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Feb. 19 Update: Amazon's mid-February sales have knocked its Fire HD 8 tablet down to $59 ($20 off) and the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition to $69 ($30 off).

Tablets -- not counting Apple's iPads -- are getting better and cheaper. If you start at the bottom with Amazon's Fire 7 tablet, you'll get a sturdy design and solid parental controls for less money than it costs to take a family to the movies. Also, if you're up for buying a pair of tablets — say, one for the kids and one for yourself — Amazon's had a habit of discounting the price when you buy two.

Even though we're out of the holiday season, you can get a lot of value from Amazon with its Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet.  The $129 slate comes with a protective case, free kid-friendly content and a 2-year no questions asked return policy. If you can put a little more of your budget toward a tablet, you might want to consider the Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro (but not the regular MediaPad M5), which show signs of Huawei catching up to Apple's iPad, the gold-standard of midrange tablets.

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Henry T. Casey
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Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.
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