Best Streaming Devices for Life on the Road

Out of all of the tablets on the market, we found the top five best devices for most

Best for Most
Best for Android Users
Best for Money Savers
Best for More Than Just Streaming
Best for Kids
Chantel Buchi
Sr. Staff Writer, TV & Streaming
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June 22, 2022
6 min read

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Whether you’re a digital nomad, going on a road trip around the world, or going for a long car ride to visit family, we have a list of reasonably-priced tablets that have everything you need for life on the road.

Each of these portable streaming devices has an excellent battery life and speedy performance, and allows you to download all streaming apps, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.

Let’s get into the details to find the best one for you.



Which streaming devices are best for on-the-go?
Streaming device
Best for
Price
Details
Best for most$309.00/mo.
Best for Android users$268.50
Best for money savers$89.99
Best for more than just streaming$559.00
Best for kids$139.99

Amazon.com prices (as of 6/3/22 1:30 p.m. MST). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on relevant Amazon site(s), as applicable, at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (64 GB)

pro Long battery life
pro Picture quality is something to rave about
Price:
$309.99

Amazon.com prices (as of 6/3/22 1:30 p.m. MST). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on relevant Amazon site(s), as applicable, at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

As one of the most commonly known tablets, it might not surprise you that the iPad made the number one spot on this list.

This iPad has a 10-hour battery life to stream two full NFL games and a few episodes of Ted Lasso before your tablet needs to be charged.

You’ll enjoy the nice, crisp picture quality while watching an action movie or attending a Zoom meeting.

You also won’t have a problem with speed, so launching your apps and starting a Bridgerton episode will be quick.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Android Tablet (64 GB)

pro 10.5-inch screen
pro Excellent battery life
con Performance could be better
Price:
$268.50

Amazon.com prices (as of 6/3/22 1:30 p.m. MST). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on relevant Amazon site(s), as applicable, at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

This Android tablet is our second pick because it has a decently-sized screen, is perfect for video watching, and has a good battery life.

Consumers rave about the long battery life, and that’s perfect for anyone who just wants an affordable tablet to stream Stranger Things during a road trip. But we must warn you that some streaming consumers said the battery lasts six hours if the brightness is turned up halfway (if higher, the tablet will die in four).

This streaming tablet lets you download Netflix, YouTube TV, and Sling TV, but some users have complained about the apps taking a little time to open.

Although not every product is perfect, this tablet is rated 4.6 stars on Amazon and will most likely be sufficient for your life on the road.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (32 GB, 2020)

pro Average 8-hour battery life
pro The ability to upgrade storage space
con Charging time is five hours
Price:
$89.99

Amazon.com prices (as of 6/3/22 1:30 p.m. MST). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on relevant Amazon site(s), as applicable, at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Best for those on a budget or who want a tablet to use temporarily, the Fire HD 8 has every feature you’d want in a tablet.

Its battery life is about 8 hours (the average that consumers mentioned), it runs speedily, and it supports an additional 1 TB of storage space to download more entertainment.

We love how you can watch almost all of season 1 of Nine Perfect Strangers before this tablet expires, but you’ll have to go on a five-hour streaming cleanse to charge your Fire 8 afterward (gasp).

This tablet only has an 8-inch screen, but this does make it easier to carry and store, not to mention perfect for your kid’s hands.

Apple 10.9-inch iPad Air (64 GB, 2022)

pro All-day battery life
pro Fast processor with the M1 chip
con On the pricier side
Price:
$559.00

Amazon.com prices (as of 6/3/22 1:30 p.m. MST). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on relevant Amazon site(s), as applicable, at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

The Apple iPad Air has a lot of positive reviews for its quick response time, 12 MP camera, and the ability to do much more than just streaming.

After you’re tired of streaming TV, you can use the iPad for Photoshop, drawing, creating music, and work.

And the light, portable design makes it easy to do all of this anywhere you go. It might justify the price tag when trying to convince your significant other that you need this new iPad.

The combo of 64 GB of storage capacity and a long-lasting battery makes for a great tablet to download movies and TV shows ahead of time if you won’t have access to Wi-Fi or a hotspot on the road.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids

pro Comes with a kid-proof case
pro Best for ages 3–7
con $3/mo. for parental controls
Price:
$139.99

Amazon.com prices (as of 6/3/22 1:30 p.m. MST). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on relevant Amazon site(s), as applicable, at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

The Fire HD 8 is one of the best tablets for kids because it comes with a protective, grippy case and access to Amazon Kids+ for free for one year (then $3 per month).

Your kid can enjoy 20,000 apps, games, and books specifically designed for children. They can also watch educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Disney.

Although Amazon Kids+ is included, parental controls are not (and that’s a big no-no).

You will have to pay $3 per month to control what your child sees, and you might want to budget for that as we have seen parents complain about inappropriate news stories popping up on their kid’s screens.

To end on a positive note, this kid’s tablet has at least a 6-hour battery life (according to parents), and you can download other apps, such as Netflix and Zoom, via the Amazon Parent Dashboard.

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If it’s your kid’s first time using Zoom or you’d simply like to know some basic tips, our Zoom Parent Guide goes over how to download Zoom on your smartphone or smart device, each button’s function, and how to protect your child on Zoom.

Recap: What is the best tablet for the road?

  • 2021 Apple iPad: This iPad has a 10-hour battery life, crisp picture quality, and streaming is a breeze. You won’t need to worry about buffering when you’re watching an intense scene of Euphoria. ($309.99)
  • Samsung Galaxy A8: This Android device has a decently-sized screen and a long battery life, perfect for streaming live TV channels or marathon-watching Obi-Wan Kenobi. ($268.50)
  • Amazon Fire HD 8: Terrific for money savers, the Fire HD 8 fittingly has about an 8-hour battery life, and it runs quickly, but just be aware of the five-hour charging time it requires. We believe the price is fair for what this portable device offers. ($89.99)
  • Apple iPad Air: Although the iPad Air is the priciest option on our list, you get what you pay for. This device has a rapid response time, an array of capabilities along with streaming, and a nice camera to capture moments on the road. ($559.00)
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids: There’s no question why this tablet is popular for kids aged 3–7 with its nonslip case and free access to 20,000 apps, games, and books that will entertain your children on the road. You can also download streaming services and school apps through the Amazon Parent Dashboard ($3 per month).

Now that you know the details about portable devices, here are your next steps

Not sure which streaming apps to download? Check out our favorites.

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Methodology

These are the aspects we considered when researching the best streaming devices for life on the road:

  1. Price
  2. Consumer reviews
  3. Storage space
  4. Performance

We wanted to find streaming devices that weren’t top dollar but perform as if they are (or close to it). With the help of user reviews, we found devices that stream smoothly and have enough storage space for downloading and saving files.

Chantel Buchi
Written by
Chantel Buchi
Chantel is all about finding the best tv or streaming service to watch as many football games as possible to keep her Fantasy Football team in check. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Tech Reporter for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at chantel@reviews.org

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