Over the past few years, tablets have become some of the most sought-after pieces of technology, thanks to their ability to fulfill a myriad of different functions. Our post on ‘Why Your Small Business Needs an App’ shows that business owners use mobile and tablet devices to market their brands. When it comes to personal use, tablets can be great for streaming videos, movies, or catching up on your reading list. Reports from PRNewswire.com even estimate that the market for tablets will jump to 42.02 million units by 2026, mostly due to the popularity of virtual learning.
With tablets becoming so embedded into people’s lives, it isn’t surprising to see gaming become more prevalent on the devices. Established series such as Final Fantasy have made the leap onto mobile devices like tablets with last year’s Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, while Among Us, a game originally developed for tablets, has proven to be a surprise hit during the pandemic. For many players, online gaming is serious business. Online poker, for example, continues to grow in popularity globally as well. According to Poker.org, millions of people play poker across the globe, and many do so on gaming devices such as tablets. Being able to play on the go is a huge attraction, and your mobile device needs to be increasingly powerful to handle the connectivity of a live game. It might not be poker you play; other live games such as Call of Duty are unforgiving to those who experience frame rate issues due to poor hardware.
Keeping up with the latest technology is an expensive game, but there is a bright spot in all these new tablets and devices being released; previous models will usually drop in price. Even if you’re on a budget, there is a tablet out on the market that can fit your needs.
Amazon Fire 7
When you’re considering a tablet on a budget, the Amazon Fire series is likely to be the first that you are likely to come across. With a quad-core processor running things and a surprisingly high-quality screen for the price, the Fire 7 will run more games than you might expect for the price point. Add in the fact that it has a robust, durable case that will prevent it from breaking at the slightest bump, it might be the perfect tablet for the clumsy gamer in your life. The only real downside is the small hard drive on it and the difficulty in expanding that storage, but if you can cope with that you should get a lot of mileage out of the Amazon Fire 7.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
While the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is a definite price jump from the Fire 7, there is also a noticeable boost in performance. It has a total of 8 processor cores, letting it run increasingly complex and graphic intensive games with ease, but the biggest benefit that this tablet gives is the massive 512 GB storage that is available on the premium model. As games continue to get bigger and bigger in size, this increased storage capacity is invaluable. The biggest problem with this tablet is the bizarre lack of a headphone jack, forcing users to use Bluetooth headphones instead. Still, it is a solid piece of tech for a reasonable price.
For those who prefer to use Apple products, there is still hope. While the iPad Pro certainly doesn’t qualify as a “budget” tablet, the iPad 10.2 can suit people’s needs. It is the most affordable gaming tablet on the market from Apple, though it will still cost far more than the Fire 7 for similar performance. It has the same issues that Amazon’s tablet has, with limited storage options for the price, but if you absolutely must have an Apple tablet to game on, it is the best option out there.
Creative innovations in tablet technology have allowed tablets to become powerful devices for gaming. To enhance your gaming experience, look for durable tablets with good processing and storage capacities, such as the Amazon Fire 7, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, and the iPad 10.2.