading e-books as well as watching movies and TV shows, then you may want to consider the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. This tablet has a great HD screen and comes with 16 GB of storage, but more importantly, it has access to Amazon’s vast catalog of digital content. Normally, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD costs $199, but Amazon is discounting it $20 if you buy before Saturday.
Amazon 7-inch Kindle Fire - $159
You can also purchase the non-HD 7-inch Kindle Fire if you want to save more money. The major difference between this tablet and the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will be the image quality and the fact that it only has 8 GB of storage.
Nook HD 8 GB and 16 GB - $129 and $149
The best Father’s Day discount, though, comes from Barnes & Noble. The giant book retailer is discounting its Android tablets nearly $100. The 8-GB model, which normally costs $199, is down to $129, while the 16-GB Nook HD has been discounted to $149 until the sale ends Sunday when stores close. The Nook HD isn’t as great as what Google and Amazon offer, but recently, Barnes & Noble added the Google Play digital store to its device, giving it access to much more content than before.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 - $169.99
Fans of the Samsung brand will want to consider the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. This tablet features a 7-inch HD display and comes with 8 GB of storage that can be easily expanded using a microSD card, unlike Amazon’s or Google’s tablets. As usual, Samsung has stuffed this tablet with features you won’t find on many of its rivals, including 50 GB of cloud storage through Dropbox and an infrared censor that lets you use the Galaxy Tab as a remote control for your TV.
Idolian Mini Studio - $158
If you don’t want to settle for a 7-inch screen, the Idolian Mini Studio is available for $158 and features an 8-inch HD display. The Android 4.1 tablet comes with all of the basics that you look for in a tablet, including rear and front-facing cameras, a microSD slot and 16 GB of storage. Its aluminum back cover also makes it a good choice if you want an iPad look-alike. You can now get it online for $158.