Android tablets just haven't caught up to Apple in the tablet market
We are the first to admit that the Android tablet experience can be lacking. While many of the best Android tablets have gotten much better in recent years, there's just a lot that Apple's iPadOS offers over Android when it comes to tablet-specific software. While Apple tends to be a little more expensive than comparable Android tablets (okay, a lot more expensive), the bang for your buck when comparing iPads to Android tablets falls in Apple's favor.
The feature-packed 16GB Paperwhite Kids e-reader is down to $105
With Prime Day finally here, it should come as no surprise some of the best deals around are on Amazon's own devices. That includes the Kindle Paperwhite, which is an excellent deal for readers of all ages. Admittedly, this Kids edition of the e-reader is aimed at younger children, with free access to Amazon Kids+ service and its thousands of titles, but there is plenty here for parents to love, too. The Kids edition also includes a free cover, 16GB of storage, a 2-year worry-free warranty, and absolutely no lock screen ads. It's essentially a regular Paperwhite with a handful of nice add-ons, and right now you can grab one for just $105.
With a $150 discount, Samsung's top midrange tablet is a better value than ever
While it's only a minor update to the Tab A7, the Galaxy Tab A8 remains one of the top budget-friendly Android tablets because it did see some worthwhile improvements without any price increase. Its $150 price cut is one of Prime Day's best tablet deals, and the value's hard to ignore. As long as you get one with 4 GB of RAM, it'll last for years of content streaming and social media browsing.
Get the Fire Max 11 for just $200 without lock screen ads
To date, Amazon has yet to leave the budget space behind when developing new tablets. It makes sense — the entire Fire lineup has managed to carve out a niche thanks to its ultra-low starting prices, with the latest Fire 7 starting at just $60. The Fire Max 11 is the company's first attempt to move out of that space; while it's undoubtedly still a budget tablet, it's far more capable than anything Amazon has released in the past. Although it only launched in June, you can grab the Fire Max 11 for just $200 right now on Prime Day, complete with 128GB of storage and no lock screen ads.
Get one of Samsung's best budget tablets on the cheap this shopping holiday
The Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup includes some high-end beasts, as well as their affordable counterparts. The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is rated among the best budget tablets in the industry today, and with good reason. It combines an affordable price tag with the essential tools required to use it for work or some light gaming. With Prime Day 2023 officially here, this budget tablet is now getting a 34% discount, bringing the cost down to just $105 on Amazon.
These are the 7 best Kindle deals you’ll find this Prime Day
There was never a doubt that Amazon would discount its best Kindle e-readers on Prime Day, and now that the yearly sales event is here, it's time to dig into which Kindles are on sale, for how much, and whether the prices are too good to pass up. Spoiler alert, the sales are great, making today one of the best days to snag a new Kindle e-reader or two for friends and family. From the Kids line to the base model, all the way up to the Oasis and Scribe, all Kindle models are on heavy discount today.
Change the browser, home screen launcher, digital assistant, and more
Amazon's lineup of Fire tablets might seem like cheap alternatives to Samsung or Lenovo, but they carry a hidden price tag: a lack of Google services. Looking to stream your favorite YouTube videos? Trying to check your Gmail account? Want to scroll through your Photos collection? You'll need to turn to web apps for those apps. And if your favorite Google content doesn't exist there, you're out of luck.
The top picks for Android tablets, all in one convenient place
Android has a reputation for being less than ideal when it comes to tablets. While it's true that Apple's iPadOS enjoys access to more apps that are optimized for big screens, the best Android tablets are often outstanding pieces of hardware. And with appealing options from Samsung, Google, OnePlus, and more, the Android tablet space is looking more exciting than it has in years.
This budget-friendly tablet is simple, effective, and almost 20% off right now
When it comes to affordable, dependable, and easy-to-use tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 earned high praise in our lists of best Android tablets for 2023 and the best Samsung tablets. It's a quality tablet at a quality price, typically retailing for around $280, but there are often deals that bring that price down quite a bit. The lowest price we've seen was during Black Friday, but right now, the tablet is $50 off ahead of Prime Day. Best Buy is offering the 64GB and the 128GB models in either gray or rose gold. We're not sure how long this deal will last, so it's better to act on it now while it's still around.
Snag Amazon's Fire HD 8 tablet at its best price before Prime Day even arrives
With Prime Day just a week away, it's the perfect time to start shopping for early deals on some of Amazon's latest smart devices. As with every year, Amazon is dropping early deals to get shoppers excited about the big event, and this week a pretty sweet offer on the Fire HD 8 arrives for those looking for a cheap tablet. Usually going for $100, Amazon's taking 45% off this budget-friendly device and dropping it down to just $55 — essentially its Prime Day pricing, only a full week ahead of schedule.
And we're not talking about rubbish battery life
Touchscreens have been around in one form or another for decades now, but their modern presence on smartphones and tablets has really defined the way we interact with these devices. While very intuitive, having to physically touch your screen isn't always the most convenient thing — especially if you've got messy hands. Motion Sense on the Google Pixel 4 gave us a taste of how hands-free phone control could work, and now it looks like Xiaomi is poised to bring it back, with plans for a similar feature on what seems to be an upcoming tablet.
Big protection for a big screen
After many years of producing smartphones, OnePlus has boldly stepped foot in the tablet market. With the release of the OnePlus Pad, it intends to make a grand entrance and capture attention. While this first-gen device isn’t necessarily flawless, it embodies the “flagship experience for less” that OnePlus is known for, alongside other little perks that make it one of the best Android tablets. But there’s more to it than that.
A beefier Snapdragon chip and Android 13 make this Samsung's 'Goldilocks' tablet
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 Lite raised quite a stir when it arrived on the scene three years ago, offering a solid alternative to the ever-dominant iPad for those who preferred to stay within the Android ecosystem. While it naturally didn’t pack in everything that the more premium Galaxy Tab S6 had to offer, Samsung cut just the right corners to make it an affordable — and popular — choice.
These two tablets are surprisingly close when compared
If you're in the market for a budget-friendly Android tablet, you'll find that they offer a fantastic experience for activities like streaming Netflix, browsing the web, playing games, and handling light tasks. The good news is you don't need to break the bank to enjoy these benefits. Among the top contenders in this category are the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 and the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022), both of which stand out as some of best cheap Android tablets. If you're torn between the two, which option best suits your needs is worth considering. While both tablets cover the essential tablet functions admirably, the S6 Lite takes it a step further with S Pen support and the convenience of Samsung's DeX feature. The question remains: is the extra investment justified for these additional capabilities?
Samsung has a great lineup of tablets — here are the ones you should consider getting
Samsung has been making excellent tablets for years. Even though Android still has some growing up to do as a tablet platform, nobody can deny that Samsung has been leading the charge on great hardware. And since Samsung has been making excellent tablets at different price points, you can find one that suits your budget.
At $75 the Fire HD 10 is one of the best budget tablets you'll find right now
With Amazon Prime Day just around the corner, early Prime Day deals are showing up to get everyone pumped up for the main event. Some of Amazon's most popular smart tech is already on sale, including a couple of their best Fire tablets, offering early bird shoppers an opportunity to take advantage of Prime Day savings ahead of the rush. A particularly great deal on the Fire HD 10 dropped this week, taking 50% off this already cheap tablet and dropping it down to just $75.
For $250 the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a budget shopper's dream machine
With Amazon Prime Day 2023 scheduled for early July, now's the time to start shopping for deals on the products you've been holding out on. Smartphones and tablets in particular are starting to see great discounts, and if you've been hoping to score a good deal on a tablet, there are already a few worthy offers to check out. In particular, a deal on Samsung's "Goldilocks" tablet — the just-right Galaxy Tab S6 Lite — is taking this powerful little budget-friendly tablet to one of its best prices yet of just $250.
Despite Apple's restrictions, the iPad is still one of the best values in tablets
It just works. Nothing causes an Apple critic’s blood to boil faster than those three words used to defend a product from Cupertino. And while that phrase has practically become a meme, not enough people understand what it means to the average user. It’s not to imply Apple products are bug-free — they aren’t. It certainly isn’t meant to suggest that Apple always makes decisions in the best interest of the customer — it doesn’t.
The dock’s speakers don’t work when there is something plugged in via USB
The Goole Pixel Tablet is indeed an interesting device, with its ability to double up as a Nest Hub. But this approach has also become a reason for its identity problems, making it only a decent tablet and an average smart home hub. While the included dock has its own shortcomings, like being completely useless on its own, it turns out that it loses its core utility when you have a USB device connected to the tablet.
Assistant behaves differently across Hub Mode and Android, and it's a mess
After more than a year of teasers and leaks, the Google Pixel Tablet has finally launched and is now on sale. The dual-purpose device wants to serve not just as a conventional tablet, but also a rudimentary smart display while plopped on its charging dock. The transition between the two states isn't always smooth, though, and that's particularly the case when you use Google Assistant voice controls for interactions. Let's dive into where this falls apart.