An iPad can do wonderful things, but the price tag for the premium version — often around $1,000 — may make you wince.
Fortunately, you don’t have to splurge on Apple’s iPad Pro. Plenty of other great tablets are available — even from Apple itself — for roughly one-third the cost.
Consumer Reports recently highlighted some of its best choices for budget tablets. They are:
- Apple iPad 9.7 with 32GB of storage (Note: Apple has since released a new version of this product, the Apple iPad 10.2)
- Amazon Fire HD 8 with 16 GB of storage
- Lenovo Tab 4 8 with 16GB of storage and 2GB of memory (Note: Consumer Reports reviewed model TB-8504F of the Lenovo Tab 4 8, which since has been replaced by a newer model that boasts a better display.)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with 32GB of storage
So, what makes these models so great? According to CR:
“Those on the list … are more than adequate for web browsing and watching episodes of ‘Glow’ on Netflix.”
Many tablets also allow you to expand storage “quickly and inexpensively” thanks to built-in micro-SD card readers, CR says — although it notes that the iPad does not offer this capability.
Looking for more great tech products? Check out our list of “6 Tech Gadgets That Make Your Daily Life Easier.”
Can you recommend a great tablet? Let us know in comments below or on our Facebook page.
Find the right financial adviser
Finding a financial adviser you can trust doesn't have to be hard. A great place to start is with SmartAsset's free financial adviser matching tool, which connects you with up to three qualified financial advisers in five minutes. Each adviser is vetted by SmartAsset and is legally required to act in your best interests.
If you're ready to be matched with local advisers who will help you reach your financial goals, get started now.
Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.