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Smart Keyboard: Everything You Need To Know

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Anyone that uses their iPad for anything other than reading or browsing the web understands the painful process of typing using the onscreen keyboard. Sure, some people may find it less annoying than others, but it’s still easier to use a keyboard. Thankfully, Apple graced us with the Smart Keyboard. It’s a full-size keyboard you can pack up with your iPad.

However, there’s a catch which seems to be the norm with technology these days. Your old Smart Keyboard, if you have one, won’t work with the newest version of the iPad. You need to upgrade to the Smart Keyboard Folio. We’ll continue to call it the Smart Keyboard, but the new version has folio tacked on the end, and you need it to enjoy the benefits it brings to your iPad.

Let’s cover the basics before we get into the good stuff. The new Smart Keyboard attaches to your iPad magnetically and doubles as a protective case. The keyboard protects the front of your iPad and folds out to allow you to type while the back tab holds your iPad securely in place. It will increase your productivity by a significant factor.

The newest version of the Smart Keyboard is relatively inexpensive if you buy it on Amazon. Make sure you get the right one for your iPad version since the new Smart Keyboard won’t work with older iPad models. Size matter as well, so double check before you buy. Depending on the size you need, you can get one on Amazon for around $$$.



​What’s New in the Latest Smart Keyboard

​Magnets improved every aspect of the new keyboard models. Apple decreased the size of the keyboard but added some useful features in the process. Magnets hold everything in place but let go quickly if you choose to disconnect the keyboard. They also allow you to use two different viewing angles to find the best one for your needs. Apple’s Smart Connector just makes everything easier as well.

What We Like About the Smart Keyboard

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Aside from the fact that it doubles as a case for your iPad, it's sturdy and compact. The keyboard itself is free from moving parts which means nothing wears out quickly. If you compare that feature alone to other keyboards for the iPad, the Smart Keyboard wins hands down every time. Mechanical, silicone keyboards may be cheaper, but they'll wear out on you and need to get replaced more often.

Apple’s Smart Connector looks like something out of an episode of Star Trek. It's three little dots on the iPad that allow you to connect the Smart Keyboard to it without using any plugs or cables. You don’t even need to pair the devices like you would a Bluetooth keyboard. Simply place them together, and you can transfer data and forget about the battery.

Aside from the Smart Keyboard, the Smart Connector may be the best overall feature of the two devices. That said, we're big fans of the instant on and off functions as well. If you close the keyboard against the iPad, it goes off. Reverse the process, and it comes back on plus you can set it to open once it scans your face automatically.

If you plan to type a lot or use your iPad for your business, you have to get a Smart Keyboard. Granted, that's our opinion, and some of the information that follows may seem to indicate we changed our mind. That said, aside from the following flaws, this is still the best keyboard option for your iPad if you don’t mind the price tag and the little annoyances.

Three sides of your iPad will remain uncovered when it’s closed, or rather the keyboard gets shut. Unlike most cases, even the thin useless ones, you can plug things into your iPad and listen to music or podcasts. You’ll need to set your iPad up to facilitate this; otherwise, it merely turns off when you perform what Apple calls closing the device.

Unlike some of the third-party cases out there for the iPad, the case portion of the Smart Keyboard is rigid enough to allow you to use it on any flat surface or in your lap. This is handy for bus or train commuters that need to get a little extra work done to impress the boss or catch up on a heavy workload. The Smart Keyboard won’t fold on you, well, it won’t fold incorrectly. 

We mentioned Apple’s Smart Connector already and eluded to its power and versatility. We might have said it's one of our favorite Apple innovations as well. The Smart Connector also charges the keyboard while it’s attached. It removes the need for wired charging, and you never need to worry about changing the batteries. Few things are more annoying than a dead battery in your device.

The Smart Keyboard gives you more room on your screen since the onscreen keyboard is disabled while it’s connected to the iPad. That extra screen real estate is a big deal in our opinion. The onscreen keyboard comes back instantly if you disconnect the Smart Keyboard. However, any hardware keyboard will offer more screen real estate, so this isn’t technically a bonus of the Smart Keyboard.

A Few Things We Didn’t Like About the Smart Keyboard

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The Smart Keyboard is compact and doesn’t add much dimension to your iPad which is an excellent feature, but it may be a little too small. The 12.9-inch model is easy to get used to, and you'll probably be typing on it in no time. However, the 11-inch model feels a little cramped, and it may take more time for you to get good at using it. Even after typing a few thousand words, the 11-inch still seemed crowded.

While the 12.9-inch Smart Keyboard is a full-size keyboard, the 11-inch version is not which makes it tougher to bring muscle memory into your typing. You may have better luck if you type using onscreen keyboards or small laptops regularly. If you’re used to a large, full-size keyboard, the 11-inch Smart Keyboard may not be the best option for you.

For us, only one of the two viewing modes was acceptable, and a lot of other Smart Keyboard users agree. No matter which viewing angle you prefer, the iPad and keyboard take up more space than they should on your desk or table. This may not be an issue for everyone, but it can cause accidents or add clutter to an already cluttered workspace.

Another downside is Apple's strange notion of adding size and weight to the Smart Keyboard while making the iPad thinner and lighter. We carry our iPad practically everywhere, so reducing the weight might seem like a better option. At least in our opinion, this is a flaw in the design and something Apple should reconsider.

When you fold the keyboard behind the iPad, it makes holding it a little awkward. You may fold it to get it out of the way so you can read a book or a webpage, so this is a common practice. You have to hold the iPad, and your fingers grip the keys on the keyboard. This may seem benign, but it makes the device seem unwieldy to say the least.

The Smart Keyboard only masquerades as a case, and it doesn't offer much protection for your iPad. In their efforts to make the keyboard smaller, Apple removed most of the protection it provided except for the back of your iPad. If you leave the keyboard in place forever, the back of your iPad will remain pristine. 

The keyboard is missing the top row of function keys. This lack of keys limits some of the shortcuts you may want to use in apps like Microsoft Word. Many native Apple apps allow you to use the function keys to speed things up a bit as well. By removing these keys, the keyboard got smaller and lighter, but it lost some functionality.

It may seem petty, but we don’t like the arrow keys. Specifically, the up and down arrow keys. In Apple’s drive to make the keyboard thinner and lighter, they split the up and down arrow keys into two half-keys that butt up to one another. This may seem innovative, but it's annoying because you regularly hit the wrong key unless you stop and look before you place your finger.

Our list of cons seems lengthy and possibly preachy, but most of the issued we found are more design flaws or our opinion on the features. Your results may vary. Overall, we still think the Smart Keyboard is worth the money and the best keyboard option for the iPad. You won’t know for sure unless you try one out. You may get lucky and find a demo at your local Apple Store.

Before You Buy a Smart Keyboard

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Do you need a Smart Keyboard? The question may seem silly since we always want a better keyboard for our mobile devices, but it’s an excellent question that many people never stop and ask before they buy accessories for the iPad. Let’s examine a few ways you can get by without a keyboard and a few reasons a keyboard is a necessity.

You can use the onscreen keyboard for most tasks from typing an email to searching the web. Unless you need to write a book or an article like this one, a keyboard might not be a necessity. Siri does an excellent job of taking dictation. You can simply ask Siri to turn on dictation and start talking. There’s a slight learning curve if you want to get punctuation right. 

Is a tablet the best option to satisfy your needs? This is a little off-topic, but it's an integral part of the decision-making process. After all, if you genuinely need a laptop or desktop, a tablet may never be enough computing power regardless of the keyboard you use. It’s worth considering that question before you move on to buying a keyboard only to realize you need more versatility and power.

If you need a keyboard occasionally, why not use the one plugged into your desktop? You can connect most USB keyboards to your iPad using Apple’s camera adapter which costs less than $. That said, we’re still convinced you need a Smart Keyboard for your iPad Pro, but it's important to know you have other options if your budget doesn't support buying one right now.

The Smart Keyboard opens up new avenues to increase your productivity, and it speeds up your typing. Writing, chatting, and anything else that requires you to enter a lot of text will force you to seek a keyboard. Adding Mac keyboard shortcuts to your iPad is probably the second best reason outside of typing to buy a Smart Keyboard.

Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know

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Keyboard shortcuts seem incidental, but many people fumble with them. We do it all the time. The basic keyboards shortcuts apply, but we're more interested in the basics we always forget. Like many people, you may be using another keyboard with your iPad like this Belkin Apple certified keyboard. Basic keyboard commands may remain the same, but iPad specific shortcuts often elude us. 

Some of the new or often forgotten keyboard shortcuts you need to know include:

  • Command + H: This command sends you back to your iPad home screen.
  • Globe Key: This one gives you quick access to your emojis and a few other social media icons.
  • Command + any arrow key: This shortcut lets you jump around pages from top to bottom depending on which arrow key you pressed. It also works if you press the left or right arrow keys.
  • Command + Space: this one will open the spotlight search feature and bring up a few app choices based on which apps you use most often.
  • Command + Tab: This command lets you switch tabs quickly, but it's a little awkward for multitasking. 

As sad as it sounds, those are the keyboard shortcuts most people forget. We can recall complex commands more readily for some unknown reason. Luckily, if you hold the Command key for a second or two, an overlay will pop up on the screen with a list of keyboard shortcuts available in the app you currently have open. Here’s a full list of Mac keyboards shortcuts that may work as well. 

Taking screenshots is easier using this keyboard. Using the Command + Up Arrow + 3 makes a screenshot. Now more awkward dances with the volume or power buttons. If you press Command + Up Arrow + 4, you can take a screenshot then immediately open the new image in markup mode. We make a lot of screenshots, so this is one of our favorite features.

​Our Final Thoughts

Apple’s Smart Keyboard is the thinnest, lightest case-like device you can get for your iPad that includes a keyboard. We found some issues with it and typing on the 11-inch version is awkward, so don’t buy that one. If we get technical about the typing ordeal, there’s no room for more keys. The keys are so close together that your fingers don’t need to travel far to hit the next key. Sounds good, but it’s awkward.

We wish Apple would take a step back and expand the keyboard slightly to make it easier to type on without removing any keys. It’s already missing the top row of function keys and the split up and down arrows keys may prove annoying as well. That said, you’ll need to test your typing prowess and see for yourself to be sure. Our typing style may be flawed.

Portability and ease of use are the most important features the Smart Keyboard brings to the table. It’s simple to connect it since you don’t need to pair the devices and the magnets hold it in place which keep you from stretching or prying at the case until it fits over your iPad. We’re still a little starstruck by the way Apple is using magnets and simplifying the way we transfer data.

Overall, even with the issues we found, we still recommend this keyboard for the iPad. It just works, and you can take advantage of Apple's Smart Connector. You may need to get used to typing on it or remove the keyboard to read a book, but it’s worth it if you plan to type a lot. The aesthetics are appealing, and it offers some protection to your iPad as well.

We've looked at third-party keyboards explicitly designed for the iPad, and we can still say that we like Apple's version better. Admittedly, we didn’t like several things about the Smart Keyboard, but they didn’t change our view on the keyboard or our opinion on it being the best keyboard for the iPad. Now, it’s up to you to consider our review and decide if you want to give it a try.

How to Clean Tablet Screens the Right Way

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Whether we realize it or not, the handheld devices we use every day are some of the dirtiest things we will touch. We use our touch tablet devices throughout the day, often without washing our hands. As such, dirt, sweat, oils and bacteria build up on the surface and crevices of the device. 

Often our touch screens go uncleaned because we worry that we will damage them if we clean them the wrong way. This concern is valid since every electronic device is different and there are ways you can accidentally permanently damage your tablet. 

Luckily, there are some universal guidelines you can follow when learning how to clean tablet screen. In this article, we provide you with the definitive right way for wiping down your device. We also give you some helpful maintenance tips for maintaining your tablet device. Let us take a look!

The Best Way of Cleaning Tablet Screens

If you want to clean your tablet device, then you will need two things: two microfiber cloths (one for spraying and one for wiping) and antimicrobial spray or water. You can either purchase a touchscreen safe spray or use an alcohol mixture. However, we should note that there is some controversy here.

Some tablet touch screens do not react well with alcohol-based sprays. Indeed, many people do not recommend them. As such, you should consult the owner's manual before proceeding. If your tablet device does not allow any harsh cleaners, then we recommend using water.

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However, more often than not a microfiber cloth is all you need for most screens. Once you decide which products you will need for cleaning, then you should locate your device and make sure it is unplugged and turned off. 

Once you turn the device off, then take the microfiber cloth and spray the antimicrobial spray onto the fabric. Make sure that you do not spray the product directly on to the tablet screen as this might leave chemical marks. Also, make sure when you spray the cloth not to get it too wet. 

The microfiber cloth should be damp, but not soaked through to the point of dripping. Alternatively, you can use a dry microfiber cloth as well. Now, wipe down the tablet screen. When you wipe your tablet device make sure you start at one side of the screen and work your way to the other. 

For instance start from left to right, or from up to down. Many people will often wipe in a circular motion. All this process does is rub the dirt and oil around the screen. 

You want to get it all off. When you wipe in one direction make sure you avoid any openings on the product like charging ports. The spray could damage these crucial parts. 

Once you wipe the screen allow the rubbed on the spray to sit for however long the instructions say you should leave it. Then wipe the remaining spray away with the clean microfiber product. Congratulations! Your tablet is now fresh, and you know how to clean a tablet screen the right way. 

You should try and do this whenever your tablet gets visibly dirty. However, a simple rub down with a dry microfiber cloth will suffice for a temporary clean. 

Once you finish cleaning your tablet’s screen, make sure that you take care of the microfiber cloth. Otherwise, when you use it for cleaning next time, it will just spread dirt and bacteria around on your device. 

You can clean the microfiber cloth by soaking it in a bowl of warm water with a little bit of added dish soap. Once you finish cleaning the fabric, then ring it out and hang it up to dry. DO not use any harsh cleaners or bleaching agents on the cloths or it will ruin the softness of the product. 

Tablet Maintenance

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Now that we know how to clean tablet screen the proper way let’s take a look at some other ways we can extend and improve the lifespan of our tablet device. We also include some advice for fixing your device if you accidentally drop it and the screen breaks.

How to Improve Tablet Battery Life

The battery on any device will degrade over time which is why old smartphones and tablets do not hold a charge for a very long period. While this gradual battery failure is unavoidable, there are steps you can take that will slow down this process. 

Following these steps will also make your battery last longer while you use it. First, you should turn down the brightness on your device. A high light kills a battery quickly, and during the day you probably do not need it. 

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You should also disable notifications on your tablet. While these pop-ups can be a good reminder for things, it costs battery life every time your tablet activates with them. You should also close out of apps when you finish using them. Maybe people forget to do this step and leave multiple apps running. 

Another thing you can do that will save battery life on your tablet is turning off auto-updates. Whether you realize it or not your device needs to stay in-sync continuously when you activate this setting. It is also smart if you turn on the auto shutoff. This feature will turn your device off after a certain period of inactivity. You can adjust the time frame in the settings so that it fits your needs.

Also, if you are not using connections, like your wifi, or Bluetooth features, then turn them off. These things also drain the battery slowly, even when you are not using them. The same goes for specific applications. For example, Netflix uses a ton of battery life even when you do not use it.

Now we come to the charging section of battery life. Yes, even your charging habits affect the overall battery life of your device. In the past, people recommended letting your device die before charging it to provide the least amount of wear on the battery. However, now people recommend plugging your tablet into the outlet once it reaches between twenty-five and fifty percent battery life. Doing so will ensure a much longer battery life in the long run. 

Download the Latest Operating System for Your Tablet

When the tablet device you use comes out with an update to its operating system, then make sure you download it right away. Otherwise, your device might become prone to crashes, attacks or other problems depending on the update. 

Most of the time notification will inform you that update arrived. However, you can always check for one in the general settings of your device. Make sure you have a stable internet connection before you begin the update on your operating system. 

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How Do Get Rid of Persistent Dirt and Grime

If you find that you need to keep cleaning your tablet over and over again, then you should consider getting a screen cover. These thin, plastic devices provide a layer of protection against dirt, dust, and oil. They also do not cost much money, so you can buy a couple and replace them as needed. 

How to Fix Broken Tablet Screen

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If you or your child broke the tablet screen, then do not worry. There are a variety of options you can take to fix the screen. First, you should see if your manufacturer offers repair on the device. Often this form of repair comes with additional charges or falls under the protection of an insurance policy. 

If the company does not offer repairs, then you should try searching for a local repair shop that provides tablet screen repair services. There are a lot of them out there, but you should make sure that the one you goes to offers reliable services at a price that is not too steep.

Alternatively, if you are good with your hands and have a knowledgeable understanding of electronics, then you can try and repair the device yourself. Look online for affordable tablet screen repair kits if you want to try your luck at this method. 

However, if you find that none of these options are viable or affordable, then we recommend you buy a replacement tablet. It is not worth spending more money on repairs if it is cheaper buying a new device. 

We hope this article taught you everything you need to know about how to clean a tablet screen. Since you can pass germs can quickly when we neglect our filter for a while, cleaning your tablet device improves not only the user experience but also your overall health. As such, it is worth taking seriously. 

Best 10 Inch Tablet to Purchase Today

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Tablets have become ubiquitous in many households. They can be a great way to entertain your child and keep your cell phone off limits. Or give you a bigger space to look at if you’ve been staring at your smaller mobile screen. 

How We Chose Our Ratings

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Accuracy is essential to us, so to come up with our ratings, we thoroughly examined customer reviews and testimonials. Who better to tell you if a product is worth it than your fellow consumers? We also look at data or news about tablets and the general brand reputation and combine all that into our final score. 

Best 10-Inch Tablets

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Just over ten inches, measuring 10.5 inches, the Apple iPad Air is very user-friendly and powerful. It could be the right tablet for you if you have an iPhone and are already familiar with iOS systems because using the tablet will be a breeze. You may also enjoy the iPad Air if you like the streamlined design and for your electronics to have a minimalistic appearance but look slick at the same time.   

The Air’s screen is about 9.8 inches long by 6.8 inches wide. It measures 10.5 inches diagonally and is LED-backlit. The tablet is less than a quarter inch thick and weighs around a pound, so it’s very lightweight and portable. 

The only buttons on the iPad are the home button on the face of the tablet, the volume adjusters on the side, and a small power button on the top edge. You can save your fingerprint to the home button so that only you can unlock and open the device. The Air is compatible with an Apple Pencil that you can use to “write” or “draw” on the tablet. 

The iPad Air is available in silver, gray, or gold and depending on how much storage space you need, you can choose either a 64 or 256-gigabyte capacity. The built-in lithium battery can provide you with up to ten hours of use, and you can recharge the tablet with its power adapter or connect the USB to a laptop or computer.  

The tablet has an eight-megapixel camera so that you can snap images and capture video. You can use HDR for your pictures, set a timer to delay your shot, and take live photos so that your images are in motion for a few seconds. You can record videos in 1080p HD so that they look crisp and clear, you can use slo-mo to slow things down, and you can shoot a time-lapse video. 

If you want to use Facetime (Apple’s video chat app) or take selfies, the iPad Air also has a seven-megapixel front facing camera with flash, automatic HDR for videos and pictures, and burst mode so that you can quickly snap ten or more photos by holding down the button and choose the best-looking one later. 

You can use Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, to power searches, make hands-free phone calls, and listen to music. Siri can also be a helpful tool, along with other features included on the iPad Air, for people with disabilities. You can also customize the display to be more user-friendly for anyone who may experience issues with their vision. 

If you have an older iPad, you might be able to trade in the one you have for credit towards purchasing the iPad Air.  

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This Tablet uses the Android operating system, so if you’re comfortable using that, then you might enjoy this tablet. A full charge should net you about 13 hours of use. 

Similar to the Apple iPad Air, the tablet only has one tactile button on its face, but there are two sensor-type buttons on either side of the home button to bring up all your recently opened apps or to go back on your current screen. The Galaxy is compatible with the S pen that you can use to jot down notes or draw on your tablet.

The Galaxy Tab A has two-gigabytes of RAM and comes with a capacity of 16-gigabytes. However, you can extend your storage to 256GB by buying a MicroSD card. If you need to multitask, this tablet lets you have two apps open on the screen so that you can do things like chat and stream a television show at the same time.  

The tablet has an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera so that you can take pictures or be in the shot too. 

If you have a Samsung Smart TV from 2015 or newer, the Galaxy Tab A has a feature called Quick Connect that lets you put whatever is on your tablet screen onto the television’s display. It also works in reverse. You can continue watching your television show on your tablet.  

Almost 3,000 Amazon customers provided feedback on their experience with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, and about 80 percent of them give it four or five stars. Many buyers say that it’s effortless to use, has a great battery life that lets them use it all day without having to recharge constantly, and that the screen resolution is excellent. 

A lot of people who comparison shopped, read reviews and did their research felt that the Galaxy Tab A was a better purchase than some of the other tablets they had considered because of its lower price. Many shoppers thought that they were getting pretty much the same features as some of the other pricier options. 

Some of the highest rated features for the tablet were the sound clarity from the stereo speakers, resolution of photos and videos taken, and quality of the materials for the construction of the tablet itself. However, some buyers had issues with the tablet’s longevity and experienced problems where it would shut off on its own.

Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, 10.1" 1080p Full HD Display, 32 GB, Marine Blue
  • Brilliant 10.1" 1080p Full HD display (1920 x 1200), up to 1.8 GHZ quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
  • Our largest display, now with over 2 million pixels, stereo speakers, Dolby Audio, and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi-perfect for watching Full HD video, playing games, reading magazines, and streaming content seamlessly
  • Use Alexa hands-free mode to pause videos, play music, open apps, show sports scores, display the weather, and more-just ask
  • Call or message almost anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends with a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to enabled Echo devices.
  • 32 or 64 GB internal storage expandable by up to 256 GB (using the microSD slot). Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription.

If you love all things Amazon (think Kindle, Alexa, Prime), and plan to use the tablet mostly for streaming movies or playing games, then you might be interested in the Amazon Fire HD 10. It comes with a 10.1-inch display with more than two million pixels in full HD 1080p resolution, and you can select from a 32-gigabyte or 64-gigabyte capacity. However, you can expand to 256GB with a microSD card. 

You can choose from: 

  • Black
  • Red
  • Blue

There are no buttons on the face of the Fire HD 10. The power and volume buttons are on the top edge of the tablet. 

The Fire HD has 2 GB RAM and up to 1.8 GHz quad-core processor so connecting to Wi-Fi and streaming content, watching high-definition movies, and playing games should be relatively smooth. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can connect your account to the tablet to access their videos. You can also download Android apps. 

If you’ve got your hands busy, you can ask Alexa to help you out and play music, start apps, and stop videos. If you have an Echo in your house, you can pair it with the Fire to make hands-free phone calls or send messages. If you have a Fire TV, you can use the Second Screen feature to put your tablet’s display on the television. 

You can read ebooks on your Fire HD with the Kindle eBook app. Fire has a feature called Blue Shade that adjusts the backlight for those who like to read before bed. 

With a full charge, you should be able to enjoy the Fire for about ten hours so that you can take it with you without keeping your eyes peeled for outlets. The tablet has a two-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, and Dolby Atmos stereo speakers. Amazon backs the Fire HD with a one-year limited warranty. 

Over 33,000 customers have reviewed their Fire HD 10 purchase, and about 80 percent have rated it with four or five stars. Buyers enjoy the convenience of pairing their tablet with Alexa to have her start movies, cast to the television, and play music. The battery life may not be as long as some other tablets, but most users felt that it was sufficient and that they would highly recommend the Fire. 

If you like to read books or use Amazon’s Audible, the tablet is an excellent platform for bibliophiles. One thing that many reviewers noted as a negative was that Amazon’s browser, called Silk, is not supported by many websites and is not very useful. Also, some people, even those who had previous versions of the Fire, did not feel that the HD 10 was user-friendly. 

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro Android Tablet with 10.8" 2.5D Display, Octa Core, Quick Charge, Quad Harman Kardon-Tuned Speakers, WiFi Only, 4GB+64GB, Champagne Gold (US Warranty)
  • 【2.5D Glass Display】Curved-edge 2.5D curved glass is now available on M5 android tablet. You will never worry about missing a detail with 10.8'' 2560 x 1600 high-res display. The 82% screen-to-body ratio means you can enjoy a wider view than before
  • 【Excellent Sound】Quad stereo speakers tuned and certified by Harman/Kardon provide a paramount audio and video experience, as well as support HiFi headphones.The HUAWEI Histen audio creates a perfect sounds cape to give you 3D sound that is richer, more layered and penetrating
  • 【Pure. Simple. Stylish】M5's curved metal body creates an elegant and beautiful industrial design that is remarkable for its simplicity. M5 android tablet that boasts a proprietary Kirin 960 series octa-core chipset and stable Wi-Fi network connectivity. F2.2 & 13 MP Rear camera;F2.2 & 8 MP Front camera. 4G RAM+ 64G ROM. M Pen included
  • 【Quick Charge】It takes only 2.9 hrs to get M5 Pro fully charged. Its 7500 mAh (TYP) battery and Smart Power-Saving technology allow you to enjoy 1080P videos to 11 hours.(Depending on the using environment, such as screen brightness)
  • 【Smart UI】Google Android 8.0 (Oreo) & Huawei Emotion UI 8.0, Advanced fingerprint recognition

Huawei’s presence has been steadily growing on the Android scene as well as with laptops. If you like their products, then you might also enjoy their tablet.

The Huawei MediaPad M5 has a 10.8-inch display and has 2.5D curved glass to make it almost three dimensional with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Harman/Kardon stereo speakers provide fantastic sound, and the tablet’s polished metal body keeps things sleek and simple. This powerful tablet has 4 GB RAM, a 2.1 GHz processor and a storage capacity of 64 gigabytes.  

It only has a home button on its face and the power and volume buttons on one side. 

You can achieve a full charge on the M5 in less than three hours, and that should last you for about 12 hours. The Huawei has ClariVu, a feature that uses algorithms to adjust the display so that you get the clearest picture when you’re watching a video. The tablet also automatically changes its display to reduce blue light strain on your eyes depending on the light in your environment.   

The rear-facing camera has 13 megapixels, and the front-facing camera has eight megapixels, so both sides deliver crisp videos and images.  

About 80 percent of customers rated the Huawei MediaPad M5 with four or five stars. People who purchased the tablet felt it had produced clear audio, had a long battery life and thought the tablet was well constructed with quality materials. Reviewers said that they were able to multitask without affecting the MediaPad’s performance and that any pictures taken with either camera were very sharp.  

Users liked the wide display and high resolution for watching movies and that the tablet acts somewhat like a phone when you turn the screen from portrait to landscape, and it automatically goes full screen. 

One thing many buyers did not like is that the tablet doesn’t come with a headphone jack which is not convenient for people who want to enjoy their content privately. Also, some people experienced issues with using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi at the same time. 

Buyer’s Guide

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If you’re shopping around for a tablet, you can become overwhelmed by so many features. What are some basic things to keep in mind to help you narrow down the field? Think about the main things you’ll be doing with the tablet. 

If you take a lot of pictures and videos and need storage, find the tablet with the most significant capacity or the option to expand with a MicroSD card. 

If you like to stream videos or play games, compare the RAM numbers on your top choices to see which one is better suited for you. 

If you plan to use your tablet on the go, find the one with the most extended battery life per charge.  

If you’re still on the fence about which tablet to choose, find the one with the most flexible warranty and return policy so you’ll have peace of mind should any issues come up after you’ve handed over your hard-earned money.

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Acer Iconia One 10 Review: Everything You Need to Know

Acer Iconia One 10

Laptops are great tools to have for when you need a balance between power and mobility, but they aren’t always the best solution. If you do light computing work and you don’t need a lot of power, a tablet might suit your needs. It’s more portable than a laptop and lighter. It’s also less expensive on the whole. Acer Iconia One 10 Review is one of our candidate for tablet buyers on a budget.

The Acer Iconia One 10 is a tablet that runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. It supports many of the Google and Android applications, as well as a few third-party apps. Android is well-known to be developer-friendly when it comes to apps.

The Iconia One 10 doesn’t have the same raw power, speed, and functionality that some of its higher-priced competitors do, but for a budget tablet, you have a good deal on your hands.

Features

Now we’ll go a little more in-depth about what this tablet can offer for the price you pay for it.

Display

Sound

Operating System and Utilities

Memory and Storage

Cameras

Battery Life

Temperature

Pricing

Comparably Priced Models

Acer Iconia One 10

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In this Acer Iconia One 10 review, we’ll also provide you other recommendations and comparisons to other, similar models so you can decide which fits your needs best.

Internal Storage

Lenovo Tab 4

If you want something with more internal storage, try the Lenovo Tab 4. Where the Acer Iconia One 10 has 16GB of internal storage without SD adapter, the Lenovo Tab 4 has 32GB of storage. It’s possible that internal storage can be slightly faster than SD cards. In most applications, even a small speed advantage can help with performance. Lenovo is a trusted brand that excels in making budget notebooks, laptops, desktops, and tablets.

Perks and Camera

 Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Tablet manufacturers often partner with software developers to provide free trials of software to users that purchase their devices. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A provides users with a three-month free trial of several different subscriptions and software pieces, mainly Google Play Music and YouTube Red. Normally, this would cost about $50.

The Galaxy Tab A also has two cameras like the Iconia. However, the rear camera is 8 megapixels, and the front is 5 megapixels. The tradeoff for more powerful cameras is that the Galaxy has an 8-inch display compared to the Iconia’s 10-inch display.

Higher Screen Resolution

Asus ZenPad S 8.0

As we’ve mentioned with the Iconia, it has a relatively low resolution: 1280 x 800. If you want to be able to watch HD movies or YouTube clips you’ll want something with a higher screen resolution. This is where the Asu​​s ZenPad S 8.0 comes in. With its 2048 x 1536 screen resolution, every image you view will be as clear as if you were there in person to see it.

The tradeoff here is the earlier operating system. The Iconia One 10 has the 7.0 Nougat, but the Asus model uses the Android 5.0 system. It also has 2GB of RAM

Peripherals

Nextbook Flexx 9

The biggest drawback of any tablet is the lack of a keyboard. If you’re used to working on a laptop, the lack of a keyboard and trackpad can drastically reduce your efficiency. Although many tablets support a keyboard attachment, you have to buy it separately. The Nextbook Flexx 9 comes packaged with a keyboard and trackpad attachment, saving you this purchasing step.

If you do a lot of regular typing and don’t want to use Google Docs or a similar service, the Flexx comes preinstalled with a year’s subscription to Office 365. The tradeoff it has with the Iconia is the slightly smaller display: 9 inches rather than 10.

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Good Tablet

When you’re choosing tablets, you have hundreds of options from which to choose. Picking the right one can be challenging, so we have a few basic tips to get you started on your shopping for a new tablet.

Operating Systems - Android or iOS?

Possible Uses for a Tablet

Ergonomics

Final Thoughts

From our analysis, we can conclude that the best value for your money in all-around performance and aesthetics is the Acer Iconia One 10. Although some other tablets outperform it in certain categories, For less than $200, you likely couldn’t find a better general-use tablet. 

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Top 10 Best Tablets for Reading: Everything You Need to Know

Reading a story on tablet while drinking coffee

​Are you looking for your next e-reader to upgrade to? Check out our top choices for e-readers that you can choose from.

There is little doubt that tablet readers are a very convenient way to keep your favorite books and audible books on hand at all times. Thankfully these tablet readers come with extended batteries that allow you hours of uninterrupted reading, and they’re easy to tote around so you will have access to your books whenever you might want them.

In this article will be reviewing 10 of the best tablet specifically meant for reading and everything that you need to know about them when you get faced with a choice of choosing one to purchase.

​Comparison Table

How We Rate Our Choices

We rate our choices based on a few factors that determine which is the best out of everything we’ve selected. These ratings include:

​Cost:

Affordability has always been a factor when choosing the perfect e-reader. As a result, we will consider this while we’re making our ratings.

​Functionality

​Can you put a cellular plan on your chosen e-reader or are you forced to stick to only Wi-Fi? These are just some of the questions that we ask when we are rating our products.

​Customer Reviews:

​If customers already love this product we know you will too. Customer reviews are the most extensive consideration we make before we rate our products.

Top 10 Best Tablets for Reading

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Kindle Oasis

Kindle Oasis E-reader – Champagne Gold, 7" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi), Waterproof, Built-In Audible, 32 GB, Wi-Fi - with Special Offers
  • Now available in Champagne Gold or Graphite.
  • Our largest, highest resolution display- 7" and 300 ppi, reads like real paper without glare, even in bright sunlight.
  • The first waterproof (IPX8) Kindle so you are free to read in even more places.
  • Now with Audible, listen to the world's largest library of audiobooks. Pair with Bluetooth to take the story with you anytime, anywhere.
  • Thin and light ergonomic design with dedicated page turn buttons and adaptive front light so you can read even more comfortably for hours.

Anyone who’s familiar with e-readers knows the name Kendall and all of the models in their lineup. Amazon has done amazing things to upgrade their e-readers, and the Kindle Oasis is not an exception. Currently, the Kindle Oasis only comes in two colors, which are graphite or champagne gold which gives its owner and elegant and refined appearance.

As far as Kindles are concerned, this is the first in their lineup that’s waterproof up to two meters for as long as 60 minutes. This design element enables you to enjoy a book by the pool or by the ocean without much worried about it getting damaged.

That’s also one of the largest and highest revolutions displays that kindle has out currently. At seven-inches and 30 pixels per inch, you’ll get over 30 percent more words per page than in previous Kindle models and a regular reading session that doesn’t have glare or makes it difficult to read due to bright sunlight.

The Kindle Oasis also comes with audible which allows you to access the most extensive library of audiobooks that you can take with you anywhere that you want. This fact is true thanks to the Bluetooth capabilities that the Kindle Oasis comes with, so you can connect it to your car, or any Bluetooth supported headphones.

You can pick up the Kindle Oasis on Amazon, and you have a choice between the eight-gigabyte or the 32-gigabyte storage options.

Our Rating: 10 / 10

iPad Mini 4

Apple iPad mini 4 - 128GB Wi-Fi - Gold (Renewed)
  • 7.9" Retina Display, 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 9, Dual-Core A8 Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
  • 8 MP iSight Camera, 1080p HD Video Recording

If you’re an iPad fan, then you know that the iPad Mini 4 is probably the best option if you’re looking for a good eReader. Well, it’s called a mini, it does have a 7.9-inch retina display that has an anti-reflective coating, so you don’t have to worry about glare is getting in the way of your story.

Of course, this is much more than just a simple e-reader; the iPad Mini can do much more than let you enjoy books. And thanks to the fact that it comes with 128 GB internal storage, you can take advantage of things like your favorite books, movies, and apps that you wanted you to use while you’re out and about.

It comes with an eight-megapixel camera with HDR and 1080p HD video which makes the Mini perfect for capturing Unforgettable moments that you can reflect on. My front camera features a 1.2-megapixel camera so you can take advantage of the Facetime features that the Mini 4 comes pre-installed.

You’ll average ten hours of battery life while just using it to read or surf the web off of a Wi-Fi network. You’ll go down to nine hours when you go off of cellular service to do the same. It’s small enough to fit in your hand, and you can choose between three different color options:

  • ​Silver
  • ​Slate Grey
  • ​Gold

If the iPad Mini 4 sounds like what you’re looking for, you can pick it up off of Amazon.

Our Rating: ​9 / 10

reMarkable

For those of you looking for an e-reader that does just about everything, the reMarkable e-tablet is going to work well for you. It’s a durable e-reader that is meant to be carried around and utilize from day-to-day uses.

A company even included a folio that protects the device even further, and you can choose from a large variety of different colors that suit your tastes. What we like the most about this tablet is its functionality. You will get to enjoy being able to write out handwritten notes on the tablet itself which can then get converted into text with the touch of a button.

You can also draw on this tablet, and the surface feels like paper when you are working on it. The texture is more comfortable on the eyes too, so you won’t’ have to deal with eye fatigue if you enjoy reading for long hours. It even comes with its rechargeable pen and extra tips to work with on the tablet.

The screen size sits at just over ten-inches and provides eight-gigabytes of storage space for all of your favorite books. At only 12.3 ounces, you can carry it around with you everywhere without being hindered by bulky electronics, and it’s ideal to rest in your hand while you’re reading.

If the reMarkable tablet sounds like something you could use for your personal use, You can find the reMarkable tablet on Amazon.

Our Rating: ​8 / 10

Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight 3

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 3 eReader - 6" Model - New - 8GB
  • Read comfortably at any time of day
  • Seamless day-to-night reading with Night Mode
  • Soft touch finish on front and back for easy grip
  • Page-turning buttons for faster reading experience

The Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 3 is one of the latest models that’s come out for the Nook series. You can read comfortably at any time of the day thanks to the seamless day-to-night reading that you can get from the night mode feature. A soft-touch finish on the front and back which makes it easier to grip onto, so you don’t accidentally drop it.

On either side of the device are buttons specifically meant for page-turning which gives you a faster reading experience. You get to read your favorite books on a 6-inch screen what up gif 8 gigabytes of storage space for all your books. Battery works great too, you’ll on average get over 50 days on a single charge of your neck which equates to a lot of reading.

After the purchase of your Nook, you can access the free Nook app that you can put on any Android or iPhone device. If you should ever forget your Nook, you can continue where you left off on your phone or another mobile device, and when you switch back to your Nook, it picks up where you left off last.

You’ll be able to access the Barnes and Noble website from your Nook and pick from any of the books at Barnes & Noble currently has on hand When you can take advantage of discounts by being a Barnes & Noble member, but she gives you ten percent off of your purchases.

With the Nook you’ll also be able to get free lifetime in store support by visiting your local Barnes & Noble store where they can help you get started and fix any technical problems.

You can purchase the Nook Glowlight 3 on Amazon for, or you can find it on the Barnes and Noble website.

Our Rating: ​7 / 10

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – Includes Special Offers
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet-with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
  • Now waterproof, so you're free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath.
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
  • Now with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite features a lot of the same features as the Oasis including the new and improved waterproofing feature which protects your device from Sudden weather changes or an accidental drop into the pool. The Paperwhite is one of the thinnest Kindles on the market, and this one is explicitly the thinnest Paperwhite that they’ve produced.

You’ll get a 300 PPI glare-free display that reads like paper thanks to its innovative design. Not even bright sunlight will disturb your reading. You can get 8 gigabytes of storage with this model, or you can choose the 32 gigabytes storage option to hold more of your favorite ebooks and audiobooks.

With Audible paired with the device, you can listen to any of your favorite audiobooks, and the Bluetooth capabilities that come with the tablet can connect seamlessly with your car or any Bluetooth related speakers or headphones. A single charge will last you weeks before you need to do it again, even with the adjustable light features that come built into the system.

The Kindle Paperwhite edition is on Amazon.

Our Rating: ​6 / 10

Amazon Kindle Fire 10 HD

Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, 10.1" 1080p Full HD Display, 32 GB, Marine Blue
  • Brilliant 10.1" 1080p Full HD display (1920 x 1200), up to 1.8 GHZ quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
  • Our largest display, now with over 2 million pixels, stereo speakers, Dolby Audio, and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi-perfect for watching Full HD video, playing games, reading magazines, and streaming content seamlessly
  • Use Alexa hands-free mode to pause videos, play music, open apps, show sports scores, display the weather, and more-just ask
  • Call or message almost anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends with a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to enabled Echo devices.
  • 32 or 64 GB internal storage expandable by up to 256 GB (using the microSD slot). Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription.

The Kindle HD Fire 10 has one of the most popular Kindle Fires that Amazon has produced, featuring a beautiful HD 10-inch screen that allows you to watch all of your favorite movies and play all of your favorite apps and beautiful color and resolution.

You have a few options when it comes to purchasing your new Kindle Fire 10; you can choose between a 32GB storage space or a 64GB storage space, additionally with whether or not you wish to have the standing case with it.

There are also three colors to choose from, marine blue, punch red, are black. A Kindle Fire HD 10 also comes with Alexa support where you can utilize the hands-free mode to pause videos, open apps, display the weather, or open up the Amazon Kindle app to access your favorite books.

It features a lovely quad-core processor that allows your tablet to run up to 30% faster than previous generations thanks to additional RAM that they implemented.  I will also be able to enjoy up to 10 hours of battery life, even if you are using your tablet for other things then just reading.

As with all Kindle products, you can get the Kindle Fire 10 HD on Amazon, and it qualifies for free shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

Our Rating: ​​5 / 10

Inkbook Lumos

inkBOOK Lumos 6 Inch eReader Frontlight 4GB Color Temperature Management
  • Glare free - paperlike 6" E Ink screen
  • Front light with temperature color management*
  • 4GB Storage for over 5000 ebooks
  • Dual-core CPU and up to 3 weeks of battery life
  • inkBOOK OS based on Android*

The paper likes inkBook Lumos is a six-inch e-reader tablet that features up to four gigabytes of storage which can roughly hold the equivalent of 5,000 e-books. The dual-core processor makes it easy to boot up your e-reader with little effort so you can get to your favorite books faster. The screen is glare-free, and features are front light with temperature color management.

The color management makes it easier on your eyes while you’re reading which is a great feature to have if you enjoy reading for long periods. The Inkbook Lumos operates under the Android operating system, so if you are familiar with Android products, this e-reader should be easy to work.

The tablet itself only weighs 5.8 Oz and features a battery that lasts up to 3 weeks which is ideal for e-readers such as these. They’re convenient buttons on either side of the tablet that allow you to turn the page of your book, And it provides support for the following favorite reading apps:

  • ​Kindle Books
  • ​Adobe Reader
  • ​Youboox
  • ​Google Books

If you like the Inkbook Lumos tablet, you’ll be able to get this from Amazon, and the Inkbook Lumos qualifies for free shipping as well.

Our Rating: ​4 / 10

Lenovo Yoga Book 10.1

Lenovo Yoga Book - FHD 10.1" Android Tablet - 2 in 1 Tablet (Intel Atom x5-Z8550 Processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD), Champagne Gold, ZA0V0091US
  • THINNEST AND LIGHTEST: At less than 2 lbs, it's the world's thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 android tablet *Based on Lenovo's internal analysis as of 8/18/16 of 10.1" or greater 2-in-1 computers (sold with keyboard)
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE: This portable computer has a 64GB SSD hard drive and 4 GB LP DDR3 of RAM, plus an epic 15 hour battery life on one charge
  • PRODUCTIVITY: Instantly digitize your notes with the Real Pen stylus or transform your device into a notebook computer with the Halo keyboard that appears only when needed
  • THEATER-LIKE MULTIMEDIA: This 10 inch tablet has a Full High Definition crystal-clear touchscreen display plus built-in dual speakers perfect for binge-watching TV and movies on-the-go
  • ENDLESS OPTIONS: Do more with one notebook - type, take notes, browse the web, even draw

The Lenovo Yoga book 10.1 is the lightest and thinnest Android tablet on the market, weighing no more than two pounds. Not only does this feature make it easier to hold for long periods while reading, but it also means that it’s easy to tote around wherever you may need to go which means you can bring the library of your favorite books with you.

Just because the frame is thin doesn’t mean that it doesn’t perform well. The tablet has a 64- gigabyte solid state hard drive and a four- gigabyte IP DDR3 stick of RAM for faster and stable app performance. The Lenovo Yoga Book also provides up to an incredible 15 hours of battery life based off of one charge.

You can digitize all of your notes thanks to the Pen stylus that comes with it which conveniently turns your tablet into a notebook at any time that you might need to take notes. The tablet itself is ten-inch and has full high-definition display features in case you feel like binge-watching your favorite TV show while you’re out and about.

If the features of the Lenovo Yoga Book 10.1 sounds like what you’re looking for in a tablet, you’ll find it on Amazon.

Our Rating: ​3 / 10

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0" 16GB Smoky Titanium - SM-T350NZAAXAR
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop, 8-inch Display. Product Dimensions (inches) 8.20" x 5.43" x 0.29", Samsung Quad Core Processor, 1.2 GHz
  • 16 GB Flash Memory, 1.5 GB RAM Memory
  • MicroSD Card Slot (Up to 128GB), Display Resolution: 1024 x 768 XGA
  • Camera 5MP rear + 2MP front, 4x Digital Zoom, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.1, 720 HD Recording

With 14 hours of battery life and 32 gigabytes of built-in storage what’s the ability to expand your room up to 256 gigabytes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab a is an excellent choice if you need to take your favorite books and games on the go. When you purchase this tablet, you’ll get three months of YouTube Red for free, as well as Google, play music.

This tablet is light and Sleek which makes it easy to hold onto for long periods, or conveniently stow it away in your purse or bag to take it with you wherever you want to go. You’ll get to enjoy 8 inches of crystal clear display with a highly Interactive touch-screen. The screen itself is anti-glare and adjust to the light to make it easier on your eyes.

 You can get ahold of a Samsung Galaxy Tab A from Amazon, and it currently qualifies for free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Our Rating: ​​2 / 10

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7"; 8 GB Wifi Tablet (Black) SM-T280NZKAXAR
  • 7" PLS TFT Multi-Touchscreen Display (1280 x 800)
  • Quad-Core 1.3GHz | 1.5 GB RAM | 8GB ROM Storage
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 | 5.0 MP AF Camera
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop; Music Play Time: Up to 100 hours

A Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is another multifunctional tablet, but you can utilize for reading purposes, and we find that it’s ideal for rating because it fits perfectly in hand with its lightweight design. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 features a crisp 7-in multi-touch screen display with a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels.

If you have an Amazon account and you like to read Kindle books, you can download the app right onto the device and read all of your favorite titles and genres Within a few quick moments. The quad-core processor that this device feature allows the tablet to boot up quickly which will enable you to get to your favorite books faster.

The battery allows you up to 11 hours of consistent use which means that you don’t have to charge it to enjoy reading for long sessions continuously.

If this tablet is what you’re looking for, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is available on Amazon and qualifies for free shipping.

Our Rating: ​1 / 10

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