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Time to update your tablet? You don’t have to spend a lot

SAN ANTONIO – If you’re looking for a tablet for surfing the web or for your kids to watch videos, the good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot. Consumer Reports has recommendations for almost any budget, including a couple that cost less than $100.

If you’re on a tight budget, CR recommends Amazon Fire HD 8 (32 gigabytes) for around $90. It has an 8-inch screen, expandable storage, and an impressive battery life of over 15 hours.

The older Amazon Fire 7 (16GB) is an even cheaper option at around $50. With a 6.9-inch screen, it’s lightweight and a decent choice for checking emails or reading the news.

“Both of these Amazon tablets allow restricted profiles for kids, making them a great option for families,” said Consumer Reports tech writer Thomas Germain.

That’s also true for Samsung’s 2019 Galaxy Tab A 8.0 WiFi (32GB) for around $130. It’s one of the best tablets under $300 in CR’s exclusive rankings. It has a good 8-inch screen and received an excellent score for predicted reliability.

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If you want something a little bigger, consider last year’s Apple iPad (64GB) for around $330. It has a high-quality 10.2-inch screen and excellent speed for everyday tasks.

“These are great little tablets that score highly in almost every category, including owner satisfaction and performance,” Germain said.

If you need more of a capable tablet — one that could even replace a laptop for tasks like video editing — and you have the cash to spare, CR advises considering the top-of-the-line model. range, Apple’s iPad Pro (128GB) with a 12.9-inch screen for around $1,100. It’s faster than most other tablets in CR’s rankings. It takes excellent photos and videos, has a high quality screen and is very easy to use.

When choosing a tablet, one thing to keep in mind is that not all app stores are created equal. Google and Apple’s app stores have a lot more to offer than what’s available for Fire OS.

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