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Android tablets are a great choice for everyone, from three-year-olds to grandmas. Unfortunately, the market has been floundering recently and it’s getting harder to find the best Android tablet for your money. Don’t worry, there are still a few really good options available — most of which are made from Samsung. Here’s our roundup of the best Android tablets of 2019!

Best Android tablets of 2019:

Editor’s note: We will update this list regularly as new Android tablets launch.


Best high-end tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Samsung Tab S6 tablet in hand screen

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, released back in August 2018, was one of the best high-end Android tablets ever released. It has now been replaced with the mighty Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. The upgraded pad comes with a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB to 8GB of RAM, 128GB to 256GB of storage, and a hefty 7,040mAh battery. 

Even though the 10.5-inch display size and 2,560 x 1,600 resolution remain the same as the Galaxy Tab S4’s, the Galaxy Tab S6’s overall footprint is appreciably smaller. The new tablet is also lighter than its predecessor — it weighs 420g, while the Galaxy Tab S4 weighs 482g.

Also included are four AKG-tuned speakers, a USB-C port, and a rear-mounted groove that magnetically keeps the S Pen attached. Thankfully, the S Pen is included in the box free of charge, because spending more on this accessory wouldn’t be good considering this is no cheap tablet.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 specs:

  • Display: 10.5-inch QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 13 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 7,040mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Best mid-range tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

Galaxy Tab S5e with keyboard attached

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is an excellent mid-range alternative to the more expensive Galaxy Tab S6. You get a very similar high-quality Super AMOLED display, speaker quality, and battery. You can also enjoy a laptop-like experience using the optional keyboard case.

The only thing that’s really missing here is the S Pen, but even if it’s not included with the tablet, a separately purchased stylus will work. Of course, you also get a mid-range processing package, but most can live with these specs. With a price point starting at about $400, the Tab S5e is a very enticing option.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e specs:

  • Display: 10.5-inch, QHD9
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 7,040mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


Best affordable tablet: Samsung Galaxy A 10.1 (2019)

Samsung Galaxy A 10.1 Android tabletSamsung

Despite being one of the best cheap tablets Samsung has to offer, the 2019-edition Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 keeps pace with the more expensive Samsung tablets. There’s no home button in sight, the bezels are much thinner, it comes with a premium metal build, and the device is running Android 9.0 Pie.

Granted, you don’t get the specs and features of Samsung’s more expensive offerings, but if a good viewing experience with decent performance is what you’re after, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) gets the job done — and at a very low price too.


Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Exynos 7904
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32/64/128GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 6,150mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


Best ultra-affordable tablets: Amazon Fire family

Press render of the Amazon Fire 7 (2019) tablet.Amazon

Amazon’s Fire family continues to get better and cheaper! The Amazon Fire 7 is an entry-level tablet but its near rock bottom starting price of just $30 is still very impressive.

If you’re looking for a little more “fire”, you get a half gig more of RAM, a slightly larger display with a higher resolution, and up to three hours more of battery life with the Amazon Fire HD 8. It’s still surprisingly cheap, starting at $50.

Finally, Amazon Fire HD 10 is the higher-end member of the Fire family. As the name suggests, you get a Full HD 10.1-inch display, and specs that are similar to the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 above. It continues the series’ budget-friendly streak, with a starting price of just $100.

Specifications aside, there are a few experiences that are shared across the board, the most important of which is the integrated hands-free Alexa functionality. There’s also no Google Play Store access, making these devices better suited for those invested in the Amazon ecosystem.


Amazon Fire 7 specs:

  • Display: 7-inch, HD
  • SoC: 1.3Ghz quad-core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: up to 7 hours
  • Software: Fire OS


Amazon Fire HD 8 specs:

  • Display: 8-inch, HD
  • SoC: 1.3Ghz quad-core
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: up to 10 hours
  • Software: Fire OS


Amazon Fire HD 10 specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, Full HD
  • SoC: 1.8GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Front camera: VGA
  • Battery: up to 10 hours
  • Software: Fire OS


Best small tablet: Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4-inch

You may have noticed most tablets on this list come with displays larger than 10 inches. If you’re on the lookout for a more portable option and are okay with mid-range performance, the Huawei Mediapad M5 8.4-inch may be the perfect fit. Huawei has released the upgraded Mediapad M6 series, but those are hard to find outside China. 

The Huawei Mediapad M5 8.4-inch offers a high-resolution display, an older flagship processor, dual Harmon Kardon speakers, and a large battery. It’s one of the best smaller Android tablets around. It’s not too harsh on the wallet either, starting at just about $320. 


Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4-inch specs:

  • Display: 8.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 960
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,100mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo


Best Chrome OS tablet: Google Pixel Slate

Chromebooks can run Android apps, but most of these devices offer a more traditional laptop experience and layout. If you want a Chrome OS device in the shape of a tablet, your best bet is to go with the Google Pixel Slate. The Pixel Slate runs a custom version of Chrome OS to make it work better as both a tablet.

You get laptop specifications and features here, ranging from the Intel Core m3 to a Core i7, and up to 16GB of RAM. It’s not cheap, starting at about $650 and going all the way up to nearly $1,500. Still, the Google Pixel Slate is beat by none in its category.


Google Pixel Slate specs:

  • Display: 12.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Intel Core m3/i5/i7 8th gen
  • RAM: 8/16GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: up to 10 hours
  • Software: Chrome OS


There you have it — these are the best Android tablets you can get your hands on at the moment. We’ll update this post with new models once they launch.