With their exceptional portability, tablets have become one of the best ways to do internet research, respond to emails, get some reading done or binge watch the latest season of “Stranger Things” on Netflix.
Easier to carry around and use than most laptops, tablets are a great way to access the digital world with the power of a computer but the ease of a phone.
Tablets can be just as expensive as laptop computers though, with most iPads costing well over $600. There are cheaper options available that let you do nearly everything you can with a pricey iPad.
Our roundup includes:
- Apple iPad ($329)
- Samsung Tab A8 ($229)
- Amazon Fire HD 10 ($149)
- Amazon Fire HD 8 ($89)
- Amazon Fire Kids Pro ($139)
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- Access to Apple’s ecosystem of apps and games
- Large, bright 10.2” LED-backlit retina display
- Powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chip
Who’s it for?
Apple’s iPad is perfect for people who want the best tablet experience for the best price without many sacrifices.
Yes, iPads are some of the most expensive tablets available, but hear us out.
This is Apple’s entry-level iPadnot the more expensive iPad Air or iPad Pro. It comes in at $329 for the base model with 64 GB of storage.
The iPad is the most expensive budget tablet on our list, but there is good reason to consider the standard iPad. It’s the king of cheap tablets.
Regarding tablets, no one else provides what Apple’s stellar ecosystem can with its iPad lineup, including millions of apps for games or everyday use. Many apps are tablet-optimized for a great experience on the iPad’s 10.2-inch display too.
Under the hood, you’ll find Apple’s A13 chip and a 10-hour battery to keep you running all day. You won’t get the more extravagant features found on more expensive iPads, but you can get 90% of the experience for a fraction of the price.