The 10 Best Tablets Under $150

A tablet computer, often simply called a tablet or a tab, is a mobile computing device with touchscreen functionality, an operating system and a rechargeable battery in a single package. They are, essentially, personal computers with limited input and output facilities as well as lower computing power than other devices such as laptops or desktops.

Most modern tablets only differ to smartphones in terms of size. Some tablets may even support cellular network connectivity while others do not. While tablets in different forms have existed for a number of years, it was the Apple’s iPad that can be accredited with helping the device achieve widespread popularity and use. While the iPad, like other Apple products, are generally considered luxury and higher priced products, there is a range of options available for users to choose from. This list brings you the 10 best tablets available in the market that cost less than $150.

Deciding to buy your first tablet, or upgrading to a newer/different model can be confusing and overwhelming. There are large number of options to choose from, and many of those can be hard on your budget. Here is a small list of things to consider:

  1. Screen size – Tablets can have small (7 to 9 inches), medium (9 to 11 inches), and large (12+ inches) screens. As a general rule, screen size tends to be directly proportional to the price tag. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule.
  2. Purpose – Tablets come with different features and capabilities. You may be buying a tablet for playing games, watching movies or for work. These should be taken into consideration when you make a choice.
  3. Apps, OS and Compatibility – The two most popular OS for tablets are the Android and iOS systems. These OS come with their own unique features, functions and capabilities. Additionally, some apps may only be designed for and compatible with one OS and not the other.
  4. Computing power, screen resolution, cellular capabilities, customer support, warranty, and budget should also be among the list of things you should think about when buying a tablet.

1. ASUS ZenPad 8

It is an android operated tablet with an incredibly high screen-to-body ratio (76.5%). It has an 8in screen that provides clear HD results. It is a 64bit tablet that has a Quad Core Processor. It is designed to look stylish and feel great in your hand.

ASUS’ Visual Master technology greatly enhances viewing experience. The Zen User Interface (ZenUI) adds to the Android capabilities in making the tablet smarter in functionality and simpler to use. It comes with a Pixel Master dual camera to allow high resolution and ultra-realistic pictures and videos. The tablet provides a great balance between screen size and portability – great choice for entertainment on the go as it can easily be used and held single handedly.

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It comes with a 2 GB RAM and 32 GB built-in storage. It also has a slot and can support an SD card with a storage capacity of 128 GB. It also comes with 100GB Google Drive storage that is free for 2 years.

Pros
  • High screen to body ratio (76.5%)
  • Quad Core processor
  • Stylish appearance
  • Visual Master Image enhancement
  • Dual Camera
  • Good size-portability ratio
  • SD Card slot
  • 100GB Google Drive storage (free for 2 years)
  • 12 months warranty
  • High average frames per second (FPS) – good for gaming
  • High heat tolerance – no risk of burning even when operating at full capacity for prolonged periods.
  • Good input devices/options
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Low screen resolution (just 1280×800 pixels)
  • 50g heavier than previous model
  • Low front camera resolution (2 MP)
  • High image noise
  • Longer charging time
  • Max processing 1.3ghz
  • No USB port
  • Supports an SD card up to 128 GB
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2. Amazon Fire HD 10

The Fire HD 10 provides great value – it’s an affordable tablet that also provides great computing power. It has a 10.1in screen and a 1080 HD display. It has a 1.8 GHZ quad core processor, a 2GB ram and 10 hour battery life when in use.

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It supports high speed Wi-Fi and is ideal for watching movies and videos, playing games, reading and working.

It can be used with Alexa as a hands-free device. It is available in 2 variations – 32GB or 64 GB internal storage. Storage capability can be further increased as it can support an SD card of up to 256 GB. It can be used with other Amazon products and services such as Amazon prime to achieve an even greater user experience. It comes with a user friendly user interface and parental controls as well. It is a solidly built tablet that is available in a variety of colors.

Pros
  • HD resolution
  • 10.1in screen
  • 1.8 GHZ Quad Core processor
  • Stylish appearance
  • Can be used with Alexa
  • Can be used hands-free (with Alexa)
  • USB port and SD Card slot
  • Two storage capabilities – 32 GB or 64 GB
  • 12 months warranty
  • Long battery life
  • Parental controls
  • Loud dual speakers
  • Amazon Prime members get loads of extra content for free
  • A ‘kids edition’ can be bought for an added $50 – Waterproof, 2 year warranty, 1 year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited
Cons
  • Not water proof
  • Low resolution cameras
  • Can’t access google play store
  • Does not manage side loaded content well – too Amazon centric
  • No cellular capability
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3. Amazon Fire HD 8

The Fire HD 8 has a vibrant 8in display and high quality Dolby Audio. It is designed to appear sleek and stylish and the build has often been considered tougher than an iPad.

It can be bought in 16 and 32 GB variants. The Micro SD card slot allows for an additional 256 GB external storage capacity.

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It works well with Alexa and can be used as a completely hands-free device. It can be connected to Echo enabled devices immediately. Also, Amazon Prime users have access to thousands of books, magazines, movies, songs and other content without any additional charges.

Pros
  • HD resolution
  • Quad Core processor
  • Stylish appearance
  • Can be used with Alexa
  • Can be used hands-free (with Alexa)
  • USB port and SD Card slot (up to 256 GB)
  • Two storage capabilities
  • 12 months warranty
  • Long battery life
  • Parental controls
  • Loud dual speakers
  • Amazon Prime members get loads of extra content for free
  • Can be used as an Echo Show
Cons
  • Not water proof
  • Low resolution cameras
  • Can’t access google play store
  • Too Amazon centric
  • No cellular capability
  • 1.3 GHZ processing limit
  • Lower built in storage – 16 GB and 32 GB
  • Lower RAM (1.5 GB) than some of the other tablets on this list
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4. Amazon Kindle PaperWhite

The Kindle PaperWhite has a flush-front design and a glare free display that allows readers to read even in direct sunlight. Kindle is the world’s most popular e-reader and the PaperWhite comes with many features that makes the reading experience even better than the base models. It is one of the slimmest e-readers in the market that comes with laser-quality text and higher storage capacity than previous models. It is waterproof and can withstand up to 2 meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.

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It can be paired with headphones and speakers using Bluetooth to enable users to listen when they can’t read.

The PaperWhite has built-in adjustable lighting to allow reading in different light settings. It has a long battery life that can last for weeks.

Pros
  • Compact storage for books and other readable content
  • Flush front design
  • Glare free
  • Slim build
  • High quality and very adjustable text and display
  • Highly adjustable lighting
  • Waterproof (up to 2 meters and 60 minutes)
  • Can be paired with headphones and speakers via Bluetooth
  • Battery can last for weeks
  • Designed for maximum readability
  • Track and save reading progress
  • Exclusive access to a large number of titles
Cons
  • Limited functionality
  • Does not support immersion reading
  • 8 GB and 32 GB built-in storage
  • Does not handle and display graphics as well as other tablets
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5. Fusion5 F104Bv2

The tablet comes with a 10.1in HD IPS screen that produces vibrant colors and an overall clear display. The display panel is thinner than most competitors and is designed to maximize viewing experience. The rear panel is scratch resistant making it better placed to fight against the wear and tear that comes with daily usage.

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It uses an Android OS, meaning that the user has easy access to a large number of apps and content available on the google play store.

It comes with a built in storage of either 16 GB or 32 GB and extra storage of up to 128 GB can be added using a microSD card.

Pros
  • 10.1in screen
  • Vibrant colors and HD resolution
  • Thinner display panel than others
  • Scratch resistant rear panel
  • Android system
  • Supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro HDMI (port), USB (port), Micro SD Card (port), Assisted GPS
  • Fast 1.8 GHZ processor
  • 1 year US warranty and service
  • Can connect to other devices using Bluetooth, HDMI etc.
  • Well placed volume and power buttons
  • Excellent HDMI output quality
Cons
  • Low RAM
  • Relatively low res cameras
  • Can support an SD card up to 128GB
  • Fragile charger
  • Glossy rear panel may be prone to finger prints
  • Not compatible with a lot of cases available in the market (because of the number and placement of ports)
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6. Lenovo Tab 4

The Tab 4 has an HD display on a 10in screen and is equipped with Dolby Atmos Audio. The built-in dual stereo and front facing speakers make it an ideal tablet for watching movies and listening to music on the go. It is child friendly as well. Using a Lenovo Kid’s Pack, it can become shock resistant. It is also very use for work and productivity.

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It has a Productivity Mode that allows users to add a Lenovo Bluetooth keyboard. It has 2 GB RAM and uses a Quad Core processor. The battery life allows and impressive 20 hours of usage. It comes with a charger, USB cable, safety and warranty information and a Quick-Start guide. The rear camera is a 5 MP autofocus camera while the front camera is a 2 MP fixed focus camera.

Pros
  • 10in HD display
  • Dolby sound
  • Child friendly with add-ons
  • Productivity Mode
  • Quad Core Processor
  • 20 hour battery life
  • Comes with USB Cable, Guides and Manuals
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Precise GPS
  • Good rear camera
  • Multiple user-accounts
  • Slim build
  • MicroSD card slot
Cons
  • 2 GB RA<
  • Relatively low resolution front cameras
  • Low built-in memory (32 GB)
  • Does not support dual-band Wi-Fi
  • External memory (SD card) up to 256 GB
  • Can support an SD card up to 128GB
  • No USB port
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7. Apple iPad 32 GB

The iPad is, arguably, the product that helped tablets achieve widespread popularity. It has a 9.7in retina display, an A10 fusion chip and a touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The iPad has an 8MP back camera as well as an HD front camera. It is also known for the high quality of its sound. It supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi. It has a quad-core processor and a 64-bit architecture. It can be used with equal ease for 4k quality videos, games and even augmented reality apps.

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It is based on the iOS system and allows access to a range of apps and content through the App Store. A lot of the features, apps and content available on iOS is actually exclusive to this operating system.

You can connect the iPad to keyboard and other devices using its high efficiency Bluetooth functionality. It has a slim build, is light in weight and stylish in appearance. The battery can last up to 10 hours depending on the usage.

Pros
  • Market leader
  • 9.7in screen
  • HD Retina display
  • A10 fusion chip
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • High resolution front and back cameras
  • High quality of sound
  • Supports high speed Wi-Fi and LTE
  • Quad Core processor
  • Ideal for 4k, games, reading, surfing, music and augmented reality
  • Access to exclusive iOS features, apps and content
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Slim, lightweight and stylish build
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • Pairs well with an iPhone, Apple TV and other Apple products and services
  • Extremely easy UI
  • Easy access to iCloud, Google Drive for additional storage
Cons
  • Limited customizability
  • Does not support external storage
  • Built-in storage of only 32 GB
  • Added storage may have to be bought
  • Limited cellular capability
  • Only compatible with Apple chargers and other Apple approved accessories
  • Only supports Apple approved content and apps
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8. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8inches

The Galaxy Tab A is a budget friendly tablet that provides a range of premium features. It is designed with a minimum bezel to make more room for the screen. It is slim, lightweight and comfortable to hold. It has an 8in high resolution display to enhance viewing and usage experiences. It comes highly recommended for streaming services.

Samsung Galaxy tablets offer a wide variety of features and function at an equally wide variety of prices.

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The Tab A, however, delivers a lot of useful features for its low price.

The dual speakers deliver surround sound and the batter can provide up to 13 hours of continuous usage. While you can store content on the 32GB built in storage, you can also add extra storage up to 512 GB using an SD card.

Pros
  • Minimum Bezel
  • Slim, Lightweight and Well Built
  • 8inch high resolution screen that is ideal for streaming
  • Up to 13 hours of battery timing
  • Dual surround sound speakers
  • Can support external micro SD card storage up to 512 GB
  • Comes with 2 months of Youtube Premium and 3 months of Spotify Premium without charge
  • Improved screen-to-body ratio than its predecessors
  • Lesser camera bump on the back
  • Glossy aluminum frame that is scratch resistant
  • Excellent brightness adjustability
  • Great viewing angles
  • Some glare resistance
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Access to all Android based apps and features
  • Micro USB port
  • Supports a micro SD card with up to a 512 GB capacity
Cons
  • Different variants for Wi-Fi and LTE (extra charges)
  • Frame is prone to fingerprints and smudges
  • 1.4 Ghz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Low camera quality
  • Some redundant apps such as Samsung Mail and Samsung Internet cannot be uninstalled
  • No fingerprint sensor unlike some other Samsung tablets
  • No LED indicator unlike some other Samsung tablets
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9. Dragon Touch Notepad K10

The Notepad K10 uses a 64-bit quad core 1.3 Ghz processor paired with a 2 GB RAM. It has been certified from the GMS and also used the Android OS. This means it has access to a wide range of Android based features, functions, apps and content. It also features an ad-blocker.

It has a 10.1in screen and a bright and vibrant display with excellent viewing angles. It comes with an Eye-Care mode that adjusts settings automatically for your comfort.

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The tablet has dual speakers that produce high quality sound. It supports high speed connectivity.

It has a slim and stylish appearance despite having a built-in storage of 32 GB. For extra storage it can support a micro SD card with up to a 128 GB storage capacity.

Pros
  • Slim, Lightweight and stylish
  • 10.1in screen
  • HD resolution
  • Eye-Care mode for automatic lighting adjustment
  • Dual sound speakers
  • Can support external micro SD card storage up to 128 GB
  • Great viewing angles
  • Some glare resistance
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Access to all Android based apps and features
  • Micro USB port
  • Supports high speed connectivity
Cons
  • Bulkier than some other tablets on this list
  • 32 GB storage capacity
  • Can only support a micro SD card with a capacity of up to 128 GB
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1.3 Ghz processor (slower than some others on this list)
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10. Lenovo Tab M10 Plus

The M10 Plus has a premium appearance. It is slim, has narrow bezels and has a metal back that is scratch resistant. It packs a 10.3in FHD Display with TDDI technology. With its Octa-Core 2.3 GHz processor and a 4 GB RAM, it is one of the most powerful tablets on this list.

It has an impressive 8MP rear camera as well as a 5 MP front camera. This makes it an ideal tool for pictures and videos. It comes with dual microphones and 2 Dolby Atmos speakers.

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It is a family friendly tablet. It comes with specialized content for kids as well as parent controls and eye protection through automatic light adjustment. It supports high speed connectivity as well as Bluetooth. It comes with a storage capacity of up to 32 GB. Additional storage can be added through a micro SD card of up to 256 GB. It also has a micro USB port.

Pros
  • 10.3in HD display with TDDI technology
  • Dolby sound
  • Child friendly with add-ons
  • Productivity Mode
  • 2.3 GHz Octa Core Processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Comes with USB Cable, Guides and Manuals
  • 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera
  • Precise GPS
  • Kid friendly
  • Supports Dual Wi-Fi and other high speed connectivity
  • Auto light adjustment for eye protection
  • Multiple user-accounts
  • Slim build
  • MicroSD card slot
Cons
  • Relatively lower battery timing
  • Low built-in memory (32 GB)
  • External memory (SD card) up to 256 GB
  • Low pixel ratio
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