In this unprecedented situation, we are almost stepping into 2021, with high hopes to get rid of this COVID-19 and schools/ colleges reopening, we will be in dire need to get ourselves a smart tablet. As we have seen in this pandemic, how the educational means have revolutionized and became digital, so having a good tablet is a great idea. Technology is becoming equally important as we are social distancing in regard to education and office meetings as well, that’s on today’s episode, the Dumb Media would like to recommend top 5 smart tablets that are budget oriented for your educational and office meeting purposes.
Number#01 Lenovo Chrome Book Duet
The first tablet on our budget friendly back to school list is the Chrome Book Duet by Lenovo. It retails for about $299 on amazon. You can also get some great deals of it over at best buy as well. This tablet is in some really high demand, since the trend of online classes and meetings have boomed. It is a perfect value for money tablet. The hardware is not something top notch, the OS is also not the smoothest but it’s great for somebody who uses Google services like chrome browser, docs or google meet. It has a massive 10.1-inch Full HD IPS LCD display panel with slightly thick bezels, which we do appreciate as to hold the tablet and avoid accidental touches. With 400 NITS of brightness, its fairly visible outdoor as well. Its powered by a respectable MediaTek Helio P60T, with a 4 GB RAM on board. It has a 7000 mAH battery pack, but does not support fast charging. With everyday heavy and demanding usage, it can easily get you around 1.5-2 days of battery life that’s amazing from a tablet with such a huge and bright display panel.
Number#02 Amazon Fire HD 10
Next in our list is the Amazon Fire HD 10. Upon closer inspection we found that Fire HD 10, is not only the most affordable and budget friendly tablet, but it’s a top-notch tablet as well. The Fire HD 10 is perfectly designed to cater the need of anyone who is an avid tablet user. It delivers great quality and amazing performance despite being a very budget oriented device. It has a 10.1 inches IPS LCD panel with some really beefy bezels to go around it. With 71%, the screen to body ratio is also slightly on the lower end. Its powered by a very capable Mediatek MT8183 Helio P60T chipset which comes paired with a 2GB RAM on board. It has a very reasonable 6500 mAH battery pack on board that can be charged using a USB Type-C port. We would have really appreciated if the RAM was increased to a 3 or 4 GB variant. The camera on board is not something ground breaking, let’s be fair, almost none of use their tablets for capturing photographs, the front facing camera is pretty decent though. Well suited for those online meetings and zoom sessions. It run fire OS 7 on top of Android 9. the skin is a bit heavy and bloatware is at peak. A clean and stock version of Android 9 would have been a really welcoming addition.
Number#03 Apple iPad 10.2 2020
The next tablet on our list is a bit on the higher side of our budget segment. Just shy of $400, you can get an Apple iPad 10.2 2020 model. This is a very safe purchase for students no doubt. With iPad 10.2, you get the Apple pencil support, which is amazing for taking notes and the practicality is superb. It also has the smart connectors, that might be used to attach an external keyboard. With touch ID on board, its bit of an aged design, but we really admire the accuracy and speed of this sensor. Its powered by an Apple A12 Bionic chip, that is developed by Apple. With 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB as base storage option we consider is more than enough for needs of a student. With a whooping 500 nits, it has a very bright 10.2 inches of Retina IPS LCD display panel up front. The screen to body ratio is still very moderate of about 74%, but it can be easily the best display to consume media and entertainment content. With a 32.4 wH battery pack on board, and Apple’s wicked and smart application management system it can easily get you 2 days of battery life on extensive usage. It comes with Apple’s own Lightning, USB 2.0 port for charging and interface. Overall if you are looking to go up in the budget segment, we would highly recommend Apple iPad 10.2.
Number#04 Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
The fourth tablet that makes to our list is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 lite. Quite a mouthful of name that is. The S6 lite a bit more expensive with regard of retail pricing, but as the end year sales are popping out everywhere you might get this for well under $400. We are really impressed by what we are getting in this package by Samsung, not only does it have a great and solid aluminum design and modern design language with minimal bezels, but you also get the stylus included in the box. This provided stylus really work well for notes taking and script writing. The tab S6 lite Is powered by a Exynos 9611, which is a custom developed chipset by Samsung. Another great advantage in buying the S6 lite is that the base variant comes with a 64 GB on board storage with 4 GB of RAM. However, you don’t get the super AMOLED display rather a IPS LCD panel measuring about 10.4 inches covers the front of device. It has a respectable 81% screen to body ratio. What will be really fun is consuming media content on this tablet, as it comes with a pair of front firing stereo speakers that produce some really good quality sound. On top of that it has a huge 7040 mAH battery which supports fast charging via a USB Type-C port.
Number#05 Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 10.4
The last on our list is yet another product from Samsung. For about $290, you can get a Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 10.4. just like the S6 lite, its built quality and design language are very respectable. It has a massive 10.4 inches of IPS LCD panel, that produces a moderate 224 pixels per inch density. As the tablets are bigger screens and don’t need to be viewed from a very close distance therefore this number is perfect and comfortable. The very good aspect about Tab A7 is that it is powered by a Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662. It is not the top end chipset by Snapdragon but it’s fairly capable and does everyday tasks with ease. The base variant comes with 32 GB of on-board storage and 3 GB RAM. The 2 pairs of stereo speaker’s up front provide an amazing listening experience. Moreover, it has a huge 7040 mAH battery pack that can be charged using a USB Type-C port. This tablet does not support stylus, but it is a great addition to your bag pack for zoom sessions and online meetings.