So, in our quest for the best tablet under 150 bucks, what are we looking for? In my opinion the reason you want a tablet, is that a phone is too small, but a laptop is too bulky for what you want to do. Tablets are great at giving you that flexibility! So, we’re looking for certain dimensions, something between 7 inches and 11 inches. Any more and you may as well get a laptop, any less and you’re in big phone territory.
What else? Well as always, I’m looking for the biggest tech bang for your buck, so we want a high specification, and whilst a brand we trust is going to be paramount, the specification of the tablet is going to be ranked a bit higher… After all, I want to recommend the best value tablet, and value doesn’t necessarily mean a cheap big brand.
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For those interested in the facts, keep reading…
LENOVO TABLET REVIEW
From Lenovo comes the TAB3 WUXGA 2-in-1 Tablet which comes in a couple of sizes, an A7 (7 inch) model and an A8 (8 inch) model. A very nice little package at an extremely appealing price point, coming in nearer $100 then $150! In fact, the A8 comes in at under $100.
The TAB3 2-in-1 Tablet comes with a good specification, like: a 1.0 GHz quad core processor to give you the power to deal with even the heaviest graphics, 1GB DDR3 Ram to allow for smooth running of apps and programmes, 16GB of on board storage with the ability to add more through the use of an SD card, a 5-megapixel camera and to top it off… A battery life of 8 hours on average. Perhaps the best value tablet but let’s look at some of the other options before we decide, next up, Huawei.
ASUS TABLET REVIEW
A smart spec. tablet package from Asus that comes in under $150 is the 8 inch ASUS Z380M-A2-GR Zenpad. There is a reason this 8 inch tablet comes in around $30 more than the Lenovo… Its specification is considerably better!
A 1.3 GHz quad core processor packs a processing punch while 2GB of DDR3L RAM provides a huge amount of memory through which to run multiple apps and programmes at once. Coming with a 2-megapixel front camera and a 5MP rear camera, Gorilla Glass1 screen and anti-fingerprint coating, it’s going to keep its smart looks.
FIRE TABLET REVIEW
So, coming in at around $125 is the Amazon Fire HD 8. It’s a nice device. 1.3GHz of the usual quad core processing power while 1.5GB of RAM gives it enough power to handle a number of open apps and programmes at once. The upsides continue with 32GB of in-built storage and a battery life of? 12 hours! On the down-side it’s only got a 2.0 mega-pixel rear camera. But it’s not really built for that. It’s built for reading, watching and playing.
SAMSUNG TABLET REVIEW
From Samsung I have chosen to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T350NZWAXAR, this is a real gem, and comes in well within budget. On top of that you get the Samsung brand and reliability, putting aside their recent issues, this particular product has nearly a full 5-star rating on Amazon! Really impressive when you consider that’s from over 2,250 reviews!!
A Samsung 1.2 GHz quad core processor gives you more power than the Lenovo, 1.5GB of DDR3 RAM give it an extra boost as well. Sure, it’s about $40 more than the Lenovo (it’s in the same bracket as the Asus on price) for the same 8 inch screen size, but it has the heritage, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, 16GB memory (expandable to 128GB!) and the processing power will keep it running smoothly for some time to come! Oh, the battery life on this tablet is around 8 hours as well… I like it, again, that’s why I’ve got one!
THE BEST TABLET UNDER 150?
Well, for me, and given the budget limitations, it has to be the Samsung Tab A. Purely on the basis of the specification alone you should be paying that price, so it’s like having the Samsung brand thrown for free as part of the bargain! The Amazon Fire ran the Samsung pretty close but at the end of the day I only had to look back at the first paragraph. We wanted a hybrid of laptop and phone. The phone has developed over the years from the old-school Nokia 3310 to cameras, email and the use of the internet. The Fire is great at playing media, but not so good at making it, pictures and the like. That’s why I have given this contest to the Samsung, a fantastic all-rounder!