If you are looking for a new one, it’s easy to assume that Apple’s iPad (included and ) is the obvious choice. You may even overlook the Android tablet option – especially as fewer and fewer manufacturers are making them these days. But do not write them off immediately: Several Android tablets on the market do their best to compete with the Apple iPad.
While some may question the health of an Android tablet buyer today and today, the best Android tablet models can meet any casual or professional need, whether you are looking for a drawing board, a game board or something for word processing. Some Android tablets even work with a mouse or touchpad. And if you̵
So if you are looking for a cheap tablet for media consumption or a premium tablet to work as oneReplacement, there are options that are worth exploring. We reviewed the best options for Android tablets on the market, considering everything from screen size and battery life to ease of use and pressure sensitivity – basically all the factors that go into a great tablet. So if you need an affordable tablet or something to take over for your tired Apple iPad, here are our picks for the best Android tablet out there. We update this list periodically.
Google Pixel Slate
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Google Pixel Slate tries to match iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro by mixing a tablet and Chromebook into a single device – a kind of tablet PC, if you will. Although it is not a full-fledged Android tablet (and it certainly is not a cheap Android tablet), you have access to the Android apps in the Google Play Store and plenty of power to use them. It comes with a pen and has a 48Wh battery for up to 12 hours of battery life, front and rear camera and a touch screen LCD screen. It also has a full browser on the desktop and support for a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. It can even be used as a game board. Pixel Slate also has the option of Google Assistant. Overall, just a great tablet.
Read our Google Pixel Slate review.
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Amazon has come a long way from the first Kindle Fire tablet. Amazon Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s largest tablet with a 10-inch screen size and powerful speakers. Just like its smaller 8-inch sibling, the Fire HD 8, the tablet is packed with benefits for Prime subscribers, making it easy for members to stream and download movies, TV shows and games. The Fire tablets do not use a pure version of Android, but instead Amazon’s Android-based Fire operating system and download apps from the Amazon App Store. You can still get apps from Google Play, but you have to install the store yourself – which means gaming enthusiasts have access to all of their favorite games for an excellent gaming experience. This is probably the closest we have to a budget tablet on this best Android tablet list.
Read our Amazon Fire HD 10 review.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 tablet packs a lot for an Android device. It has a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and flexible expandable storage up to 1 TB with a microSD card. The Galaxy Tab S6 also looks fantastic, with a super AMOLED screen (while the Galaxy Tab S7 uses an LCD panel instead). Battery life clicks at about 15 hours, and the rear camera has a 13 megapixel resolution. And if you have ever operated a Samsung Android device, the operation of this particular Samsung tablet will feel very intuitive and resemble a Samsung Android smartphone. Updates to Samsung’s DeX software even make the Tab S6 a possible replacement for a laptop, so you can connect a mouse and even an external monitor. Just grab the keyboard and you’re ready to go.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 review.
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Lenovo Smart Tab P10 combines a tablet and a smart screen into a 10-inch device. This Android tablet comes with Android Oreo, front and rear cameras, fingerprint scanner and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor. When you put it on the dock, the Lenovo Tab becomes a smart display like the Amazon Echo Show.
Read more about Lenovo Smart Tab P10.
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