The Chinese Brands to Boycott
The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite is an entry level cheap tablet, that offers cheep quality and median performance. It’s battery life is weak and the display should have a higher resolution. It doesn’t support Netflix and it doesn’t have a headphone jack.
In the same cheap price range, the Lenovo Tab 4 10 is targeted for media although it has average display performance and is never more than a good enough solution. When we open a couple of tabs it starts to lag.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 (no relation to the iPad, but I guess even trying to imitate names is fair game) is probably the cheapest option, but you get what you pay for. Users complain about a buzz sound that comes from the speakers after som use. Do we need to say more?
The Top 3 Choices
1) Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 – The Gaming Tablet with the latest Android
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 performs much better on benchmark and gaming tests than its Chinese competitors. It’s the best option if you’re looking to buy an affordable tablet as a gift for children looking to play games, for your parents or grandparents for video calls or for yourself to surf the web. It’s the all-around family tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is mostly made of aluminum rather than plastic and has a 10.1-inch IPS screen with full HD resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels). Equipped with an Exynos 7904 octa-core processor, 2 to 3GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage. If more storage space is required, it is possible to expand up to 512GB with the help of a microSD card.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 comes with a 5-megapixel camera on the front and an 8-megapixel camera on the back. It also brings two built-in surround loudspeakers with Dolby Atoms.
A 6,150 mAh battery allows children to go on gaming marathons and families not to miss a minute of conferencing with family. Comes with an USB-C interface for charging.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 is shipping with Android 9.0 Pie and is expected to get at least two major software updates. It also is using Samsung’s OneUI using the larger screen effectively.
All around its a great budget tablet and makes you wonder why anyone would go for the chinese tablets.
2) Amazon Fire HD 10: Value For Your Money
The Amazon Fire HD 10 Is less powerful (still having a good performance), but also the cheapest option and you can use Alexa hands-free. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019, The Amazon Fire HD 10 has a full plastic body. It also has a 10.1-inch full HD display (1920 x 1200 pixels) and has an acceptable speaker. Equipped with a Mediatek quad-core processor, 2 to 3GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of internal storage. If more storage space is required, it’s possible to expand up with the help of a microSD card.
Comes with a 2-megapixel camera on the rear and a VGA unit on the front. This makes it a sub-optimal choice for video calling relatives. A 3,830 mAh battery with is enough to let you stream your favorite videos for roughly 10 hours.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 is running a customized Android 5.1 (Lollipop), Fire 5.3.But you’re not stuck in Amazon’s world, you can still install the Google Play Store and all of its apps.
3) Asus Zenpad 3S 10
Although a bit more expensive than the previous two options (almost coming out of the cheap tablet segment), the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is still a great affordable tablet (especially when on sale) for anyone interested in haveing a sharp, clear HD screen with a sleek design. It also comes with some additional goodies not found in the previous two options, such as the fingerprint scanner for added security.
The Asus Zenpad 3S 10 has a great build that’s comfortable to hold, compact and sleek. The 9.7-inch IPS screen with full HD resolution (2,048×1,536 pixels), stereo speakers and 10 hour battery life are optimised for bing watching your favourite series. Uses the standard USB-C interface for charging. Equipped with a Hexa-core processor (2.1GHz dual-core+1.7GHz quad-core) and up to 4GB of RAM it will give you smooth performance. Also comes with up to 64GB of internal storage (microSD card slot expandable up to 128GB). A 5-megapixel camera on the front and an 8-megapixel camera on the back are pretty standard and it ships with Android 6.0.
The Asus Zenpad 3S 10 fits the bill are competitive price.