If you want a tablet that’s out of your budget, you can either wait until you save enough money or look on eBay or Craigslist for a used one, right? Not quite! You can also look for a professionally refurbished unit sold at a discounted price.
Best Refurbished Tablets
Why Buy Refurbished Electronics?
In many people’s minds, the word refurbished has a strong negative connotation. They mistakenly associate it with defective products repaired using scrapyard parts collected by recycling facilities. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
A 2011 survey conducted by technology consulting firm Accenture discovered that only about 5 percent of refurbs are defective. Furthermore, 27 percent of refurbs reflect buyer’s remorse, and 68 percent of refurbs were returned in a fully functional state despite the customer perceiving a fault.
In other words, most products are returned because the buyers couldn’t figure out how to use them. Other buyers simply change their minds and decide they don’t need the product after all. Finally, packages get damaged during shipping, and online stores encourage their customers not to accept them even though the product inside is usually perfectly fine.
When a true defect is found, retailers send the defective items to authorized repair centers or the manufacturers for inspection and repair. Once repaired, the items are repackaged, making them indistinguishable from factory originals.
The Galaxy Tab A from Samsung is an affordable Android tablet that covers all the basics as well as a few extras. The 8-inch display is large enough for watching movies and playing games like Minecraft and Hearthstone yet compact enough for travel. And thanks to a single microSD card slot with support for cards up to 128GB, you can load up the tablet with as many movies and games as you want.
That said, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A not only plays hard but also works hard. Like other Samsung tablets and smartphones, it features advanced multitasking capabilities, allowing you to open two apps side by side. Why not open a calendar app right next to an email client? Or a web browser next to YouTube?
Those with small children will appreciate the Kids Mode, which allows parents to easily manage what their kids can access and for how long they can use the tablet. Each family member can have their own account with favorite apps and customized settings. Thanks to the Ultra Power Saving Mode, the tablet lasts a long time even when pushed to its limits—something that’s not easily accomplished.
Marketed as a tablet that can replace a laptop, the Surface Pro 4 is the perfect example of just how beautiful Windows tablets can be. We think that it’s best suited for someone who finds even lightweight laptops too heavy to haul around for the entire day and tablets too impractical. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 can either be controlled using touch gestures as a regular tablet or using the Surface Pen for added precision and drawing or using the optional keyboard as a laptop.
Intel’s powerful chipsets provide flawless performance, and Microsoft Windows lets you run the same apps you know and love, including Microsoft Office. Graphics artists will appreciate the 12.3-inch PixelSense screen with extremely high contrast and low glare. You can also purchase a docking station and a wireless display adapter and turn the Surface Pro 4 into a capable workstation. A flexibility like this makes the already fantastic price of around $640 even better.
While more expensive than many brand-new tablets, the iPad Pro doesn’t need to justify its price tag. This beautiful device is widely regarded as the best choice for passive media consumption, largely thanks to iTunes and the App Store. No other mobile operating system has as comprehensive parental controls as iOS, and no other tablet meets the needs of casual and experienced users alike so well as the iPad Pro.
The stunning 9.7-inch display with the resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and wide color gamut makes pictures pop out and text look sharper than ever. It’s clear that Apple expects users to spend long hours watching movies and online videos on the tablet because they added four speakers for high-fidelity audio.
Should you ever want to use the iPad Pro for more than passive media consumption, you can pair it with both the Apple Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil. The App Store is filled with excellent note-taking apps, such as Evernote, iA Writer, Ulysses, and many others.
At less than $300, the Asus Zenpad S 8 is an extremely compelling tablet. Its 8-inch display with 2048 x 1536 pixels provides a breathtaking visual experience, and the Intel Atom Z3530 processor with 2GB of memory at its disposal handles everything you throw at it with plenty of processing power to spare.
As you may know, the number of megapixels a camera has seldom determines the quality of images it takes. Asus knows this, and the Zenpad S 8 demonstrates that even a 5 MP camera can take better images than cameras with twice as many megapixels. It uses the company’s own pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400 percent brighter photos at night or in low-light conditions.
With the Zenpad S 8, you’re getting an improved Android experience. The brand-new ZenUI introduces a host of visual and functional enhancements that cover everything from privacy and security to shortcuts to usability. What’s more, every Asus Zenpad S 8 comes with 100GB of free Google Drive storage space.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find another tablet like the Samsung Galaxy View. This 18.4-inch monster with an integrated kickstand was born to play Netflix. Even the user interface has been customized to reflect this, featuring large tiles for selected content providers. The display has the Full HD resolution so it’s best to view it from a distance, which is exactly how the tablet is supposed to be used.
The Samsung Galaxy View also excels in the meeting room. The large screen makes it easy for everyone to see what’s going on, and the long-lasting battery, which is good for up to 8 hours, exceeds most laptops.