Best tablets priced under $500
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Apple iPad (2021)
Whether you want to use the iPad solely in your home or you plan to take it around with you, you can pick between Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular variants to get the best connectivity.
You will also be happy to know that the iPad also supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, which will come in handy if you like to draw or prefer to take notes with something resembling a pen.
> Buy the Apple iPad (2021) from Amazon
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
The Snapdragon 870 SoC is powering the tablet, and it’s a pretty capable processor, resulting in a solid overall performance. Other specifications include Android 11, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Lenovo also includes stylus support, and you can buy the company’s Lenovo Precision Pen 3 for $70 separately.
Among other highlights, the tablet supports both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos formats, so you will not only be able to enjoy the HDR content on streaming services but also get a great sound experience. There are a total of four speakers on the device.
>> The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro starts at $499, and you can order it from Lenovo.com.
Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021)
Although the Fire HD 10 Plus is technically an Android tablet, it runs Amazon’s Fire OS, which is an Android fork and doesn’t use Google apps or services. Instead, you get Amazon’s app store, which you will use to download apps and games. While the app selection on Amazon Appstore isn’t as expansive as Google Play Store but it’s decent enough, and you will get most popular apps and games.
The tablet lasts around 12 hours on a single charge and uses the built-in Type-C port for charging and data transfer. There is one camera each on the front and the back, which are average but enough for your video call or occasional photo needs.
> Buy Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021) from Amazon
Apple iPad mini (2021)
You can buy the iPad mini in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular variants like the regular iPad. And you will be happy to know that, unlike the regular iPad, it supports 5G connectivity.
The iPad mini can last around 10 hours on a single charge and supports 20W charging via the USB-C port.
> Buy the Apple iPad mini (2021) from Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2020)
The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite also comes with S-Pen, so you can scribble, draw, and do a lot of other stuff. Among other specifications, you get a 7,040mAh battery, which Samsung claims can last up to 13 hours on a single charge.
Although when launched in 2020, the Tab S6 Lite ran on Android 10, the tablet has since been upgraded to Android 12 and should receive one more major Android update.
> Buy Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite from Amazon or Samsung.com
So these are the best tablets you can buy for under $500. There are devices for both iOS/iPadOS and Android lovers. Which tablet are you planning to buy? Let me know in the comments section. Meanwhile, you can also check out my handpicked recommendations for the best car chargers and mobile hotspots.