Tablets have become a part of our everyday life. They are a cross between our laptops and mobile phones, and we need them to conveniently access the internet, perform office tasks, send and read emails, and entertain ourselves with digital multimedia. Some people even buy tablets because they are fashionable and enable them to belong to the crowd of ‘haves’ instead of ‘have nots.’
But do you have to empty your bank account just to own a tab? We think not! It is for that reason that we have compiled this list of the top cheapest tablets in South Africa, for you to browse through, and make a selection of the tablet that suits your pockets without compromising functions and features that would compliment your life and work, making the tablet a valuable asset to you.
But what are the most affordable tablets available in the South African market? The following paragraphs contain exactly that information.
Top 10 Cheapest Tablets In South Africa
1. Apple iPad 9.7
The Apple ipad 9.7 is a solid tablet; it is one of the tablets that made tablets fashionable. With a mass of 469g, and a size of 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm, it is something that you can quite easily carry around in your hand bag or bag pack. It has a screen size of 9.7-inches, and produces a resolution of 1536 x 2048. The tablet comes with a storage capacity of 32GB, which can be expanded to 128GB which gives you ample space to download and store your videos and songs. The Battery capacity is 8827mAh; more than enough for a full day of activities.
The tablet comes with a rear camera that produces 8MP, and a front camera with 1.2MP.
2. Apple iPad Mini
The Apple ipad Mini rides on the apple name, but shakes off rivals with its own functionality and efficiency. This tablet gives you more than just a portable internet browsing device, it gives you a solid performer all round. With the Apple ipad Tablet, you will do even more than your peers.
The Apple ipad Mini is a little more expensive that its brother highlighted above, but you enjoy better features; you get a more friendly screen- one that adjusts the pictures to protect your vision. You get more portability because as the name ‘mini’ suggests, this is a smaller tablet that can fit better into your bag or back pack. That small size does not reduce the computing power; the Apple ipad packs world class-leading processing power with the Apple A12 Bionic chip.
The tablet is built solid; capable of withstanding a few bangs and jams, and comes with a solid battery that can last you over a day of constant use.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is the reason Samsung has a solid claim to the tablet market. This machine is everything you want in a tablet; good processing power, portability, and good overall quality. With a weight of 529g, and a size of 260 x 161.1 x 8mm, the first thing that comes to mind is portability; you can carry it around in your bag or backpack, and anybody who knows Samsung will tell you they are virtually unbreakable.
The Screen size is 10.5-inch, and resolution is 1200 x 1920, so you can enjoy all your videos and pictures as much as you like. Storage capacity is 32GB, so you can save as many media files as you can even remember. Battery is 7300mAh, which should carry you through out the day, and the Rear camera is 8MP.
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 is one of the cheapest tablets in South Africa, in the heavyweight class. When we say heavyweight we mean capacity- the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 weighs just 345g. It is a solid performer, and comes with a 5100mAh battery which can take you the better part of a day under heavy usage. It’s dimensions are 210 x 124 x 8mm, which makes it portable, and the screen size is 8-inches, with resolution of 1280 x 800 for you to enjoy your pictures and videos. With a Storage capacity of 32GB, you can save as many files as you like.
5. Huawei MediaPad T3 10
The Huawei MediaPad T3 10 is a solid and reliable tablet, which does not disappoint you when you need it. We also like the fact that it is built for rugged use. It weighs 460g, which means it is quite heavy, maybe something you would rather use in the house or leave in the car rather than carry it in your bag wherever you go. Its dimensions are 230 x 160 x 8mm, so it can fit in your bag, or on your laps. The screen size is 9.6-inches, and the resolution is 1280 x 800 which is okay for you to enjoy your videos. As per Storage you get 16GB, but you can expand it to 32GB. Battery capacity is 4800mAh, which we estimate can last for about 13hours.
6. Huawei MediaPad T3 7 3G
The Huawei MediaPad T3 7 is a smaller member of the Huawei MediaPad family. When we say smaller we mean size; this tablet is a Pocket-sized reader, but still a brilliant piece of technology. It weighs just 265g, and measures 103 x 187 x 9mm so it is both light enough, and small enough to carry around in your bag, and to use with one hand.
With a screen size of 7-inches, and a resolution of 1024 x 600, this is good enough to play videos and movies for personal entertainment. It comes with a storage capacity of 16GB which is ample space for a whole lot of movies. The battery is rated at 4100mAh, which is good for most of the day.
7. Huawei MatePad T8
The Huawei MatePad T8 a decent tablet and one of the cheapest tablets in South Africa is built for rough usage, and a serious hardware that can boost your business. It weighs 310g, and measures 121 x 200 x 9mm, and features an 8-inch screen. This tablet can serve you well for reading and writing emails and other office documents, as well as performing other tasks. With a screen resolution of 1280 x 800, it is also good for watching videos or watching livestreams of your favorite sport games. It comes with a storage capacity of 16GB, but you can expand it to 32GB via an external memory stick.
It comes with a battery capacity of 5100mAh, which is good enough to carry you through a day and a half of constant use, and several days in standby. The Rear camera is 5MP, while the front camera is 2MP.
8. Amazon Fire 7
Amazon Fire 7 is a basic tablet from Amazon. The company may have long term goals of completely dominating the tablet market by producing very cheap tablets to frustrate the competition. The Amazon Fire 7 weighs 286g, and measures 192 x 115 x 9.6mm. it is small enough to fit into a big pocket, and to use with one hand. The screen size is 7-inches, which is good for reading emails and documents, although you may decide to wait till you get to the office before responding. The screen resolution is 1,024 x 600 which is comparable to some big smart-phones. The battery can take 7 hours of use, and the storage capacity is 16GB, which you can expand to 32GB via a memory stick.
This is a great reader for ebooks, and a great gift for your teenager to help him learn reading culture.
The tablets market is constantly growing, and so we expect to find new entrants, especially from Asia in the coming months. Our review only contains products that we can vouch for not only by brand recognition, but by our trials. Depending on your pocket, and the purposes for which you need the products, there are several options available for you to choose from.