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There are plenty of budget tablet options if you're looking to save as you shop. Picture for illustrative purposes. Image Credit: Shutterstock

A tablet is likely not your primary tech device when it comes to work. But it becomes significantly more important when you need a smaller, secondary device for travel or for your children. So, if you don’t want to spend a fortune on a tablet, but still need an efficient device that holds up to hours of continuous use, we’ve got you covered. Our curated list highlights the best budget tablets you can buy right now – all under Dh800 – with features and specifications that have been carefully assessed, based on user ratings and reviews. We’ve also got more options specifically for school work, children, or if you have a higher budget.

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1. Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, Dark Grey 

Pros

  • Premium design and build
  • Solid performance
  • Loud, clear speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Slow charging
  • Weak front and rear cameras

The undisputed king of budget tablets (at least we, and thousands of reviewers think so), Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A8 features a classy design and some fabulous features you wouldn’t expect at its affordable price. It’s a full sized, 10.5-inch tablet that supports full HD, 1080p picture quality and a quad speaker set-up in its slender, 6.9mm-thin body. With Dolby Atmos support, the audio is crisp and clear, and the device’s large screen is a natural fit for streaming services. However, reviewers wish the tablet included a fingerprint sensor for better security and faster online purchases. It’s also worth noting that while the device’s battery life is great, it does take over three hours to fully charge, so it’s best left plugged in overnight.

Bonus: Buy with 0% installments and pay Dh61.58 for 12 months with select banks.

2. Best Tablet for Sharing: Lenovo Tab M10, Storm Grey 

Pros

  • Good, full HD screen
  • Large, 10.1-inch display
  • Excellent performance
  • Features Dolby Atmos
  • Includes Kids Mode

Cons

  • Not designed to be used in portrait mode
  • No indicator for battery when charging

A great all-rounder that the entire family can share, Lenovo’s Tab M10 includes fantastic features that benefit every member of the household. Adults will appreciate its thin, lightweight design. Reviewers love the fact that its large, 10.1-inch screen comes with dual speakers optimised with Dolby Atmos – it’s an excellent device for streaming shows and movies. Students can use the device’s Instant Memo feature to seamlessly input handwritten notes and sketches, and switch on Immersive Reading Mode to limit eye strain during long hours of project research. And the built-in Kids Mode ensures younger children have a safe space to explore, create and develop their skills. The battery lasts up to 10 hours for video playback, so there’s no doubt about it – you can enjoy hours and hours of entertainment and productivity on this solid device.

Bonus: Buy with 0% installments and pay Dh66.58 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers 1-year extended warranty for Dh57, 1-year accidental damage protection for Dh95, and 2-year damage protection with 1-year extended warranty for Dh121.

3. Best for Children: Huawei MatePad T10 Kids Edition, Blue 

Pros

  • Has a content management system for parents
  • Provides eye protection
  • Includes anti-shock case

Cons

  • No access to Google app store

Great for children, Huawei’s MatePad T10 uses a 9.7-inch display to bring vibrant, vivid colours to life. Children can use the tablet without any worries, since it comes with an anti-shock case made from food-grade silicone that protects it from bumps and scrapes. There are a number of safety features included: the eBook mode provides a blue light filter against eye strain when little ones read books on the tablet, while a Parental Assistant feature allows you to manage usage timers, apps and content. A built-in educational programme called Azoomeee offers games, stories and shows free for 12 months upon purchase, and the tablet comes with a stylus that little ones can use when they’re feeling artistic. With a host of thoughtful educational and safety features, it’s no wonder this budget tablet is perfect for children.

Bonus: Buy with 0% installments and pay Dh43.25 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers 1-year extended warranty for Dh57, 1-year accidental damage protection for Dh95, and 2-year damage protection with 1-year extended warranty for Dh121.

4. Best Gift: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Grey 

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Expandable storage
  • Strong build
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Low-res display
  • Camera quality could be better

A handy little device that’s nearly half the price of our top pick, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A7 Lite may not get you everything you want, but will definitely get you what you need. It’s lighter and smaller than most tablets, weighing in at just 362g. At an entry-level price, you get a decent 8.7-inch screen, up-to-date software, and capable hardware. It’s why this tablet makes for a great gift, especially for elderly people or young children, who likely won’t put too much pressure on the processor. On a full charge, the battery lasts up to 12 hours, and you can even make calls on this device once you insert a Sim card. Reviewers appreciate the fact that they can add up to 1TB of storage to the Tab A7 Lite via microSD, so they never have to worry about running out of space for their games, photos, movies and other media files.

Warranty: This product comes with 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

5. Best Value: Amazon Fire HD 10 

Pros

  • Fantastic battery life
  • Sharp, bright screen
  • USB-C charging

Cons

  • Speakers are not very strong
  • No access to Google app store

This 2021 version of Amazon’s Fire tablet implements small but effective upgrades that make a massive difference – a slightly larger 10.1-inch screen, a bigger RAM and a smaller, lighter design than its predecessor make it a must-have budget tablet. Its 1080p full HD display offers vivid pictures and details, making it ideal for streaming, and you can add up to 512GB of storage with microSD. The device’s battery lasts up to 12 hours, and you can even control it hands-free, with Alexa. With so much going for it, the only clear drawback is that you cannot access Google’s app store on the Amazon Fire HD 10 – something many reviewers mention that they miss. But if you’re mostly going to use it to stream content and work on productivity apps, then this neat, value-rich tablet is going to be an essential part of your tech arsenal.

Bonus: Buy with 0% installments and pay Dh46.87 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: This product comes with 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

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