Looking for a tablet, but don’t want to spend a great deal? Need a bargain device that offers more power than you paid for? You can get an amazing tablet from a top brand for less than you think. Check out our guide to the 6 best tablets under $150, as determined by user reviews and expert opinions.
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Our six top tablets for less than $150
Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T350 16GB 8-Inch Tablet
- Size: 8.2 x 0.3 x 5.43 inches; 11 ounces
- Display: 8 inch screen; 1024 x 768 pixel resolution
- Performance: Samsung 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor; 1.5 GB RAM; 16 GB drive
The Samsung Galaxy series is rivaled only by Apple in terms of sales and popularity. Those looking for a budget tablet will be pleased to hear that the Samsung Galaxy A model is available at under $150 – if you look in the right places! This may be an older device, but it still outperforms many of the newer tablets with similar specs.
Inside you get Android 5.0 Lollipop, which allows access to all of your favorite apps and games. This is a great tablet for gamers, and also very handy for using social media and editing your snaps for uploading. The ten hour battery life is impressive: it stays powered up even under heavy use, and uses energy-saving technology to keep power consumption low.
Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet
- Size: 9.6 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches; 13.7 ounces
- Display: 8.9 inch screen; 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution; 720p camera
- Performance: 2.5 Ghz Quad-core Snapdragon processor; 2 GB RAM; 32 GB drive
Amazon’s own tablet range certainly gives its rivals something to think about. It is great for fans of Amazon-affiliated programs and apps: stream videos and TV shows through the site’s own store, and get Kindle capabilities with the e-reader program. The display is bold, bright and clear making this ideal for reading articles, blogs and web pages.
The responsive touch screen works well and the interface is easy to understand and use. Space might be an issue if you plan to take a lot of video clips and photos, but you can upgrade with a memory card or go for the 64 GB version at a slightly higher price.
TOZO PIPO X9 32GB Mini Computer
- Size: 8.5 x 5.8 x 2.4 inches; 1.4 pounds
- Display: 8.9 inch screen; 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution; Intel HD graphics
- Performance: Intel Z3736F Quad-Core 2.16GHz processor; 2GB RAM; 32GB drive
One of the more unusual tablets on the market today, this Tozo design certainly won’t be for everyone. Unlike most tablets, this is less of a mobile device and more suited to desk-based working. The ‘mini-computer’ runs off A/C power and requires an outlet, with no internal battery. However, it supports a powerful central processor and plenty of functions.
The intuitive touch screen and stylus are great working on images and creating sketches, while the app store gives you access to shopping, social media, games and more. It is a great budget choice, and you get the best of both worlds with Windows 10 and Android 4.4. The screen is just under 9 inches with full HD resolution – ideal for games and video clips. You could also connect to a home projector for movie and game content on the big screen.
Lenovo TAB2 A10 10.1-Inch Tablet
- Size: 0.35 x 9.72 x 6.73 inches; 11.7 ounces
- Display: 10 inch screen; 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution; integrated HD graphics
- Performance: 1.5 GHz Tablet processor; 2 GB RAM; Android 4.4 OS
If a large screen and bright, bold display matter most to you, this great tablet by Lenovo is a top choice. It has an impressive 10 inch screen with HD resolution – perfect for gaming, TV and movie viewing, work and more. Browse the web, access your favorite apps and listen to music through this great multi-purpose tablet device.
Standout features include that great screen and its responsive, intuitive touch functions, and the stellar audio quality this tablet puts out. The trade-off is a slightly slower processor and less storage space, but if you spend more time in web browsers than you do in apps, this could be a great budget choice for you.
HP 8 G2-1411 8-Inch 16 GB Tablet
- Size: 5.40 x 0.31 x 7.95 inches; 7.1 pounds
- Display: 7.8 inch screen; 1024 x 768 pixel resolution; Android OS
- Performance: Allwinner 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor; 1GB RAM; 16 GB drive
Steady, durable and capable: you can’t go wrong with this great little tablet from HP. It is far more powerful than you would expect from its small size, featuring an impressive quad-core central processor inside the lightweight case. You might only get 8 inches of screen (7.8, to be specific) but the high resolution and great performance more than make up for this. Larger than a mobile, smaller than a laptop – if you are looking for a no-frills tablet device for light browsing, communication and entertainment, this could be the one for you.
Apple iPad 2 MC916LL/A Tablet
- Size: 7.31 x 9.5 x 0.35 inches; 1.3 pounds
- Display: 9.7 inch screen; 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution; PowerVR graphics
- Performance: 1 GHz Apple A5 processor; 64 GB drive; Apple iOS 4
Everybody knows that Apple are one of the leading names in tablet devices: the iPad is one of their flagship products and has sold millions worldwide. However, Apple are not usually known for their budget ranges! The good news is, you can get a Apple tablet for under $150: and it will be new to you, at least. If you don’t mind looking at refurbished and reconditioned models, you could certainly grab a bargain.
Apple’s iPad 2 is a few years old now, but it is still one of the best tablets on the market today. The superior resolution and graphics make this idea for videos and gaming, the camera stands out from the crowd for its clarity and colors, and the overall interface is simple and fast. If you want a high quality tablet on a budget, you could consider the iPad 2.
Product details correct at the time of writing, as found on Amazon.com
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