Best 7 to 8 Inch Tablets

If you want a device that you can carry with you everywhere, consume media like music and movies, browse the web, use apps, and play games then a small tablet might be for you. You might say your smart phone can do all those things, but don’t you get tired of looking at that tiny screen?

The small tablet sizes we are reviewing here are those whose screens range from 7-inch to 8-inch (well technically 8.4 inches). For those of you looking for an even bigger screen check out our top picks in the 9-inch to 10-inch range and those even larger.

With prices ranging from about $100 to $500, there are both high-end tablets with amazing performance and dazzling displays to those that are more affordable that get the job done, but don’t look as nice or perform quite as well. Buyers should note that the prices we list are for the cheapest option of that model available – you will have to pay more for things like more storage or 4G data. One spec you might really look for is pixels per inch, or PPI, which tells how good your display will look – the higher the better.

Below we review our picks for the best 7-inch to 8-inch tablets including Android and iOS models.


9.4
#1)

Apple iPad Mini 4

Estimated Price: $399.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 7.9, 2048 x 1536, 324
Weight, Size (in): 0.65 lbs, 8 x 5.31 x 0.24
Operating System: iOS 9
Processor, RAM: Apple A8, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16, 64, or 128 GB
Expandable Storage: No
Average Battery Life*: 10.5 hrs

We chose the Apple iPad Mini 4 as the best 8-inch tablet. It is beautifully designed, lightweight, thin, and the performance will not lag. Although at $400 it is the most expensive model on our list, so for just a bit more money you could step up to the larger iPad Air 2 or similar device.


9.3
#2)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

Estimated Price: $397.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 2048 x 1536, 320
Weight, Size (in): 0.58 lbs, 7.82 x 5.31 x 0.22
Operating System: Android 5.0
Processor, RAM: Exynos 7 1.9 GHz, 3 GB
Internal Storage: 32 or 64 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 7.75 hrs

The $398 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 came in a close second to the iPad Mini 4. It is the thinnest and lightest tablet on the market at just .22 inches thick and weighing just .58 pounds. It has outstanding performance, however the battery life was bit disappointing with some tests coming in at under 7 hours.


9.2
#3)

Asus ZenPad S 8

Estimated Price: $199
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 2048 x 1536, 326
Weight, Size (in): 0.67 lbs, 8 x 5.3 x 0.26
Operating System: Android 5.0
Processor, RAM: Intel Atom Z3580 Quad-Core 2.3GHz, 2 or 4 GB
Internal Storage: 32 or 64 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 8 hrs

The best value or cheap 8-inch tablet is without a doubt the Asus ZenPad S 8 which sells for about $200. It performs strongly enough for most tasks, has a quality design, and great front-facing speakers. However, it comes loaded with unnecessary software and the battery life is just OK at about 8 hours.


9.2
#4)

Dell Venue 8 7000

Estimated Price: $379.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8.4, 2560 x 1600, 359
Weight, Size (in): 0.67 lbs, 8.5 x 4.89 x 0.24
Operating System: Android 4.4
Processor, RAM: Intel Atom Z3580 Quad-core 2.3 GHz, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 512 GB
Average Battery Life*: 9.57 hrs

If you own the Dell Venue 8 7000 don’t be surprised when people are shocked and ask you “That’s a Dell?” It won a Best of CES Award thanks to its thin design and incredible OLED display with 359 pixels per inch – the most you can find on an 8-inch tablet. It is also the first model to use Intel’s Realsense 3D camera technology, although actual images are just mediocre. At $380 it is in the same price range as the top tier Apple and Samsung slates, but it rates very close to those units.


9.2
#5)

Google Nexus 7 (2nd Gen)

Estimated Price: $175.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 7, 1920 x 1200, 323
Weight, Size (in): 0.64 lbs, 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.34
Operating System: Android 4.3
Processor, RAM: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Expandable Storage: No
Average Battery Life*: 8.4 hrs

Despite being over two years old, the second generation of the Google Nexus 7 is our pick for the best value and best 7-inch tablet. For a price tag half that of the top Samsung and Apple devices you get a 7-inch full HD display, outstanding performance, and excellent battery life. About the only negative is that it lacks an expandable memory card slot.


9.1
#6)

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Estimated Price: $299
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 1920 x 1200, 283
Weight, Size (in): 0.86 lbs, 8.7 x 4.96 x 0.36
Operating System: Android 4.4
Processor, RAM: Nvidia Tegra K1 Quad-Core 2.2 GHz, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 64 GB
Average Battery Life*: 8.33 hrs

If you are in the market for a pure gaming tablet experience then you will want the Nvidia Shield Tablet. It is the first tablet that uses the Tegra K1 processor that outperforms any other by double in terms of graphics. You can also get a Shield controller, hook up the device to an HDTV, and play games just like a console experience. While this 8-inch model can handle anything, if you don’t need high end graphics for your use then you might want a cheaper choice.


8.8
#7)

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

Estimated Price: $179
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 7, 1920 x 1200, 323
Weight, Size (in): 0.67 lbs, 7.3 x 5 x 0.35
Operating System: Fire OS 3.0
Processor, RAM: 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Expandable Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Average Battery Life*: 9.875 hrs

If you have a high-speed internet connection and primarily will be using your device for media then the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is an excellent choice, especially if you belong to Amazon’s Prime service. It performs great and has a full HD 7-inch display. On the downside you can’t get apps from Google Play and there aren’t as many apps available from the Amazon App Store. Also there is no expanded memory card slot so consuming media without an internet connection can be difficult.


8.7
#8)

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8"

Estimated Price: $199.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 1920 x 1200, 283
Weight, Size (in): 0.92 lbs, 8.27 x 5.87 x 0.28
Operating System: Android 4.4
Processor, RAM: Intel Atom Z3475 Quad-core 1.33GHz, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 64 GB
Average Battery Life*: 18 hrs

If you want the longest battery life you can find on an 8-inch tablet then go with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8″ since it has a category best 18 hours of runtime. The processor and overall performance are a bit lacking, but it can handle most tasks reasonably well.


8.6
#9)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0

Estimated Price: $227.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 1024 x 768, 160
Weight, Size (in): 0.69 lbs, 8.2 x 5.43 x 0.29
Operating System: Android 5.0
Processor, RAM: Quad-core 1.2 GHz, 1.5 or 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 11.5 hrs

A cheaper Samsung 8-inch tablet is the Samsung Gaslaxy Tab A 8.0 at around $229. It uses cheaper components that downgrade the overall performance of the unit, but the most disappointing feature of the Tab A is its low resolution screen of just 1024 x 768 pixels and 160 ppi. However, those features do boost battery life to around 11.5 hours.


8.6
#10)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0

Estimated Price: $163
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 7, 1280 x 800, 216
Weight, Size (in): 0.66 lbs, 7.36 x 4.25 x 0.35
Operating System: Android 4.4
Processor, RAM: Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core 1.2 GHz, 1.5 GB
Internal Storage: 8 or 16 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 32 GB
Average Battery Life*: 10.25 hrs

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 has all the features you want, but none of them are of the high-end variety. However that lack of top performance does boost the battery life over some of the other top small tablets. The biggest negative is a low-res screen of 1280 x 800. While on the cheaper end of 7-inch models, we would recommend the Nexus 7 instead since it only costs about $15 more and gives you much better performance. Although the Tab 4 7.0 does have a memory card slot which the Nexus 7 does not have and boasts better battery life.


* Average Battery Life is determined by averaging numerous real-world battery life tests conducted by different websites and/or organizations.


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