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Tablets aren't the pricey gadgets they used to be, as our roundup of the week's best tablet deals shows. Score a Fire HD 10 tablet from Amazon bundled with a new Echo Dot, or opt for a Fire HD 8 at the lowest price we could find. Check out these offers and more, and grab a device that perfectly fits your budget.
You don't have to spend a fortune to procure a solid tablet. Prime members can grab the 7th-generation Amazon Fire HD 8 with Special Offers, which CNET called "the best ultracheap tablet." The review rates it as an 8.0 overall, and praises the device for everything from its performance to its expandable storage capability.
It features an 8" 1280x800 LCD, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, front and rear cameras, dual-band 802.11n wireless, dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, microSD card slot, 12-hour battery life, and Fire OS with Alexa (an Android-based OS).
If you haven't invited a virtual assistant into your home yet, this deal makes it easy to start with Alexa. Engadget gave the Amazon Fire HD 10 an overall score of 88 and called it "a $150 tablet that's actually good." It gave the tablet high marks for its low price and screen, and noted that the hands-free Alexa function "works well." As a bonus, this deal bundles the device with the 2nd-generation Amazon Echo Dot. This combo is $40 cheaper than purchasing these items separately elsewhere. In fact, most stores charge $150 for the tablet alone.
The 17.7-oz. tablet comes with Special Offers and features a MediaTek 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 1920x1200 IPS touchscreen LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 2-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, dual stereo speakers, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth, Alexa hands-free mode, microSD card slot, and Fire OS. The Echo Dot features Alexa voice control, seven far-field microphones, a 0.6" speaker, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, and 3.5mm audio output.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1" boasts an Exynos 7870 1.6GHz octa-core processor, which can easily handle multitasking and streaming. Its battery is designed for all-day use, providing 13 hours of use on one charge. Other features include a 10.1" 1920x1200 touchscreen LCD, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
Of note, Samsung charges the same.
Prime members who are interested in a cheap tablet without the bells and whistles can look to the Amazon Fire 7" WiFi tablet. WIRED wasn't overly impressed with this gadget, giving it a score of just 5 out of 10. Still, this cheap, barebones device is good for those who aren't asking for much, or kids begging for their own tablet. This model comes with Special Offers and features a 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 8GB internal memory, front and rear cameras, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth and Alexa, and Fire 5 OS.
Apple fans who don't mind the older generations of tech will be happy to see this refurbished unlocked iPad Air 2 at a price that makes it the best deal we've seen. Trusted Reviews was mostly impressed with this device, praising its low-reflective screen and performance. The review also put the slim design and the camera in the "pro" column, while adding that cons include a lower battery life. With Apple no longer selling this model, buying a refurbished unit is both affordable and likely the only way to get your hands on one.