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The best Android tablets for every task

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The best Android tablets for every task

Best For Streaming
A tablet that looks, sounds, and stands like a mini TV. Pure entertainment.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Excellent display and speakers Doubles as a gaming tablet Versatile stand and hanging options Micro HDMI port for connecting devices Second screen option
The Bad
Big and hefty No rear camera
The Bottomline
Featuring a kickstand and an impressive price tag, this is one of the more unique tablets on the market.
Best For Power
Pros & Cons
The Good
Clear, vibrant display Built-in surround sound Magnetic S Pen included Long battery life
The Bad
No headphone jack Heavy
The Bottomline
As close as it comes to the mighty iPad for Android users.
Best For Screen
Pros & Cons
The Good
Split screen feature Multi-tasking focused Pairs nicely with Huawei devices Fantastic screen Supports 5G
The Bad
Limited ports No Google Play Store
The Bottomline
Portable, sleek, and impressive to look at — a great entertainment tablet with just a few minor hiccups.
Best For Battery
One of the most affordable and most capable Samsung tablets out there at the moment.
Pros & Cons
The Good
Supports 5G Big screen Sleek design S-Pen included Good battery life
The Bad
More advanced screen tech available Slower performance
The Bottomline
This is solid slab of tech for streaming and creative jobs.
Best For Tight Budgets
Pros & Cons
The Good
No-frills fun Great for kids Excellent battery life Entertainment options
The Bad
Lacks advanced features
The Bottomline
This won't push the tech boundaries — but it won't break the bank either.
Best Android tablet
Pros & Cons
The Good
Vibrant AMOLED display Dolby Atmos support Good battery life Comes with an S Pen 120Hz refresh rate
The Bad
No headphone jack Expensive
The Bottomline
While it's not quite up there with the iPad Pro, the Galaxy Tab S8 is good for multitasking and includes the S Pen.

Are you all about Google Android OS or Apple iOS? You’re likely one or the other. It's a kind of tribalism. In this increasingly connected, tech-reliant world, being either Android or Apple is more than a preference — it’s a lifestyle choice.

If you prefer Google's Android OS to Apple's iOS, opting for an Android tablet over an iPad makes a lot of sense. And iPads can cost the big bucks, so it's little wonder that people are switching to Android.

If you’re still unsure about which operating system to choose, or need some guidance selecting a tablet, here’s a quick guide to all things Android.

What is Android?

Android is a Google-owned mobile operating system. The chances of you being an Android user are high. It’s the most popular operating system in the world. Unlike Microsoft and Apple OS, it’s open source, meaning other companies can use it without permission — which is why Android is so widely used. Other operating systems also support Android applications, such as Chrome OS and Windows 11.

What devices use Android?

You can find the Android OS on most kinds of everyday devices — laptops, smartphones, and tablets. You can also find Android on smartwatches that use Wear OS (which is an Android system) and smart TVs that use Android TV.

What is the Google Play Store?

This is the Android equivalent of Apple’s App Store. You can find tons of Google-approved apps there. Not all Android apps are made by Google though, and the Google Play Store is not the only place to get apps for Android. To support Google apps, your device will need Google Play Services. This is a piece of software that connects your apps, Google services, and Android. Some devices use Android but are distinctly non-Google, such as Amazon’s Android devices.

Is Android OS better than Apple iOS?

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. Chances are you’re already an Android diehard if you’re reading this — or perhaps an Apple iOS user looking to make the transition. The truth is, the two systems are not as different as they used to be. The major difference is how tightly controlled Apple’s apps and App Store are.

There are certainly benefits to Android. Because so many manufacturers make devices on the Android OS, you can get devices — including tablets — at a wide range of prices. It’s much harder to shop budget with Apple than it is with Android.

Other benefits include Android’s more customisable experience. An Apple device looks like an Apple device no matter whom it belongs to, while you can generally gear your Android device towards your own style and user experience. Also, the universal USB-C charger you get with Android is a massive bonus. How annoying is it for Apple users when there’s not a lightning charger in sight?

What is the best Android tablet?

We have lined up an impressive bunch of Android tablets that should suit a wide range of budgets. Built on the Google operating system, all of these tablets look great, run efficiently, and can handle multiple tasks.

These are the best Android tablets in 2023.

Lenovo YOGA Tab 13

Best For Streaming

The good
Excellent display and speakers Doubles as a gaming tablet Versatile stand and hanging options Micro HDMI port for connecting devices Second screen option
The Bad
Big and hefty No rear camera
The Bottomline
Featuring a kickstand and an impressive price tag, this is one of the more unique tablets on the market.
Specs
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Resolution: 2160 x 1360
  • Screen Size: 13 inches
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Weight: 803 grams

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is more than a tablet. It's an entertainment system. You can literally see how well built it is for pure entertainment, with a 13-inch 2K OLED display — plus Dolby Vision, Netflix HD support, and JBL quad speakers that immerse you in the action.

It's built with a kickstand that props the slate up like a mini TV. The stand also flips out, allowing you to hang the tablet from a wall, hook, or shelf. Indeed, you can watch the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 just about anywhere. OK, maybe not anywhere. It's a big piece of kit, so it can be a bit cumbersome.

A micro HDMI port allows you to connect to other devices and use the tablet as a second screen. It's also equipped to handle AAA gaming. An all-round quality piece of tech that's geared towards entertainment.

The good
Clear, vibrant display Built-in surround sound Magnetic S Pen included Long battery life
The Bad
No headphone jack Heavy
The Bottomline
As close as it comes to the mighty iPad for Android users.
Specs
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Resolution: 1600 x 2560
  • Screen Size: 14.6 inches
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Weight: 400 grams

If you want to go Android and premium, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. It’s big and mighty enough to challenge the iPad Pro for all-round performance. Sure, the S8 is the previous-gen model, but this is still impressive and comes for a slightly lower price than the S9 Ultra. Not that it's cheap, of course.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra packs in plenty of oversized spec — a 14.6-inch super AMOLED screen, 512GB of storage, 4K video recording, powerful quad speakers, and both rear (13MP) and front-facing (12MP) cameras. It also comes equipped with an S Pen for design tasks. Digital artists will appreciate the super low latency and seamless fluidity. It also attaches to the tablet itself, which is standard for the Galaxy Tab.

If anything, it might be a touch too big. The giant screen is impressive, but that could make it tough to lug around or stream on the commute.

Huawei MatePad Pro

Best For Screen

The good
Split screen feature Multi-tasking focused Pairs nicely with Huawei devices Fantastic screen Supports 5G
The Bad
Limited ports No Google Play Store
The Bottomline
Portable, sleek, and impressive to look at — a great entertainment tablet with just a few minor hiccups.
Specs
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Screen Size: 10.8 inches
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Weight: 490 grams

The high-resolution Huawei MatePad Pro is a great example of Huawei tablet technology, and isn't all that expensive. It features a 2K display, up to 12 hours of battery life, and plenty of power.

This tablet is also a great multitasker. It has 6 GB of RAM — which far outstrips the mighty iPad — plus a split screen feature, which allows you to run multiple apps side-by-side. You’ll feel the benefit if you’re already plugged into the Huawei ecosystem. It's still catching on in the UK, but there's no doubt that Huawei devices are impressive.

The MatePad Pro looks great too, thanks to a large 10.8-inch display that delivers impressive visuals and crisp colours. You'll also find that the curved design of the tablet fits comfortably into your hands.?

The lack of the Google Play Store means you can’t access some apps, but Huawei’s own selection of apps is always improving.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

Best For Battery

The good
Supports 5G Big screen Sleek design S-Pen included Good battery life
The Bad
More advanced screen tech available Slower performance
The Bottomline
This is solid slab of tech for streaming and creative jobs.
Specs
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Screen Size: 12.4 inches
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Weight: 608 grams

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is an attractive tablet that combines elements of the S7 and S7+ but pares down the overall spec for a mid-range price point (FE stands for Fan Edition). In truth, you’d need to be pretty picky to not appreciate this solid all-rounder.

It’s ultimately a contender to the iPad and has some edge over the Apple device. It has a bigger screen — a 12.4-inch LCD display — plus an S-Pen and better battery life. This tablet can go for up to 13 hours — one of the best batteries on this list. Impressive for a device that's now a few years behind the pack.

Where it struggles is its less-capable processor, a Snapdragon 750G, which can get sluggish compared to Apple’s offering. That might not be an issue if you’re only after something that’s well priced for everyday tasks and fun.

Nokia T20

Best For Tight Budgets

The good
No-frills fun Great for kids Excellent battery life Entertainment options
The Bad
Lacks advanced features
The Bottomline
This won't push the tech boundaries — but it won't break the bank either.
Specs
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Resolution: 2000 x 1200
  • Screen Size: 10.36 inches
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Weight: 465 grams

You might not think of Nokia as a go-to brand for tablets. Indeed, we mostly associate the Nokia name with gloriously retro mobile phones. But if you want an affordable tablet for watching Netflix, responding to emails, and general web browsing, the Nokia T20 is a stellar option.

It’s powered by the family-friendly Android 11. Kids Space keeps your little ones both entertained and safe online, while Entertainment Space puts all your streaming and entertainment apps in one easy-to-access location.

Its cameras are a bit lacklustre but it’s a hard-wearing piece of kit that will go the distance with regular, robust use. Sure, this can’t match the performance or complexities of a high-end Samsung Galaxy or the iPad, but at this price it’s unlikely that you’re looking for that calibre anyway.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9

Best Android tablet

The good
Vibrant AMOLED display Dolby Atmos support Good battery life Comes with an S Pen 120Hz refresh rate
The Bad
No headphone jack Expensive
The Bottomline
While it's not quite up there with the iPad Pro, the Galaxy Tab S8 is good for multitasking and includes the S Pen.
Specs
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 hours
  • Memory: 8GB or 12GB
  • Processor: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  • Screen Size: 11 inches
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB

The anti-Apple (and Amazon) community can rock with Samsung's new flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S9, a premium and polished Android device that includes a compatible stylus — what a concept. Its 11-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate is the other highlight of its spec sheet, and what makes it especially great for entertainment (along with some built-in speakers that support Dolby Atmos). While it's not nearly as fast as one of the newer iPad's chips, its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip can zip between projects.

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