Finding the Best 7-Inch Tablets

Last Edited: June 28, 2017 by

The best 7-inch tablets

Welcome to our guide to the best 7-inch tablets based on professional reviews, sales, build quality, and consumer feedback.

Thanks to their attractive size and one handed operation the size of the 7-inch tablet market has grown year in and year out and now accounts for a higher percentage of sales than both 8-inch and 10-inch tablets. The following guide will aid you in finding the best 7-inch tablet with regularly updated content designed to guide you on your quest to find a worthy purchase, whereas our series of cheap tablet guides deals with their more budget counterparts. For under $300 you can find some powerful tablets that can handle more advanced apps and functionality relative to their budget counterparts.

Finally coming to the best of the best  premium tablets, here we will see some of the top engineering at play from leaders in the field such as Apple, Samsung and ASUS, with the 7-inch size being highly targeted due to it’s smaller weight and easier handling for a comfortable one hand grip. One of the first major commercial successes in the 7-inch category was the Google Nexus 7, bringing an aggressive feature set at a highly competitive price, with the Apple iPad mini following suit soon after. Since then numerous stellar options have cropped up all aching to take the prize as king of the mini tablet. Another area you might want to explore is the smartphone market – seeing the popularity of many 6-7 inch smartphones gaining market share begs the question whether getting a standalone 7-inch tablet is worth it compared to alternative 8-inch and 10-inch tablet options. Our best unlocked smartphones guide over at our partner site SmartphoneNinja can assist you if you feel this might be the case.

Tablet Buying Guide

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7-Inch Tablets – Top Picks

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Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7 might be at the bottom of Samsung’s tablet hierarchy in terms of specs, but it is the cheapest Samsung tablet in the market, and that alone should give you a reason to at least hear it out. Even when playing the budget game, Samsung knows it has a reputation to withhold. This is why the Tab E, despite being cheap doesn’t quite feel like it. Be that as it may, the screen doesn’t come close to resembling what other higher-end Samsung tablets like the Galaxy Tab A or Tab 4. With a middling resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, colors are less accurate and viewing angles are poor. Complementing the display is one speaker on the back with medium loudness and acceptable quality. It has been a good two years since Android 4.4 KitKat was released, yet the Tab E Lite still comes with it out of the box. However, there is always a plus side with using software that has been around for a while, and that is new devices come better optimized. The OS therefore runs smoothly, and with a fair number of preinstalled apps and unique features, Android experience is generally pleasant. The camera app has some extra features too, including a timer, a variety of modes, filters and panorama capabilities, although all this is rather insignificant given the dismal 2MP rear camera. Performance-wise, the Tab E Lite 7 is equipped with a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU and 1GB RAM; enough to keep things running but hardly enough for gaming. And talking of things that aren’t enough, you only get 8GB of internal storage space which is expandable to a low maximum of 32GB with microSD cards. On the flip side, the battery life is sufficient and will comfortably get you through the day.

  • 1.3Ghz 4 Spreadtrum T -Shark
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card
  • Cameras: Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 0.68 lbs

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Pleasant Android OS experience
  • Remarkable battery life

Cons

  • Poor screen quality
  • Old Android version
  • Modest performance
  • Insufficient internal storage

Summary

For some, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7 might not come off as a good bargain; but if you have long admired and appreciated Samsung devices and the quality they come with, this one will not let you down.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7-Inch (8 GB, Black)
$119.99
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ASUS-ZENPAD-Z170C-A1-BK 7

ASUS ZenPad Z170C-A1-BK 7

ASUS was behind one of the most iconic Android tablets ever, the Google Nexus 7, can the Zenpad C 7.0 compete? It looks pretty similar to the Nexus, and looks and feels pretty attractive, especially for its price. However, due to the budget nature of the device, many compromises had to be made, and it would be unfair to compare it to its more expensive rival. Featuring a 1024 x 600 screen, it is not quite as sharp, but it remains colorful and clear enough to provide a pleasant viewing experience. It puts in a great showing in terms of sound, however, with a loudspeaker and punchy bass. Owing to an Intel Atom Quad-core processor and Mali-450MP4 GPU, performance is not record-breaking, but it runs tasks well, and its low resolution allows games to run smoothly. The interface is smooth, though ZenUI may prove a little irritating for some with its cluttered look and unnecessary apps. The Zenpad features a 5MP back camera and a 2MP front camera. Shots are expectedly average at best, turning out blurry and noisy on most occasions. It, however, boasts a long, all-day battery life, and while it is not quite the Nexus 7, it stacks well with competitors in its category.

  • Intel Atom x3-C3200 1.2GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSDXC Expansion up to 64GB
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 0.6 lbs

Pros

  • Thin frame
  • Solid build
  • Fast day-to-day performance
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Back camera is of low quality,
  • ZenUI looks cluttered
  • Pre-installed bloatware

Summary

A decent tablet for users who mostly hang out on the internet, watch videos and update social media profiles without any heavy lifting activities in the memory and graphics departments.

ASUS ZENPAD Z170C-A1-BK 7
$99.00$60.95
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Apple iPad Mini (2012 Edition – 16GB, Wi-Fi)

The Apple iPad Mini is one of the most recognizable tablets on the market thanks to Apple’s legacy as the original modern tablet pioneer and their rock solid craftsmanship combined with Apple’s custom tailored iOS operating system. This version of the iPad mini is the original 2012 version with basic specs compared to it’s higher priced big brothers. That said, it is still an extremely reliable tablet and a viable option for Apple fans and new tablet users alike. On the downside it’s screen resolution is not quite on par with more modern options, and it’s processing power is also limited relative to more modern Android tablets.

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch Display; 1024-by-768 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 7; Dual-Core A5 Chip 1GHZ
  • 5 MP iSight Camera; 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacity
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 0.68 lbs
Apple iPad Mini (2012) 7.9-inch
$289.97
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Amazon Fire 7

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 (2013)

The Amazon Fire 7 has a textured plastic design, true to its budget nature. It remains sturdy, however, with Amazon claiming it to be 1.8 times more durable than the iPad Air 2; we will leave the testing to you. Compared to screens found on more expensive devices, the 7-inch 1024 x 600 display is not much. However, its IPS technology makes for some pretty tight viewing angles, and for the Fire’s price, there’s not much competition. Fire OS 5 is layered on top of Android 5.1, which replaces most of the interface and apps. It is a bit intruding as most of the screens try to get you to buy Amazon products or apps, but for $10 extra you can get a version of the tablet without the ads. Performance is surprisingly smooth, games run well, albeit not with gorgeous graphics, and the interface is mostly fluid. It only has 1GB of RAM, however, reducing multitasking capability and increasing the time between app switches. Tablets are not known for their great photography features, and the Fire 7’s are no exception; they are pretty poor. However, battery life is great, with more than 10 hours of continuous video playback.

  • 1.3 GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD, up to 256 GB
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 7 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Fire OS 5
  • 0.69 lbs

Pros

  • Low price
  • Sturdy build
  • Long battery life
  • MicroSD expansion slot

Cons

  • Low resolution
  • Both cameras are poor

Summary

Most competing tablets do not offer the same combination of price, performance and build quality as the Fire 7, although users will be restricted to limited apps on the Amazon store.

Amazon Fire 7 7-inch
$49.99$39.99
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Apple iPad Mini 4Apple-iPad-mini-4-gold-64GB

The iPad Mini 4 tries and succeeds to uphold Apple’s line of “Mini” tablets, which had long cowered in the shadows of their larger siblings. Unlike the Mini 3, the Mini 4 now comes with a newer CPU, more RAM and a laminated display. Other than an overall thinner body, however, not much has changed regarding the design. That said, the familiar compact feel warms our heart, as it is more manageable in one hand than the iPad Air 2 or the iPad Pro. Few can match the quality offered by the iPad Mini 4’s display. With an exemplary 2,058 x 1,536-pixel resolution packed in a 7.9-inch screen, videos and pictures are overwhelmingly sharp, and colors are vivid and accurate. Up and running, the Mini 4 is a solid performer. Thanks to inspiring hardware; which includes the Apple A8 CPU and 2GB of RAM, as well as impressive iOS optimization, apps open without lag and navigating the UI is snappy. No game is too demanding for the Mini 4, and even demanding apps like Lightroom and iMovie are handled with ease. Internal storage options range from 16GB to 128GB, and for the best value, we recommend the 64GB model. Regardless of the version you buy, you get a perfectly adequate 8-megapixel iSight camera on the rear and a rather modest 1.2MP sensor on the front, which is just about acceptable for FaceTime and Skype chats. Despite a power-hungry QXGA display, the Mini 4 manages an admirable 10 hours of HD Netflix streaming on a single charge.

  • Apple A8, Typhoon ARMv8-A, 64-bit
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64GB
  • Removable Storage: None
  • Cameras: Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP
  • 7.9 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels (IPS)
  • iOS 9
  • 0.65 lbs

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Sturdy all-metal design
  • Fast processor
  • Useful multi-tasking

Cons

  • Pricier than Android alternatives
  • Bigger iPads offer more features

Summary

Featuring a high-resolution screen, slim design and a faster A8 processor, the Mini 4 offers a superior mini tablet experience for those who don’t mind spending a little extra.

Apple iPad mini 4 (64GB, Gold)
$499.00$355.00
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

For brand conscious users who favor Samsung products, the Tab 4 is the latest small-screen tablet released by this tablet leader. While Samsung chose not to use premium metal in the body, its plastic body has a high quality feel that’s smooth and at the same time lowers the devices’ weight. As for hardware, it packs enough features in-line with its pricing, and performance is smooth thanks to its Quad-Core processor and 1GB of RAM. On the software side, it comes with the latest KitKat OS and Samsung can be trusted to release more updates in the near future. The TouchWiz UI may also prove useful to people who want something more than a no-frills Android interface. However, the 7-inch tablet segment is packed with a ton of rivals like the ASUS MemoPad 7, which offers similar performance for a low price and the Nexus 7 2013 which offers the best price/performance ratio for only slightly more.

  • Marvell PXA1088 1.2GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: micro SD card, 32 GB
  • Cameras: Front 1.3MP, Rear 3.5MP
  • 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixels pixels (TN)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 0.61 lbs

Pros

  • Lightweight design
  • Sharp display
  • Long battery life
  • Latest Android OS

Cons

  • Mediocre camera
  • Lags sometimes

Summary

The Galaxy Tab 4 has an intuitive software interface and a slim design like the higher-end Samsung tablets, but if you don’t need those things there are similarly equipped alternatives with a lower price tag.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 7-Inch
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More 7-inch Tablets

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Lenovo Tab 3 A7

Shopping for a budget tablet is often an unpleasant endeavor given the large pile of mediocre products in the market but Lenovo’s new Tab3 A7 promises an end to this trend. While not a flashy device, the A7 is decently designed, with a stunningly soft, almost Moleskine-like chassis. Its small size and a commendable 0.3-inch thickness make it a delight to hold and carry around for use while on the go. The tablet also has an IP52 rating, which means it is protected against dust and accidental water splashes. The A7 might be well-designed, but the average 7-inch screen is arguably the most hurtful let-down with the Lenovo Tab3 A7. Sporting a modest 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, the clarity is insufficient and text and icons appear rather soft. That said, the viewing angles are decent and brightness level is sufficient. What is even more remarkable with the A7 is its software. In addition to packing Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Lenovo has been generous enough to include more than a few useful software features across the interface. One among these is Kids Mode, a parental-control software feature that allows a parent to create a friendly eco-system for their child. The Kids Mode interface also has larger app icons than the normal Android, and its adaptive blue light filter helps to prevent a child’s eyes from getting tired after prolonged use. The A7 comes rigged with a quad-core 1GHz MTK processor and 1GB RAM, which is enough hardware for basic tablet use, but not nearly as enough for heavy multitasking and gaming. In a way, the average hardware is expected given the friendly price, and the upside is a very impressive 15-hour battery life.

  • Mediatek MT8161p 1.0GHz
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 1.09 lbs

Pros

  • Stylish and thin design
  • Decent performance
  • Impressive battery life

Cons

  • Low resolution screen
  • Poor camera quality

Summary

The Lenovo Tab3 A7 is an adequate choice for those looking for a well-designed budget tablet with decent performance for everyday tasks.

Lenovo TAB3 A7 – ZA110158US
$99.99
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Google Nexus 7 (2013)

The Nexus 7 2013 offers excellent design, powerful hardware and the latest Android KitKat 4.4 OS at a reasonable price. It is a huge improvement over the original Nexus 7 which is still going strong in the budget tablet segment. The notable updates include its 1,920 x 1,200 res screen with a 323 ppi pixel density, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with an Adreno 320 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. This powerful configuration outperforms the pricier Nexus 10, and competes with rivals like the Kindle Fire HDX and the iPad Mini. Like its predecessor, its body is completely plastic, but with the soft-touch black finish, thinner bezel and slimmer body, it looks high quality and will even fit into your pocket. However, the next iteration of the Nexus tablet, the HTC Nexus 9, is expected to be announced soon with features like premium design, front-facing speakers and a bigger, higher resolution 8.9-inch screen. That said, the starting price of the Nexus 9 will be much higher than the Nexus 7, and if you’re on a tight budget the Nexus 7 is still our go to options as the top 7-inch Android tablet on the market.

  • Snapdragon Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • 2GB DDR2 SDRAM RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: None
  • Cameras: Front 1.2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 7 inch, 1920 X 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 0.64 lbs

Pros

  • Fast performance
  • High resolution display
  • Slim form factor
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Lack of expandable storage
  • Relatively weak camera

Summary

The 2013 Nexus 7 is still perfectly sized for ebook reading and travelling, and even today it’s powerful enough to be crowned as the top 7-inch Android tablet.

Google Nexus 7 (2013)
$199.00
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Apple iPad Mini 3 2014

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The Apple iPad Mini 3 is almost identical to its predecessor; the iPad mini 2, which costs about $100 less. Its aluminum unibody construction is as sleek as it was first featured three years back. This metallic design with rounded edges and circular button can also been seen on the iPhone 6. It is thicker than the Air 2 by 1.4mm but doesn’t feel any heavier. Packing similar components, it was rated with the same 10 hours of battery life as its predecessor. Its low resolution 1.2MP front camera and a 5MP rear camera both remain unchanged from last year. It features a 7.9-inch, 2,048 x 1,536 retina display, scoring high on sharpness and brightness, but it doesn’t have the anti-glare coating see on the iPad Air 2 screen. It is also unimpressive compared to the Tab S 8.4’s AMOLED display which has slightly superior contrast, colors and brightness. Featuring an A7 processor backed by 1GB of RAM, its core hardware component remains the same as last year. Whether it is web surfing or gaming, the Mini 3 delivers fast performance across the board. However, it’s not as powerful as the new iPad Air 2 which features a faster 1.94GHz A8X processor and 2 GB of RAM. So where are the upgrades on Mini 3? Well, it now supports the new Touch ID and Apple SIM features. If you have the Mini 2, the Mini 3 probably doesn’t warrant any upgrade. Instead, up your game to Apple’s latest in the small tablet world; the iPad Mini 4.

  • Apple 1.3 GHz A7 Chip with 64-bit Architecture
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: None
  • Cameras: Front 1.2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 7.9 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels (IPS)
  • Apple iOS 8
  • 0.73 lbs

Pros

  • Solid build
  • Sharp screen
  • Fast performance
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • No significant upgrade over its predecessor
  • Android competitors cost less

Summary

If you can’t afford the latest Apple tablet, the 2014 iPad Mini 3 still offers great value for the money, featuring innovations like Retina display and TouchID it packs more than enough power for day to day use.

Apple iPad mini 3 MGYE2LL/A 7.9-Inch
$399.00$329.98
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LG G Pad V410 7-Inch 4G LTE

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In a market already crowded by supercheap 7-inch tablets, the G Pad V410 strikes a comfortable balance between price, performance and software features. It is the smaller 7-inch version of the G Pad 10.1. Featuring a budget design, its plain plastic surface with soft-touch rubber finish does tend to attract fingerprints although it offers a simple and clean design that is comfortable to hold. The dual speakers residing on the bottom produce ample sound but can get blocked if held improperly. There is an IR blaster, a microSD slot and a power button resting neatly at the top, and a volume rocker sits at the top right. Its 7-inch 1,280-by-800-pixel display with a pixel density of 216 ppi delivers reasonably sharp images and supports relatively wide viewing angles compared to many competitors. While the screen brightness isn’t as high as the Tab 7’s display, it’s still comparable to the Asus Memo Pad 7’s display. On CNet’s battery rundown test with the Wi-Fi on and screen brightness set to max, the G Pad 7 ran an impressive 8 hours 2 mins while the Tab 4 ran only 5 hours 23 mins. It houses a 1.3 GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor which is widely used on budget Android tablets because of its smooth performance and low price. On day-to-day usage the users reported the G Pad felt very fast with no lag while browsing multiple web pages, playing games and watching videos. The G Pad 7 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with LG’s customizable skin on top for easily tweaking various user interface components like lock screens, menu items, icons and more.

  • Snapdragon Qualcomm TM 400 1.2 GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: MicroSD card
  • Cameras: Front 1.3MP, Rear 5MP
  • 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 0.65 lbs

Pros

  • Comfortable design
  • Long battery life
  • Dood audio quality
  • microSD card s

Cons

  • Low system memory
  • A poor camera

Summary

Though beaten by some competitors in gaming benchmarks, the LG G Pad V410 is an LTE enabled tablet with a long-lasting battery, excellent audio and a tempting price tag for budget buyers.

LG G Pad V410 7-Inch
$90.00
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Conclusion

These are the main contenders in the 7 inch tablet market today.  If you are a fan of Apple, you’ll probably want to go for the latest and greatest iPad to get your tablet fix. If you’re a fan of Android and Google’s services then the Nexus 7 presents the most cutting edge tablet available and has received nearly universal acclaim. For those with media in mind Amazon has the simplest and easiest to use content delivery system available that will see you entertained for hundreds of hours. If you’d like something larger then checkout our guides to the best 8 inch tablets and the best 10 inch tablets for more great tablet choices. For those on a serious budget our guides to tablets under $200 and tablets under $100 may also help you save time on your search.

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