Although they are less widespread than before, touch pads are still part of the market. Check out our recommendations on the best cheap tablets.
The best tablets for less than 500 euros
Touch panels have become rarer lately, slowly being eaten up by ever larger smartphones and ever more flexible PCs. However, it regularly launches new models and the market still has its fans, especially on the iPad side. Two giants reign in the world of tablets: Apple and Samsung, as well as in the smartphone market. But recently new players have entered the sector, such as Xiaomi and Realme. In the Android tablet market, the competition is starting to wreak havoc again.
Looking for a cheap tablet? Like many products, the price of tablets can skyrocket quickly. To help you choose the ideal product without emptying your bank account, here we have compiled the most interesting touch tablets for less than 500 euros.
If you finally decide to increase your budget, you can also consult our complete guide to the best touch tablets. Also, if you are faithful to Apple, you will probably find what you are looking for in our comparison of the different iPad models.
Apple iPad 9 (2021) our choice
Apple is always one step ahead with its iPads. This was therefore already the case for the iPad 9, released in 2021, at a modest price compared to the usual prices at Apple.
Also recommended in our guide to the best tablets, the iPad 9 is a must-have in the field, working almost flawlessly. We do have a reservation about the design though, which dates straight back to the late 2010s with its big black bands framing the screen.
Other than that, the iPad 9 manages to shine in every area: impeccable ergonomics, a smooth software interface, power to spare, a gorgeous screen, or even a mastered camera.
In detail, this iPad model has a 10.4-inch screen in Retina resolution with True Tone. On the processor side, the A13 Bionic chip is in charge. There is at least 64 GB of storage available. iPadOS 15 takes care of the animation, which translates to unerring fluidity and unnerving ease of use.
The iPad 9 test is available to read. This will allow you to discover our recommendation for a cheap touchscreen tablet.
XiaomiPad 5 The Challenger
The Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet is undoubtedly the ideal alternative to the iPad for those who prefer to use an Android product. With its very interesting quality/price ratio, this model stands out as a real challenge for the iPad 9.
The Xiaomi Pad 5 is a success: smooth, powerful, pleasant to handle, sober and efficient. Its powerful Snapdragon 860 SoC allows you to run a large number of games without worry and ensure a smooth user experience in everyday life. The chip is still supported by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The design is sleek and understated, with a very satisfying dark aluminum back. The 11-inch screen is more than enough for all kinds of use, thanks in particular to its WQHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The tablet’s screen is efficient enough to use for gaming. The photo module does its job and the front sensor will be more than enough for video conferencing. Same story on the speaker side, which will be more than enough to watch classic video content.
In short, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is a balanced product, sold at a perfectly controlled price, which makes it one of the “safe bets” of the moment. Read our full Xiaomi tablet review to find out more.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE Samsung quality at a low price
Like the range of Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE wants to offer a complete product without being too expensive. In this case, it will impose some concessions on benefits. It’s still a high-quality budget Android touchscreen tablet. It emerges as an alternative to the iPad.
Design-wise, the Tab S7 FE resembles the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. Samsung’s affordable touchscreen tablet offers rounded edges and sleek finishes. The 12.4″ screen is symbolic of Samsung’s strengths in the matter despite the choice of LCD technology for the screen. The panel offers beautiful screen definition, but also refreshes at 60Hz.
Internal power is provided by a Snapdragon 750G processor aided by 4GB of RAM. All this configuration is capable of guaranteeing a good general performance in everyday software such as Netflix or social networks. In the gaming part, some concessions have to be made since the best titles like Fortnite suffer a bit.
It suffers from comparison to the competition without an OLED screen or a slot for an S-Pen. It is offered as a base at 549 euros, but with the promotion game it is possible to get it cheaper. If you choose this tablet, we recommend reading the review of the Galaxy Tab S7 FE.
RealmePad the little news
The Realme Pad is the direct competitor of the Galaxy Tab A8. Play in the same price range in its most muscular version with 6 GB of RAM. The Realme touch panel is the first attempt of the Chinese manufacturer, used to smartphones, and it is quite successful.
If the Realme Pad does not sweep, it turns out to be a balanced and sufficient product for the requested use. Like all other cheap tablets, it doesn’t shine in its photographic part, but that’s not what we expect from it anyway. Above all, it has a beautiful 10.4-inch LCD technology screen that will meet all the required uses.
Your strengths? Its MediaTek Helio G80 SoC (perfect for classic uses) and its good autonomy (7100 mAh battery). We also appreciate the absence of the usual batch of pre-installed and often useless apps: Realme UI is a very refined version of Android.
The Realme Pad also has another advantage: being available in different configurations, its price varies from 239 to 289 euros depending on the available RAM and storage, allowing everyone to choose what they need according to their budget. The tablet is also regularly offered at a discount.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Small size and low price.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is the “low price” reference of this selection. In Wi-Fi version, this small tablet with 8.7-inch screen is the ideal companion for nomads, as well as for reading.
This affordable tablet designed for family use is easily held in one hand. At less than a centimeter thick and light in weight, it slides almost anywhere and can be easily carried, for example, during a trip. Therefore, it is very practical to view some content on a screen larger than a smartphone or to read an electronic book. At this price, of course, it’s not intended for gaming or professional use.
Finally, we also recommend looking at the refurbished and second-hand side because it is possible to get a cheap but efficient tablet. For example, the iPad Air 3 (2019) can be found refurbished for about 400 euros. Tablet prices sometimes drop rapidly and consumers increasingly turn to large-format smartphones. Therefore, there are good deals!
Find out which are the best refurbished smartphones available on the market.
How to choose a cheap tablet?
What are the uses of a touch panel?
With smartphones getting bigger and bigger screens (the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, for example, is approaching 7 inches), the interest in whiteboards has been declining year after year. This explains why they are increasingly focused on productivity thanks to keyboards or styluses. So while high-end tablets are still great reference terminals, they’re increasingly becoming creative tools, like the iPad Pro.
However, the less expensive products will be good secondary terminals, for additional use, for example, to watch movies and series on the move, or even to read an electronic book.
Which operating system to choose?
There are two: iPadOS and Android. iPadOS is clearly more successful and, above all, richer. Indeed, it has a greater catalog of applications, and better adapted to the tablet format. For intensive use, for work or even for creative people, iPadOS will undoubtedly be more practical. Android, for its part, has the merit of being available on tablets at all prices, and it will be more than enough for web browsing.
What tablet format do you prefer?
The vast majority of tablets, especially entry-level and mid-range ones, offer a 10- to 11-inch screen. Therefore, they are placed between smartphones and laptops that start at 13 inches. Of course there are 12-inch tablets, but at that point you’ll have to think about going straight to a PC. If your screen is less than 10 inches, you may have less enjoyment watching long video content, such as a movie. An 8-inch tablet, on the other hand, will be perfect for reading. Therefore, it is up to each one to define their uses to choose the size accordingly.
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