When it comes to choosing an Android tablet, the sheer number of brands, prices, and features might seem intimidating...
Fear not! We're about to show you the best Android tablets on the market.
Whether you're looking for something affordable to binge watch your favourite shows and browse the web or a real powerhouse to use for work as well as play, these 5 picks are sure to please.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for 2020
Best Budget-Friendly Android Tablet
Amazon's Fire HD 8 is the middle option in Amazon's budget-conscious Fire tablet lineup. In many ways, it's also the sweet spot.
Its 8-inch 1280-by-800 pixel display is bright, colourful, and detailed. So whether you're checking email, browsing the web, playing games, or watching your favourite TV shows and movies, you'll have an enjoyable experience.
The stereo speakers aren't the loudest but they are nice and clear -- even at full volume. If you need a little more immersion, there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can use your favourite headphones.
Reviewers noted that the tablet is a little sluggish to load apps. It's not going to play the latest games at full settings either. But for the most part, it offers a solid experience with easy access to the huge library of media and apps available through Amazon.
The biggest issue for most is the lack of Google Play support. While the tablet runs a modified version of Android, Amazon has restricted access to the official Google Apps. So checking your Gmail account or browsing YouTube requires third-party apps or using the browser.
What Others Are Saying…
With nearly 12,000 reviews and a 4-star rating on Amazon, it’s one of the most popular options in Amazon’s Fire tablet lineup.
What Hi-Fi says, “The Fire HD 8 is far from perfect, but its abilities are far beyond what you might expect for the price. It does a lot, and does it pretty well... If functionality and price are priorities, this will do just fine.”
Pocket-Lint states, “... the Fire HD 8 is well worth considering, because at this price, there's very little that comes close.”
Tech.Co notes, “The Fire HD 8 is the mid-range Fire tablet, and we think it’s the one that most people should go for. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than the basic Fire 7, but it’s a much better everyday device.”
The Amazon Fire HD 8 won't top the benchmark charts anytime soon. However, its combination of easy access to Amazon services, a rather nice display, and a great price make it the perfect choice for anyone looking for a basic tablet.
NOTE: If you have a little more room in your budget, the Amazon Fire HD 10 offers the same dependable performance and quality as the 8-inch model. But that 2 extra inches of display can really help movies and games come to life. It's also great for reading complex PDFs or magazines. You can read more about it in our Amazon Fire HD 10 review or check it out on Amazon.
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Best 8-Inch Android Tablet
Huawei has been quietly chipping away at the big names in the Android market for a number of years. Their latest tablet lineup proves that getting a great Android tablet shouldn't require a ton of money.
The tablet features an 8.4-inch 2K display to make images pop and video more immersive. The dual speakers are also tuned by Harmon-Kardon and reviewers loved the quality and volume on offer. No -- it won't replace a home theatre system or a good pair of headphones. But reviewers found the audio rich and detailed -- even at high volumes.
The tablet ships with Android Oreo. This isn't the newest version, but few tablets are shipping with Android Pie at the time of writing. But more importantly, reviewers found the software easy to use -- even if Huawei's approach isn't quite as light as others.
With a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing lens, you can also use the tablet to capture respectable pictures -- though holding up an 8-inch tablet to snap images isn't ideal.
All of this is housed in a curved aluminium chassis which reviewers agreed felt premium and upscale. There's even a fingerprint scanner like you'd find in high-end mobiles.
In all, if you're looking for a tablet you can enjoy on the go or at home, the MediaPad M5 8.4 offers a touch of refinement in the sometimes-questionable Android tablet market.
What Others Are Saying…
The Wirecutter named the tablet the "Best Android Tablet for Most People", saying, "It’s not the cheapest or most powerful Android tablet, but it offers the best combination of speed, display quality, software, and affordability."
Android and Me says, "With nearly flagship hardware, good battery life, an awesome display, and solid speakers, it’s a fantastic device for content consumption and travel."
Android Authority says, "These are some of the best Android tablets we’ve seen in a while. They’re well designed with gorgeous displays and fantastically loud speakers that make them great for multimedia purposes."
Blending top-end performance with mid-tier pricing, reviews indicate the Huawei MediaPad M5 8 offers excellent value and great performance in an ultra-portable, well-designed package.
Best Android Tablet for Creatives and Power Users
Whether you're looking for a tablet with a great display for photo editing or want a digital stylus to sketch and design right on your tablet, the MediaPad M5 Pro has options to suit a wide range of creativity and productivity needs.
Its spacious 10.8-inch display makes it one of the larger Android tablets available and the 2560-by-1600 pixel resolution means images and videos are full of detail as well. There's even a 7500mAH battery to keep the tablet running for hours.
The Pro version includes Huawei's M-Pen active stylus for precise interaction with the tablet. The stylus offers 4096 levels of sensitivity, two side buttons, and a sleek metal body that reviewers found felt great in the hand.
There's even a full keyboard case with stand if you want to crank out a few emails, chat with friends, or do a bit of writing.
Of course, there's a playful side to the tablet as well. The 2.5Ghz octa-core Kirin processor and 4GB of RAM will keep things running smoothly in the latest games or when streaming HD video. Four Harmon-Kardon tuned speakers also offer plenty of volume and a balanced sound whether you're streaming music or watching your favourite movies.
All of this combines to make the tablet an excellent choice for anyone looking to create at home or on the go.
What Others Are Saying…
Laptop Magazine says, "... If you're looking for an Android tablet with solid performance, and if you love to draw with a pen, the MediaPad M5 Pro is worthy of your consideration."
Android Guys says, "... We loved every moment with the Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro. From getting some work done to watching way too many videos on YouTube, it was a pleasure to use."
Android and Me says, "... The MediaPad M5 Pro isn’t particular cheap. However, it offers one of the most complete Android tablet experiences on the market. The inclusion of the M-Pen in the box is a nice touch for artists and those who like to draw."
While the Huawei MediaPad M5 10 Pro can't quite compete with the iPad Pro, it offers a big slice of the experience at a fraction of the cost. For creatives looking for an Android tablet, this one deserves serious consideration.
Best Luxury Android Tablet, Best 10-Inch Android Tablet
You've probably heard of Samsung for their popular Galaxy S mobiles. The Tab S4 is their counterpart to that as their top-tier tablet series.
This tablet is one of the few Android tablets available with an AMOLED display. It's also the only in this lineup to include HDR. This means you'll get inky blacks, punchy colours, and visuals that pop in ways that other display types can't touch. The 2560-by-1600 resolution also packs enough pixels to keep text sharp and make details shine in photos and videos.
There is also the S Pen stylus. Unlike many active stylus options, the S-Pen actually integrates with the software to make clipping portions of the screen, magnifying images, and performing other basic tasks more intuitive and enjoyable.
For those looking to use their Tab S4 for work, Samsung's Dex keyboard and mouse unlocks a special desktop mode that makes Android function more like a laptop with windowed apps and a taskbar.
You'll even find far-field mics so you can use your tablet like a smart speaker to interact with your favourite voice assistant -- such as Samsung's Bixby or Google Voice Assistant.
All of this is powered by a massive 7300mAh battery to let you work or play for hours on end. When it comes time to top off, Quick Charge support will get you back up and running in a few hours.
What Others Are Saying...
Pickr loved the tablet, saying, "There are things Samsung could improve, and we’d start with the optional extra, the keyboard, but if you want a tablet in your life that isn’t made by Apple and doesn’t run Windows, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab delivers an alternative take on tablets alongside what you’ve come to expect. Recommended."
BGR put the tablet through its paces and said, "The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is a device that has been made keeping in mind the most important aspects of tablets which is consumption of multimedia content and casual creative needs. It does both of these really well, and is even a great device to use for casual mobile gaming."
The Wirecutter praised the tablet, saying, "The Galaxy Tab S4 has a gorgeous 10.5-inch OLED screen with HDR and an included stylus. It’s the best Android tablet available..."
As close as Android gets to a true 'iPad Killer' so far, the Galaxy Tab S4 has a beautiful display, powerful performance, and -- thanks to its clever accessories -- tons of flexibility. Of course, all of this comes at a price so it might not be the ideal choice for everyone.
The Future of Android Tablets
This tablet is a little different from the rest in this lineup. Reviews on it are also a little mixed. But if Google has their way, it's also probably the future of Android tablets. So for early-adopters and tech-savvy people, it might be an interesting alternative.
Instead of running Android, it runs ChromeOS -- the same software powering Google's Chromebooks. This means that essentially you use Chrome -- and its huge library of apps and extensions -- to get things done. But there's also support for a good portion of Android's apps as well.
It's kind of the middle ground between a tablet and an ultrabook.
Specs are interesting with Intel processors instead of the mobile processors you see in other tablets. There are even USB-C ports for connecting accessories or external displays.
There's also a keyboard case and pressure-sensitive stylus available for more productivity or creativity-focused tasks.
The caveat here is pricing. The Google Pixel Slate received good reviews on hardware but the software created questions for some reviewers. They found the interface a little clunky and not every Android app is compatible.
What Others Are Saying...
Techaeris enjoyed the Pixel Slate, saying, "Chrome OS is definitely has a nicer feeling on a tablet of this size over Android. While you can do most productivity work using Chrome OS or Android Apps, there’s still some “full-blown” software like Photoshop or Lightroom that you’ll be missing."
Gear Patrol found the tablet hit-or-miss, saying, "It’s a Chromebook that can double as a tablet, but the tablet experience, with both Android and web apps, isn’t as polished as it could be. Maybe that’ll change with a future software update, who knows? If you want a Chromebook with a 2-in-1 design, then this still feels like a good option..."
Tech.Co says, "The Google Pixel Slate is a nice enough tablet in its own right, but adding the keyboard and pen elevates it way above just another high-end tablet. While this is true of the iPad Pro too, the fact that the Pixel Slate is designed around Chrome OS, ostensibly a Chromebook operating system, it really does feel like an incomplete experience without them."
The tablet isn't perfect -- mainly due to some software issues that Google will likely iron out. But it offers a glimpse of the likely future of Android tablets for those looking to stay on the bleeding edge of technology.
How We Chose
We selected these models based on analysis of expert reviews from around the web, user feedback on sites like Amazon and carrier stores, forum comments on our site, social media discussions, and more.
When answering the question, “What’s do people expect from a good Android tablet?”, we considered the following primary criteria:
A tablet doesn't do much good if you can't count on it to last a while.
We researched model in this roundup to ensure they offer will offer dependable performance for years to come.
Up to Date Software
The number of Android devices out there is pretty crazy. What's crazier still is that some new releases come with older versions of the Android software.
All of the models in this pick use the latest or fairly recent versions of Android to ensure you can enjoy the latest features and you're protected by the latest security updates.
While budgets vary from person to person, we wanted to be sure that all of our picks offer good value compared to competing models. While these might not be the most budget-friendly tablets available, they are well-priced.
The best place to find out about how a tablet works is from the people using them every day. If there's a problem, reviewers will usually let you know in a hurry. All of our picks feature a range of reviews across multiple sites to ensure that information is as accurate as possible.
We compared the things most people consider when choosing a tablet for the Android operating system.
In short, we did the research—so you don’t have to.
Which is Better: Android or iPad?
If you look at raw performance, iPads run circles around anything Android has to offer. But they also cost more than most of the tablets featured in this roundup.
So, when budget isn't an issue or you're looking for the best performance available, an iPad is likely the better pick. But Android excels in affordable tablets for basic use.
You might also consider Android if you also have an Android mobile. This means you wouldn't have to repurchase apps to enjoy them on your tablet.
There isn't one that is automatically better than the other, but the topic is a bit more complex than we can cover here. Check out our iPad vs Android Tablet guide for more information.
Can I Use Mobile Data on an Android Tablet?
If you're looking to download apps, stream video, check email, or surf the web while away from Wi-Fi, having a data connection is essential.
Unfortunately, many lower-priced Android tablets are Wi-Fi only. So if you'd like to use a SIM from your carrier to take advantage of 3G or 4G access, be sure to check specifications before buying. Even higher-end tablets which support mobile data might have variants which do not.
You can find a full list of specs for the latest releases in our tablet reviews. Our comparison tool also makes it easy to filter tablet options based on 3G and 4G connectivity to suit the networks in your area.
What Tablet Has the Best Camera?
Tablets often don't include the powerful cameras you'll find on newer smartphones. If you look at reviews, most attribute this to the fact that most people don't want to hold up a 7-to-12 inch device in front of their face to take photos.
So even the best tablets just can't keep up...
That said, if you don't mind the added size, there are tablets out there with decent cameras. But they also tend to be the higher-priced options. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S4 and Huawei's MediaPad lineup both offer respectable cameras that will take nice photos in good lighting.
So What's the Best Tablet for the Money?
This question is hard to answer...
If you don't need much from a tablet, Amazon's Fire tablets offer great value. But they're never going to top the benchmark charts or win design awards. You certainly wouldn't want to use them productivity or design work.
On the other hand, while Samsung's Tab S4 is sleek and very capable, you'll never use it to its full potential if you only want a tablet to check your email and stream the occasional episode of your favourite TV show.
If you're not sure what you need in a tablet, our Tablet Buyer's Guide breaks down all the important features and specs to help you find the perfect choice for you.
Are There Any 4K Android Tablets?
While you might find the occasional option on Amazon from a brand you've never heard of, major manufacturers haven't dove into 4K displays for tablets just yet. Even Apple's iPad Pro series tops out at 2K.
4K displays require a lot more processing power and battery than a standard 1080p or even 2K display. And with the size of tablets ranging between 7 to 12 inches, it's debatable if 4K would make a huge impact on image quality anyhow.
If you really want to boost the visuals on your tablet, you'd probably be better off with an HDR screen -- such as the Tab S4 featured in this roundup -- over a 4K screen.
Why Are Tablets with a Stylus So Expensive?
They're pressure-sensitive and -- in most cases -- have a much finer point. This makes them excellent for drawing, sketching, or doing other things on the tablet that require more precision than tapping or swiping with your finger can provide.
But it's not just about the stylus. In most cases, the tablets supporting them also include advanced screen features to help track the stylus, eliminate false touches from your hand, or provide a smoother experience.
If you're not the creative sort or don't plan to use your tablet for productivity, choosing a model with a stylus probably isn't essential. But if you're looking for a new way to sketch, draft, draw, or get things done, they can be really handy.
What Should I Do With My Old Tablet Once I Upgrade?
When it comes to finding new value in your old tablet, you have a few options.
If you don't want to sell it, give it a new life doing a range of interesting things.
You can use it as a free VoIP line, automate your home, use it to control your PC or laptop, or even turn it into a baby monitor.
However, for many people, turning their old technology into new money is a more tempting option.
If you're looking to get the best price for your gently used tablet, our guide to selling your used mobile offers a range of tips that work for tablets as well.
Just be sure to wipe the personal data off your tablet before you hand it over.
What Size Tablet Should I Buy?
The best screen size for you will depend on both what you plan to do with your tablet and where you plan to use it.
While larger screens are great for graphic design or immersing yourself in your favourite media and games, they're not exactly portable. You wouldn't want to read a book on a 12-inch tablet during the morning bus ride.
On the other side, a 6-to-8-inch tablet is awesome for reading on the go or playing a quick round of your favourite casual game. But if you want to read magazines or dive into the world of digital art, it won't work so well.
Also, keep in mind that larger screens cost more and require more battery to run. So if long-lasting battery life or lower prices are a priority, smaller is probably better.
What's the Best Android Tablet for Seniors?
Generally speaking, screen visibility and ease-of-use are likely the most important things to consider when choosing a tablet for seniors. Of course, if you're a grandpa who loves to game or a grandma who loves to draw, that may change slightly.
But for most seniors, we think the Amazon Fire HD 10 is an excellent choice. Its larger size makes it both easier to see and easier to grip while Amazon's FireOS skin for Android simplifies getting around the tablet. Not to mention, Amazon's built-in chat support means help is always a few taps away.
Related: Best Tablet Picks for Seniors
What's the Best Android Tablet for Kids?
Whether you're introducing your youngest to technology or looking for something to keep the teen happy and in-touch with their friends, Amazon's Fire HD 8 is a solid choice.
It's affordable enough that replacing it isn't too painful but the tablet offers enough power to keep most kids happy. There's even a "Kids Edition" package available which includes a protective case and no-questions-asked replacement.
Looking for more options? Our kids tablet roundup also includes other non-Android picks perfect for a range of ages.
Recap: Best Android Tablets
- Amazon HD 8: Best Budget-Friendly Android Tablet
- Huawei MediaPad M5 8: Best 8-Inch Android Tablet
- Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro: Best Android Tablet for Creatives and Power Users
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5: Best Luxury Android Tablet, Best 10-Inch Android Tablet
- Google Pixel Slate: The Future of Android Tablets
Still Not Sure?
As this roundup shows, the Android market offers tablets with a huge range of sizes, features, and prices.
But there is still not a single pick that will be perfect for everyone.
The models above offer a variety of options across a range of price points to help you find the perfect match for both your needs and budget.
If you’d like to see additional Android tablet options, our tablet comparison tool makes exploring the models available
simple. You can even compare up to 5 tablets side-by-side to make it easier to see which one is right for you.
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