Best Lightweight and Easy to Use Tablets – Reviewed for 2020

There was an era where computers used to dominate the scene. Soon laptops replaced those PC monitors. Laptops being portable were much preferred in offices, by businessmen, by even medical professionals, infact everywhere. Later, a need for a much smaller and lighter model was emphasized.

From laptops, devices that we call tablets came into existence. It’s as if a tablet is a hybrid between a genuine cell phone and a standard laptop. It makes use of sim cards, Bluetooth, and WIFI features, much like a cellphone. It functions with all software available online, much like a laptop, and it can be easily carried anywhere by professionals from various fields. Infact maintaining notes, ebooks, and lessons in pdf format has become much easier with the advent of tablets. We can even write stuff in our handwriting with the help of a light pen on tablet just as we write stuff on our notebooks. Let’s see what are the best tablets in the market.

Top 10 Remarkable Tablet Reviews 2020

Naturally, consumers will want to try out the upgraded model to see what added features it has to offer. Thus, it will start being sold at a much higher rate than model A resulting in emergence of a new model as top-rated laptop model. It is a cutthroat rat race, and statistics keep changing all over the year. Following table entails a list of top 10 best tablets.

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Fire HD 8 (8 inch HD Display) 16 GB Black Color Tablet image

Fire HD 8 tablet with 8" HD screen

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Apple MR7F2LL-A 9.7-inch Retina display 32GB Space Gray Color iPad image

Apple IPad with 32/128 GB & WIFI

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Fire 7 (7-inch display, 16 GB) Black Color Tablet image

Fire 7 tablet with 7" screen

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Lenovo ZA2J0143US Tab 4 Android 10.1-inch 32GB Storage Slate Black Color Tablet image

Lenovo Tab 4 ZA2J0143US Android tablet

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BeyondTab 10 inch IPS Screen Octa Core 4GB RAM 64GB ROM 3G Phablet Android Black Color Tablet image

Beyond Tab Android 10-10.1" IPS screen with WIFI GPS & bluetooth.

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Samsung SM-T560NZKUXAR Galaxy Tab E 9.6-inch 16 GB Wifi Black Tablet image

Samsung Galaxy 9.6" Tab E SM-T560NZKUXAR with WIFI & 16 GB

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Lenovo ZA2B0009US Tab 4 Android 8-inch Quad-Core Processor 1.4GHz 16GB Storage Slate Black Tablet image

Lenovo Tab 4 ZA2B0009US Android tablet

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Samsung Electronics SM-T590NZKAXAR Galaxy Tab A 10.5-inch Black Tablet image

Samsung Electronics SM-T590NZKAXAR Galaxy Tab A.

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Apple MTFL2LL-A Pro 12.9-inch 256GB Space Gray iPad image

Apple Ipad Pro 12.9" with WIFI

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Apple Mini 4 MK9P2LL-A 128GB Silver iPad image

Apple Ipad Mini 4 with WIFI & 128 GB.

Fire happens to be one of leading laptop and tablet brands in the current era. It’s product Fire HD 8 tablet has in fact, acquired the position of Amazon’s choice online for best tablets. Fire HD 8 tab is a tablet with a display screen size as 8 inches and assures HD picture quality. This tablet is available in 4 different colors, which include black, canary yellow, marine blue, and punch red. Different offers may accompany it in a sale.

Fire HD 8 (8 inch HD Display) 16 GB Black Color Tablet image

Fire HD 8 Tablet with 8" HD screen, 16 GB

FEATURES

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Weight

12.8 Ounces

Dimensions

8.4 x 5.0 x 0.4 Inches

Model Number

Fire HD 8

Fire HD 8 comes with two different storage capacities depending on the user’s convenience, i.e., 16 GB data storage and 32 GB data storage. Alexa software is available with tablets manufactured by Firebrands mostly.

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Apple iPad 32 GB is the latest model of tablets manufactured by Apple computers. It is made up of sleek aluminum design. It has a much more attractive finish with iOS as an operating system. This
best budget Android Tablet 
is available in three different color shades, including gold, silver, and space Gray (latest in model). It is available with two different internal storage capacities, which include 32 GB and 128 GB.

Apple MR7F2LL-A 9.7-inch Retina display 32GB Space Gray Color iPad image

Apple iPad with 32 GB & WiFi

FEATURES

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Weight

1.8 Pounds

Dimensions

9.8 x 7 x 2 Inches

Model Number

MR7F2LL/A

There are two categories of iPad, either equipped only with WIFI internet connection facility or with WIFI and sim slot feature both. It is equipped with both front selfie and rear cameras. The rear-facing camera of this best tablet has 8 MP quality while the front camera is equipped with a timer and 1.2 MP HD picture quality.

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Fire 7 tablets are a previous generation model of Fire 8. These are available with two internal storage capacities, which include 16 GB and 8 GB data. These come in 4 different colors, including black, canary yellow, marine blue, and punch red. With an added SD micro-chip, it can store upto 256 GB data. This best tablet computer for the money employs use of a 1.3 GHz quad-core microprocessor.

Fire 7 (7-inch display, 16 GB) Black Color Tablet image

Fire 7 tablet with 7" screen, 16 GB

FEATURES

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Weight

10.4 Ounces

Dimensions

7.6 x 4.5 x 0.4 Inches

Model Number

Fire 7 16/8 GB

Fire 7 Tablet 16 GB is the best cheap tablet that can be used by voracious novel readers and medical students to store preparatory notes. It is especially used for entertainment purposes like storing movies, videos, music, songs, games, and television series. It is also one of the best gaming tablets for both kids and adults.

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Lenovo Tab 4, 10 happens to be a major android tablet model manufactured by Lenovo with 10.1 inches Touch screen. It may be available with 3 different internal storage capacities, including 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB data. It may also be available in 2 different RAM capacities, including 2 GB and 4 GB data.

Lenovo ZA2J0143US Tab 4 Android 10.1-inch 32GB Storage Slate Black Color Tablet image

Lenovo Tab 4 ZA2J0143US Android Tablet for Sale

FEATURES

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Weight

1.82 Pounds

Dimensions

9.7 x 6.7 x 0.3 Inches

Model Number

ZA2J0143US

Specifically speaking about 2 GB RAM & 32 GB internal storage, which happens to be available in slate black color design, has been categorized as Amazon’s choice tablet amongst the rest of Lenovo Tab 4, 10 types. It is an Android device that employs use of a 1.4 GHz quad-core microprocessor chip.

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Beyond Tab is another brand selling major Android tablets online. Currently, tablets trending in the online market are from Touch series of Beyond Tab. The display screen of this best tablet from Beyond Tab happens to be 10.1 inches with IPS and HD quality. It has 64 GB internal storage capacity and makes use of WiFi, Bluetooth as well as GPS settings.

BeyondTab 10 inch IPS Screen Octa Core 4GB RAM 64GB ROM 3G Phablet Android Black Color Tablet image

Beyond Tab Android IPS screen with WIFI GPS & Bluetooth (4GB RAM 64GB ROM)

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SPECIFICATIONS

Item Weight

1.9 Pounds

Dimensions

12.5 x 1.5 × 8 Inches

Model Number

N/A

Beyond Tab 10.1″ Android Tablet has an in-built lithium battery of 5000 mAH capacity, which also features a slot for placing sim cards. Additionally, it has settings of accommodating 40 different languages that users may choose from for personalization. This best android tablet is available in two different colors, which include black and silver.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6″ is one of bestselling tablet models manufactured and sold by Samsung electronics. It has an internal storage capacity i.e., ROM of 16 GB with additional 802.11 abg WiFi and Bluetooth features.

Samsung SM-T560NZKUXAR Galaxy Tab E 9.6-inch 16 GB Wifi Black Tablet image

Samsung Galaxy 9.6" Tab E SM-T560NZKUXAR with WiFi & 16 GB

FEATURES

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Weight

1.6 Pounds

Dimensions

9.52 × 5.89 × 0.38 Inches

Model Number

SM-T560NZKUXAR

This Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6″ model may be available with an additional travel adapter device or an additional cover sleeve depending on the user’s requirement and choice. It has been pre-equipped with a 7300 mAH battery and a slot of micro-SD card or SIM card. As the name indicates, it has a touch screen of size 9.6 inches.

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Lenovo Tab 4, 8″ is another popular table model manufactured by Lenovo and belonging to Tab 4 series. It also has taken place in the list of Amazon’s choices for Lenovo Tab 4 series. Lenovo Tab 4, 8″ is equipped with an 8 inches display screen. It has more or less similar features as Lenovo 4, 10″ model. The only difference lies in the price of this best drawing Tablet, which is cheaper than the 10″ model.

Lenovo ZA2B0009US Tab 4 Android 8-inch Quad-Core Processor 1.4GHz 16GB Storage Slate Black Tablet image

Lenovo Tab 4 ZA2B0009US Android Tablet Amazon Sale

FEATURES

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Weight

1.2 Pounds

Dimensions

8.3 x 4.9 × 0.3 Inches

Model Number

ZA2B0009US

Lenovo Tablet 4 ZA2B0009US Android Tablet is also available with either 2 GB or 4GB RAM. It may have 3 different storage capacities, which include 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB storage out of which model with 16 GB internal storage and 2 GB RAM owns a name in Amazon’s choice list. This best tablet is also equipped with 802.11 AC WiFi.

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Samsung Electronics Galaxy Tab A happens to be a costlier counterpart of Galaxy Tab E series. However, it is cost-effective and economical for the added benefits and features it has in store for users. It is available in two different color shades, which include black and gray. It has an internal storage capacity or Read Only Memory space of 32 GB with 3 GB RAM.

Samsung Electronics SM-T590NZKAXAR Galaxy Tab A 10.5-inch Black Tablet image

Samsung Electronics SM-T590NZKAXAR Galaxy Tab A

FEATURES

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Weight

11 Ounces

Dimensions

10.2 x 6.3 x 0.3 Inches

Model Number

SM-T590NZKAXAR

With additional use of a micro-SD card, memory space can be increased upto around 450 GB in Samsung Electronics SM-T590NZKAXAR Galaxy Tab A. It employs use of an Octa-core processor and an in-built Google assistant. With an added Face ID authentication software, tablet access can be regulated only by the original owner and not outsiders.

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ is another major model of tablets sold online and much in demand, manufactured by Apple computers worldwide. Apart from color coding, another factor allowing users to choose tablets wisely happens in its internal storage capacity, which consists of 4 types involving 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB data storage capacity.

Apple MTFL2LL-A Pro 12.9-inch 256GB Space Gray iPad image

Apple Ipad Pro 256GB 12.9" with WiFi

FEATURES

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Weight

2.42 Pounds

Dimensions

11.4 × 8.8 × 1.9 Inches

Model Number

MTFL2LL/A

Currently, space Gray coloured iPad Pro with capacity 256 GB happens to be the latest and currently widely sold model online. It is characterized by its Pro-motion and realistic Retina display technology of 12.9 inches. iPad Pro may feature internet connectivity via 802.11 AC WI-FI only or via WiFi and cellular LTE activity both.

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Apple iPad Mini 4 happens to be a much smaller and thinner model compared to Apple iPad and iPad Pro with only 6.1 mm thickness and 0.65 pounds weight. This model employs use of an A8 microprocessor chip and iOS 9 operating system.

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Apple iPad Mini 4 with WiFi & 128 GB

FEATURES

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Weight

10.4 Ounces

Dimensions

8 × 5.3 × 0.2 Inches

Model Number

MK9P2LL/A

Apple iPad Mini 4 128 GB Tablet has a fingerprint sensor for unlocking devices. It is equipped with a 7.9 inches touch screen with an anti-reflective retina display. It has an internal storage capacity of 128 GB and may have internet connectivity via 802.11 ac WiFi only or via WiFi and cellular LTE with a pre-equipped SIM slot.

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How did we decide this list as Top 10?

Our team gathered the information of 35+ models to compare their features, specs, and price. Besides we went through 110+ Tablet reviews and overall it took 60 hours for complete research. These are the things that made us decide this list as Top 10 best tablets.

Buying Guide for Tablets

In the present decade, the magnitude and pace of rapid progression of technological data enhancement have been so extensively vast and successful that there is no way that an individual once exposed to devices like cell phones, computers, laptops, and tablets can ever again survive without either of those. Apart from getting news these tablets do their everyday work and makes studying much easier and visually effective. 

It is easier to remember stuff that is taught with visually illustrative videos rather than simply reading fonts on books or notes. Thus, the advantages of buying a tablet happen to be countless, especially in the current advanced era. This buying guide aims to provide all requisite details on requirement and uses of a tablet, and it’s a purchase.

What is a Tablet?

We often hear discussions among our peers about the latest models of tablets revolutionizing the marketplace, about next-generation models, which is dated to be released soon so that they can cast away their outdated models and acquire a new one, preferably the latest model. 

Everyone has heard of a tablet. Tablets are hybrid models featuring properties of both a mobile phone and a personal computer. So if we reframe definitive answer from above-generalized context, definition would go as follows:

A tablet is a portable cordless device that bears a size relatively smaller compared to our standard notebooks. But slightly bigger compared to our cellular phones with no separate input or output hardware units as required on a personal computer, with touch screen display serving as input either through our fingers or with help of a light pen, capable of performing all functions that the latest cell phone and laptop model can perform with multitasking settings. 

Equipped with its rechargeable battery unit, SIM card slots, security access lock screens via Facial recognition or Fingerprint sensors, and reasonable internal storage or ROM for storing apps, files, movies, ebooks, music, games, etc.

Types of Tablets

Based on a broader scale of classification, tablets are categorized based on:

  • Size.
  • Operating system.
  • Input and output features.
  • Functions suited to each user.

Following are some specific tablet designs based on either of above basis of categorization:

  • Slates: These kinds of Tablets may also include iPads. Size may vary, starting from a display size of 6 inches and not less. thickness may vary according to the manufacturing brand’s specific requirements.
  • Mini tablet: These tablets tend to be generally smaller and lighter compared to slates, but display screen size ranges from 7-8 inches generally. iPad mini 4 is an example of Mini tablets.
  • Phablet: Phablets are a hybrid cross between a generalized smartphone and a typical tablet with display screen sizes ranging from 5-7 inches with availability of cellular network, slots for SIM cards besides WiFi connectivity. An example of a Phablet includes Beyond Tab android tablet.
  • 2-in-1 PC’s: These 2-in-1 personal computers are another category of hybrid tablets which incorporate features of a computer as well as a tablet with help of a keyboard which when in use device resembles a computer and which when not in use, device may resemble a tablet or smartphone a portable device. These are again divided into two types:
  • Convertibles: keyboard may be folded behind chassis so that it resembles a tablet. E.g. 2-in-1 PC’s from Lenovo yoga series.
  • Detachables: keyboard can easily be detached from device to turn PC into a tablet. E.g. Apple iPad Pro.
  • Gaming Tablets: These tablets are specialized to provide the best gaming experience to users with help of gamepad options like D-pad and thumbsticks in addition to usual Touchscreen features. E.g., Nintendo switches to the hybrid console, Nvidia’s Shield Tablet.
  • Booklets: These tablets are specialized to be foldable like books with dual-Touchscreen features and clamshell designs.
  • Customized business Tablets: These are basic tablets, especially customized and modified later, as per professional requirements of the user in the field. 

Operating Systems - Major OS used in Tablets

All personal computers, smartphones, laptops, and tablets require an operating system to execute all basic functions on the device. These operating systems manage downloading, processing, and operation of all major apps stored in the device, thereby facilitating running of a computer device in general. 

There are 5 major operating systems currently revolutionizing field of computers, tablets, and smartphones:

  • Microsoft Windows.
  • Apple Mac iOS.
  • Google Android OS.
  • Apple iOS.
  • Linux OS.

Out of these operating systems, 3 most popular and commonly used operating systems for tablets and smartphones include Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Criteria:iOSAndroidWindows
Security:Highly secure operating system compared to others.Least secured. Needs regular updates.Security risks have been detected in the past.
Configuration:Built-in settings that the user cannot change as desired.Easily configured as per user’s desire.Configuration of settings as per user’s needs is possible provided it is compatible with the device.
Developed, owned and sold by:Apple Inc.Initially developed by Android Inc. and later purchased by Google.Microsoft.
Privacy:Monitored by Apple Inc.Not regulated by any particular authority.Strictly monitored by Microsoft.

Best Tablet Brands

Apple Inc.

Apple Inc. is a major multinational company specializing in manufacture of laptops, cell phones, iPads, iPods, etc. each of which employs use of Apple’s iOS operating system which has undergone countless reforms over the past few decades to have emerged as the most highly secured operating system in the present era. 

Apple Inc. currently offers the latest IPad models as best Apple tablet models with it’s Apple iPad, Apple iPad Pro with a customized detachable keyboard and Apple iPad Mini 4 which provide best picture and audio qualities with even better touch screen facilities, allowing users to write using a specialized Apple pen. The only major drawback remains is that it cannot be afforded by every user worldwide.

Samsung Electronics

Samsung stands as one of leading manufacturers of cell phones and tablets in the international market with an easy to maneuver Google Android interface. Two popular tablet models sold online include Samsung Galaxy Tab E and Samsung Galaxy Tab A, both of which are extremely economically cost-effective models relative to features they are capable of offering. 

Besides, they are extremely child- friendly tablets since parents can easily control the number of times children spend on these tablets apart from restricting access to unnecessary content.

Fire

We have all been familiar with Kindle for the past six years now. Every reader has aspired to own a Kindle at least once in his or her lifetime. That is the degree of influence Amazon created Kindle Fire generated in each of our lives. It lit a flame that can never be extinguished with its excellent reading friendly software and picture quality. 

Year after year, Fire has continued expanding limits each generation possessed to make sure the successor remains best compared to the original prototype. Currently, 7th and 8th generation of Fire tablets have enthralled users worldwide with their various uses at a much lower budget margin coaxing them to buy it for reading or other entertainment purposes.

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Features to consider before buying a Tablet

Based on innumerous details entailed in this article and best features curated by each of brands, generalized conclusion on factors that need to be deduced before purchasing a particular tablet involves following

Price

What is the cost of Tablet? No matter how great and how enticing features of a particular brand might be, it is not humanly possible for every individual to buy it just because he or she wants it. the first and foremost parameter that a user needs to check is if he can at all afford said tablet model.

Use

What does the user require Tablet for? Next factor that a user needs to make a decisive plan of action on is to see what is needed for a tablet in his or her life whether he or she requires it for official business, researching, studies, or entertainment activities.

Size

What is the size of Tablet? It would be much more convenient for users to carry a mini-sized tablet than a bigger and heavier one. In these cases, the deciding factor can be size.

Battery life

For how long can a tablet work without shutting down? User needs to compare the average battery life of various tablets and compare which one he truly requires depending on how long Tablet will be used for. It would be highly disastrous if Tablet shut off on its own in the middle of an unfinished assignment considering the deadline is extremely near.

Internal Storage

How much data can a tablet store on its own? Nearly everyone has a lot of data stored in their devices nowadays, be it work-related files, important PowerPoint presentations, ebooks, PDF files, movies, videos, music, etc. But to store this enormous amount of data, users require a tablet with high ROM capacity, or else they will need to depend on an external SD card to store extra data.

RAM capacity

What is the capacity of Tablet to handle multitasking? Whether a tablet can allow users to perform multiple tasks at same time or not depends on total RAM assigned to it. Nearly everyone has a habit of keeping several windows open while operating on smartphone or a tablet; thus, it is an extremely crucial factor to check.

SIM card slot

Does the device have an additional slot for SIM cards? It can be extremely tedious to carry a smartphone as well as a laptop together at same time. In these scenarios, users must be wishing to have a device that shares features of both. Buying a tablet with cellular connectivity enabled apart from wireless connection would be the best remedy in this case as then Tablet can be used for phone calls as well.

Picture quality

How good is resolution of tablet display? For people looking for much more clarity on screen to read or watch movies in HD quality, they need to compare various resolutions of various models and select accordingly.

Privacy and Accessibility

How secure is Tablet to ensure that no stranger can tamper with data? Many times, people store confidential files not meant to be seen by just anybody at any time. To prevent this, many tablets come with in-built facial recognition and fingerprint identification settings allowing only users to access apps.

Security from external sources

How safe can Tablet be from external sources or viruses? No matter what Tablet bought, antivirus is a must. But still depending on the type of operating systems installed, some devices run free from viruses even without risk of antivirus for some time. Apple iOS is most secured in this aspect and Android least.

Audio quality

How good is stereo? Musicians generally depend on a good quality tablet for listening to music or recording. Even to watch movies, a presence of good quality audio is required.

Camera

How good are both front and back cameras? Most people love taking selfies and photographs. Infact, genuine photographers, many times, depend on Tablets and smartphones for taking pictures rather than actual cameras. In such cases, users must search for a tablet with the best camera Resolution. Generally, Apple products tend to have best quality in-built cameras.

FAQ's

Smartphones are specialized portable devices with their smaller dimensions and are thus much easier to carry than standard tablets. Smartphones have call facilities, Bluetooth, WiFi, etc. On other hand, tablets behave like hybrids with features lying in between a smartphone and a laptop. Tablets, although better portable compared to a computer, are larger with larger screen size ratio and hence, cannot easily be carried in hand everywhere.

Modern tablets mostly have an additional SIM card slot in-built with lithium metal battery to hold SIM cards; thus, enabling these tablets to have a call facility at disposal. Older models didn’t usually have an extra SIM card slot, but latest brands like Apple iPad and Samsung tablets do have them.

FreeTime is a specialized feature available on Fire tablets, especially for parents and children. FreeTime is an in-built app that parents can select various movies, music, videos, educational documentaries from to be used by their children with a specific time limit of use. Each FreeTime can support upto six different profiles for a child. Thus, kind of content kid watches can easily be filtered out.

Apple products with high-quality rear (8 MP) and front (1.2 MP) cameras offer user versatility to take best quality pictures. These features are generally exceptional in IPad, IPad Pro, and iPad mini 4.

Three major operating systems are employed in currently trending tablets, which include Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft Windows.

Final Verdict

There are many leading tablet manufacturing companies out there. People feel that the best tablet means it is an iPad. If you wanna take a break from this expensive product you have other handy options to explore. If you are a bookworm and there is no room for another book on your shelf and you want some affordable option you can choose Amazon fire. If you wanna give it to your kid with some restrictions you can try Samsung tablets.

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