5 Best TabletsUpdated Apr 2021
Sleek, compact & super lightweight, packing a punch with high-end Dual-Core performance. Audio speakers are impressive for their size and the visuals are so good that you’ll use it for family photos all the time. Not the latest technology, but the iPad Mini 4 hits mini tablet performance benchmarks with flying colors.
Gorgeous 7.9” IPS LCD scratchproof screen. Upgradable to iOS 12. Powerful Apple A8 chipset dual core 1.5 GHz Typhoon. Good single selfie HDR 1.2 MP camera. 10 hours of battery life.
It is last generation and doesn’t include 3D touch, but still is a top performer.
Lenovo partnered with Android to bring a sturdy tablet at a really low cost. It punches sufficient power and memory for most uses and the camera is perfect for good quality photos. All told, this tablet receives our praise as a top affordable family-friendly tablet.
7” IPS LCD touchscreen with 600 x 1024 resolution powered by Cortex 9 processor. Delivers 9 hours of continuous battery usage with up to 16GB of storage.
The 7-inch screen is a bit too reflective as an e-reader and it doesn’t include dual-band Wi-Fi.
Samsung Galaxy delivers an affordable, compact tablet that provides all the basics. It is perfect for photos, reading or an on-the-go movie. This is an excellent first tablet for kids and adults alike.
7’’ LCD touchscreen with fair 600 x 1024 pixel resolution plus 1.2 Ghz dual-core Cortex A9 processor. Stereo Bluetooth v4.0 and 3.5 mm audio jack.
No front facing camera.
Super budget-friendly Alcatel Pixi 4 tablet has all the basics and is perfect as an e-reader. It’s also fine for on-the-go movies or keeping in touch on social media. A practical low budget pick for all the basics.
7’’ display with Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor for 8 or 16GB expandable storage. Dual aspect cameras – 5MP and 2MP plus Android 6 OS.
Weak battery life and low resolution screen.
Here’s a great lower range tablet that delivers on classic design and reliable performance. It packs 16 GB of storage and a wide range of Android 7.0 Apps. Its super-compact footprint makes it great for on-the-go portability.
9.6” HD screen plus high performance Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor that delivers 2 RAM and 16GB with expandable options. 7 hours of high-use battery life.
The battery takes a long time to charge The GPS is weak and graphics slow. Lacks an audio jack.
How We Decided
Tablets – Our Experts Advise
- It still delivers! The Iconic Apple iPad Mini 4
- has exactly what you need in a Tablet; style, powerful delivery and with an intuitive user experience. It is compactly portable, yet sturdily built, with a superb high resolution screen.
- A family friendly and far less expensive option,
- that still does the job as a great tablet is the surprising Lenovo Tab 3 TB3. We say surprising because this 7’IPS display with enhanced Dolby audio is fantastic and at an incredible price. It comes with a powerful processor, built-in GPS, front and rear cameras all within a sleek lightweight frame. Battery also does more for less. Big thumbs up from AskMjareb.
- If you need a tablet that provides a highly portable entertainment platform,
- an e-reader, store photo albums or act as a game player then this low budget Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is perfect. It’s also great for kids – easy to use, decent battery life and with enough features to keep them happy. It does what it say on the box
- Operating System- Pick your preferred operating system, between Apple iOS, Google Android or Microsoft Windows. We all have our favorites, stick to the one you know and love.
- Resolution- Look for a screen with excellent resolution and very little reflectiveness that is just right for reading or movies. The Alcatel Pixi 4-7 fits readers’ needs perfectly.
- Memory- Memory (RAM) options are limited on a tablet and there is no option to upgrade later. Consider what you use the tablet for and choose a device with an appropriate amount of RAM. For instance, if you are going to edit photos or video on the device you want memory in the 8GB to 16GB range at a minimum.
- Processor- The CPU dictates the speed and power of your tablet. The strength of your desired processor really is dependent on what you want to use the tablet for. We advise on a good basic standard of either a Cortex 9 (as per the Lenovo Tab3TB3) or Cortex 12 but the range goes way higher as the specifications increase per tablet such as the higher end Dual-Core execution of the Apple iPad Mini 4.
- Cameras- Most tablets come with one or two cameras. One faces the rear of the tablet allowing you to use the tablet as a camera. When you want to take photographs ensure that you pick a model with top of the range color contrast along with high definition. We recommend the Apple iPad Mini 4.
- Audio- While most tablet owners use headphones, there are times when it is necessary to use the internal tablet speakers. These speakers are tiny, so they are not going to produce a big speaker sound. If it is possible to try out the tablet before buying it, checking the speaker sound only takes a moment.
- Size & Weight- Lightweight & compact is essential for a great tablet. One of the main advantages tablets have over laptops is that they are extremely light and can easily fit into a purse or carry-on whilst a laptop needs its own bag.
- WiFi- Connectivity is king. When you need GPS, you want it to be accurate. Similarly, when you need the internet, you want the tablet to be as receptive of the available Wi-Fi as possible. You’ll get topnotch connectivity with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.
- Battery- As tablets are portable units, tablet battery life is extremely important. Three things affect tablet battery life: size of the battery, brightness of the screen backlight, and amount of time the tablet is on.
- Apps- Availability of apps. You may want to load dozens or even hundreds of apps onto the tablet. If you want a lot of apps, you’ll need more power.
- Price- Price is always a consideration. If you want to pay less but get the most for your money the Lenovo Tab 3 7-inch fits the bill.