Best Tablet Under $300 – Going Digital on a Budget [2020 Update]

Tablets have taken the world by storm with their increased durability, portability and accessibility, and inclusiveness in our day-to-day lives. In this review, we will take a look at some of the best tablets under $300, that are affordable yet powerful and versatile.

We will also talk about some of the advantages and disadvantages of each tablet and go in-depth into what they have to offer. Hopefully, you’ll be able to pick your ideal device from the broad roundup we have selected.

Amazon Fire HD 10

Product Roundup

Product

Weight

Display Size

Resolution

OS

Processor

Battery 

Storage

Memory

Fire HD 10 Tablet (10.1' 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) – Twilight Blue

500g (1.10 lb)

10.1”

1920 x 1200

Customized Android 5.1 (Lollipop), Fire 5.3

Mediatek MT8173

Li-Po 3830 mAh

32/64GB

2GB

Lenovo Tab M10 Plus

460g (1.01 lb)

10.3”

1200 x 1920

Android 9.0 (Pie)

Mediatek MT6762

Li-Po 7000 mAh

32/64/128GB

2/4GB

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

469g (1.03 lb)

10.1”

1200 x 1920

Android 9.0 (Pie)

Exynos 7904

Li-Po 6150 mAh

32/64/128GB

2/3GB

Dragon Touch K10 Tablet

522g (1.15lbs)

10.1”

1280 x 800

Android Oreo (8.1)

MTK 64-bit Quad Core

Li-Po 5000mAh

16GB

2GB

Vankyo MatrixPad Z4

494g (1.09lbs)

10.1”

1280 x 800

Android 9.0 (Pie)

Rockchip RK3066

Li-Po 4500mAh

32GB

2GB

Lenovo Smart Tab P10

440g (0.97lbs)

10.1”

1920 x 1200

Android 9.0 (Pie)

Snapdragon 450

Li-Po 7000mAh

32GB

3GB

The FIRE HD is one of the best value for money 10.1-inch full HD tablets sporting a 2.0Ghz 8-core processor. It allows you to do more simultaneously and still be able to play games or watch content online with a bigger, brighter more vivid screen.

Fitted with 2GB of RAM and an impressive 64GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 512GB with the addition of a microSD card, you can hold more files on the tab which are easily accessible with a simple touch of the screen.

Moreover, according to AMAZON, the FIRE HD gives you almost 12 hours of screen-on time with a single charge allowing you to last an entire day without any hassle.

The FIRE HD comes with a built-in stand for easy viewing when in landscape mode, allowing you to go hands-free when watching movies or viewing your work. Not only does this make it much easier for you to use while working but it appeals to students, as it makes note-taking much easier and you can multitask with ease.

In terms of camera quality, the FIRE HD comes out of the box with a 2MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera which allows for easy capturing of pictures and videos. However, the quality of the video is limited to 720p HD videos which are quite sufficient for the everyday user. But let’s be honest, most of us buy tabs for their powerful capabilities, and our purchase is not influenced by the quality of the camera.

The FIRE HD now supports USB Type-C charging, allowing for fast charging capabilities and quicker data transfer between devices.

Pros

  • Alexa
  • Crisp performance

Cons

  • Weak fire OS
  • Small battery
Fire HD 10 Tablet (10.1" 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) – Twilight Blue
Now 30% faster thanks to the new 2.0 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM; Hands-free with Alexa, including on/off toggle

Outfitted with a 10.3-inch Full HD display the M10 PLUS does not disappoint, to say the least. The amazing 8-core processor can be clocked up to 2.3GHz, allowing for faster processing power and the users can multitask on a higher level while experiencing no lag or stutter at all. It runs the latest Android version 9.0 (Pie), which has proven to be more user-friendly and multitasking proves to be easier on this interface.

The M10 PLUS has introduced facial recognition in this particular model, which makes unlocking the tab much faster and more secure than ever before thanks to their upgraded security system.

Unlike the FIRE HD, the M10 PLUS has an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera that has auto-focus capabilities, making the process of taking pictures and videos easier and more user-friendly.

With 2GB of RAM and 32B of internal memory, the M10 PLUS is perfect for everyday use and can be expanded up to 256GB with an external memory card in the form of a microSD card.

The M10 PLUS offers a dedicated Kid’s mode which allows for parents to track and control what their children have access to and makes for safer browsing and usage of the LENOVO TAB. The addition of GOOGLE ASSISTANT allows for a hands-free experience as well, making it more versatile for your everyday use.
 

Pros

  • Slim and light design
  • Loud stereo speakers
  • Big battery

Cons

  • Processor could have been better
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus, 10.3" FHD Android Tablet, Octa-Core Processor, 32GB Storage, 2GB RAM, Iron Grey, ZA5T0263US
Stay connected with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Dual Band, and Bluetooth 5. 0

This particular product could easily be considered the best ANDROID tablet under $300, as it has been referred to by many users and reviewers alike.

Boasting a 10.1-inch Full HD screen, it has some of the smallest bezels on the market nowadays and provides you with maximum viewing angles and one of the biggest screens on the market. This tab is also one of the best 10-inch Android tablets under $300.

Fitted with the DOLBY ATMOS sound options, you are guaranteed an immersive experience with some of the best sound quality these devices have to offer.

The GALAXY TAB A comes with a base model of 32GB of internal storage. We know this is not a lot, but you can always opt for an external microSD card that can expand your storage up to 512GB which gives you more than enough space for all your work.

It’s powered by a 1.8GHz 8-core processor running Android 9.0 (Pie) and gives you some of the smoothest and seamless experiences we have ever come across. These make the tablet operate functions smoothly and it can handle multiple tasks at any given time without any lag or overheating issues. In our opinion, this is the best SAMSUNG tablet for the money, as it is quite affordable. Yet the performance and reliability you can get out of this tablet are unmatched.

However, the device scores poorly in the battery segment with efficiency and slow charging. The cheaper Amazon Fire HD 10 has a larger battery capacity and power consumption is 26% more efficient. The battery is the worst component of this powerful device.

Pros

  • Colorful display

Cons

  • Slow charging
  • Poor speakers
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SAMSUNG SM-T510NZDFXAR Galaxy Tab A 10.1 64 GB Wifi Tablet, Black, 2019
Binge-worthy Battery. Browse, watch Or shop for up to ten hours on a full charge.; Connectivity Technology: Bluetooth V4. 2; Wi-Fi Built In; Bluetooth; Usb

The DRAGON TOUCH K10 is a solid tablet that comes at an extremely affordable price. These tablets under 200 dollars are perfect for light work and some low-level gaming as one would expect.

Out of the box with ANDROID 8.0 (Oreo), you are met with a 10.1-inch HD IPS display which does not disappoint at a price like this. DRAGON TOUCH has also outfitted the display with a stunning resolution of 1280x800, which provides the user with extremely clear images and incredible viewing angles in any light.

The storage of the base model is 16GB and is expandable up to 128GB with the addition of a microSD card. This may not seem like a lot of extra space but with the price it comes at, it is more than sufficient.

The tablet also provides the user with a micro HDMI port and a micro USB port. The micro HDMI port allows for better streaming onto a TV or a larger screen format, while the micro USB allows for quick data transfer of files and quick charging when necessary.

When discussing battery life, the battery can be fully charged within 4 hours through the micro USB port, while providing you with almost 5 hours of video playback time and up to 8 hours of screen-on time which is perfect for you to get through your day.

Pros

  • Very cheap
  • Good battery life for the price

Cons

  • Relatively heavy
  • Only 16GB storage

We’ve all heard of MEDIATEK, SNAPDRAGON, and EXYNOS chipsets but have you ever heard of a ROCKCHIP processor?

If you aren’t familiar with Chinese Tablet the chances are you probably haven’t. Even among Chinese Tablets, this processor is used in the cheapest entry-level devices.

The design of this device is quite inferior with a plastic casing that kind of presses in. The plastic surface usually doesn’t capture fingerprints but this apparent plastic casing on VANKYO MATRIXPAD Z4 seems to work better than forensic equipment used by the FBI to capture fingerprints.

The device is also quite lightweight due to the poor build at 1.08lbs (480g) but again there are solid devices with the same display size than are even lighter but above this price range.

The design gets even more absurd with all the ports and buttons clustered on one side leaving the remaining sides blank.

The display is poor and the resolution of 1280 x 800 is disappointing. The max brightness is 162 cd/m2 and this is drastically low when compared to other devices in this price range.

Moving on to the core, the processors is quite slow and there is a significant lag when opening applications and don’t even think of multitasking and quickly switching between apps.

Cheaper tablets that cost half of what the MATRIXPAD Z4 costs beats it in terms of performance by big margins.

Pros

  • Very cheap

Cons

  • Poor display
  • Choppy performance

The SMART TAB P10 was awarded the Best of Innovation award in 2019. If that does not impress you, let me tell you more about this beautiful beast.

It’s equipped with a SNAPDRAGON 450 processor which is a lower mainstream chipset used in Android smartphones and tablets. The SoC performs poorly on multiple benchmarks and is one of the main bottlenecks for this tablet from Lenovo.

But wait. An exciting feature is the fingerprint scanner which may seem like nothing out of the ordinary. But the SMART TAB P10 allows for multiple fingerprints to be saved to access multiple profiles on the tablet, making it more versatile and user-friendly while still keeping all your files and information secure.

With the addition of ALEXA, you are now able to simply dock the SMART TAB and use it as a Smart Screen. It will automatically switch to Show Mode and you and your family can stream your music or any videos directly onto a larger screen for extra viewing pleasure. This can be done just with voice control as ALEXA will help you out with all your requirements.

Lenovo struggles with their software in the sense that even though it runs stock android the manufacturer is quite slow to release updates and security patches.

The device was also made to be connected to a dock with its show mode and other functionalities so while off the dock the tablet performance is quite poor.

Pros

  • Vibrant display
  • Good battery life
  • Solid design

Cons

  • Slow charging
  • Slow updates

Buying Guide

When you are considering buying a tablet under $300, your options will be limited. Therefore, we have come up with some of the key features you need to look for when buying tablets and how you can maximize your buying options for the price.

At this attractive price it is advisable to look or tabs that offer at least 2GB of RAM. The only time you should reconsider the amount of RAM is if you have been given a faster processor that can handle all your needs. If you have not been given a faster processor do not settle for anything less than 4GB of RAM.

This particular amount of RAM allows users to easily multitask and go about their day without the hassle of experiencing any lag or latency which can prove to be quite annoying and time-consuming.

In terms of display, bigger is not always better, therefore it is advisable to look for the quality of your screen rather than the size of it. At these prices it would be great for you to look for a screen with the resolution of 1920x1280. However, if you do look carefully you might even be able to find a tab that provides you with 2k screen resolution.

When discussing battery life it is wiser for you to choose a tab that advertises anywhere between 8-10 hours of screen-on time. If you feel like you are using it longer on a single charge, you should look for a battery range of 12-14 hours. However, do keep in mind that the more battery-draining apps you use the quicker your battery life is going to run out.

Finally, when deciding on a tablet that you would like for your daily use, you would look for one which is lightweight as it allows for increased portability and handling in the long run. We recommend that you should keep it to around 450grams (1pound), to have the maximum level of comfort. Never compromise on build quality. At this weight, your screen size would max out at around 10-inches, which has proven to be perfect for most of our consumers.

Conclusion

Now that we have given you the 101 on tablet buying, it is only right that we give you our opinion on what the best tablet is.

Once again it all depends on your requirements and budget, which is why we have reviewed a variety of tabs suited for everyone. However, if we had to pick one, it would be the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1, as it is well-rounded in almost every aspect and stays true to its claims. Being under $300, it is the best tablet you can get out there and it will not disappoint.


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