Best Android tablets (July 2015)

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 20, 2015

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Android tablets make great gifts, and the best thing about them is that everyone can use them, from a three-year-old to your grandma. But with so many devices out there, how can you make sure you get the best Android tablet for your money? There are probably hundreds of Android tablets on Amazon, and avoiding the overpriced and the plain bad can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be that hard.

Related: Best Tablet for kids (tabtimes.com)

Just take a look at the tablets below – they are the very best Android has to offer, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Without further ado, here’s our list of the best Android tablets available in July 2015.

If you’re interested in some great, cheaper tablets, check out our Best Cheap Android Tablets Guide! 

Editor’s Note – this post is being updated continuously as more Android tablets hit the market. In the July 2015 update, we’ve added the Dell Venue 8 7000, Xperia Tablet Z4, Galaxy Tab S2, and the affordable Lenovo Tab 2 A10 to the rankings. Meanwhile, the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 have been removed from the list.
The successor to the Tab S 8.4 was just announced, but with the device set to only go on sale in August and no official price yet, we’ll be taking our time evaluating if it’s worth a place on our list.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Update – Price drop to $363.00 – if you want the fastest performance and most incredible display  of any compact tablet on the market then this is the one to get. Most of us use tablets for watching movies, reading, and playing games. So it makes sense to go for the very best display you can get, and it’s hard to find anything better than the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. The Tab S 8.4 is one of the few tablets with an AMOLED screen and a super crisp Quad HD at that, with an excellent 359 ppi pixel density. Being AMOLED, the screen will show deep blacks and vivid colors, perfect for games and movies. The portable Tab S 8.4 combines the portability of smaller devices with the screen real estate afforded by larger tablets. Plus, this 8.4-incher is fast and feature-rich, making it good for just about any task.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6 mm (8.38 x 4.94 x 0.26 in), 298 g (10.51 oz)
  • Display: 8.4-inch AMOLED, Quad HD (2560 x 1600) resolution, 359 ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.3GHz quad-core
  • GPU: Adreno 330 GPU
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • microSD slot: Yes, up to 128 GB
  • Cameras: 8 MP rear, 2.1 MP front
  • Battery: 4,900 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat with TouchWiz
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi/3G-LTE
  • Others: fingerprint scanner

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Nvidia Shield Tablet

Nvidia is known for video cards, not Android tablets, but the Shield Tablet is definitely worth of your attention, especially if you’re into gaming. That’s because the Shield Tablet is powered by a mighty Tegra K1 processor and comes with Nvidia’s TegraZone portal, that gives you access to dozens of Tegra-optimized Android games.

The rest of the specs are nothing to sneeze at, and build quality and design are top-notch. The Shield’s stereo front-facing speakers are great for gaming, video, and music, and the stylus that comes in the box will amp up your productivity. On the downside, this device is a bit heavy and the battery life tends towards the lower end of the spectrum.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm (8.70 x 4.96 x 0.36 in), 390 g (13.76 oz)
  • Display: 8-inch LCD, Full HD (1920 x 1200) resolution, 283 ppi
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra K1, 2.2GHz quad-core
  • GPU: Kepler (192 cores)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • microSD slot: Yes
  • Cameras: 5 MP rear, 5  MP front
  • Battery: 5,200 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi/3G-LTE
  • Others: stylus, stereo speaker

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Don’t let the mouthful of a name fool you – the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is as sleek as Android tablets get. This 8-inch device impresses through its lightness and very slim profile – at 6.4 millimeters, this is the thinnest tablet you can get. But the Z3 Tablet Compact has more than good looks. On the inside, the fast Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM ensure you will be flying through the screens of Sony’s minimalist user interface.

The LCD screen is not Quad HD, but Sony’s unique display technology ensures you get vivid colors that are similar to what you get on AMOLED. Another unique attribute of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is its water resistance. Yup, you can take this device to beach or the hot tub without worrying about dropping it in the water.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4 mm (8.40 x 4.87 x 0.25 in), 270 g (9.52 oz)
  • Display: 8-inch LCD, Full HD (1920 x 1200) resolution, 283 ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2.5GHz quad-core
  • GPU: Adreno 330 GPU
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB
  • microSD slot: Yes, up to 128 GB
  • Cameras: 8.1 MP rear, 2.2 MP front
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi/3G-LTE
  • Others: IP68 water resistance

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Google Nexus 9

The brand new Nexus 9 from Google and HTC is an Android fanboy’s dream. It runs the purest, most recent version of Android – Lollipop 5.0 – and it will stay current for at least two years. There are no OEM additions (though stock Android may be a little too minimal for your taste) and therefore nothing to bog down the user experience.

The Nexus 9 is just as impressive on the hardware side – you get a 64-bit Tegra processor, a beautiful 1536 x 2048 pixels screen, stereo front speakers (disguised under the protective glass) and a big battery. However, like all Nexus devices, there’s no microSD card slot. The device features a utilitarian, yet elegant design, with an aluminum frame that gives it rigidity without adding much heft.

 Specs

  • Dimensions: 228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9 mm (8.98 x 6.05 x 0.31 in), 270 g (9.52 oz)
  • Display: 8.95-inch IPS LCD, 1536 x 2048 resolution, 281 ppi
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra K1 Denver, 2.3 GHz dual-core
  • GPU: Kepler DX1
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • microSD slot: No
  • Cameras: 8 MP rear, 1.6 MP front
  • Battery: 6,700 mAh
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi/3G-LTE

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Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony may be having a difficult time in the mobile device market, but that is certainly not because of a lack of good products. An extremely appealing line of devices that the company should be proud of is their high-end tablet series, with the latest addition to the line introduced back at MWC 2015. Sony continues to push the boundaries in terms of design, with the Xperia Z4 Tablet managing to be even sleeker than its ultra-thin and light predecessors. Of course, this tablet packs the latest and greatest when it comes to hardware, and the Sony staple feature of dust and water resistance is also retained, making for a very compelling device. The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet may be at the higher end of the price spectrum, but it is still worth it, and certainly deserving of a place in our roundup of the best Android tablets currently available.

Specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1600 resolution (299 ppi)
  • 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • Adreno 430 GPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 128 GB
  • 8.1 MP rear camera, 5.1 MP front-facing camera
  • 6,000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 254 x 167 x 6.1 mm, 389 grams
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Dell Venue 8 7000

Dell may not be the first name that comes to mind when thinking of OEMs that provide fantastic Android tablets, and while the company does have some really good low-cost tablets available, they managed to impress with one that can be conservatively considered “premium mid-range.” What makes the Dell Venue 8 7000 stand apart from its competition at this price range includes a premium, industrial design that will give even far more expensive devices a run for their money, a solid media consumption experience courtesy of nice sounding front-facing speakers and a beautiful edge-to-edge high resolution display, and for those who want it, a decent camera experience with a setup not unlike the Duo Camera system of the HTC One M8. With an impressive performance and even better battery life, the Dell Venue 8 7000 manages to provide a lot, without the premium price point that would usually be associated with such a package.

Specs

  • 8.4-inch OLED display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution (359 ppi)
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor
  • PowerVR G6430 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 512 GB
  • 8MP rear camera with Intel RealSense 3D technology, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 5,900 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.4 Kitkat
  • 215.9 x 124.2 x 6.1 mm, 305 grams

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Lenovo Tab 2 A10: best bang for the buck

The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 is one of the best among those featured in our best cheap Android tablets list, which is also reason it makes it way over to this roundup as well. Introduced back at MWC this year, this 10-inch tablet certainly brings a lot to the table at an extremely affordable price point, being one the first tablets to feature Dolby ATMOS 3D Cinema audio enhancements, which aims to make your audio experience much clearer, while taking advantage of the beautiful, large Full HD display.

Performance is impressively smooth, and while mobile photography isn’t a key feature when it comes to tablets, this device does offer a solid camera experience. If you’re looking for a large-screen tablet experience on a budget, look no further than the Lenovo Tab 2 A10 certainly provides the best bang for your buck.

Specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (218 ppi)
  • 1.7 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8165 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 7,000 mAh battery
  • 247 x 171 x 8.9 mm, 509 grams
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (planned upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop at the end of June)

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There you have it – our picks from the best Android has to offer right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!

For more tablet information head on over to the TabTimes blog for more tablet news, reviews and information.

  • gorillamonk

    Got a list with 4G tablets?

    • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

      We’ll get one done shortly.

  • Balraj

    I like the G PAD & NEXUS 7
    comfortable to hold…nice for gaming n watching movies n at around 300 dollars
    It’s an awesome buy :-)

  • Bullydogger

    are there any new rumors about the Samsung 12″ tablet they were supposed to announce?

  • MasterMuffin

    Nexus 7 that looks like Xperia Z tablet and has Snapdragon 800 (and maybe even 3Gb of RAM) from Note 10.1. That’s what I’d get :)

  • raj

    Sony Tablet Z

    • Seth Forbus

      I LOVE my xperia Z. I figure I’d love the Tablet Z as well. Too bad I don’t really buy tablets.

  • Jesse schroder

    I hope there is a new Nexus 10 coming with a better chip. Now I prefer the Note 10.1 because of the specs. I normally don’t like Touchwiz but Now there are very cool features with the S-pen and I like splitscreen multitasking.

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      I agree. The Nexus 10 was my favorite but now this new Note 10.1 is just cutting edge. The stylus commands are just so cool. But hoping for a new nexus 10 as well.

  • Spruce Cycle

    Blogs are so beholden to Adsense. How can the N7 with its myriad of hardware and software along with the Lg, which hasn’t even been released yet, be considered in a list of the best tabs of the year?

    $$$ that’s why!

    • Jaime

      Yeah, where is the note 8.0!

  • Andrew Melder

    I must admit my vote was biased cause I own a Xperia Tablet Z. I owned the orginal Nexus 7 but I ended up finding the screen too small so I moved to a iPad mini (blasphemy I know). Eventually couldn’t resist the Sony tablet.

    • Jacob

      Agreed. 7″ tablets are perfect for movie playback but too small for web browsing. I recently bought a Asus Memo HD7. I have 100% vision but I end up zooming to read standard web content (10pt).

  • MrMLK

    I like the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) a lot, but I can’t believe you skipped the Asus Transformer Infinity (or whatever the new one is called). Its going to be pretty sweet too.

  • Oldtimer

    The Nexus 7 has ues that neither Google nor Asus have admitted to and resolved. The GPS and Multi-touch have mostly been fixed. I say mostly as some still have the touch issue. This is likely HW and SW related as some still have the touch issue.

    One Huge issue still to be acknowledged by Google are the random restart and reboots that are plaguing buyers. Not acknowledged by Google and no resolution in site. They seem on depending on consumers to return them in their return for refund, exchange for another or warranty return for repair. The Nexus 7 is the tablet that should be the best but is plagued with QC issues.

  • Rainmaker

    For me… I WANT THE LG G PAD 8.3.

    I recently bought the new Nexus 7 but found the screen too small and also had some concerns regarding the screen movement so returned it and picked up the Barnes and Noble Nook HD+ and am completely happy with this size; however, I would certainly consider the LG G PAD with LTE as an even better choice for all my needs. I must say… For $150.00…it’s difficult to find a better deal than the Nook HD+.

  • matt_helm

    No microSD, no buy. ;-)

    • Patient

      No USB + no HDMI + no SD = no buy!

  • Jaime

    Where is the note 8.0? Amazing tablet with an excellent size.

  • RaptorOO7

    I chose the GN10.1 2014 Edition since the Nexus 7 is just too small for my needs and I really like the big HD screen and S-Pen functions plus 32GB storage AND microSD. Why won’t Google support microSD if for nothing else content storage.

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  • Jaime

    Where is the note 8.0? Amazing tablet with an excellent size! S-pen features and multiwindow make it even better.

  • tzkiki32

    I recently bought an Acer iconia b1 and it works fine

  • Q.

    Galaxy Note 10.1 – it has actual features to take advantage of the large screen & hardware.

  • Southall87

    The nexus 7 is a good bit of kit and for the price cant be beaten,but it isn’t the best android tablet. The same thing is true for the nexus 10, it has the best screen but that is also its downfall!
    The Sony tablet z is really the best current android tablet. It is very slim and light weight, looks fantastic and is everything a tablet should be, the water and dust resistance is the icing on the cake. The only negative side to it is the price, but if you want the best you have to pay for it!.
    I will never understand how you can rate unreleased hardware? It may be the best on pre-release specs but until its out in the wild it should not be included.

  • kurosaki

    are you drunk buddy ? Samsung Galaxy Tab 2014 edition is BETTER than all of them

    • Seth Forbus

      Xperia Tablet Z has that beat. sorry bud.

  • Charles Chambers

    If the Nexus 7 was one inch bigger, it would be perfect.

  • Sero Pro Fan

    Out of the 5 talked in this article the nexus 7 is hard to beat, but the LG gpad does intrigue me. I recently purchased a Hisence zero pro. I LOVE this tablet. For bang for the buck it is hard to beat.

  • Ken Lee

    LG G pad 8.3 seems to be the best one so far with the awesome metal design and HW spec.

  • Big J

    LG G Pad looks great!!

  • kev

    I dig the LG Pad

  • Lyn

    LG G Pad 8.3 is the best!

  • mrjayviper

    I would’ve put my money on TF701 minus dock if it was on the list

    • pragmatic

      IMHO, the problem with the Transformer tablets minus docks is that you lose USB and SD connectivity. Deal breakers for me :-(

      • mrjayviper

        there’s still the microSD and how useful is a usb port on a transformer tab without dock? o.O no need for a mouse on such a setup.

        I use my TF700 as a tablet so I don’t really care for the keyboard. if I need to type, I’ll use my desktop or macbook.

  • minmax

    LG G Pad is my favorite! Love it.

  • Gamul

    This is a good list. But when a new tablet like the ASUS TF701 recently announced is not on it, or at least compared ot these models, it makes it hard to take seriously. I really want to see a review that compares all these newer models – not just the authors predetermined favorites.

  • abazigal

    Am I the only one who finds a 16:9 or 16:10 screen ratio restrictive, and actually prefers the ipad’s more versatile 4:3 ratio?

    • Guest

      I’m sure you’re not the only one.
      Me? I prefer the widescreen format.

    • Gamul

      Your post betrays your bias – “more versatile”. I disagree – I find the 16:9/16/10 ratio better. I find it better for movies, better for web browsing, better for editing documents, better for email. Just better. I have an iPad as well. The main thing I find better on iPad than Android is the email app. I wish i had the iPad/iPhone email email app on android.

  • Silver Surfer

    Clearly LG G Pad…unique display and reasonable price

  • what the ffff

    A TABLET from the future is on the top. HAVE you people ever tried it before you claim the shit is good enough?

    WTF.

  • Jason

    LG G pad looks great!!!

  • Brosjo

    I love LG G Pad 8.3. It’s good for me, it’s good for, it’s good for human.

  • Younghoon Jo

    I love Rosa. I am Eric

  • Brosjo

    Hello, I love the feeling of G Pad 8.5 in my finger. It’s very nice, soft and fast. I wish you can get the good feeling of G Pad 8.5. Have a nice day!

  • kbs

    the total package for me is the xperia z tab next one is the lg g tab

  • Ojman

    LG G Pad! My favorite..

  • brendan soliwoda

    Where’s the 2013 asus infinity pad?

  • hannohackmann

    LG G Pad has a great display and is well thought through.

  • Max

    +++++ The LG G Pad 8.3 is the best in my opinion, and here’s why: The screen is absolutely amazing (1920×1200) and that combined with the other specifications makes this pad the best in the class. The Pad weighs less then a newspaper!!! This makes it very easy to use and your arms won’t be tired after a while of using it which is a problem with other pads. +++++ 5/5 from me!

  • Régis

    Seen the G2 screen and the specs seen at IFA, i’d say the GPad definitely ! :)

  • susanne

    fits perfectly in your pocket , your hand and still an amazing screen / specs. Just perfect!

    • Susanne

      It fits perfectly in your pocket , your hand and still an amazing screen / specs. Just perfect!
      and I meant LG G-pad ofcourse :-)

  • Uno

    Nice LG!!!!!

  • kayne

    looks nice!!! i will get it!

  • kayne

    lg g pad!

  • Eat Q

    G pad is quite stunning.

  • Junseok

    Very good G PAD !!!!

  • Thomas Madsen

    Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z!!! Ooh my wallet hurts just thinking about it!

  • Brooke Parc

    G pad looks great

  • Patrik

    Where are chinese brands such as Onda, Pipo, Cube…..? They beat most of the worldwide brands like Samsung, Apple etc on all fronts.

  • unknown

    Where is the latest ASUS Transformer with Nvidia Tegra 4?

  • caroline

    Love love love my galaxy 10.1!its a lot like my s4 only huge! My favorite thing about it is the s pen! Awsome!!!! Great clarity! Great job samsung!

  • tablet hunter

    no mi pad in the list???? so sad.

    • tech-stand

      idiot , it says best android tablets for November

      • goosefraba

        MiPad is an android tablet, idiot.

        • renz

          does MiPad widely available? it might have impressive spec and price (in china) but i haven’t heard much about it being release for western market.

          • Donta Agee

            Whats a Mipad anyway? lol

          • renz

            China Ipad made by Xiomi :P

            but despite outright copying Ipad design both in hardware and software the spec and price really impressive. Nvidia Tegra K1 (Quad A15 version) with option to get one with 64GB internal storage for under $300.

        • kg2105

          It says BEST android tablets, not budget android tablets only available in China, idiot.

        • El Topo

          Since mipad is only available in China, I assume it does not have Google Play Store pre-installed, I would rather get an amazon fire tablet instead.

  • OniGiRi

    all the tablet with high price any good tablet budget with high battery for playing game online for 4 – 6 hours

  • Mohammed

    My Slatebook X2 Still Kick a** , got it for 350

  • Jay

    Why does MiPad figure in this list?

  • Diogo

    399 for the Nexus 7?
    Isn’t that for the Nexus 9?

  • Jake

    Pretty sure you don’t have to preorder the Nexus 7 anymore… especially not for $399 :P

  • Marty

    Having a hard time resisting pulling the trigger on a Shield Tablet. Probably the only tablet that caters to gamers – having its own console-quality controller.

  • Giwrgos petrou

    nexus 7 is tablet with big bezers,or bezers with big display?

  • Nikhil Mendu

    Just try to get your hands on Xiaomi MiPad i bet you will love it

  • Droidsoul

    All Tablets over $200 should come with 32 GB minimum.

    Storage memory is cheap these days.
    16 GB? We’re not living in 2013 anymore.

    • giant22000

      Hmmm…. You mean not living in 2010?

    • kg2105

      Yup was really disappointed with the Nexus 9 pricing in that regard. I mean 399 and still 16gb, with no sd card option. It’s still the best tablet out there (or maybe tied with the nvidia shield tablet) but they really should have made it 32gb for that price.

      • Lyoneel

        Is designed for development…

        • Paul

          Nexus has been a consumer product since the Nexus 7 which was sold in tons of retail establishments.

      • Paul

        Shield is only $299 and seems to have virtually the same specs except for the screen size, but the shield also has SDHC and mini-HDMI port. Comparing a 16GB Shield with a 16GB Nexus 9; I’d go with the Shield.

      • uh oh

        The Nexus 6 and 9 are just utter failures. The size for the 6 is just ridiculous, and both are way over priced and have an ugly design.

        The Nexus used to be appealing to some people because it was a cheap bargain deal, but now that Google artificially jacked up the price to trick us into believing a midrange device is a high end product, no thanks.

    • Happy

      Well, how else will Google “sell” their cloud solution? I personally am not buying anything with less than 32 GB (expandable with a slot or non-expandable). That’s the only way to make phone/tablet makers get it.

    • Ecolli

      Sumsung galxy tab is great for me. I just buy from amazon

      Save Money With Amazon Gift Card

  • Chris Roble

    tab pro 8.4 this is the best for your money

    • Jesus

      don’t forget multi window.

      A big screen SHOULD HAVE multi window. Kudos Samsung and LG.

    • cscooper2000

      You are correct. The Tab Pro has a superior LCD (compared to the Tab S’ AMOLED junk), and it didn’t even make this list (and it seems it’s no longer available in most stores). Manufacturers must be laughing all the way to the bank, charging more money for their inferior AMOLED screens (deeper blacks and richer colors, and eye-straining cross-hatching). Meanwhile I’m thinking of picking up a few of the better Super LCD version (Tab Pro) as Christmas gifts while they last.

      • Jesus

        …’superior’ LCD, AMOLED ‘junk’??

        It’s the other way around.

      • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/ianksblvrd ianK

        I agree with you. Go for it, I already own one

      • http://www.google.com Loh Jia Hung

        How is AMOLED junk? Have you actually tried one? Video reviews don’t do the AMOLEDs any justice.

    • Anonymousfella

      I’d go with Tab S. Better screen and more or less the same functionality

      • XReflection

        Not worth the extra $100+. I nabbed a tab pro for $200 and I don’t regret it at all.

  • zolikaDB

    Nexus 7 2013?? And where is MiPad??????

  • Karly Johnston

    Still using my $99 N7.

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxYqhKH_VguXO3F2nsMCCHg RedZobe

    The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one of my favourite tablets of 2014. I’m currently using a Nexus 7, but I may sell it.

  • ednewmy

    Thanks for the conparison. I’m in the market for a tablet at the moment and the main contenders are all on this list!

    However, a little proof reading wouldn’t go amiss. You appear to describe the nvidia shield tablet as coming with touchwiz, and the xperia z3 tablet compact as shipping with 4.4.2 when I’m pretty sure it’s going to come with 4.4.4. I really enjoy all the AA output on vid and in writing, and these perhaps seem like small details, but seemingly small mistakes like these do make me question the overall attention to detail that goes into all the output…

    • Simos Katsiaris

      z3 compact does come with 4.4.4, even the 6 months older z2 tab comes 4.4.4 now

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Very surprised that the Nexus 10 never made the list.

    • Mr Mop

      Considering that it was released over two years ago and the fact that it’s not widely available like the other tablets in the list, I’m not too surprised.

    • ADinks

      It’s 2-years old and you can’t find it anywhere. I have one, and I love it, but they were arguably a marketing failure. Good build, great specs, reasonable price, and longevity. For 2012, the N10 was ounce-for-ounce far superior than the N9 is for 2014. Yet, aside from myself, I know of no one IRL who has one. Most people to whom I show it are surprised it existed, acting as if the N7 was the only Nexus tablet before the 9.

      • M h

        FWIW, there’s tons of them on Ebay.

      • http://www.google.com Loh Jia Hung

        I have one. It’s great. But I’ve upgraded to a Z3 Tablet running CyanogenMod.

    • http://www.pancakes.com PatientPancake

      I like my Nexus tablets… I have the 10 and 7 (2013) and I seriously am thinking of not getting the Nexus 9. I hate the 4:3 ratio of it. I used my N7 for reading, YouTube, gaming, and music. I used the N10 as the movie watcher and internet browsing. And they’re both running Lollipop.

      Sorry for joining the party late! xD

  • Tarek Assaf

    LG Gpad should be on that list as well.

  • http://www.lead2xl.com/ Mitch McCrimmon

    Good to see you recommending the Galaxy Tab S 8.4, my current tablet – the best I’ve had so far after having two iPads previously. For me, the Nexus 7 has good internals but ugly wide bezels, the Sony and Nexus 9 are too heavy in comparison to the Tab S – I really like the Tab S’s light weight and narrow bezels – makes it look sleek, elegant. Those with wider bezels look too boxy and kind of old fashioned. I never noticed this with the iPads until I had the Tab S. I love the copper coloured one the best – looks great!

    • autocorrection

      the Sony Z3 Tablet Compact is 270g, it is lighter than the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 which is 298g

      • http://www.lead2xl.com/ Mitch McCrimmon

        Yes but much more expensive.

      • Jesus

        yes, but it doesn’t have multi window.

        …which is a need for me, especially on such a big screen.

      • goldenblls

        I have the Z3 Tablet and it rocks. The super light, thin, fast and the waterproofing is a must now for me. Being able to read in the bath is great.

        Right now I’m cooking and it’s received a few splashes but no worries. It has really good audio qualities too (Digital Noise Cancellation) but best of all is the design, it just looks far better than the other tablets out there.

  • Marchell

    Is buying a nexus 10 still a good choice for 2014?

    • disqus_Y4bEvNj2nl

      Yes. Most of the specs are on par with the Nexus 9 (aside from it being 32bit vs the N9’s 64bit), and its getting Lollipop. And considering just how cheap they’re being sold for right now, I’m looking into getting one myself.

    • ADinks

      I’d say yes, but most would disagree. It’s a couple years old, and it lags a little when playing games with gfx set to high. For a tablet as old as it is, though, it’s a warhorse. Holds up well and has an amazing screen. Mine is still silky smooth, even after 2 years of constant use and updating. And it’s got Lollipop. If you can find a used one in very good condition, for reasonably cheaper than the Nexus 9, I [personally] wouldn’t knock you for getting it.

  • Shashank Bhardwaj

    I don’t fully agree with it, but this post here begs to ask – ‘Do you really need a tablet?’ – http://goo.gl/jS1dbn

  • Richard Lloyd

    To me, the best two tablets in November 2014 are the two Galaxy Tab S models. Some reasons: Best screen out there, light, thin, excellent battery life, 3GB RAM, SD card slot and a price drop in the UK this month (10.5″ model can now be bought for 330 pounds rather than the original steep iPad-identical price of 399 pounds).

    Also, in the UK, the best value budget tablet isn’t the Nexus 7 2013 any more – it’s now the Hudl 2 (129 pounds or even less if you have Clubcard boost vouchers). Similar specs to the Nexus 7 2013, but 70 pounds cheaper. If you can find the standard version of the LG G Pad 8.3, that is slightly better than the Nexus 7 2013 for the same or lower price. Sorry, but Google dropped the ball with a 7″ tablet last year when the best models started to use 8″ or slightly larger. It’s why my upgrade from my Nexus 7 2012 was the LG G Pad 8.3 and not the 2013 Nexus model.

    • ednewmy

      Hi. Just wondering if you are happy with your G Pad? I am kinda worried about the dimness of the screen, but after months and months of research I always came back to it as the best for my budget. Managed to order it a couple of days ago for £169. Pretty happy with it at that price and now just waiting for it to arrive! I really hope it doesn’t disappoint…

      • Richard Lloyd

        I put the official CyanogenMod 11 on my LG G Pad 8.3 and am happy with it (I found LG’s hacks to be noisy/fussy). Yes, the screen is dimmer than it should be, so I use a high manual brightness level, which in turn cuts down the battery life somewhat. RGB calibration is wrong too – there’s a yellow tinge to whites if you put it next to another tablet screen. Fixed by colour calibration settings in CM11 (87:87:100).

    • Mark Allan

      i got my son a hudl this xmas and I was impressed with the overall package its fast, decent screen nice amount of ram for the money it was a no brainer

  • Eddy

    If you are concerned about getting a great tablet deal for the coming holiday, then don’t worry about the price because we have Black Friday Tablet deals here. If you were not satisfied with the deals available in last Black Friday, you could expect more fantastic ones on this occasion.

    • Notscammed

      Eddy,

      BS!

  • sadaruddin

    Number one tablets

  • Stocklone

    Over the summer, I traded in my very old original Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 into to BestBuy and got $100 off on the 8.4″ Tab S. Best $300 I ever spent. Every time I look at the screen, I’m amazed how beautiful it is. It’s TouchWiz so it lags like a mother but damn is it pretty.

  • sixygive

    Tab S it is then

    • Jeff West

      HIGHLY recommend it. I have the 10.5 inch tab s and I have never been so happy with a tablet. I watch videos on this rather than my big tv simply because the colors are incredibly beautiful.

  • Hemant Mendiratta

    Apart from these awesome Android Tablets users must look out for Microsoft Surface Pro series of Tablets which have completely changed the way Tablets are supposed to be used and have made Tablets much more useful.They have completely bridged the gap between Tablet and a Laptop. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 , the latest Tablet in Surface Pro series has a very high configuration when compared with average Tablets. Know more about Pro 3 – http://www.techuntold.com/microsoft-surface-pro-3/

  • Omid Hejazi

    Just in case anyone is thinking about buying from Oppomart… NEVER BUY FROM OPPOMART… I ordered a phone case and screen protector and 2 months later still not arrived and they wont refund. First told 15 days, then 30 days, then “oh its 45 days” then 2 months!!!! this was only for $26, imagine if you bought a phone from them and it got lost, kiss goodbye to your money if you are buying something from Oppomart if it gets lost.

  • TDN

    Just an FYI, the processor for the Tab S is an octocore Exynos processor rated at 1.7 ghz and 1.3 ghz. The processor listed is for the Tab Pro series.

    • Marty

      1.9GHz & 1.3GHz for the Tab S.

      • TDN

        You’re correct, updated my original post. Thank you.

  • Marty

    In my experience, Samsung tabs have the best displays, but the worst build quality. The Tab S has a gorgeous, very high definition, AMOLED display, but the body of the device is prone to bending and warping. I’ve shown my brother countless display units that had a bend or were warped.

    • Tom

      i owned a google nexus 10 before i traded that in for the tab s 10.1. The tab s feels much more premium than the nexus 10 .

    • Richard Lloyd

      I bought the Tab S 10.5″ and haven’t any bending issues, but there again I did buy a case for it like any sensible person would! I also installed the unofficial CyanogenMod 11 to get of the bloatware that is TouchWiz…

      • Marty

        The “bend” I speak of comes out of the box that way. They all flex, some worse than others, but Samsung tablets can be warped in manufacturing process, giving them a convex or concave form. Some of them have a definite angle rather than a subtle bend.

  • Wise Guy

    Cube Talk 9X

    An 1st gen ipad competitor that lacks many pre-installed apps but to people reading this that wont be a problem. Stock Android 4.4, Octa-Core, 10,000 mAH, Metal Build, 8mp Camera, GPS – Bluetooth – WiFi – 3G, Same res as new ipad in 4/3 ratio display, SD Card Slot, Comes with a permissions app that gives you IOS Style Permissions control, Mine came with a good quality case (one of those ones when you put the flap down it locks and vice versa!).

    Cheapest Price I Found Was $180 AU
    My Unit Cost $270 AU

    Nexus 9 is $470 AU (Cheapest Model)

    Best price tablet I could find – Sorry for Australian Prices

    • beau

      I’ve got one and I love it too

  • Staci.K

    I picked up Nexus 7 (2013) from Groupon for $150 (Thanx to AA.) I’m so excited about to get the chance to experience pure Anndroid for the 1st time. I’m not convinced about Nexus 6 or 9 (inconsistent of quality hardware built) are worth the prices. I owed Kindle Fire & Samsung Note 10.1. Hubby just got Note 4 and I’ve been play with it and love it so far. I will inherent his old Galaxy 3. I’ll wait for Galaxy 6. This is the most economical way to play with Android L. I can’t wait to flash N7 to 5.1.

  • tralalalalalala50

    N9 is the worst on the list.

  • Diskus1

    Nexus 9 weight is completely wrong:

    “270 g (9.52 oz)”

    The device weighs about 50 % more.

  • Old Sam

    we bought the Samsung Tab Pro 8.4 for $199 which is almost identical to the Tab S 8.4 selling for $399 – the Tab S has a few nifty features and the AMOLED display – screen resolution on Tab Pro is same but older tech.

  • ADinks

    The Nexus 7 has been discontinued. I cannot find it anywhere but Amazon, and it’s still the original price. Big disappointment.

  • nick779

    Im beating my head in overlooking at tablets. I could care less which ecosystem I join, Im currently with Apple but I was big into android in the gingerbread/froyo time. All I want is a smaller tablet in the 7-8 inch range and ive been eyeballing the Nexus 7 and the tab S but all I read about is complaints about touchwiz and the lackluster real world battery life contrary to the 11 hours reviews state for the S and that the Nexus 7 will barely last a year before its charger port dies.

    Im looking between a new or refurb Mini 2 ($249/349 for a 32gb), a tab s 8.4 and the Nexus 7. Ive looked at the HDX but I hate the FireOS.

    Im really interested in potentially going the android route, but I dont want to deal with any of this nonsense.

  • BJRCollins

    the Nexus 7 (2013) is only 3G if you force it – otherwise LTE. If you’re buying the base storage, at the base price, expect the base experience.

  • Aman

    When it comes to tablet I would love to vote for Samsung I have been using it from past 2 years without any trouble and it is performing good for me till date.

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    thanx

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/ianksblvrd ianK

    No one spoke about Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro series. I have the 8.4 and it’s a beast

  • Pleezzzz

    Gpad 8.3

  • http://www.brosix.com/ Amy Lewis

    Android phones are definitely good ones. However, it has a lot of apps that has virus.

  • Airyl

    Meanwhile I’m just sitting here with my GPD G7…..

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    That’s it ? :D wow so much list

  • SyCoREAPER

    This author is a clown. First I saw the G3 wasn’t listed in the best phones and now in this one has Nexus 7 2013 as best for Money. Asus ME572 (basically a Nexus 7 3rd Gen) outshines the Nexus 7 in strides. All these lists look like something you’d find on a Political site.

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  • http://www.lead2xl.com/ Moose

    I just bought the Xiaomi Mi Pad, just as good as any of those listed here and less than half the price. I had the Samsung Tab S 8.4 previously, a sleeker looking and feeling tablet but with only average battery life. The Xiaomi tablet has a 6700 mAh battery and feels like a very high end device. It has only 16 gb of built-in memory although there is a 64 gb version. However, you get a 128 gb SD card slot so who cares. Same retina screen resolution as the latest iPad Mini. Plastic back but a very hard plastic that doesn’t feel cheap. The only catch is that you have to install Google Play Store manually.

  • techieland

    People do not waste your money, head on over to Best Buy, Amazon, or Ebay and scoop up a Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, at $200 there is nothing new or old that can touch it for best all around bargain, maybe if the Nexus 9 dips to the $250 mark then that would be good too.

  • Awais Nisar

    Agree to Most picks. Have a look at my list of Top 10 goo.gl/eXxBWZ

  • SyCoREAPER

    Surprised the Asus ME572 isn’t on the list.