The best selection of Android tablets has recently gotten a boost, not only the iPad Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite competing with the iPad 10.2, but also the new Amazon Fire HD 8 and Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus slates, as well as the Huawei MatePad Pro has also been announced.
We haven't reviewed these items yet for a full review, so you won't find them on our best list of Android tablets below, but check back soon if you're interested, as they're probably all included.
And if you want a tablet now, you don't have to wait. Besides these new versions, there are a whole bunch of better Android slates, the best of which are below.
These include the high end Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, the compact Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 and many more.
We are ranked ten in all, so if you're looking for the best Android tablet, one of them should suit you. And to make the decision easier, we have also included the pros, cons, an overview and a full list of specifications for each.
But if ten choices aren't enough, be sure to check out our best tablet, best iPad and best cheap tablet guides for more tablet options.
Best Android tablets in 2020 at a glance:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
- Asus ZenPad 3S 10
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
- Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4
- Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
- Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)
- Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018)
- Amazon Fire 7 (2019)
Best Android tablets: what should you buy?
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
The best “ no money ” Android tablet
Weight: 420g | Dimensions: 244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm | BONE: Android 9 | Screen size: 10.5 inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | Storage room: 128 GB / 256 GB | MicroSD slot: Yes | Drums: 7.040mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP
Beautiful AMOLED screen
S Pen as standard
Samsung One user interface is not perfect
No headphone jack
Want the best Android tablet and not worry about how much you're going to spend? The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is undeniably the best product you'll find with a plethora of cutting-edge features.
It comes with an S Pen in the box that you can use for taking notes, drawing and more on the tablet screen. You can also buy a smart keyboard to make it a laptop-like experience.
The 10.5-inch AMOLED screen of the Galaxy Tab S6 is one of the highlights with an impressive resolution of 1600 x 2560. This tablet also comes with two cameras on the back as well, so you can get a better photography than on other slates.
It's not the perfect device – there is no 3.5mm headphone jack and the user interface has its own quirks – but if you're desperately looking for an Android tablet, this is the best you can get buy right now.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Review
2. Asus ZenPad 3S 10
One of the best Android tablets
Weight: 430g | Dimensions: 240.5 x 163.7 x 7.2 mm | BONE: Android 7 | Screen size: 9.7 inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Mediatek MT8176 | RAM: 4 GB | Storage room: 32 GB / 64 GB | Drums: until 10 am | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP
Powerful, high-resolution display
Poor battery life
Not an excellent build quality
No, it's not an iPad that you can see right above. It's the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 – and it's our second favorite Android tablet you can buy right now.
There is decent power inside this slate as well as a super bright and gorgeous screen to look at from the front.
Battery life and build quality aren't the best on the market, but considering the lower price than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 above, we recommend choosing it if you're looking for something less expensive.
Read our Asus ZenPad 3S 10 review
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Now cheaper, but still impressive
Weight: 482g | Dimensions: 249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1 mm | BONE: Android 9 | Screen size: 10.5 inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 6 GB | Storage room: 64/256 GB | Drums: 7,300mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP
Desktop PC type Dex interface
S Pen included in the box
Poor keyboard design
Office interface needs work
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 was once our best Android tablet, but now it has been hit by the Galaxy Tab S6, among other things. It's not really inexpensive – although its price has dropped considerably in the past few months – but it does contain a host of features to get you value for your money.
Unlike Apple's iPad Pro range, the Galaxy Tab S4 comes with the Samsung S Pen included in the box, while under the hood you get the powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset as well as 6 GB of RAM ensuring that Android works perfectly on the screen.
But this is only half the story. Pair the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with a keyboard and mouse and it will be transferred from Android into a desktop experience while trying to replace your laptop as well as your tablet.
The desktop aspect of the tablet is limited, but still useful. In short, the Galaxy Tab S4 is one of the most versatile Android tablets on the market.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Review
4. Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4
A great Android alternative to the iPad Mini
Weight: 316g | Dimensions: 212.6 x 124.8 x 7.3 mm | BONE: Android 8 | Screen size: 8.4 inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 | CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 960 | RAM: 4 GB | Storage room: 32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB | Drums: 5,100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP
Clean screen and design
No headphone jack
Slightly dated chipset
The Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 is a solid Android slate and the combination of its small size and its metal shell makes it a real alternative to the ipad mini.
This is more than beautiful, because the MediaPad M5 8.4 also has impressive stereo speakers and coupled with its sharp 1600 x 2560 screen which ensures that it lives up to its name as a multimedia machine .
It is less good for games and there is no 3.5mm headphone port – so you will probably do a lot with these internal speakers, but if you want a very portable slate ideal for movies and music , the Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 is a top option.
Read our Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 review
5. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro
Taking “Netflix and the cold” to the next level
Weight: 665g | Dimensions: 246.9 x 179.1 x 4.6 mm | BONE: Android 6 | Screen size: 10.1 inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Intel Atom quad-core | RAM: 2 GB | Storage room: 16 GB / 32 GB | Drums: 10 200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
There's a built-in stand to relieve your hands, while the built-in projector lets you enjoy big screen entertainment away from your TV, although the screen is sharp enough so you don't always feel the need to use a projector anyway.
All of these technologies make it less portable than most of the tablets on this list and the user interface could be better, but it's a pretty unique option.
Read our Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro review
6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Samsung's old Android slate is still great
Weight: 429g | Dimensions: 237.3 x 169 x 6 mm | BONE: Android 9 | Screen size: 9.7 inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4 GB | Storage room: 32 GB | Drums: 6,000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Great premium design
HDR compatible display is excellent
The keyboard is an extra expensive
High price tag
This tablet ranks among the best Android tablets thanks to a powerful processor and an excellent display that are ready to show you HDR content.
There is an S-Pen stylus in the box and you will also be able to buy a keyboard, but it will cost you more.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review
7. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
A few years, but now much cheaper
Weight: 256g / 389g | Dimensions: 198.6 x 134.8 x 5.6 mm / 237.3 x 169 x 5.6 mm | BONE: Android 7 | Screen size: 8.0 inch / 9.7 inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Octa-core | RAM: 3 GB | Storage room: 32 GB / 64 GB | Drums: 4000mAh / 5870mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP
Thinner and lighter design
The camera is poor
Among all the Samsung tablets on this list, the Galaxy Tab S2 is by far the cheapest now and offers a user-friendly web and video experience with its high resolution 4: 3 screen.
You can choose the Tab S2 in 8- and 9.7-inch variants – which are probably designed to challenge Apple's iPad and iPad mini ranges – with the smallest option being the most portable and cheapest.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 review
8. Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)
An inexpensive tablet with a giant screen
Weight: 504g | Dimensions: 262 x 159 x 9.8 mm | BONE: Fire OS | Screen size: 10.1 inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 | CPU: octa-core | Storage room: 32 GB / 64 GB | Drums: until 12 noon | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: 2MP
Large clear screen
Reliable battery life
Only the correct speakers
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) is primarily designed for members of Amazon Prime, as its large 10.1 inch 1200 x 1920 screen is a great way to consume movies, TV shows and even e-books to which it gives you access.
And the Amazon-centric interface you use – which won't appeal to everyone – assures you that you're never far from Amazon Prime content.
That's not to say you shouldn't buy the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) if you're not an Amazon Prime member. It is a durable and affordable slate with reasonable specifications for the money, so it is also a solid choice for anyone on a tight budget. But some of the options above in this list will probably be better suited if money is not an object.
Read our Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) review
9. Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018)
The best you can get at this price
Weight: 363g | Dimensions: 214 mm x 128 mm x 9.7 mm | BONE: Fire OS | Screen size: 8 inch | Resolution: 1280 x 800 | CPU: 1.3 GHz quad-core | RAM: 1.5 GB | Storage room: 16 / 32GB | Drums: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: 2MP
Average battery life
It also offers surprisingly strong gaming performance, with decent power for the money. The speakers aren't great and the cameras are awful, but the tablets aren't for taking pictures and you can still use headphones.
What you get is solid, if not spectacular, performance and tight integration with other Amazon services via Fire OS, all at a price far lower than most non-Amazon branded competitors.
You should also note that if you already have the 2016 or 2017 version of this tablet, it will not be worthwhile to upgrade to the 2018 version because the differences are minimal.
Read our Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) review
10. Amazon Fire 7 (2019)
Almost incredibly cheap
Weight: 286g | Dimensions: 115 mm x 192 mm x 9.6 mm | BONE: Fire OS | Screen size: 7 inch | Resolution: 1024 x 600 | CPU: 1.3 GHz quad-core | RAM: 1 GB | Storage room: 16 / 32GB | Drums: Up to 7 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: 2MP
No more storage
Decent media performance
The screen is dull and low resolution
Limited selection of applications
Tablets aren't cheaper than that – well, functional tablets aren't. The incredibly low price and rugged design make the Amazon Fire 7 (2019) a great choice for a child – in fact, Amazon even built a (slightly more expensive) version specifically for children.
But even for a large audience, the Amazon Fire 7 far exceeds expectations, with a fairly bright 7-inch screen, acceptable speakers, solid autonomy and even reasonable performance, with a catchy interface and the possibility of ” run most games.
The latest generation of Fire 7 was remarkably similar to this latest product, but it comes with the choice of 16 GB or 32 GB of storage and there are also some improvements to the front camera.
Fire OS won't suit everyone and it's not a tablet that impresses after you've taken the price out of the equation, but for what Amazon Fire costs, it would be almost rude not to buy it .
Read our Amazon Fire 7 (2019) review