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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:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
  2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
  3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
  1. Amazon Fire family
  2. Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4-inch
  3. Google Pixel Slate

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. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 will cost you $649.99 without the keyboard case. 

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 specs:

  • Display: 10.5-inch Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1600
  • SoC: SD 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 5/13MP
  • 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, 2560 x 1600
  • SoC: SD 670
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 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, with the tablet starting at just $230.


Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200
  • SoC: Exynos 7904
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32/64/128GB
  • Cameras: 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 $49.99 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 $79.99.

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 $149.99.

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, 1024 x 600
  • SoC: 1.3Ghz quad-core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Cameras: 2MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: up to 7 hours
  • Software: Fire OS


Amazon Fire HD 8 specs:

  • Display: 8-inch, 1200 x 800
  • SoC: 1.3Ghz quad-core
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Cameras: 2MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: up to 10 hours
  • Software: Fire OS


Amazon Fire HD 10 specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200
  • SoC: 1.8GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 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, 2560 x 1600
  • SoC: Kirin 960
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 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, 3000 x 2000
  • SoC: Intel Core m3/i5/i7 8th gen
  • RAM: 8/16GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 8MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: up to 10 hours
  • Software: Chrome OS