6 affordable tablet alternatives to the iPad — starting at just $50

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It’s common knowledge that Apple has a firm stronghold on the portable and wearable tech markets, with the massive successes of the brand’s AirPods and Apple Watch setting records in 2020 alone. While these two releases prove to be major revenue drivers for the tech giant, its more classic devices are still dominating consumer markets. The iPad is one of the latest to break barriers.

According to CNBC, the iPad set a June 2020 quarter revenue record in China, the world’s second-largest economy. Apple’s Chief Executive Tim Cook said that “work-from-home and distance-learning” practices led to a massive surge in iPad sales across the board. While the company did not disclose its specific revenue numbers, Cook did outline that “about two out of three” customers buying the iPad are new.

While this data is no surprise given the massive reach and brand loyalty many have to Apple, there’s no question that its products are not within the “affordable” space.

Currently, the latest model of the Apple iPad retails for $329, while the Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) begins at a base price of $999 while on sale.

While iPads are certainly some of the most luxe options available in the tablet space, several others deliver similar quality and features for hundreds of dollars less.

Below, we’ve listed six of our favorite tablet picks (all customer-approved and recommended) with brands ranging from Amazon and Lenovo to Samsung and Vankyo. What’s even better is that they range in price from $50 to $150 — all cheaper than the most affordable iPad.

To make your shopping experience a bit easier, we’ve also listed the top features for each one.

1. Fire 7 Tablet, $49.99

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Top Features:

  • Thin and compact design
  • Includes 3 months of free Kindle Unlimited
  • Includes Alexa hands-free option
  • A part of the Amazon ecosystem

2. Lenovo Tab M8 Tablet, $99.99

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Top Features:

  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Metal outer cover
  • HD display
  • Automatically lowers harmful blue light, when appropriate, to reducing eye strain

3. Fire HD 8 Plus Tablet, $109.99

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Top Features:

  • Includes Alexa hands-free option
  • All-day battery life
  • Wireless charging compatible (fully charges in under 4 hours)
  • Game mode option (a distraction-free and optimized gaming experience)
  • A part of the Amazon ecosystem

4. Zonko 10.1-Inch Android Tablet, $109.99 (Orig. $139.99)

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Top Features:

  • HD display
  • 6-8 hours of mixed-use on the go
  • 32 GB of built-in storage
  • Features Android’s 9.0 operating system
  • 5MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab, $139

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Top Features:

  • Designed with a minimized bezel for optimal screen space
  • Dual speakers
  • Up to 13 hours of use on a full charge
  • 32 GB of built-in memory
  • Storage can be expanded with a micro SD card

6. All-new Fire HD 10 Tablet, $149.99

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Top Features:

  • Includes Alexa hands-free option
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life on a full charge
  • Charges in 4 hours
  • Dolby Atmos sound
  • A part of the Amazon ecosystem

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