Many Diablo fans complained about Diablo Immortal for various reasons, but one of them is because they don't own a smartphone. To a degree, very understandable. The latest smartphones with Android 10 can be as expensive as a laptop, but some have dropped down in price or are cheap from the get-go.
The cheapest one is the Google Pixel 3A for $399 (Android 9) or the Google Pixel 4 around $549. There is also the newest Google Pixel 4a for $349 (currentlly, pre-orders are open. Launches on August 20, 2020).
But if you don't want a smartphone and its monthly carrier service fee, you can go with a more productive solution.
This article will mention the cheapest tablets, and the best in the industry in terms of quality and brand. Always go with Samsung or Apple.
I am currently paying about $10/mo for a Samsung Galaxy S10 (Android 10) that eventually will only cost under $450 through Altice Mobile. Not bad considering last year it cost over $1000.
We shouldn't really worry too much about owning a phone at the moment considering that Diablo Immortal just hit company-wide internal testing at all Blizzard offices around the world.
We still don't know what the minimum requirements are, so it is always good to hold back on buying new devices before Beta starts.
If you are going Android, just to be safe, don't get anything below Android 9.1 Pie.
2020 ANDROID TABLETS
Personally, if you don't really want a smartphone, simply go for a Tablet. A Tablet has far more uses than a smartphone by attaching a supported bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
With a Tablet, you can use it for business matters, you can bring it at your job and have apps that help you with your day-to-day tasks, you can bring it to school or college for academic reasons with the right apps, and connect to the local printer everywhere: job/college/library/UPS store. The sky is the limit, so to speak.
If you are an artist, that is a plus. On the Apple side, you can use Procreate or 3D modeling apps.
After buying a tablet for all the good reasons, then there is the extra satisfaction of also using it to play video games.
From experience, it is not always a good idea to buy an Android device. Say what you will Android lovers, but as years go by, you no longer get updates for your device. Says the one stuck with an Nvidia Shield tablet running Android 7.1 Nougat that can't even see the Diablo Immortal app in Google Play (good thing that tablet was a free review copy).
But if you must go Android, then in 2020 I would recommend these:
Samsung Galaxy Tab A -- 8.0" Tablet (Android 9.0 Pie) $199 -- WiFi/Bluetooth | Only has 32GB internal card, but it comes bundled with a 64GB Micro SD Card for a total of 96GB.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A -- 8.4" Tablet (Android 9.0 Pie) $262.38 -- this one only has 32GB, but adds LTE Verizon/WiFi/Bluetooth. There is a T-Mobile version in the link too.
If you want the best Android Tablet in 2020, instead of the low-end mentioned above, then the newest Samsung Galaxy S7 was unveiled in August 5. It is slated to ship in late 2020 for $649.99 (base model).
Though not on sale yet (at the time of this posting) it is going to be a highly sought Android Tablet because it is the first one I know of that features a 120Hz refresh rate -- great for gaming and video playback.
The two runner-up models before the Tab S7 are these:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite -- 10.4" 64GB WiFi Tablet with S Pen included -- $329. The good thing about this one besides the price and the included pen is that it runs Android 10.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 -- 10.5" 128GB, WiFi/Bluetooth -- $622+
For your knowledge, there are other benefits of going with a Tablet instead of a smartphone. You can attach a third-party dongle to the tablet to add a port to your 4K TV.
For that you would need an Android docking station to enhance your Diablo Immortal gameplay experience in a 4K TV:
RREAKA USB-C to HDMI Multiport Hub -- $24.99 -- It has a 4K HDMI port, 3.5mm Headphone jack, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and an extra USB-C port. It is compatible with Nintendo Switch and various Samsung Tablet models.
If you are going the Apple route, and you don't have an iPhone nor want one; the iPad Pro might be down your alley as a production tablet. Number one tablet to go for artists using the Procreate app and the Apple Pencil.
I was lucky to come across a cheaper iPad Pro 2018, but if you aren't an artist, you don't really need the flagship version. You can go with the cheapest one mainly for your business, job, or school.
I mean, seriously? The latest 2020 iPad costs only $329 and comes with Retina-display, iPadOS 13, and support for Smart keyboard and PS4-DualShock 4 controller.
Apple iPad 10.2" (2020) -- $329 -- WiFi, 32GB, A10 chip
Apple iPad Pro 12.9" (2018/3rd Gen)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9" (2020/4th Gen) -- $989 or $54/mo
Want an iPad docking station to play Diablo Immortal in a 4K TV?
Baseus 6-in-1 Adapter for iPad Pro 2018 / 2020 -- $49 -- this beauty is a docking station that attaches to the corner of the iPad to add a 4K HDMI port, USB-C PD charging, SD/Micro Card reader, USB 3.0 and a 3.5mm Headphone jack.
So you don't really need an expensive smartphone with a monthly carrier payment to play Diablo Immortal. Just go with a WiFi Tablet that can be used for productivity in mind, plus Diablo Immortal on the side.
Here are some of the games I have played recently in my iPad Pro (gameplay video included).
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