Affordable Tablets: 2018 Buyer’s Guide

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There are so many tablet computers in the consumer market; which is good for those looking for affordable options. Tablets vary depending on their specs, which depend on what they are tailored to do. Some of the standard classifications of tablets include gaming, reading, and basic. Now that processors have been getting better, even the most essential tablet is capable of so much more. With a basic tablet, you can read eBooks, listen to music, play games, and watch high-quality videos.

What to look for when buying a tablet

Tablets are straightforward, and there are no sophisticated means of determining what is perfect for your needs. When buying one, make your consideration based on what you intend to use it for. To be on the safe side, here are the factors that you should consider;

Display

When it comes to tablets, the display varies in size, with the most common ones ranging from 7 inches to 10.1 inches. The display will determine the overall size of the tab, so make sure that you choose one that is easy to handle.

Resolution

The resolution can be simply described as the clarity of the screen. Most tablets have a full HD display, meaning that they can handle videos of 1080x720p. When buying your own, make sure that you get a resolution that fits your needs. Particularly if you are going to be using your tablet for media streaming, go for HD.

Processor

The processor is very important, as it determines how snappy and powerful a tablet is. If you are using your tablet for serious gaming, then you should get a tablet with a powerful processor, otherwise, the common processors are more than capable of handling most tasks.

RAM

The RAM or Random Access Memory also plays a role in ensuring that your tablet works faster. The more the RAM, the better performance you will get.

Internal storage

Well, this is pretty much self-explanatory. The more internal storage you get, the more apps, games, and other files you can store on your tablet. Most tablets support external memory cards. Therefore you can add more storage when you need it.

Operating system

Last but not least, you should seriously consider the operating system that is best for you. The most common ones are Android, Windows 8 & 10, and Mac OS.

Our suggestions: Top 10 affordable tablets

If you are looking for a capable yet affordable tablet, here are some solid suggestions for you.


Fire Tablet with Alexa, 7" Display

Features

  • Beautiful 7" IPS display and 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Available in four colors.
  • Now with the Alexa cloud-based voice service - just press and ask
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle e-books, apps and games
  • 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 200 GB of expandable storage
  • Prime members get unlimited access to a huge selection of songs, books, videos and more

Lenovo TAB3 Essential - ZA0R0029US

Features

  • Special p2i Nano-coating technology gives Tab3 7 the water protection you need, so even an accidental spill or splash won't have you worrying.
  • All members of the family can share this versatile tablet, with separate personal profiles and app configurations for every user.
  • Children love the special kid's mode interface, and dedicated profiles just for kids let you control usage and limit access to websites and apps.
  • With adaptive Display technology, the Display and audio controls automatically adjust to the apps you're using, with custom presets for exactly the experience you like best.

NuVision 8-inch Full HD Tablet PC: 2017 Edition

Features

  • 8" Full HD IPS touchscreen (1920 x 1200), 10-finger multi-touch support; Cameras: 2MP front, 5MP rear
  • Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Quad-Core Processor 1.44 GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 1.84 GHz; Intel HD Graphics with shared graphics memory
  • 2GB DDR3L-RS 1333 MHz Memory, 32GB eMMC SSD storage. No Optical Drive
  • 1xMicro SD, 802.11b/g/n (Miracast enabled), Bluetooth, 1 Micro USB (also used for power, cannot be used while charging), 1x Micro HDMI, 1x Headphone/Microphone combo; TPM 2.0, Dimension: 8.80 x 4.90 x 0.40 in (223.52 x 124.46 x 10.16 mm), Includes Micro USB to USB adapter.
  • Windows 10 Home, 32-bit; Battery life up to 6 hours. Weight 0.68lb. Color Silver

ZTE Trek 2 With 8" Display

Features

  • Brilliant 8" Corning® Gorilla® Glass HD display with Resolution (1280x800)
  • Dolby AudioTM powered dual front-facing speakers
  • Octa-core power processor Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 617 (1.5 Ghz) and 2GB RAM and 16GB Memory (expandable memory up to 128GB)
  • 4,600mAh long-lasting battery (up to 10 hours)
  • 5 MP f2.8 Rear-facing camera and 5 MP Front-facing camera

ASUS ZenPaD Z170C-A1-BK 7-Inch 16GB Tablet

Features

  • 7-Inch IPS Display (1024 x 600) with ASUS TruVivid technology for better visual experience
  • Intel Atom x3-C3200 Quad-Core, 64bit, 1.2GHz
  • 1G RAM, 16G Onboard Storage, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2M/0.3M Dual Camera; 1 x microSD Card slot, support up to 64GB SDHC. Does not support SIM card
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop and ZenUI mobile user interface

Dragon Touch S8 8" Display

Features

  • Smooth and Speedy Processor: Equipped with the beat-it-all Intel SOFIA 3G-R Quad Cores CPU, this fabulous tablet presents you a well-responsive web browsing, ultra fluid gaming and video watching experience. With 64 bits capable quad-core processor and an Atom cores with 4X Mali-450 GPU, you can multi-task simultaneously whenever you like. Installed with Android 5.1 Lollipop, you can download the updated games without any concern on the compatibility.
  • Adjustable & Astonishing Viewing Experience: Combined with IPS 178 degree technology, this robust tablet unveils a zero viewing angle dependence and high-quality color reproduction. You can watch videos from wide and adjustable angles which frees you from being prisoned on one precise spot, unlike other affordable tablets. Magnificent 10-point touch control offers the most intuitive experience a tablet can achieve, acute and accurate.
  • Excessively Extendable Capacity: The tablet offers 1GB RAM and 16 GB Flash of onboard memory and includes a micro SD card slot that allows you to add up to 64 GB of additional memory, making it easy to store more songs, videos, photos, and games. Just insert the card and make it another cloud station.
  • Variously Wireless Connection: Feel free to stream online anytime with this built-in 802.11b/g/n4 Wi-Fi. Equipped with the up-to-date Bluetooth 4.0, you can connect multimedia equipment such as Bluetooth headset and speaker to enjoy it in your own way. Plus, FM radio is touch-and-go when you are in the mood for radio programs. The fabulous tablet can be connected with OTG. More choice, more fun.
  • Warranty: On-time customer service/tech support, frequently updated firmware guarantees customer satisfactory. Feel free to contact us whenever a question pops up in your head, we are always here to help.

Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8" HD Display

Features

  • Fire HD 8, now with up to 12 hours of battery life, 2X the storage, and 50% more RAM for faster performance
  • Stunning 8" HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and Dolby Audio. Available in four colors.
  • Now with the Alexa cloud-based voice service - just press and ask
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle e-books, apps and games
  • Prime members get unlimited access to a huge selection of songs, books, videos and more

LG G Pad V495 8.0" Display

Features

  • Fully Compatible with AT&T. Other GSM provider need to check with the network provider for compatibility of the device.Does not work with CDMA Carrier like Verizon or sprint and so on.
  • 4G-LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 29, and 30
  • 3G Bands 850/1900/2100MHz
  • Roaming capability and network frequency support may not be available.Check with your network provider to see if and to what extent they offer support for this device.
  • 8.0" HD+ IPS Display/ Dual Window for Split-Screen Multitasking. Stylus pen/ Full-Size USB Port For Data Share. Q PairTM Links to AndroidTM Smartphones for Tandem Use

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7-Inch Tablet (Refubished)

Features

  • This Certified Refurbished product has been tested and certified to work and look like new, with minimal to no signs of wear, by a specialized third-party seller approved by Amazon. The product is backed by a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic brown or white box. Accessories may be generic and not directly from the manufacturer.
  • Quad-core 1.3 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage plus microSD slot
  • 7.0" IPS Multi-Touch Display, 1280 x 800 Screen Resolution
  • Android OS

Lenovo Tab 10 Tablet, 10.1" HD Touchscreen

Features

  • 10.1" HD touchscreen display (1280 x 800)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor 1.30GHz
  • Android 6.0 OS (Marshmallow), Up to 10 hours of run time on a full charge.
  • 1GB of system memory, 16GB onboard storage memory, additional memory via microSD card slot
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 port, headphone jack, Dual speakers with Dolby Atmos, Back 5MP webcam with autofocus, front 2MP fixed-focus webcam