Huawei’s latest MediaPad tablet, the M5 Lite, is for both children and adults. But its $300 price tag might not be worth it. The main selling point of the MediaPad M5 Lite is that it offers parents and children a single device for all their tablet needs. For parents, the M5 Lite includes adequate specifications in the Kirin 659 chipset, 3/4GB of RAM, and 32/64GB of storage space. For children, the M5 Lite offers three features: First, it includes a blue light filter that reduces the emission of blue and ultraviolet light (which can damage a child’s eyes or cause insomnia)….
Huawei’s latest MediaPad tablet, the M5 Lite, is for both children and adults. But its $300 price tag might not be worth it.
The main selling point of the MediaPad M5 Lite is that it offers parents and children a single device for all their tablet needs. For parents, the M5 Lite includes adequate specifications in the Kirin 659 chipset, 3/4GB of RAM, and 32/64GB of storage space. For children, the M5 Lite offers three features:
First, it includes a blue light filter that reduces the emission of blue and ultraviolet light (which can damage a child’s eyes or cause insomnia). Blue light filters aren’t new. The first Blue Light filters, like the Twilight for Android, came out years ago. It’s only over the past few years have filters come to tablets at the firmware level. Before you’d have to install an application.
Second, it offers a sandboxing feature which allows parents to control content, usage time, eye-to-screen distance using an infrared camera, and more. The sandboxing software also prevents children from accessing purchasing features, without parental permission.
The Kirin 659 system-on-a-chip comes from a subsidiary of Huawei. The processor includes eight cores derived from ARM’s versatile, high-efficiency Cortex-A53 architecture in what’s known as a big.LITTLE configuration. big.LITTLE isn’t a true eight core platform. It runs four cores at a low frequency and four at their highest and then a “governor” attempts to use the efficient cores for light tasks and the powerful cores for heavier duties. While this design performs well, the processor is not first-and-foremost a performance SoC but rather one aimed at cost effectiveness and power efficiency.
Overall, the processor does not belong in a $300 tablet. And there are better products in the 10.1-inch space, such as the 2018 version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A. However, for those who want a single device for themselves and their children, the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite might satisfy their needs.
Is the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite Child-Proof?
The first questions you might ask about the M5 Lite are whether or not it can resist a spill, drop, or accidental immersion in a fish tank. The answer to all of these questions is “no”. While Huawei representatives claimed the tempered glass covering the Huawei was “extra tough” and that it offers water resistance, it’s unlikely to be any more durable than other 10.1-inch tablets. And without a special case, the M5 Lite’s aluminum body will warp and distort when dropped on a corner.
Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite Tablet: Potentially Overpriced
The $300 that Huawei is charging for a Full High Definition LCD screen, with parental filter controls, blue light filters, and sandboxing for children may not match the value offered by other platforms, particularly Amazon’s HD 10 tablet (which we strongly endorse because it comes with a ruggedized Children’s Edition). We’ll know more when the MediaPad M5 Lite releases in the US in late January.
While tablets have fallen out of favor since their initial popularity spike, you’ll still find some tablets on the market. And if you’re an Android phone user interested in a tablet, you might naturally gravitate towards a tablet that runs Android. But we recommend against that. Here’s why. 1. Poor Selection of Tablets One of the great strengths of using an Android phone is that you can find a device that matches your needs. Whether you like a small or large screen, prefer stock Android or tons of extra features, or want a headphone jack or waterproofing, you can find…
While tablets have fallen out of favor since their initial popularity spike, you’ll still find some tablets on the market. And if you’re an Android phone user interested in a tablet, you might naturally gravitate towards a tablet that runs Android.
But we recommend against that. Here’s why.
1. Poor Selection of Tablets
One of the great strengths of using an Android phone is that you can find a device that matches your needs. Whether you like a small or large screen, prefer stock Android or tons of extra features, or want a headphone jack or waterproofing, you can find a phone for you.
The Android tablet market isn’t like that, though. Google’s official Android Tablets page lists a whopping three devices:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, which is the newest tablet. It released in August 2018.
Nvidia Shield Tablet K1, which arrived in November 2015. Nvidia lists this on its website as no longer available.
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, which launched in March 2015.
Of course, these aren’t the only Android tablets available. But it’s pretty pathetic that this is Google’s best showing. Even Google itself has dropped out of the tablet market. The company killed off the high-end Pixel C in December 2017 and hasn’t offered a replacement yet.
2. Awful Android Update Support
Android’s fragmentation problem is one of its biggest drawbacks. Unless you buy a Pixel device, it’s unlikely that you’ll see the latest version of Android on your phone for months after it releases, if ever.
The issue is even worse with tablets. Of the tablets mentioned earlier, the Xperia Z4 and Shield Tablet K1 both have Android 7 Nougat as their latest available Android version. That means if you bought either tablet today, you’d be stuck with an OS that released two years ago, with no hope of upgrading.
Even the Galaxy Tab S4 comes with Android 8 Oreo. Samsung revealed the tablet just days before Android 9 Pie released, but Pie still hasn’t made it to the device even though it’s a premium tablet.
And you can forget about Android updates altogether if you buy a cheap device. Those will likely come with an old version of Android, and rarely see any upgrades past what ships on it.
3. iOS Is Better for Gaming
Assuming you already have an Android phone, you’re probably looking to get a tablet for secondary use. A common purpose for a tablet is playing mobile games. But if this is why you want a tablet, you’re much better off getting an iPad.
We’ve looked at why iOS is better for mobile games before. Games often launch first (and sometimes only) on iOS, sometimes months before they see an Android release. Because Apple only makes a few phones and tablets, compared to the thousands of Android devices available, game developers tend to focus on iOS due to easier development.
The Play Store is also home to some fake games, making it more dangerous for children. Often, game performance is better on an iPhone or iPad as well. This is especially true when you compare a modern iPad to most of the cheap or outdated Android tablets available now.
The Cost Isn’t Worth It: Better Tablet Alternatives
Consider what you want to buy a tablet for, and you’ll likely find a device that does it better for the same (or cheaper) cost.
If you want to get the cheapest tablet possible for your kids or as a throwaway device, the Amazon Fire Tablet is a great choice. It integrates with your Amazon Prime account for all kinds of goodies, comes in multiple sizes, and often goes on sale for a steep discount.
It runs Amazon’s Fire OS, which means it’s technically still an Android tablet. But for the price, you won’t find a better value.
Let’s say you decide that you do want an Android tablet. You want to get the newest one available to get the best features and latest OS, so you opt for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 mentioned earlier.
At the time of writing, the sticker price of the device is $650 for a 64GB model, or $750 for 256GB of storage. In comparison, the 2018 iPad is $329 for 32GB or $429 for the 128GB model.
While you do get less storage with the iPad, it’s still a significant savings for a casual tablet user. And given the points discussed above, it doesn’t make much sense to pay more for the Android device. If you only want a tablet for casual browsing, playing some games, and watching videos, the basic iPad does it all for less.
What if you’re interested in a tablet for professional use? For a bit more money, you could upgrade to the new 11-inch iPad Pro. This starts at $799 for 64GB of storage. Of course, this isn’t cheap, but if you want the best tablet experience, it’s probably worth the extra cost.
It doesn’t make much sense to spend hundreds of dollars on any tablet if you’re only looking to play games on it. The majority of mobile games are nothing special, and are filled with in-app purchases that grind gameplay to a halt. You can play most of them on your phone anyway.
Can’t afford a Switch? The Nintendo 3DS family has been around for a while, but it’s still a fantastic platform. For most people, we recommend the New Nintendo 2DS XL. For half the price of the Switch, you get access to an excellent portable console with a vast library of titles.
It’s tough to get real work done on a tablet. If you want a secondary device you can take with you on trips or use on the couch, consider a Chromebook. It has a physical keyboard compared to the virtual one on a tablet, and they come in a variety of sizes and forms.
Some Chromebooks, like the Acer R11, even offer 2-in-1 functionality, so you can fold them down like a tablet. Getting two devices for the price of one is a better value than an Android tablet, as modern Chromebooks can run Android apps too.
We’ve looked at the reasons that Android tablets really aren’t worth buying.
The market is mostly stagnant, with old devices and legacy versions of Android dominating it. The best modern Android tablet is way more expensive than an iPad, which makes it a waste for casual users. In every case, another device beats the Android tablet offering.
All of the reasons you don’t really need a tablet anymore apply here. Bigger phone screens mean small tablets are pointless, and e-readers like the Kindle are far better for reading books. Unless you have a specific reason for getting a tablet, don’t bother.
Amazon Fire tablets ship with 8GB to 64GB of internal storage. At the lower end, you’re restricted to the limits of your device unless you employ some additional storage via the microSD slot. To make the situation worse, the Android-based Fire OS 5 doesn’t fully support expanded storage. The result is a tablet with a large total storage that seems to quickly run out because the operating system cannot seamlessly access the microSD card. So how do you find the data that is filling up your Amazon Fire tablet? We’ll show you. Managing Storage on Your Amazon Fire Tablet If…
Amazon Fire tablets ship with 8GB to 64GB of internal storage. At the lower end, you’re restricted to the limits of your device unless you employ some additional storage via the microSD slot.
To make the situation worse, the Android-based Fire OS 5 doesn’t fully support expanded storage. The result is a tablet with a large total storage that seems to quickly run out because the operating system cannot seamlessly access the microSD card.
So how do you find the data that is filling up your Amazon Fire tablet? We’ll show you.
Managing Storage on Your Amazon Fire Tablet
If you see the Critically Low Storage error on your brand-new Amazon Fire tablet, you must deal with it. Fortunately, doing so is straightforward.
To manage your Amazon Fire tablet storage effectively, you’ll need to work through the following steps:
Delete unwanted apps and games
Delete the apps/game cache
Use the 1-Tap Archive
Move data to the cloud
Manage data from your PC
Use a space cleaning app
Wipe your Amazon Fire tablet
Use a microSD card
Let’s look at each of these in turn. Before proceeding, however, it’s a good idea to get a microSD card for your Amazon Fire if you don’t have one already. You can buy these from Amazon; just make sure to avoid common microSD card mistakes.
Either tap the Check Storage button on the error message, or open Settings > Storage to check your device’s storage. This may take a while to load if the tablet’s onboard storage is full.
In most scenarios, you’ll find that Apps and Games takes up a good chunk of the built-in storage. It’s also common to find another couple of gigabytes swallowed up by the unhelpful, non-description of Miscellaneous.
By tapping this, you’ll typically discover the Others label, which is far bigger than everything else in Miscellaneous. You cannot clear this, unfortunately.
2. Delete or Move Unwanted Apps and Games
Next, you should manage the space eaten up by apps and games. By now, you’ll know how much space this software takes up. To delete a single game, long-tap its icon on the home screen, then select Uninstall.
However, to manage games in bulk, go to Settings > Storage and tap Apps and Games. By default, these show sorted by name. If you have a microSD card, switch to the SD Card Compatible view to check if the games are installed on the expanded storage.
To remove a game, tap it in the list, then Uninstall. Note how much storage the game uses to get an idea of how much space erasing it will free up.
Once you’ve done this, move any compatible apps and games to your microSD card. Do this in Settings > Storage, using the Move Apps to SD Card option. Note that if this is grayed out, you don’t have any apps that can be installed on the SD card.
3. Use the 1-Tap Archive
You might be reluctant to delete apps and games if you’ve paid for them. However, this really isn’t anything to worry about, as digital purchases save to the cloud. This means that you can download them to your tablet again after uninstalling, without cost.
Your Fire lets you easily archive these items to the cloud for re-downloading later. Open Settings > Storage and tap View Content.
This feature ignores recent apps. Instead, it groups the apps and games you haven’t used for a while, giving you the chance to Archive them for later use.
4. Delete Unwanted Game and App Caches
Next, look at the caches for the apps and games you want to keep. Often, games retain a certain amount of data on your tablet’s storage. This even happens with games installed to the microSD card.
Before proceeding, understand that doing so will potentially result in loss of game updates and even save files.
Open Settings > Storage > Apps and games and wait for the list to compile. When ready, browse the games, one at a time, to see which are taking big chunks of data on your tablet storage. It’s likely that several games are contributing to your low storage. Tap the Clear Data option to begin deletion, then OK to confirm.
After each data clearance, check the Data on Device value. This should drop, and you’ll see your device storage increase.
5. Move Data to the Amazon Cloud
If you regularly create content on your Amazon Fire, then there’s a good chance this is eating up your storage. This is where the Amazon cloud can help.
Almost everything you buy or consume on Amazon is also available in the cloud mirror of your account, so don’t worry about losing apps or games. It often retains game progress too.
Because photos and videos automatically sync to the Amazon cloud, you shouldn’t need to move any data around.
Another step is to connect the Amazon Fire tablet to your PC via USB, and browse its contents using your desktop file manager.
On the tablet, you’ll see a notification when the device is connected. Ensure that you’ve selected the Media device (MTP) option here. In your file manager, open the Internal storage to track down what’s eating up your storage.
This is a slow process and you might not even locate the responsible app. However, you should at least spot data that’s best moved to your microSD card.
Also watch out for fakes, like the one above. Although the highlighted files in the image appear to total 19.1 GB, they’re anomalies, and can prove to be a red herring.
7. Clean Up With CCleaner
Can’t connect the tablet to your PC? Try a cleaner app.
You’ll need a bit of free space on your tablet to properly install the app. If you’re really short on space, find an app, game, or other bit of data you don’t need or can easily reinstall, and remove it.
The best cleanup app for Fire tablets is Piriform’s CCleaner, available from the Amazon App Store. After installing CCleaner, tap the Analyze button to scan for unwanted data. Often, this data is downloaded APK files that remain on the device after you’ve installed the game or app.
With the data analyzed, check the results. Look for something that represents several hundred (or more) MB, which will usually be Files & Folders. Tap this to expand, and you’ll see APK Files. Check the box to select it, then tap Clean. The app should remove this data instantly.
CCleaner also features an uninstall tool, available via Menu > App Manager. While we’ve gone over the native procedure to uninstall apps and games already, the CCleaner tool can sometimes find apps and games that you thought were already deleted.
As such, it is worth running the uninstall tool to see what results you get.
Other tools are available. With SD Maid Booster, for example, you can use the Clean Junk option to discard unwanted data.
8. Reset the Amazon Fire
This is the nuclear option. If none of the other fixes work, you can use a factory reset to clear your internal storage. For safety, eject your microSD card beforehand, if you have one.
Make sure you’ve backed up your personal data to the Amazon Cloud Drive, because doing this will erase everything on your device. To reset the tablet, open Settings > Device Options, and tap Reset to Factory Defaults.
Hit Reset again to confirm the decision, and wait while the tablet restarts.
You’ll need to reconnect to your local network and sign into the device again once it restarts. Everything should seem faster since it’s a fresh start.
9. Confirm the SD Card Is in Use
Resetting your tablet is a good time to get a microSD card and take advantage of the expanded storage it offers. Pay attention to where apps and games install to, and you should never have to go through any of this again!
Installing the card with the tablet switched off, and the card should mount when you restart the device. You’ll then be presented with the option of using the card for installing apps and games, and downloading media.
To confirm these options, open Settings > Storage and scroll down. Ensure each switch in this screen is enabled. Meanwhile, should you need to wipe the card, use the Erase SD card option.
It’s also possible to remove the microSD card from this menu. Use the Safely Remove SD Card button to stop all tasks. You’ll then be able to safely eject the microSD card from your Amazon Fire tablet.
Freeing Up Space on Your Fire Tablet Is Simple
By now you should have created some extra space in the interior storage of your Amazon Fire tablet. Perhaps you had some games taking up too much space, or maybe hidden files were eating up the storage. With a microSD card installed, your tablet should have some free space, which will help to speed it up.
Want a tablet you can play games on, but don’t have a massive budget? Fortunately, Android tablets are available at all price points, and in both 10-inch and smaller (7-inch or 8-inch) form factors. There is undoubtedly a gaming tablet for everyone. We’ve rounded up the best options for every budget—under $100, under $200, and over $200—to help you find the Android gaming tablet you can afford. The Best Gaming Tablets Under $100 Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to find a 10-inch gaming tablet under $100 that is worth buying. Such devices feature poor construction and repurposed older equipment. They often arrive…
Want a tablet you can play games on, but don’t have a massive budget? Fortunately, Android tablets are available at all price points, and in both 10-inch and smaller (7-inch or 8-inch) form factors.
There is undoubtedly a gaming tablet for everyone. We’ve rounded up the best options for every budget—under $100, under $200, and over $200—to help you find the Android gaming tablet you can afford.
The Best Gaming Tablets Under $100
Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to find a 10-inch gaming tablet under $100 that is worth buying. Such devices feature poor construction and repurposed older equipment. They often arrive reconditioned and repackaged, especially from Chinese manufacturers.
If you’re set on a 10-inch tablet and don’t have the budget to go above $100, then consider buying older devices. You can regularly find these on sale on Amazon, or you could look for a used device on eBay. Remember to stick to safe online shopping procedures to ensure you don’t get ripped off.
Fortunately, there is a good 8-inch gaming tablet for under $100, courtesy of Amazon’s Fire HD 8.
While the Amazon Fire tablets are not renowned for their speed, if you’re looking for a compact sub-$100 tablet with HD display and a huge library of games, this is your best option.
Amazon boasts that this device has 10 hours of battery life, a vibrant display, and is twice as durable as the iPad Mini 4. In hardware terms, you’re looking at a tablet with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, and Dolby Atmos audio. The 8″ HD display is 1280×800 pixels, making it ideal for the games available through the Amazon App Store.
Its camera setup is nothing impressive, offering a 2MP front-facing camera and a 2MP rear-facing camera capable of 720p HD video recording. There’s dual band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the 12.8-ounce device measures 8.4 x 5.0 x 0.4 inches.
An impressive alternative to the far more expensive Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, the Lenovo Tab 4 offers a striking HD display with dual-stereo front-facing speakers. They’re ideal for pumping out the soundtracks of your favorite games!
Featuring a quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 10.1-inch 1280×800 display, the Lenovo Tab 4 ships with Android 7.1 Nougat. A 5MP main camera is included, capable of HD video at 30FPS, while the front-facing camera is 2MP.
16GB of flash storage is included in this 10.9-ounce, 9.7 x 0.3 x 6.7 inch tablet, which also features wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. An LTE version is also available, and if you fancy a more compact tablet, there’s an 8-inch alternative.
Samsung dominates the Android hardware market, so it should come as no surprise to find it offers a budget tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A may be lower spec than the Galaxy Tab S4, but it’s lighter, more affordable, and can play just as many games.
With 32GB of storage (expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card), and 2GB of RAM, this tablet has a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm 8032 processor. It houses an 8-inch 1280×800 display, has a USB-C port, and features 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. The tablet also has Bluetooth 4.2, a 3.5mm headphone port, and a battery that handles up to 14 hours of video playback.
There’s also an 8MP rear camera, and 5MP front-facing webcam for video chats.
Small and light enough (12.6 ounces, 8.35 x 0.35 x 4.88 inches) to fit in a coat pocket, gaming is great on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A. This version comes with three free months of YouTube Premium, which includes Google Play Music. If you’re buying for a child, you’ll be happy to know Samsung’s kid-friendly apps are preinstalled.
The Best Gaming Tablets Over $200
Have a little more to spend? Here are the top Android gaming tablet choices for over $200.
Available in 64GB and 256GB versions, this high-end tablet features a 10.5-inch, 2560×1600 Super AMOLED resolution display. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 octa-core processor, with 4GB of system RAM. It includes Android 8.0 Oreo, battery life is officially 16 hours, and a single USB-C port enables charging, USB OTG, and HDMI out.
The rear camera on this device is a magnificent 13MP, capable of recording video at UHD 4K (3840×2160) and 30FPS. On the front, you’ll find an 8MP camera for video calls and selfies. Enjoy media with quad stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos surround sound. The device also ships with the S Pen, similar to the stylus found with the Galaxy Note.
This device has a slot for a microSD card (up to 400GB of extra storage), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 BLE. An LTE variant is also available. It’s capable of replicating a laptop computer with its built-in DeX desktop mode.
Altogether, this is one of the most impressive tablets on the market. It’s comparatively light too, at around 17 ounces. The slim frame measures 9.81 x 6.47 x 0.28 inches.
Basically, this device will play anything from the Google Play Store effortlessly. Want hardcore Android tablet gaming? This is the tablet you need.
Also awesome is the Huawei MediaPad M5, a slightly smaller 8-inch tablet that will blow you away. It really packs a punch, and you’ll be genuinely surprised to find so much gaming power in a tablet-sized device that isn’t the Nintendo Switch.
A 359 PPI (2560×1600) 2K high-res display adorns this 8-inch tablet. It ships with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, plus a gamer-friendly Kirin 960 octa-core processor and Mali G71 graphics processor. With Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi, the Android 8.0 Oreo Huawei MediaPad M5 features a 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and should run for 10 hours on a single charge. And it’s lightweight too. The device weighs just 10.9 and measures 8.37 x 4.91 x 0.29 inches.
Concerned about the security of Chinese-built devices? You should consider the implications of this before opting to buy anything from Huawei or other Chinese manufacturers. If you’re happy to proceed, you’ll find the MediaPad M5 a great gaming experience. You might even get to watch a few movies on it, too.
Excellent Android Gaming Tablets for Every Budget
While you’ll no doubt find more Android slates suitable for gaming, the five featured here are the best around.
Tablets are among the best tech gifts for geeks or anyone else. From babies to senior citizens, most people can operate a tablet with ease. Here are some of the best cheap tablets for movies and music, gaming, portability, or web surfing. How Cheap Is a “Cheap” Tablet? Our data shows that most budget buyers are looking for the best tablets under $200. This eliminates Apple iPads and Microsoft Surface devices, which start at a much higher price. It also eliminates several Android tablets that we love. Still, what you’ll get is an Android tablet, which includes Amazon Fire tablets….
Tablets are among the best tech gifts for geeks or anyone else. From babies to senior citizens, most people can operate a tablet with ease. Here are some of the best cheap tablets for movies and music, gaming, portability, or web surfing.
How Cheap Is a “Cheap” Tablet?
Our data shows that most budget buyers are looking for the best tablets under $200. This eliminates Apple iPads and Microsoft Surface devices, which start at a much higher price. It also eliminates several Android tablets that we love. Still, what you’ll get is an Android tablet, which includes Amazon Fire tablets.
So when you want the best Android tablets under $200, here’s what you can buy.
The Lenovo Tab 4 is the clear winner among cheap Android tablets today. It is available in two sizes: an 8-inch screen and a 10-inch screen, as well as Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi+LTE versions. The prices change according to what you buy, but the 10-inch Wi-Fi-only version is the best value for money.
The battery life on this tablet is exceptional, with multiple tests beating the 10-inch versions of the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface, Amazon Fire tablet, and Samsung Galaxy Tab. And Lenovo hasn’t skimped on hardware either, equipping the Tab 4 with the solid Snapdragon 625 processor and a vibrant Full HD IPS screen.
The only limiting factor is the 2GB of RAM. While it’s good enough for most tasks, like playing games, watching movies, and so on, the machine is sluggish when multi-tasking. It’s not a deal-breaker though.
The 10-inch version of the Tab 4 is an excellent tablet, but it relies on Wi-Fi. If you want to use an internet connection anywhere you are, you need the version that supports 4G LTE mobile data. For not much more money, get the 8-inch Lenovo Tab 4 Plus.
It’s almost a unanimous verdict among tech reviewers. The Amazon Fire HD 10 is the best value for money tablet you can buy today.
The Fire HD 10 has a better-than-average screen at this price for watching movies and TV shows, or reading books and magazines. It also has Dolby Atmos Sound for better audio. You can issue voice commands to Alexa anytime with its always-listening technology that claims to not consume battery. On the downside, there’s no Google Play Store and no app for YouTube.
Additions like the ad-based discount, FreeTime Unlimited for kids, and the kids’ mode make it the best tablet for consuming media content. That includes movies, TV shows, books, magazines, newspapers, and anything apart from YouTube.
The new 2018 version of the Amazon Fire HD 8 is shockingly good for its price. It packs a 64-bit processor like the Fire HD 10, which means you now get hands-free, always-listening Alexa on this low-cost tablet.
The screen is HD instead of Full HD, but you can’t complain about that at this price. Amazon has even thrown in dual stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, instead of the mono speakers you usually find on tablets in this price range.
You don’t need reason to buy the Amazon Fire HD 7. For this price, you won’t get a better deal.
It has a few differences from the Fire HD 8; it’s notably missing the always-listening hands-free Alexa support. The processor, RAM, and battery life are also inferior to the 8-inch model. If you can get a certified refurbished model of the Fire HD 8, go for that instead. (What’s the difference between refurbished and used?)
The Amazon Fire HD 8 is a great device for its price, but the screen’s resolution can be an issue if you like to read comics or enjoy high-definition content. And it restricts you to Amazon’s Fire OS. If you want a regular Android device, check out the Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite.
I have always found that the 8-inch size is perfect for reading comics, especially in the rectangular 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio. You can actually hold the tablet one-handed at this size.
The MediaPad M3 Lite gets the small details right, like adding a little extra RAM and making sure the battery life is long enough to watch a few movies or play some games without an issue. Choose between this and the Lenovo Tab 4, and you won’t be disappointed.
Do You Really Need a Tablet?
Given how you can get a good tablet for such a low price these days, it’s tempting to go out and buy one. But chances are, it will end up ignored and unused in a corner of your house—you might not need a tablet anymore.
In fact, now that there are so many great 2-in-1 laptops, you might want to get one of those instead. Hybrid laptops are especially great, as they give you the convenience of a tablet when you want it, and a full keyboard when you want to use it as a laptop.