What cheap tablets to buy? The best options from only 60 euros
April 10, 2016 at 13:00
Last summer we brought you a complete guide with basic recommendations to help you when choosing cheap tablets, trying to avoid spending even one euro more than necessary, but without staying with a device of such low quality that we can barely take advantage of it. The advice we gave you then is still valid now, but in these months we have met a few new tablets of excellent quality / price ratio, at the same time that some models that would have been a good option have disappeared from the shelves, so it is necessary to redo the list with the best options. We leave you a selection with what we think are the 5 most interesting models, always depending on the size that interests us.
7 inch tablets
New Fire: 60 euros
If a 7-inch tablet is enough for us and what we want is to spend as little as possible, without a doubt the best option we have right now is Amazon's New Fire: Unless we give a spectacular offer, it is impossible that for the 60 euros that this tablet costs we find another device, no longer better, but simply worth buying. The resolution is a bit low (1024 x 600) but it is difficult to get more even with double the budget and the camera is very just but it is not something too important on a tablet. The fundamental thing, in any case, is that it is a solid and fluid tablet, something that may seem basic but that we will rarely find in a device of this price.
Lenovo TAB3 Essential: 100 euros
If we have a little more budget, some more interesting options open to us, including Lenovo Tab3 Essential, the latest low-cost model of the Chinese company, one of the most traditional brands in this field and which we can rely on the most. If we look at the technical specifications, in any case, we will see that we do not go much further than what the New Fire offers us, with resolution 1024 x 600processor Mediatek, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage capacity (expandable via micro-SD). However, if we want to get rid of Amazon advertising and / or prefer to have a tablet with Android As an operating system, it may be worth the extra investment.
Iconia One 7: 100 euros
One of the few names that remain in this type of lists despite the passage of time is the Iconia One 7, whose different generations have managed to maintain the fantastic quality / price ratio that from the first moment made it an essential reference for low-cost tablets. As regards its characteristics, together we remain in the same line as with the previous ones (resolution 1024 x 600processor Mediatek, 1 GB RAM, but it is interesting to note that we can find it in some distributors even for just under 100 euros even with 16 GB of ROM memory.
ZenPad 7: 100 euros
Asus is another of the names that we will normally find in a selection of cheap tablets, before with their Memo Pad and now with their new ZenPad. What distinguishes them from the old model and its competitors? Probably what makes them stand out is its design, quite stylized and elegant for a device with these characteristics, but it can also justify the difference in price the fact that its processor is not a Mediatek, but an Intel. The rest, in any case, is quite similar to what other models in this price range offer us: 7-inch screen with resolution 1024 x 600, 1 GB of RAM and, yes, 16 GB Internal memory (expandable via micro-SD).
Galaxy Tab A (2016): about 150 euros (not yet confirmed)
If we do not need more than 7 inches but we are willing to spend a little more, we can already aspire to get a Samsung tablet with more powerful technical specifications: the Galaxy Tab A (2016) already has HD resolution (1280 x 800), Qualcomm processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and a 5 MP camera. The only thing we have to keep in mind is that at the moment in our country you can only buy from import, and that we may have to wait a bit if we prefer to wait for its official launch here. It is not expected, in any case, that the price is very different from the one for which it is already being sold.
8 inch tablets
Lenovo Tab 2 A8: 120 euros
Simply by increasing the screen by an inch, the normal thing is that the price already goes up, but the usual thing is that the 8-inch tablets also already have higher level technical specifications, which usually helps to compensate for the jump to 150-200 euros . However, from time to time we can find interesting tablets of this size for lower prices, as is the case with this Lenovo Tab 2 A8, which now that new models are on the way, can be found in some distributors for around 120 euros, with processor Mediatek and 1 GB of RAM, but also with resolution that does reach HD (1280 x 800) and with 16 GB of storage capacity.
Iconia One 8: 140 euros
Taking into account that Acer always adjusts its prices to the maximum, the difference between the Iconia One 8 It is a good example of that price difference that we are going to find normally when going from 7 to 8 inches, but, as we said before, it also finds some compensation in a higher level hardware normally: the resolution is now HD (1280 x 800), the processor is also more powerful and storage capacity reaches 32 GB Internal memory (in addition to continuing to have a micro-SD card slot). The only thing that we do not find a significant improvement is in RAM, which remains 1 GB, which is really the minimum we must accept.
ZenPad 8: 165 euros
A similar improvement is found in the corresponding 8-inch model of the range ZenPad, although here you have to be careful and keep in mind that there are a few variants and that the technical specifications are not exactly the same (there are models with Qualcomm processor instead of Intel, with 1 or 2 GB of RAM and 2 or 5 MP camera), although in all the resolution goes up to HD (1280 x 800). The model that we leave here for reference with a price of 165 euros assembles a processor Intel, have a 1 GB of RAM 16 GB of ROM memory, and 2 MP camera.
Edison 3 mini: 180 euros
The Spanish bq It is another brand that should always be pending if we are looking for a tablet with good quality / price ratio and in the field of 8 inches has a very good alternative: Edison 3 mini It's just a little more expensive, but in addition to the jump to HD resolution (1280 x 800) and of the 16 GB of storage capacity (as always, expandable through micro-SD card) that the other models on the list brought us, offers us a processor Intel quite powerful (its maximum frequency is 1.83 GHz) and 2 GB of RAM, plus a 5 MP camera.
Shield Tablet K1: 200 euros
With the Shield Tablet K1 We enter fully into the mid-range terrain, by price but also by technical specifications, so it may be worth considering the possibility of investing a little more to get you with it. Keep in mind that it arrives without a charger (although in most houses this will hardly be a problem) but you have to think that for 200 euros we get a tablet with Full HD screen (1920 x 1200), processor Tegra K1, 2 GB of RAM 16 GB of storage capacity and 5 MP camera on the front and on the back.
10 inch tablets
Iconia One 10: 150 euros
Compared with the jump from 7 to 8 inches, surprisingly, the jump at 10 inches does not have such an important impact on the price, to a large extent, since not all models leave us with significant hardware improvements. It is the case of the Iconia One 10, a perfect option for those looking for a simple tablet (resolution, processor, RAM, and storage capacity are basically the same as in the 8-inch model) and simply want a larger screen: for 10 euros of difference, it is not worth it to settle for a smaller tablet if it is not specifically what we are looking for.
Galaxy Tab E: 170 euros
One of the most affordable options, surprisingly, brings it to us Samsung with his Galaxy Tab E, a tablet that still comes with Android KitKat as an operating system and with a modest processor and with 8 GB of storage capacity (expandable, yes, via micro-SD), but with 1.5 GB of RAM and with a screen of 9.7 inch with HD resolution (1280 x 800), that we can buy for less than some smaller tablets cost and with the good finishes and guarantees that can be expected from a brand like this.
ZenPad 10: 180 euros
As was the case with the 8 and 10 inch models of the Iconia One range, also in the case of the range ZenPad We may be interested in betting more on the 10-inch model instead of the 8. The difference in price here is a bit larger (but still less than 20 euros), but we must bear in mind that there are some improvements, since that we will not only be able to enjoy a screen with the same resolution (1280 x 800) but much larger, if not we will also have more RAM (2 GB) and with a 5 MP camera (although this is probably the least important claim in the case of a tablet).
Galaxy Tab A: 200 euros
The second tablet of Samsung on this list is the Galaxy Tab A, which since its launch has dropped a lot in price and, as you can see, we can buy it for not much more than the Galaxy Tab E costs. What do we gain from the other? Interestingly, the resolution is even somewhat lower than in the cheaper model, but it does have an advantage in the performance section, with a processor of Qualcomm and with a more recent version of Android (Lollipop instead of KitKat). The design is also a bit different, with the result that this tablet is lighter and thinner too.
Aquaris M10: 220 euros
If we recommended you consider the Edison 3 mini when looking for 8-inch tablet, we have to do the same with the Aquaris M10 in the field of 10 inches. It is true that we also have the Edison 3, which stays at 200 euros, but we think it is worth making the extra investment of 20 euros to make us with this model that is already more properly mid-range, and even in its HD version (1280 x 800), leaves us a more powerful processor, 2 GB of RAM and a more current operating system (Android 5.1), in addition to having more elegant lines and being thinner and lighter.
Although in this guide we wanted to focus on the tablets sold in Spain, you know that it never hurts to take into account the options that open the import, since the purchase process is true that it is somewhat more cumbersome, but in return we can access the market of chinese tablets, which distinguish incomparable prices. The offer is very vast, but we brought some references some time ago, with some of the brands that are worth studying, and another with some of the most interesting models which, with basic and medium range prices leave us high-end features. We have at your disposal, even, some references for get at the best price two of the most attractive Chinese tablets of the moment: the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 and the Chuwi Hi12.