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Lightweight and long-lasting, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is a tablet built for the busy day ahead. The seven-inch tablet, which weighs under one pound, can be used to browse the Internet and check e-mail or grant some personal time with games or e-books. The five-megapixel rear camera and two-megapixel front camera can take photos or videos using features including continuous shot and panoramic modes to best capture the moment. The device can last for up to 11 hours on a single charge, and its 8GB memory can be expanded to 200 GB by using a microSD card so you can store more movies, books, or music. But the Galaxy Tab A7 doesn’t need storage or Wi-Fi to keep the beats going: the preloaded radio app gives you access to FM stations no matter where you are.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 also comes equipped with Samsung Galaxy Essentials, which provides access to a variety of free apps that can expand your access to entertainment or productivity. Parents can take advantage of the subscription-based Samsung Kids, which provides educational content that comes with parental controls.
Proving technology and budget-friendly can be synonymous, the Amazon Fire 7 offers an affordable introduction to tablets, ideal for playing games, streaming videos, and reading — with Alexa’s help just a voice command away. Powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, the device is available with either 8GB and 16GB of internal storage, with a microSD slot that allows for up to an additional 256GB. With a battery life of up to eight hours, you can listen to music, review your schedule, and check the news throughout the day without worrying about charging it or ask Alexa to give you instant access to information. The 1024 x 600 IPS display ensures clear visuals with strong contrasts, so your favorite shows — from services like Amazon Video, HBO NOW, and Netflix — are crisp. An exclusive Fire OS feature automatically changes the backlight while reading in different light conditions, whether in bed or during your commute.
The tablet is available in black, marine blue, punch red, and canary yellow, and features a VGA front-facing camera and a two megapixel rear-facing camera.
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The DigiLand seven-inch tablet might not have the most advanced features, but its lower price means you can carry around your favorite entertainment or access to your work without making a big investment. The budget-friendly device is built for those new to tablets or those who need something simple to use for reading, browsing the Web, or playing games. The 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing one allow for video chatting with family and friends, and the 8GB storage can be upgraded thanks to a microSD card slot that makes room for additional shows, books, or photos. Apps can be easily downloaded from Google Play, and its light weight makes it portable, so you can have seamless access to your entertainment and apps. Relatively durable, it can also be a good option for children.
This may not be the best purchase for those looking for a tablet capable of performing more advanced functions but works nicely to stream shows and listen to music.
Designed to accommodate multiple users, the slim and functional Lenovo Tab 4 7 is built to meet the needs of the entire family, whether it’s used for watching movies, scrolling through social media, or listening to music. While streaming action films or sitcoms, the 1280 x 720 resolution IPS display and speakers with Dolby Atmos ensures a crisp and dynamic entertainment experience. With the ability to create accounts for multiple users, the tablet makes it easy for everyone from the kids to the grandparents to share. Through password-required logins, individuals have their own profiles, background images, settings, and access to online accounts, like social media. The tablet is powered by a Quad-Core 1.3 GHZ processor and has 16 GB ROM.
For entertainment on the go, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite gives you access to your favorite shows, music, and books whether you’re commuting or running errands. Able to last up to nine hours on a single charge, the device comes with 8 GB of memory, which can be expanded to up to 32 GB with a microSD card. The tablet also has access to educational content, so your kids can be entertained and learn at the same time. With a quad-core processor, the Tab E Lite runs quickly and smoothly, delivering strong graphics, paired with a 1024 x 600 resolution for crisp images. Through the cloud, information and apps are kept consistent across all of your Android devices.
Multiple camera modes allow you to capture the moment, although be aware that this tablet does not come with a front-facing camera, so is not ideal for those looking for a device they can use for FaceTime.
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Fusing fun and education, the Kurio Xtreme Next offers built-in content that let kids learn while playing games and flexing their creativity — and ensures parents have control over how, and for how long, their children are using the tablet. It comes packed with over 90 apps and games — both popular and educational — and over 150 e-books. More apps are available through the pre-downloaded Google Play.
Able to connect to the Internet, the device uses Kurio Genius’ proprietary Internet filtering system to sort through over 450 million websites to block all inappropriate content and includes filters so parents can curate their own list of approved websites. Parents can also manage the available apps, e-books, and other content by creating lists of what is approved, or individually blocking what they do not want their children to see. Time limits can also be set, restricting tablet usage to a certain number of minutes or hours per day, and the Kurio Xtreme Next automatically shuts down when that target is reached. Settings can be personally configured, so learning apps don’t have to count towards this time limit.