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.

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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 so far in the year 2016.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.
Update, October 2016: We made no changes to our list this month.
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Google Pixel C

Google surprised many of us at its 2015 Nexus event when it unveiled the Pixel C, an in-house built tablet that’s made for productivity. While it may be a tad overpriced, the Pixel C does a lot right. It comes with a big 10.2-inch display, a 34.2WHr battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, all powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 processor and 3 gigabytes of RAM. There are quite a few decent official accessories available for the tablet, too, like the official keyboard or folio keyboard.

Like we mentioned earlier, the Pixel C is overpriced for what it offers, though it’s still a great Android tablet if you have the extra money to spend. It’s available now from the Google Store starting at $499, with official accessories adding an extra $149 to your purchase.


  • 10.2-inch LTPS LCD display with 2560 x 1800 resolution, 308ppi
  • 64-bit 1.9GHz octa-core NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 34.2WHr battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 242 x 179 x 7mm, 517g

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Nexus 9

While it’s a little dated at this point, the Nexus 9 is still a great Android tablet. It was created by Google and built by HTC, which is basically an Android lover’s dream. It runs the latest version of Android, and will continue to receive timely software updates for another year or so.

The specs aren’t bad, either. It comes with an 8.9-inch display, a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, either 16 or 32GB of on-board storage, a big 6700mAh battery and weighs only 436 grams. Thanks to this device’s specifications, navigating around the device, switching applications, playing games and streaming movies or videos is a breeze. It also has a nice soft touch material on the back (similar to the original Nexus 5) that makes this tablet easy to hold, as well.


  • 8.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1536 x 2048 resolution, 281ppi
  • 64-bit 2.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera
  • Non-removable 6700mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 228.2 x 153.7 x 8mm, 436g

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 was one of our tablets of choice in the past, and its successor is here to make it an even better option. The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 comes with a smaller 8.0-inch display, which makes it more portable without sacrificing too much on screen real estate. It’s also only 5.6 mm thick and 265 grams.

Don’t mistake it for the “little guy” in the playground, though. It has plenty of power to keep you going through all your tasks. It may be a bit too similar to an iPad, but it’s still a great Android tablet that many of you will enjoy.


  • 8.0-inch Super AMOLED display with 1536 x 2048 resolution, 320ppi
  • 1.9Ghz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5433 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of-on board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 198.6 x 134.8 x 5.6mm, 265g

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1

Did you love the original NVIDIA Shield Tablet? Well, you’ll probably feel just the same about the Shield Tablet K1, its direct successor. The specifications and design are pretty much the same with both tablets, aside from the addition of a rubberized surface next to the speakers and brushed metal lettering on the back of the K1.

NVIDIA also removed the stylus holder on the K1, which brings us to our next point – the stylus is gone! So are the charging cable and wall adaptor. The big news here is that NVIDIA is trying to cut costs, and they did just that by not including a stylus or charger. With that said, this tablet is now only $200, which makes it not only one of the best Android tablets out there, but also one of the most affordable.


  • 8.0-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1200 resolution, 283ppi
  • 2.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD card expansion available
  • 5MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 19.75WHr battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 221 x 126 x 9.2mm, 390g

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Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony may be struggling in the mobile device market, but that’s certainly not because of a lack of good products. The company has always done quite well in the high-end smartphone market, and that carries over to the tablet market as well. The latest flagship tablet to come from the company is the Xperia Z4 Tablet.

This is a sleek, thin and very attractive tablet offering from the company. It comes with a 10.1-inch display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3 gigabytes of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 128 gigabytes. It also comes with a big 6000mAh battery that should be able to last a very long time on just a single charge. It should be noted that while this tablet still runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, Sony has plans to skip the 5.1.1 update and roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow as soon as it’s ready. This isn’t the best news for some folks, as 5.1.1 brings many great bug fixes and performance improvements over 5.0. Still, a promised upgrade to Android 6 is the best Sony can do at this point, which is definitely more than what some other tablet makers can say about their devices.


  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1600 resolution, 299ppi
  • 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 8.1MP rear camera, 5.1MP front camera
  • Non-removable 6000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 254 x 167 x 6.1mm, 389g

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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!

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  • gorillamonk

    Got a list with 4G tablets?

  • 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?


  • 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.

          • Alien Antler Farm

            That’s funny. I’m using one right now. In the UK. And it’s a helluva lot better than a Shield.

        • 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.

    • Hozella

      @tablethunter Feel for you bro, I’d go for it

  • 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.

        • Gibbs

          resolution friend, but i prefer shield so much! only if it was available in my country i would have bought it!(bought a phone instead now)

          • Nvidia shield sucks

            The shield is very bad, a lot of people have had issues with overheating and hardware failure which is why they are being recalled : <

          • Gibbs

            I think they fixed it! and lol that name!

          • yassin sherif

            Noooooo. Get your facts straight. The original shield tablet had overheating problems and they were fire hazards because of a problem with their batteries. The shield tablet k1 is a new revised version with a new battery, no stylos and new speaker grills and a lower price.

          • Iceman89

            Some of the original shield tablets had issues with their battery and were replaced, the others were fine.

            Sweeping statements claiming they were ALL fire hazards just makes you looks stupid.

            I still have one from launch with a custom rom and it works just fine, never had an issue with it, sold the replacement nvidia sent me as quite frankly I didn’t need it.

            nvidia were just playing it safe.

          • Josh

            Strange, I haven’t had an issue with mine. I’ve had it since about when you made this post and it’s always worked great for me. Even when I hook up the mini hdmi and play some games on my 50″ tv, works and looks great.

          • Shaun Leow

            Nooo that’s the original Shield, and even then it only affected a small percentage of people.

            The new Shield tablet K1 rectifies the issues the previous Shield tablet had, and comes at a lower price while keeping the same specs as the original, making it one of the best tablets out on the market.

      • 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.

        • Distract2

          You are so clueless…

    • 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.

      • BarleySinger

        What’s really sad is the entire market that lies beyond the 32Gb mark (in DDR3 and microSD) has essentially been handed to Apple and even Apple still makes phone witih no real memory in them.

        Just try and find a 128GB droid phone or tablet (the choices on GOOD brands of tablets that have 32GB DDR3 and can talk to 32GB microSD are small). With current prices of DDR3 *all* phones and tablets should come with at least 32GB DDR3 (really 64BG) and have 2 or more slots for microSD with bluetooth 4.1 (and up), 802.11ac and NFC. The prices of the components to make that happen is low. The difference in production cost right now is primarily is the quality of the company that does the board soldering and assembly (ie, a PIPO will probably die in it’s first year, whereas a Samsung won’t).

        • Unless you are confusing DDR3 (a Volatile runtime memory) with low-power, high speed NAND Flash memory, I can not understand asking mobile and tablet makers to give your system 32GB of DDR3… most desktops and laptops barely have 4GB or 8GB. Yes, I being pedantic, but if you are comparing prices, this is very different. DDR3/DDR-anything is RAM, not _STORAGE_. Comparing to SD flash cards is a little closer, but disingenuous as well. Flash cards work at much lower speeds than internal NAND. Think the difference between even a U3 rated SD card and a desktop SSD, or even an M.2 (IE: connected by PCIE instead of SATA) SSD. Those speed and reliability ratings are _VASTLY_ different.

          Yes, NAND prices aren’t huge for low power, high speed NAND flash storage. However, they are certainly higher than you are thinking, and then there are controller and optimization issues to deal with different sizes of NAND (as well as speeds and voltages and timings and etc etc).

          • Sapiderman

            thats not just confusing.. its messed up, and my head hurt reading his comment

          • Beauregard Stauffer

            His point is DDR3 is RAM and BarleySinger wanted 32gb of “DDR3” when only high end PC’s have that much :P. Barley probaby meant just fast NAND storage.

    • Ecolli

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

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    • Jim

      The price of increases of storage has little to nothing to do with that actual storage hardware (chip). The storage tiers are nothing more than an excuse to sell the same device at multiple price points in order to spread the cost over a larger group of potential buyers. Those with little spend, those with moderate spending power, and big spenders. You want to get all the customers you can, so you make three pricing tiers. How can a company justify selling the same thing at 3 different prices? By pretending the storage is what makes the difference, when in reality the actual hardware cost difference to the manufacturer might be $5 to $15 given the volume they do. So then you might ask, well then why not just sell the 64GB model at the 16GB model’s price + the actual cost of those larger storage chips?? Because the more expensive models bring the manufacturer higher profit (obviously) and that higher profit subsidizes the much smaller profit made on the 16GB models. In other words, they wouldn’t make enough profit just selling the device at the 16GB price point, regardless of how much storage it has. They need those higher price points to bring in more profits.

      Its all about getting the most types of customers onto your platform, while maintaining the spread of profits at some required minimum.

      • ferramenta

        Jesus Christ! That’s why!

    • othesick

      lol the iphones just got released with 16gb starting point. horrific.

      • legendlord4751

        I just use a 16GB phone and offload all photos to my external 500GB drive or MicroSD

        • othesick

          What about apps? Do you use many? If not then I don’t see why you would get 32 gig phone or more but if you are like me and have about 50 apps installed you need at least a 32 gig phone. It’s one thing to be able to move apps over to the SD card but to install them they stupidly need to be installed on internal storage first for, who knows why, reasons.

          • diggie

            50 apps, you’re doing it wrong.

    • Simos Katsiaris

      thee reason is to drop the price $80 down, also the modules are faster

    • gacl

      Plenty of $200 tablets do sell with 32GB storage or even 64GB storage. vote with your wallet. 16GB storage is absurdly low, especially if you are going to load a few games on there, but people can buy what they want.

    • I think the concept is put a minimum memory IN the tablet. Micro SD cards are SOOOOO cheap that it makes additional memory by the user, cheaper than by the manufacturer.

  • 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.

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

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

        • Anthony Neidlinger

          Have you tried the new generation superamoled touchscreen? They are superior to IPS LEDs, use less energy, more vibrant, darker blacks, etc.

    • 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.

    • Bobby Ray Robinson

      Have this tablet and love it. But was just announced it will not be receiving anymore updates! WTF?????

  • zolikaDB

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

  • Karly Johnston

    Still using my $99 N7.

  • 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

  • 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.

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

      • Keith Taylor

        I just bought one last year in Dec. Walmart had it in their case just sitting there. Got it for 250.

    • 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

      • Keith Taylor

        I have all three and fine myself either using the 7 or 10 mostly. The 9 is nice but he ratio sucks for me.

  • Tarek Assaf

    LG Gpad should be on that list as well.

  • 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

      • Yes but much more expensive.

        • Svnjay

          You get what you pay for.

          • Rob

            I don’t entirely agree with that statement. I bought a ~$3k Sony “gaming” laptop, years ago and it was one of the worst laptops I had ever owned. I even had trouble giving it away to my in-laws, only to have it come back to me a couple of years later. I swore not to get duped into buying over-priced Sony junk after that. Sure, their TVs are great, but that’s where it stops for me.

          • Svnjay

            The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Z4 Tablet are getting good reviews across the board.

          • Rob

            Yes, and many other brands and their models are, as well. I’ll still push my money to someone who really wants it, rather than a company that has proven to me to care less about it.

          • Svnjay

            Lol, that’s fine. It’s still worth the money if that specific is performing well.

          • legendlord4751

            Buy the components and build your own PC.It ends up much cheaper, and its very reliable if you know what you’re doing.

          • keithbe

            Right, you’ve been conditioned to believe that.

      • Jesus

        yes, but it doesn’t have multi window.

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

        • Iceman89

          Since when are tablet screen classed as big? bitgis 24inch+

          Most people will never use this feature on a tablet.

      • 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?’ –

  • 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.

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  • 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 –

    • no one

      No one wants Windows anymore…

  • 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.

    • VAVA Mk2

      As someone who has it, I disagree. Got good after 5.1.1

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

  • Pleezzzz

    Gpad 8.3

  • 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


    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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  • 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


    Surprised the Asus ME572 isn’t on the list.

  • dooj

    I just got the unlocked international Tab S 8.4, which has LTE functionality. pop in my simcard, i’m good to go. snagged it from amazon last week for $389

  • Avinash Sharma

    There is a definite demand for large screen tablets with minimum 14 inch screen size, as they may prove to be good e readers for magazines and textbooks (with atleast A4 size)
    Covertible laptops are usually windows based…….but I am sure there will be many like me interested in large screen tablets.

  • kim

    I can’t believe the generic tablets on amazon! Some coming with only 4GB internal 524 of ram. Sure they’re under $100, but some people can’t afford a decent tablet, so they buy them thinking they found a good deal, when actually they’ve purchased a nicely organized trash containment unit of crap parts. Can’t believe these manufacturers AND sellers are getting away with this. Buyer beware!!!

  • Mikey Bee

    i still dont understand how a tablet with 10 times less processing and computing power than a laptop . can still be priced $100-200 more and be considered a ” good deal”

  • jamesindc

    I would love to use one of these 8″ tablets as a phone. It’s possible in Asia. Why don’t the carriers allow it in the US?

  • Ylletroja

    It’s hard to find a tablet that fits these specs:
    – Snapdragon 800 or better
    – Screen with over 500 cd brightness (bright screen)
    – 8-8.4″ screen
    – Minimum of 2 GB ram
    – GPS (GPS + GLONASS) support
    – No hardware buttons (like Samsung tablets)
    – Official support for custom rom like Cyanogen
    – Battery with over 5000 mAh
    – Not ugly

    Just in the batterydepartment most tablets want to be slimmer and slimmer thus sacrificing battery size which is quite annoying due to the fact that i use my tablets for stuff such as flights where on-screen time is quite important.

    • Joshua Hill

      Have a look at the tablet that was removed from the list this month. The Sony Z3 Tablet Compact might be the closest device to satisfy your criteria. It only has a small battery but has the best batery life of any Androif tablet that I’m aware of.

  • Antony Guan

    ummm 2015 wasn’t the year for tablets, just look mainly Sony still cares everything else was from 2014 and earlier well except for the Dell

  • These are great! Would I be able to run on them?

  • Alexis

    The future is late.

  • Futbolita yow

    There are two types of tables, those that can run a .exe file and those that can’t. I prefer those that can.

  • Futbolita yow

    There are two types of tablets, those that can run a .exe file and those that can’t. I prefer those that can.

  • Choda Boy

    How about tablets with a stylus like the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro?

  • Keith Taylor

    The lenovo is garbage…always have been.

  • nytimes

    ASUS ZenPad S????

  • Adam Brooker

    I’ve had a number of these tablets over the last year and the Remix tablet is definitely the best overall. If they make it a bit lighter, it’ll be by far the best. And it only costs £220 next to these £300-500 tablets

  • Anurag

    mi pad?

  • jacob blech

    Wtf KIT KAT !!

  • Keith Taylor

    This just shows what a said state of affairs the tablet is in right now. Where is my new TF 702…Asus seems to not care about it.

  • Das_Oni

    What´s with the Teclast X98 Pro? A nice and powerful dual boot tablet.

  • truth_cutz

    I have the Dell Venue 8 7840 and the Asus Zenpad S 8.0 and the Asus is a much better tablet.. It runs a lot smoother and without all of the software issues that plague the 7840. I can’t speak on the other tablets on the list, but I would take a Zenpad over the Venue 8.

  • yassin sherif

    PLEASE EDIT: yoga tab 3 pro has 10.1 inch 2560×1600 display not 8 inch FHD

  • David Bennett

    Once again can’t read an article in your app because of the million pictures that are tedious and nearly impossible to scroll through.

  • HotelQuebec

    Tired of playing LCD lottery to find one without glaring defects such as bad pixels, yellowing, non-uniformity, backlight bleed, etc. I now only buy SAMOLED. Galaxy Tab S2 8″ is the best of the bunch not only for display but for performance and being closest to PC replacement functionality.

  • David Ru

    Ive got the Z4 tablet and it does everything i want from a tablet. i use a ps4 controller to play games on it and it’s great. but there are some downsides: somewhat small battery, it’s so slim that it feels quite flimsy and it’s expensive. btw, no overheating issues with the SD810.

  • Harry Poter

    Does any body the name of the clock widget on tab s2. Thanks in advance

  • TJ

    The Sony and Lenovo look to be the best options. I’m still using my N7 2013, hard to find a replacement.

  • Lito Carasig

    What about the Asus Zenpad S 8.0?

  • LiveTheDiamondLife

    When is the Pixel C going to release???? does anyone know

  • Abdulmajeed

    Personally, I think the Sony Z4 LTE is currently the best Android, if not all os, tablet in the market.

  • Shlomo Levi

    samsung yes, all other doubt. newer touch lenovo, many people complain about quality of sony android devices…

  • Token

    So, would you choose the Shield k1 over the Lenovo a10 if gaming isnt your top priority? Or would it be better to get the extra screen size. Is the K1 much more powerful then the a10?

  • treacle

    Google Pixel C got announced yesterday, and embarrassingly lack SD card slot, only 10inch version, Keyboard is super expensive (not that I want it though). Keyboard is just pointless for android anyway tbqh. No LTE/4G, and lacks physicals ports for example to hook up a DSLR to it, or display port etc.

    Roll on Nvidia X1 tablet.

  • Trill316

    i really dislike my dell Venue. Nothing but issues from day one.

  • Jason Sowder

    I have the Galaxy Tab 2 9.0. I’ve owned many Android tablets and I can honestly say this is the best tablet I have ever owned. Not just because it’s the newest thereby it should be better but it is literally lightening fast, leaps and bounds over anything I’ve had in the past. The screen is nothing short of amazing. The construction alone, with its very ridged frame, makes it feel impressive too.
    You will not go wrong with the Tab S2.

  • satsmine2k4

    After using Pixel C- It’s easily the best Android tablet ever… The only thing it doesn’t do that well is at the productivity, However as a pure tablet, it’s head and heels above everything out there now.

    • legendlord4751

      With N’s split screen, i doubt the Pixel C will remain unproductive for much longer

      • Anthony Neidlinger

        …and only if the wifi connectivity issue can be solved.

  • jldevoy

    Why would you show the projector on curtains?

  • Why won’t froyo die?

    Umm, but the Tab S2 8.0 has a tiny bit larger screen than the Tab S 8.4 because S2 8.0 has 4:3 screen whilst the S 8.4 has 16:9 ratio. You can use some basic math to check that yourself.

  • Dusan

    Sony makes really good tablets. Especially for us who use our tablet for more things. For example, it’s water proof. The other thing is the weight. It’s sub 400g, which is ligher even than some 8″ tablets while Sony is 10″. Comparison, Pixel C which is the same size is over 500g. It’s actually a big difference especially if you hold it in one hand or plan to mount it in your car.

  • Rishu Agrawal

    I bought my Tab S 8.4 LTE over the Tab S2 late August last year and I love it just for its brilliant display. I mainly use it to read my comics/lecture notes and surf the web. The 16:10 aspect ratio and the popping colours are such a pleasing sight for my eyes :D

    • FroBro

      yeah man, you need a really high powered display to read comics and browse the web…. LOL.

      • Rishu Agrawal

        Are you so dense that you cannot comprehend the inference of my comment? Besides, what else is a “high powered” display needed for? Unlike you, I do not like to torture my eyes on a screen that is garbage.

  • HotelQuebec

    8″ Galaxy Tab S2 turned out to be awesome.

    • FroBro

      comments like this are just a joke. Claim something is great, but don’t explain why! how is it any better than anything else that you would do on another tablet.

  • mmm

    After owning a Samsung Note tablet and a Nexus tablet, I have to say the Pixel C blows them away. Bright beautiful display, super long battery life, fast charging, smooth, fast and enjoyable to use.

    • Anthony Neidlinger

      …crappy wifi connectivity, buggy software…yeah it is just fine….

      • mmm

        Haha it’s obvious you don’t own one. I’ve had No WiFi issues and it’s the smoothest and fastest tablet I’ve owned by far!

        • Anthony Neidlinger

          I owned two of those hunts of junk. I sent them both packing. My old 2012 Era tablet had better wifi connectivity than either of those two bricks. Google “wifi connectivity problems Pixel C” . You will find I was hardly the only victim. If Google had been more open or honest about the issue, I may have been more understanding. Smooth and fast yes, but a tablet with wifi issues like they had…unforgivable with the price and today’s technology.

          • mmm

            Well I guess you I see why you have the bad feelings toward the Pixel C. I was aware of the WiFi issues some reported, but I guess I got lucky I haven’t had any problems. The Nexus 7 on the other hand, a good little tablet but I had to return a few of those, but they did send replacements out pretty quickly.

  • M42

    The Samsung S2? Seriously? It has a smaller battery than last year’s model, lower resolution and they copied Apple’s screen format so that now when you watch a movie you’ll have thick black bars on the sides.

  • John Doe

    What is wrong with the Samsung S2?

  • Sandro T

    Why nobody mentions the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition? It has high end specs, it’s better than the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and it has the pen.

  • Joker74

    cant beat a tab s 10.5 albeit the 16gb and most is used by stuff i cant do anything about, 2gb i have for downloads

    but still a superior tablet

  • Ham

    I haven’t seen the Pixel C
    It doesn’t have microSD (Palm-to-Google’s-designer’s-Face)
    How is it overpriced? It has marshmallow which is about 1billion times better than ios, it has much faster performance and it’s cheaper

    how overpriced?????

    • Iceman89

      Same graphics performance as an iPad Pro which costs twice as a Pixel C and they think it’s overpriced.

      You can get some great deals for 8″ tablets but you have to comprise performance, battery life and build quality.

      Pixel C = Best tablet on the market, the only better tablets are hybrid devices which cost twice as much but don’t offer anywhere near twice the performance.

      The Galaxy Tab S2 32GB 10″ costs exactly the same as a Pixel C 32GB and has plastic build and pathetic performance, now that’s overpriced.

      • legendlord4751

        With Android N’s multi-window features, the Pixel C will be even more of a beast

        • Anthony Neidlinger

          Maybe, but it may not help the wifi bug some suffer.

      • Anthony Neidlinger

        Can’t fix the lousy wifi and software bugs…Pixel Cs is good on paper but in reality life, it is an expensive paperweight.

  • scottalias

    I would put the Asus Zenpad S 8.0 on here or explain why it was left off. I researched almost all of these tablets last year and narrowed my choices down to the Nexus 9 and the Asus Zenpad. I went with the Zenpad because of its 64 GB of internal memory and support for a 128 GB micro SD card. I wish it had a better battery but I think I made the right choice.

  • Marco Lorenzo

    I don’t get why people rave about the Galaxy S2 Tab and always seem to forget that it uses an Exynos 5433. You know, the same SoC that appeared on some variants of the Note 4 a year before? If Samsung had released it with a 7420 then I’d be all over it. But it seemed to me like they cheaped out and just want to rely on their marketing muscle and brand awareness to sell this tablet instead of truly competing with the latest from Apple.

    • Anthony Neidlinger

      The latest version uses Snapdragon 652.

  • me me

    The Nexus 9 on Google’s stock image is laggy, the example is pressing the home screen and wait 1-2 seconds but if you flash a custom rom and kernel, which doesnt force encryption and uses f2fs then it performs very well. Benchmarks suggest the N9 can be made as fast as the Pixel. The price for the LTE version looks good value. I paid $340 in July.

  • Iceman89

    How is the Pixel C overpriced?

    The build quality is fantastic, the display is amazing and the graphics performance is similar to that of an iPad Pro costing twice as much, it punches well above it weight.

    The Galaxy Tab S2 32GB on the other hand has plastic build quality, performance that’s frankly embarrassing and it’s costs the same as the 32GB PIxel C.

    Compared to the S2 the Pixel C is a bargain.

    • Anthony Neidlinger

      Unless your wifi sucks or your software is buggy. I bought two of those 💩 and both were sent back! Google put out a supposed premium product that was no more than expensive brick!

  • HumanLiveStock

    My favorite that I didn’t see here listed

    ASUS ZenPad S8.0 $250 FTW

    64gb storage, Intel Atom Z3580 64bit 2.3GHz quad core, 4 gb ram, 128gb sd card compatible
    Android 5.1 Lollipop

  • HexaBlast GD

    I like mine’s. Bq Edison 3 Mini, cheap and good :)

  • ozancn

    s2 4:3 screen. so its not to good watch for movies.

  • All of these tablets are WAY heavier than the Samsung one, which I own at the moment. A joy to hold at that weight. I have had heavier tablets and they are unwieldy by comparison.

  • Taylor Huston

    Whatabout the Zenpad S 8.0? $150 less than the S2 with an additional gig of RAM and almost identical specs everywhere else?

  • Atul Singh Chauhan

    Tablets unlike there smartphones counterparts didn’t have shown major improvements, which in turn have lead to its slow growth. Nowadays decent phones are available for each price points. We have great flagships as well as mid-priced flagships (Oneplus and Xiaomi).
    One of the issues which many decent tablets have is lack of sim slot (LTE) for net availability on the go. Many countries don’t have omnipresent wireless facilities. Throw along with it decent amount of memory at least 32 GB or at least 16GB with expandable memory and decent processor and RAM. We have a good selling tablet.
    NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 and Google Pixel C checked most of boxes, but missed the sim slot for net connection.

    • Anthony Neidlinger

      The Pixel Cs is a beautiful tablet. Some of them suffer from lousy wifi connectivity and buggy software. I bought two and had to send both back for refunds. Sad, I wanted so much for this tablet to be great, big fail by my experience!

  • fijisiv

    Correction: the Nvidia Shield K1 is now sporting Marshmallow.

  • Diskus1

    Why claim Pixel C is expensive? How much is the Z4 tablet or Galaxy S2 with 32 GB?

  • sam0

    Tablet specs are now outdated why that?

  • Jay Landau

    The Remix Ultra tablet should be on this list. It is the most useful tablet I’ve had. With an 11.6″ screen, a keyboard and a better that Android version of Android this $250 tablet should be a must look at choice for anyone looking for a great tablet.

  • Mathias Cronqvist

    No love for the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0?
    Both SKUs are pretty decent, both have an Intel processor, qHD screen and accept SD, the cheaper version has 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage ($180) The more expensive version ($300 ish) has 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage and uses USB-C 3.0

  • luis

    what about: Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 Wi-Fi 16GB Black – SM-T520.
    I think for the specs it continues the best 10” that you can buy for that price.

  • Arcendus

    “Whelp, another month has passed. Time to go to work by editing all the titles so it says [CURRENT MONTH] [CURRENT YEAR].”

  • migi

    i think you forgot to mention that Z4 tablet can be used underwater also… might not matter to all but i love to sit on bathtub or under shower and just use my xperia without worrying it getting some water on it.

  • Article was very informative, but I guess I’m looking for “Most Economical Android Tablets” lol Anyone have a suggestion?

  • notbugs

    I find it strange that no one has mentioned the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 which in my view is one of the best devices you can get on a budget these days. I bought one for my mom who is 80 years old and she loves it, especially the screen which is very bright compared to her previous tablet which was a Nexus 7 of the first generation. I am also thinking about getting a Mi Pad 2 for myself just because it is such a nice tablet with great specs at a reasonable price. The only downside with Xiaomi’s devices is that i always feel the need to replace the stock launcher with Nova Launcher since i just can’t stand the graphic language that is used in the MiUi.

    • Alien Antler Farm

      Personally prefer the original MiPad and wished they’d just upgraded it to Nvidia X1 for the next version…

  • ScoobyDoo

    still waiting for a tablet that has 128gb or 256gb internal memory with an expandable SD storage of 512gb
    and a 5000+ mAh battery and a minimum of 1920×1980 screen reso.

  • Hendra Ibaraki

    Now days tab need at least 2gb ram 16/32 gb internal and 1.2 GHz or faster processor dual 5mp or more camera and a flash

  • Ali

    Huawei Mediapad M2 10.0 ( Premium ) must be here!

  • Chuck Jones

    Why is it that you leave out the Asus Zenpad S 8? It has fantastic specs.
    The $300 price tag, makes it a very nice tablet.

  • jeffreyd00

    I feel like this article is nothing more than click bait and referral links.

  • Ahmed

    Personally speaking the best Android tablet of all time is the Samsung Galaxy note pro 12.2, the battery life is the best in class, you have the ability to open 4 Windows for multitasking the camera is okay not the best but still good, you can get alot done with the stylus than apple’s pencil,
    The only done side is the speakers they could have been alot better too bad Samsung stop productions of it’s best tablet to date.

    • Ylletroja

      Any 13″ would beat a 12.2″ tablet and their needed space for when travelling is about the same which negates the idea behind having a tablet in the first place. Even in the battery department the newer 13″ laptops are great.

      The only reason i could see someone wanting a large 12″ tablet is if the user strictly uses it for media consumption when on the go, but then the 4:3 aspect ratio of the screen kind of suck for that.

      The Note Pro 12.2 is also so expensive that it’s right up there in 13″-laptop territory.

  • Kyle

    For me, the most important features in an android are 10′ IPS FHD or higher screen, 10h+wifi and 20h+idle battery life (usually between 7000~10000mah), micro SD slot, presence of multiple sensors (requisite: accelerator, gyro, proximity, GPS, compass, optional: barometer, fingerprint, heartrate, light, IR, thermo) and acceptable but not top notch camera and CPU GPU performance. With that in mind my top budget 10 inch android tablets are : LG G Pad 2 10.1 (09/2015), Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (05/2016) and Huawei Mediapad M2 10.0 (01/2016), all of which could be found below 300 USD.

  • Ylletroja

    8.3″ screen @ 16:10 + slim bezel + Snapdragon 820 + over 500 nit screen brightness would be great.

    It’s a pity that tablets seems sort of dead. I use my tablet every single day when i communute to and from work. You just can’t beat having such a large screen and the 8″-format + 16:10 + slim bezels (these could be slimmer!) makes sure that the tablet actually fits in a regular pocket (no need to carry a bag just for the tablet); this is btw the huge difference between 8″ 16:10 tablets and ~10″ tablets or 8-9″ 4:3.

    Currently got the Huawei Mediapad M2 and Galaxy S7.
    I really wish someone would create a new portable tablet….

  • pabebe

    i have a nvidia shield and mipad and conducted some test to know who is better specially on gaming… shield is better on gaming coz of lower resolution than mipad but in some games mipad is better shield lags more than mipad

  • Modman

    Note Pro 12 is still great until it becomes to old to use. Samsung killed an awesome tablet line sad.

  • Yep

    I want a 12 inch tablet at 450 grams.

    • Modman

      hard. 12 inch android tablets and the note 12.2 is 753 grams. write a letter to Samsung tell them you want a lighter tablet.

    • Modman

      Write a letter to Samsung. tell them you want a lighter tablet Note 12.2 is 753 grams.

  • Alex Radics

    im using a tab s2 9.7 now and its simply awesome! perfect for work and perfect for entertaiment!

    • Anthony Neidlinger

      I have one myself, it is by far a superior tablet. The screen is really good, 3gb ram, solid cpu/gpu and Android 6.01 is such a good combination.

  • Marty

    An Android tablet that doesn’t lag and stutter like crazy? Nope. None. It’s why I can’t part with my iPad, even though I want to leave Apple behind. There’s not even a usable web browser in Android. Another reason I can’t part with my iPad.

    But if there ever comes an Android tablet as convenient and usable as the iPad with a *safe* web browser as convenient and usable as Safari on the iPad, I’d be all up in it.

  • Mike Barker

    I’m quite happy with my Dell venue 8 7840 I got factory refurbished for $160. Close to Nexus 9 specs but with AMOLED display and micro SD card slot. I will miss the prompt updates though.

  • peerpressure

    As someone who just bought a 7″ Fire tablet during the recent Prime Day sale, I have to say that I am really impressed with this tablet for the price point. $33 for the 8gb version (but with microsd support). We bought it so that the kids could play with that instead of our more expensive tablets, but I’ve been using it a lot, too. 7″ is the perfect size to read a book, and so it’s become my goto device when I get home from work.

    Haven’t downloaded any intensive games on it, because that’s not its role. It’s great for kids games, web browsing, and reading. Hard to believe you can get all that for ~$30

  • What about the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2? Why no mention of Huawei tablets? One-sided review that focuses mainly on devices sold in US retail stores.

  • Steven James DeBlasi

    Your list is also missing the Asus Zenpad S 8.0, which has a great display, a good price, a USB type-C cable, 4 GB of RAM, and an optional active stylus! (One of the very few Android tablets that still offer a stylus.)

  • XY

    When will reviewers stop mentioning the Nexus 9? This product has never been available in canada by Google or most places around the world from the get go. All other products mentioned here can be purchased pretty much anywhere. The Tab S2 8 IMO is the best tablet my fingers have ever touched, hands down. Battery is so good i go almost an entire day of continuous use from it.

  • AvalancheRyder

    You guys do know the the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 is unavailable with no information on when it will return, if it ever does, right?

  • Anthony Neidlinger

    Pixel C? I bought two of those pieces of garbage! The software was buggy as get out and the wifi was soooo slow, I sent them both back. For a first attempt by Google to make their own hardware, this was really bad.
    I still can’t believe that this hunk of junk still gets rave reviews. Lazy reviewers still using Google propaganda and prerelease testing…

  • RRHansen

    August 2016: Fell for the clickbait, 1 tablet removed from the list, none added. None of the tablets are from 2016.

  • mickliq

    Somehow no one mentioned that there is a new (2016?) version of the Tab S2 8.0 that has an updated SD 650 processor. That’s the one to buy!

    • Anthony Neidlinger

      I have the 9.7 inch version. It is a great tablet.

  • James Childress

    Sony struggles because their prices are too high for a tablet. $539 for the Xperia just turns off interest fast in a market with cheaper just as capable alternatives.

  • Amigo_URSO

    If these are the best.. Android Tablets are dead

  • I just sold my Samsung Tab S2, 8 inch. Also had the original Tab 3 8.4. Both were great, very light but shared the same problem. From about 8 months of moderate use onward, the battery started needing much more frequent charging. So, I have just bought the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, a tablet that should be on your list.

  • Phillip

    samsung makes the best tablets in my opinion the pro 10.1 is cheap and a beast I’d buy the tab s2 if it wasn’t for the damn 4:3 ratios. another good one is the tab s 10.1 and 8.2

    • Anthony Neidlinger

      I bought the S2 with the same reservations about the screen aspect as you. It has grown on me. For everything but videos, the 4:3 screen is superior. The screen does ok with videos.

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  • Brushrop03

    Nexus 9? Can’t even trust this list.

  • edd1965

    I would buy the Pixel C in seconds if it weren’t priced so bloody high. The market leader Ipad is selling for $300-400 for the 32Gb version currently at various dealers. Now if sold for $375-399, I might bite!

  • Brad Lewin

    Just sad that there is no 8″ tablet with 2016 processor available. Bought my wife a Nvidia shield K1 when they were still available to purchase. That K1 processor is really 2014 tech. Can’t really find a K1 in stock to order anymore. The Samsung tab S2 revised with a SnapDragon 652 is 2015 tech with a stripped down GPU. Still has a premium price even though it’s last year’s tech.

    The only current 2016 processor in an Android tablet is the pixel at 10″ with the tegra x1. Which of course is really expensive and not available in an 8″.

    Not to mention that there are no confirmed planned releases for 8″ tablets with the SnapDragon 820, samsung exynos 8890, or Nvidia tetra x1 at any price.

    8″ tablets badly need a flagship to come out. Had hope for an Nvidia shield x1 but now that is cancelled and the Samsung galaxy tab s3 never materialized. The premium Asus 8″ never showed either.

    I’m limping along with an lg g pad Google play edition that performs horribly in day to day operations. Hate to spend money on a new tablet with old tech, but choices for an 8″ Android tablet are pretty poor.

  • Kunal Narang

    Why don’t you ever include the Lenovo Yoga series!

  • Batflek

    the problem:

    The asking price for an android tablet is pretty steep, but the specs do not come in line with the price! Take for example the Galaxy Tab S2… prices 450€+ for an SD650 with 3/32 configuration (lte version always). For the price I would have expected an SD820 and 64GB ROM (its a tablet after all) as standard. It is supposed to be a flagship product.
    It doesn’t look right paying 500 for a phone and getting the best cpu-optics-sensors-battery… and when it’s called a tablet getting half the deal.

  • MrcheGuev

    I am struggled between some choices , getting a nexus 9 or a nvidia k1 or the sony xperia compact tablet or maybe the xiaomi mi pad 2 i’d like a quite long lasting battery life with a good screen and a processor good enough to run apps in background while i play games , please guys i need some help ^^

  • Holly_Wight

    You guys need to indicate if the tablet manufacturer is supporting full Marshmallow with adoptable storage, or if (like Samsung) they’re not supporting the full Marshmallow feature set.

  • uberwald

    So… the best Android tablets right now are all old?

  • Justing6

    Note to the author: the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 was refreshed earlier this year with little fanfare, but they upgraded the processor the the snapdragon 652 from the older exynos in the version that ships with Android 6.0.1 preinstalled. I have one and it is very very fast, a good match for the sub 1440p screen resolution as it provides better battery life than the snapdragon 820. Although the key selling point is still that ridiculous 265g weight (almost 2/3rds the weight of the also 8in Nvidia shield K1), you really have to hold one to believe it.

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  • Diskus1

    Seriously, no Zenpad 3S 10!? To me it’s the absolutely best value right now for an Android tablet.