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.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
If you’re looking for a high-end Android tablet, look no further. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is one of the best tablets you can buy right now.
The Galaxy Tab S3 sports an HDR-enabled Super AMOLED display, quad speakers for stereo audio, and a battery that recharges very quickly, making this a true multimedia powerhouse. Not only that, the Tab S3 also comes with an S Pen that’s perfect for taking notes and drawing.
Oh, this thing is beautiful, too. It’s designed with Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones in mind, with glass surfaces on the front and back, complete with an all-metal frame around the edges. There’s no denying the premium aspect in play here, one that’s further accentuated by its svelte chassis and lightweight feel. All of this, of course, helps to justify its more premium price point.
The Galaxy Tab S3 is a bit pricey at around $600, but if you’re in need of a capable Android tablet, the high price point may be worth it.
- 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 2048 x 1536 resolution, 264 ppi
- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
- 4 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
- 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
- Non-removable 6,000 mAh battery
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 237.3 x 169 x 6 mm, 429 g
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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 34.2 WHr battery and 7.1 Nougat, 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.
- 10.2-inch LTPS LCD display with 2560 x 1800 resolution, 308 ppi
- 64-bit 1.9GHz octa-core NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor
- 3 GB of RAM
- 32/64 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
- 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
- Non-removable 34.2 WHr battery
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- 242 x 179 x 7 mm, 517 g
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, 283 ppi
- 2.2 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD card expansion up to 256 GB
- 5 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
- Non-removable 19.75 WHr battery
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm, 390 g
Huawei MediaPad M3
On paper and in person, the Huawei MediaPad M3 definitely delivers on what Huawei set out to do: create an affordable tablet with few compromises.
With its compact yet sizable 8.4-inch display, long-lasting battery and dual-1W Harmon Kardon speakers, this tablet’s name says it all. From YouTube videos to movies, this is one of the best options out there if you’re looking for a tablet on which to consume media. Even though we’ve found gaming to be somewhat choppy at times, it is capable of playing high-end 3D games with few issues.
The Huawei MediaPad M3 offers an immersive display, great audio and long-lasting battery life and while gaming can be somewhat choppy, it is capable of playing high-end 3D games with few issues. You can also make phone calls with it, if you’re into that sort of thing.
- 8.4-inch IPS LCD display with 1600 x 2560 resolution, 359 ppi
- Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 950 processor
- 4 GB of RAM
- 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
- 8 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
- Non-removable 5,100 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- 215.5 x 124.2 x 7.3 mm, 310 g
There you have it – our picks from the best Android has to offer right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!