Best 7-inch Tablets 2020 | Guide To Small Size Tablet

Dario Lemut Updated on June 30, 2020
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Nowadays, we have tablets that go all the way up to 13″, and even then people are still interested in 7″ tablets, and we are aware of it very well. 7″ tablets come with many advantages, and in this post, you’ll be able to find the best 7″ tablet for your own need.

7″ tablets carry a big difference in price, which is one of the advantages and reason why most people decide for 7″ tablets. However, people who don’t have a tight budget still go for 7″ tablets because of the combination of portability and performance.

You’ll save yourself countless hours searching for 7″ tablets since you’ll find the top seven inch tablets without buying a tablet that won’t be able to satisfy you.

We’ve spent many hours deciding which 7″ tablets to choose, review, and write about in this post, just for you.

Best 7-Inch Tablets In 2020

Apple iPad Mini – Best Mini Tablet

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Apple iPad mini
When you’re looking for the best 7″ tablet out there, if you’re a big fan of Apple, you’ll love the iPad Mini. It features a powerful configuration, great HD display, a long-lasting battery life, and a premium & stylish aluminum design. It’s made to last long and be there for any type of usage.

Apple iPad Mini is made from stainless steel aluminum which doesn’t only provide a premium feel and looks, but stronger durability and longer lifespan.

Such design in combination with the size of this tablet provides the best grip that users with even small hands will be able to enjoy. Other than that, they’ve also integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor which is really useful to have.

You can log into the tablet without needing to type in the password or pin numbers.

What we really like about this tablet is that Apple optimized it really well, making the screen 7.9 inches big. Accompanied by a thin profile, you can carry this laptop anywhere with you, without a single worry in the back of your mind.

The reason the Apple iPad Mini is so powerful is mostly because of the A12 chip. What’s so special about this chip is that it has 64-bit desktop-class architecture.

You can do video editing, graphic design, and even play the latest game titles.

It’s powered by an Apple 4-coreGPU , which in combination with the A12 chip processor makes this tablet one of the most powerful 7-inch tablets on the market.

Considering that the battery can last up to 10 hours on regular use, which includes playing games or doing video editing using software, it’s really good to know that Apple still had the chance to balance the power and battery life.

It’s a perfect tablet to take with you if you plan to use it for different purposes.

Integrated into the beautiful design of iPad Mini 4, there are two audio speakers which work together and provide a true stereo sound, whether you’re listening to music, watching movies, or playing games.

From two cameras installed, there is a front (selfie) camera and back camera which features a higher quality.

The front camera is 8 MP which can record 1080 p videos at 32 FPS, which is pretty decent for FaceTime & Skype video calls. It even features a face detection technology which is useful for getting that perfectly focused selfie photo.

The selfie camera is a high-quality 7 MP HDR camera that can record videos at both 1080 pixels at 30 FPS rate or 720 pixels at 120 FPS rate. It’s definitely a tablet you want to take with you to record special occasions.

Hardware Specifications for Apple iPad Mini

CPU: Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)  Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)| Graphics: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)  | RAM: 3 GB RAM| Screen 7.9-inch Retina Display with True Tone and wide Color: | Storage: 256 | Operating System: iOS 12.1.3, upgradable to iPadOS 13.4.1 | Battery Life: 10 hours| Weight: 0.66 lbs 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7 – Very Versatile

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is one of the best 7 inch Android tablets on the market  even up to this day. It may not be as good as the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7 or A 10 but for a 7 inch tablet this is very powerful.  This is all thanks to its versatility and portability, which makes it the greatest entertainment tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is a very portable and versatile tablet that features a lightweight design that can be taken practically anywhere.

Therefore, a long-lasting battery is something you must have. Luckily, Samsung has done a really good job balancing out the performance, design, and strong battery life.

This tablet features a battery that will last you up to 11 hours on a single charge. You will be able to enjoy your favorite activities, whether it’s favorite apps, music, movies, educational content, or anything else.

What’s even better is that it takes only less than 2 hours to fully charge the battery back, and then you’re ready for another 11 hours. If you aren’t constantly using the tablet, the battery can last you up to a few days at least.

If you are a person who loves learning or has a child who’s curious, you’ll enjoy the extra content Samsung has available for this tablet.

Samsung features Premium Content and Samsung Kids Educational Content apps which work by a subscription, and they won’t only offer an easy-to-learn way for your kids, but will keep you entertained and eager to learn more.

You’ll also be able to monitor the way your kids use the tablet, and even allow certain apps or set limits on others.

Inside the Premium Content by Samsung, you’ll find a list of optimized apps by Samsung which are made for this exact tablet and are ready for use. This will instantly expand your entertainment options. All you have to do is press download and enjoy everything Samsung offers.

Samsung is much more than just a tablet. Considering this tablet is powerful, slim, lightweight, comes with a travel adapter, an expandable memory, and a bunch of Samsung optimized content – it’s easy to notice how this tablet is really versatile.

It can be used for any type of entertainment, learning, even as a radio player or a camera device to capture the moments you want to keep in your memory.

Long lasting battery life in combination with versatility will make sure you never touch your computer again unless you really need it for something specific.

Being 7 inch, this tablet is really easy to hold in hands, carry around, and easy to fit in any bag or backpack.

Hardware Specifications for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7

CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 / Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7RAM| Graphics: Adreno 306 Mali-400MP2 | RAM: 1.5 GB RAM| Screen: 7″ PLS TFT Multi-Touchscreen Display (1280 x 800) | Storage: 8 GB | Operating System: Android OS| Battery Life: 11 hours | Weight: 0.62 lbs

Amazon Fire 7 – Alexa Support

Amazon Fire 7
If you are looking for a tablet that allows you to access all Amazon features from shopping, ebooks, movies to TV shows and use of Alexa, the All-New Amazon Fire 7 is your membership card.

Most of the body of the All-New Amazon Fire 7 is made up of matte plastic and it still as the blocky design like those from the previous generations.

However, the width of the tab has reduced but the height, in turn, has increased making it easier to fit into the palm of your hands. The lightweight nature also ensures you can carry it anywhere with you without feeling any burden from its presence.

The presence of Alexa on the tablet promotes handsfree use of the device. Users are not required to press down the home button to connect to the digital assistant.

However, the weak nature of the microphones and a little background noise will affect the responsiveness of Alexa to your queries. Alexa can help with functions such as messaging and calling.

Compared to other products in this roundup, the Amazon Fire 7 tablet does not have the poorest battery life but when compared to its counterparts like the Amazon Fire 8, it definitely comes up short.

Therefore, if you are a heavy energy user, that is, you love playing games or watching movies, you will need a power backup.

Perhaps one of the most disappointing features in the Amazon Fire 7 is the IPS display.The colors are not that great thereby hampering user experience in terms of movies and games as the output is often grainy.

Hardware Specifications for Amazon Fire 7 

CPU: MediaTek 8163 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz CPU | Graphics: Mali-450MP4| RAM: 1 GB RAM| Screen: 7” touchscreen, 1024 x 600 resolution at 171 ppi, SD video playback, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter | Storage:  16 GB| Operating System: Fire OS 5 | Battery Life: 7 hours | Weight: 0.65 lbs

Google Nexus 7 –  Full HD Resolution

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Google Nexus 7 is equipped with the best configuration possible for the mini tablet size it features. It features an Adreno 320 graphics processor, 32 GB of RAM, and 32 GB storage.

It can handle some games, but don’t expect to play the latest titles though. Other than that, it’s a powerful and quick tablet that you can use for entertainment, multitasking, and even getting some work done when you’re on a go.

Nexus is compatible with all Google apps and they come preinstalled with the tablet, so you can stay connected and distance yourself from a computer as much as possible.

No matter if it’s very dark or very bright, Nexus’s 7″ IPS display features a screen of 323 ppi with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 120 pixels. It’s a resolution which can be seen with some laptop models, and that’s what makes Google Nexus 7 so attractive.

You will be able to stare at the screen for hours without getting your eyes tired or distracted.

An anti-gloss feature will protect your eyes even further from the unwanted sunlight distractions on your screen.

It would be a shame if Google didn’t balance the Nexus 7’s configuration with a powerful battery. Luckily for us and everyone who considers using Google Nexus 7, this tablet comes with a polymer battery that can last up to 10 hours of regular use.

If you don’t use your tablet regularly, you will be able to go through at least a few days before having to stick to the outlet and let it charge for a while.

Hardware Specifications for Google Nexus 7

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait | Graphics: Adreno 320| RAM: 2 GB RAM | Screen: 7.0 inches, 142.1 cm2 (~62.3% screen-to-body ratio) 1200 x 1920 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~323 ppi density) | Storage: 32 GB | Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to 6.0 (Marshmallow)| Battery Life: 9 hours | Weight: 0.65 lbs 

Lenovo Tab E7 – Affordable Tablet

Lenovo Tab E7
The Lenovo E-7 is great for performing simple functions such as browsing the internet, watching movies and playing non-memory utilizing games. Therefore, it is best for users looking for an affordable tablet.

For a budget tablet, the quality of the design of the Lenovo E-7 tablet is not the best but it still manages to produce a high-end look. The body of the tablet is covered in plastic and when compared to other tablets in the same market as the Amazon Fire 7, it is 254 grams lighter.

The tablet only has one speaker and it is situated above the screen. With only one small speaker, it is not possible to use the device on its own as a stereo. The projection quality of the audio is also quite poor as on its loudest volume, the sounds come off as scratchy.

Close to the speaker you have the cameras of the tablet (both rear and front facing). Both sets of cameras are 2 megapixels so the image quality is definitely not that great.

With a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, the performance of the E-7 tablet is not all that great, especially as it does not load applications fast enough.

There is a bit of lag between the time you click on an app to open and when it eventually opens. You also cannot multitask on the device due to the small RAM space of 1GB.

Hardware Specifications for Lenovo Tab E7

CPU: MediaTek MT8321 Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A7 | Graphics: Mali-400| RAM: 1 GB RAM| Screen: 7″ (1024 x 600) LCD IPS Multitouch | Storage: 8 GB | Operating System: Android Go 8.1 | Battery Life: 7 hours| Weight: 0.93 lbs

Fire 7 Kids – Child Proof Tablet

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The Amazon All New Fire 7 is a good tablet for kids. Apart from the fact that the tablet is affordable, the casing is strong enough to withstand any rigors your little one puts the tablet through and it also comes with a warranty that ensures you are worry free.

The color of the Amazon All-New Fire 7 for kids is black but it comes with an option of choosing amongst three different colors for the case (pink, yellow and blue). 

The case is made up of foam and apart from providing protection to the body of the tablet, it enables easy gripping by your toddler preventing slips. 

When the casing of the tablet is removed, you will notice the presence of a headset jack, volume button, USB port, speaker, microphone, SD card slot, and camera.

The OS on the Fire 7 for Kids is the Fire OS 5 which is simply a remodel of the Android OS. The tablet has its own app store which means no access to the Google store.

For Android users, they will be familiar with the buttons present beneath the screen that is the round home button, square button to access previously opened apps and a triangular button to go back.

For the touch keypad, it is best suited to the hands of a toddler as the spacing between the keys is quite small.

The Fire 7 for Kids has three profiles that you can use and they include the Child, Teen, and Adult. Both the teen and child profiles are similar. As for the adult, this is something you can see on the normal Amazon Kindle.

For the Adult profile, you can access Music, Newsstand, Audible, Shop, Videos, Books, Silk Browser and Apps. The Child and Teen profiles can only access Videos, Apps, Books and the FreeTime browser which is limited to age-appropriate content.

Hardware Specifications for Fire 7 Kids

CPU: MediaTek 8163 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz CPU | Graphics: Mali-450MP4| RAM: 1 GB RAM| Screen: 7” touchscreen, 1024 x 600 resolution at 171 ppi, SD video playback, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter | Storage:  16 GB| Operating System: Fire OS 5 | Battery Life: 7 hours | Weight: 1 lbs

Vankyo MatrixPad S7 – Energy Saving CPU

Vankyo MatrixPad S7
If you're interested in one of the latest and cheapest tablets on this list, then you’ll be interested in the Vankyo MatrixPad S7. The tablet comes at an affordable price and it comes with a powerful 1.3 GHz quad-core processor that’s designed to save energy despites its high-end specs.

The Vankyo MatrixPad S7 is definitely a tablet worth getting if you want something new. Its one of the latest tablets on this list as it features the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS that gives you faster response times and overall better performance.

Its main selling point is that it’s very affordable and it comes with a powerful 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. This processor coupled with its 2 GB of RAM enables smoother performances and it minimizes those pesky lags even when you’re running multiple apps at the same time.

Hardware Specifications for Vankyo MatrixPad S7

CPU: Quad-Core (4×1.3Ghz) | Graphics: Mali-G31| RAM: 2 GB RAM | Screen: 7” IPS HD display | Storage: 32 GB | Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie| Battery Life: 8 hours| Weight: 1.2 lbs

Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7 – Compact and Durable

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Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7
If you’re looking for one of the lightest and most durable 7 inch tablets on the market, Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7 is the right choice. It features a decent configuration suitable to many different needs, and a beautiful & portable design you can take anywhere with you to enjoy anything you do, on a go.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7 features a decent configuration which consists of a 1.3 GHz processor made specifically for tablets, 1 GB of DDR3 ram, and an 8 GB of storage, which is upgradeable.

The graphics card is integrated which doesn’t make this tablet suitable for any high-end gaming, but it’s really great for other types of entertainment and multitasking.

It’s being powered by an Android 4.4 KitKat operating system which provides a great resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels on a 7 inch screen.

Even though it might not be the most suitable tablet for gaming, it’s a tablet that supports GPS. It’s a reliable tablet that you can use in a car, or anywhere else you find a great fit.

This tablet measures 7.6 inches long by 4.6 inches wide and is only 0.42 thick, which results in a 0.68 pounds in weight.

Even though Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite is made from robust plastic, it’s very durable and provides a great feel on touch. The back cover of this tablet isn’t just plain plastic, yet it has a pattern that will protect it from slipping out your hands. It’s also preventing the tablet being slippery on any type of surface.

For such a compact tablet, it’s pretty durable and you won’t have to worry about breaking it or damaging it. It’s pretty resistant when put under stress.

There are also many cases available for this specific tablet model, so you will be able to protect it with even better protection.

Considering this tablet is only 0.42 inches thick and has a strong battery life, it’s very portable, allowing users to do anything from internet browsing, working remotely, or simply using the tablet as entertainment when at home or on a go.

With the Android operating system, you get access to a Google App store which is full of apps ready to be downloaded to this tablet.

The battery life lasts about 8 hours on a single charge, so you won’t get slowed down, although, this depends on the type of usage.

No matter where you take Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7, you’ll be able to use it as efficiently, even if you use it under the brightest sun. Thanks to the HD display that comes with an anti-gloss feature.

Hardware Specifications for Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7

CPU: ARM Cortex-A7 processor with 4 cores | Graphics: Vivante GC1000| RAM: 1 GB RAM  | Screen: 7.0” HD display | Storage: 8 GB | Operating System: Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7 | Battery Life: 5 hours | Weight: 0.68 lbs

Hardware specifications for Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7 Processor A RAMStorage 8 GB Graphics Integrated Display Operating System Android Battery Life Up to 5 hours Weight 

Dragon Touch M7 – 178 degree wide view

Dragon Touch M7
The Dragon Touch M7 is a reliable and affordable tablet that comes with many useful features. What makes this tablet so appealing is that it has a 178 degree wide view allowing you to enjoy watching TV shows and movies while lying on bed or from a chair.

Dragon Touch is one of the leading brands that sell affordable tablets in the US. It’s a newcomer when you compare it to other big companies like Apple and Samsung which is why they make cheap and affordable tablets to compete with them.

One noteworthy brand of theirs is the Dragon Touch M7. It’s cheap, affordable, and its got really nice specs for its price range. It also comes with the latest Android 9.0 Pie so expect smoother run times with this tablet.

What really makes the Dragon Touch M7 really good is that it’s probably one of the best tablets in this list for watching TV shows and movies. This is because its 178 degree wide view allows users to better admire what they’re seeing from a distance. Couple this with a 1024 x 600 IPS display and you got yourself a mini-cinema. 

Hardware Specifications for Dragon Touch M7

CPU: Quad-Core, 1.5 GHz | Graphics: PowerVR SGX544 GPU| RAM: 2 GB RAM | Screen: 7” 1024 x 600 IPS display  | Storage:  16 GB| Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie| Battery Life: 3 hours | Weight: 

Fusion 5 – Scratch Resistant 

Fusion 5
Do you want a durable and reliable tablet that still looks good after some time? The Fusion 5 is your best bet if you want a scratch resistant tablet which allows itself to retain its aesthetics even after being abused by your fingernail for a while.  This also makes it ideal for kids because this tablet can also take a beating.

The Fusion 5 is another interesting new selection for 7 inch tablets. This tabler features powerful specs and it also comes at an affordable price as well. The tablet  is powered by a 1.2 GHz  quad core processor with the intel Cortex A7.. It’s also pretty decent for gaming with 2 GB of RAM, and a powerful Mali 400 GPU.

Now pair these amazing specs with the latest Android 9.0 Pie operating system and you get a really nice tablet that runs smoothly. Of course one of its biggest selling points is its durability. 

The Fusion 5 features a scratch resistant coating that prevents further damages making this tablet last for a very long time. Lastly, because of its resistance to scratches this tablet is good for kids as well who aren’t that careful with using touchscreens.

Hardware Specifications for Fusion 5
CPU: Quad Core, 1.2 GHz, Cortex A7 | Graphics: Mali 400 | RAM: 2 GB RAM | Screen: 7″ IPS Screen | Storage: 32 GB| Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie| Battery Life: 5 hours | Weight: 0.64 lbs

Picking The Best 7-Inch Tablets In 2020

O.S

O.S isn’t just a personal preference, yet some operating systems work better with their optimized O.S.

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There are tablets which come with a number of the different operating system and getting a tablet with O.S that is optimized for a specific tablet is the best way to go.

Even if it means you’ll have to put your preferences on the side, it’s rather more important to get the best optimized O.S that works with the tablet.

The most ideal situation would definitely be to find a tablet you like with your preferred operating system that works hand-in-hand with the configuration.

Form / Design

Other than comfort, form / design determine the quality, durability, and lifespan of a tablet.

Even though most tablets are very similar in design and form, at the first look, it’s crucial to pay attention to details which might make a huge difference during use.

The design is directly connected with durability, along with the weight and materials used to build the tablet. The better design and form it has, the longer lifespan it will provide.

Design and form are also important to get the most comfortable tablet you’ll enjoy using for hours. There are also many tablets that come with more than one position available thanks to the wise design craft.

Performance

Nowadays, tablets come with a number of different configurations that offer various performance. The better performance, the better a tablet will perform.

Just like computers and laptops, tablets have its own configuration that is constantly getting upgraded, to the point where tablets can almost replace computers (depending on the type of use).

The better the design is, the larger and better components will be able to fit inside a tablet. 7 inch tablets in this post offer a decent amount of space for the configuration to be placed, where you can expect powerful and fast speed as a result.

Battery Life

The better the battery life a tablet has, better portability it offers, along with other benefits. Nowadays, tablets come with a number of different configurations that offer various performance. The better performance, the better a tablet will perform.

Tablets are made with a purpose to be used anywhere you go, and a battery is one of the crucial components that will determine the portability of your tablet.

Getting a tablet that has a long lasting battery life, in combination with powerful configuration is the best choice, and in this post, you’ll find some of the best 7 inch tablets that have longest lasting batteries on the market.

Storage

You’ll want as much storage as possible to store all your games, books, movies, and other files.

Storage for tablets might not seem important, but it definitely is. Considering you’ll take your tablet on a go, anywhere you go, you’ll take photos, want to download movies from Netflix, have music & books ready, and much more.

If you’re not looking to get a tablet with SIM card slot, you’ll be restricted to Wi-Fi internet connection only. And you don’t want to store everything in the cloud.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is SIM card slot (3G connection) necessary to have?

SIM card slot has one purpose, and it’s to turn your tablet into a phone, so you can use it as your phone. Usually, it’s not necessary to have the SIM card slot that will allow you to have a 3G connection to make calls and send messages just like you would on a phone, but it’s useful to have. It mostly depends on your needs and the purpose of a tablet purchase.

Should I stay away from refurbished tablets?

The answer is simple, and it’s absolutely not! Refurbished tablets are as good as refurbished laptops or any other gadgets, and they’re refurbished for a reason. They usually come with a warranty, and if they’re refurbished by a well-known brand, there’s no reason to stay away from such product. In the end, it’s a good way to save a few bucks if you’re on a tighter budget.

How to child-proof your new tablet

Tablets are a very popular device for kids to learn, educate themselves and entertain themselves. The best way to child-proof your new tablet is to get a child-proof case for your tablet. It’s a case just like any other, yet it is extra padded and rubberized to absorb shocks and prevent any damage that might occur. Samsung even produces such cases and they’re available for Samsung tablets we’ve reviewed in this post.

Dario Lemut
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Dario is a writer at NetbookNews.com. He is at the same time an avid technology addict that loves reviewing gadgets & devices, and then writing useful reviews.

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