Fast for a tablet that's only $150. Easily integrates with Amazon accounts and Alexa.
Although the 12-hour battery life is good, others tablets are longer.
Lots of storage. Impressive battery life that's great for binge-watching.
Display not as crisp as other tablets.
It's only $50. Easily integrates with Amazon accounts. Great for streaming.
Slow processing power.
Large screen and impressive audio. Easy-to-use kids mode. Comes with folio.
Short battery life compared to other Lenovo tablets.
Save $80 going with Fire 8 over 10. Choose from fun colors. Good front and rear cameras.
Smaller screen compared to the Fire HD 10.
We have a dirty little secret for you: (*whispers* ) you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get one of the best tablets of 2020. Oh, how quickly we forget that last year’s tablets used to be the cream of the crop. Just because a new generation of tablets is out, that doesn’t mean that the 2019 generation should automatically be shunned. In fact, when shopping for cheap tablets, you should do exactly the opposite.
Going with a budget tablet often means choosing an older model, but there’s really nothing wrong with that. Here’s why:
- Older tablets still have a great battery life
- Many come with 32GB of storage or more
- Most are more portable than newer tablets
- And the obvious one — you can save some serious coin
Pro tip: the best cheap tablets usually come with either 16GB or 32GB, but the price difference is often as little as $10. Spend the extra money, as you’ll want as much power and memory as possible.
If you are looking for a laptop to take with you on road trips, cross country flights, or to keep the kids entertained when you need a break, going with a budget tablet is not only economical, it’s just plain smart. So don’t dip into your savings to buy a new tablet (especially if you only want to stream content or surf the web), instead, go with one of the five best budget tablets below:
1. Amazon Fire HD 10
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get premium features like Alexa hands-free voice commands and a 1080p display. This tablet is great for watching your favorite shows and surfing the web, especially with the 2.0 GHz processor that is faster than both the HD 8 and 7. And you can do so for up to 12 hours before it needs a recharge. For only $150, it’s a pretty fire deal. Supplies are currently low thanks to stay-at-home orders, so snag one of these budget tablets while you still can.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab A
When you want a little more battery life and full out Android OS capabilities, the Galaxy Tab A is a solid choice. It comes with 32GB of storage that can be expanded to 512GB with a micro SD card, which is quite impressive when you consider the price tag. Equally as impressive is the 13-hour battery life, which is better than many newer premium laptops. The Galaxy Tab A is proof that there are good tablets for budget prices available. If you’re looking for the best budget tablets under $150, Samsung is the best Amazon Fire alternative on the market right now.
3. Amazon Fire HD 7
BEST $50 TABLET
This tablet is only $50. That’s right, for only $50 you can get a tablet with Alexa hands-free navigation and 32GB storage (same as Lenovo Tab 4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A). Of course, it sports a bit less processing power, and the 7-hour battery life is on the low-end, but will still get you through a healthy (or unhealthy) dose of binging your favorite shows. And it’s worth repeating: it’s only $50.
4. Lenovo Tab M10
BEST FAMILY TABLET
The Tab M10 has a large 10.1″ screen that’s perfect for surfing the web, using your favorite apps and watching movies and TV. The Tab M10 also has great audio for a tablet, with two front speakers powered by Dolby. This tablet also has a handy kids’ mode, which makes it easy to pass this off to the kids when you need a break. For Android users who need a cheap family tablet, this is the answer. However, if you’re looking for a quality tablet under $150, this device is just as impressive as more expensive premium options. If you care more about battery life, opt for the Lenovo Tab 4, which boasts an incredible 20 hours of battery.
5. Amazon Fire HD 8
You can save yourself about $80 when you go with the Amazon Fire HD 8 over the HD 10. Sure, you get a 2-inch smaller screen and a little less performance, but the 10-hour battery life is still impressive. And the fact that you still get Alexa hands-free navigation makes the deal that much more enticing. If you want to save a little more money on a budget tablet, there’s nothing wrong with going for the smaller HD 8.
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