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Android tablets are a great choice for everyone, from three-year-olds to grandmas. Unfortunately, the market has been floundering 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 available right now!

If you are looking for a more affordable tablet for casual use, or to give to the kids, we also have a list of the best cheap Android tablets at the link.

The best Android tablets of 2019:

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


1. Best high-end tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Samsung Tab S6 tablet in hand screen

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is hard to beat and continues to be one of the best Android tablets (if not the best). The 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: Here are the best Samsung phones

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


2. Best mid-range tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is an excellent mid-range alternative to the more expensive Galaxy Tab S6. You get a very similar quality experience without the high price tag. It still comes with the great S Pen and an all-metal design. It’s a tiny bit smaller, sports an Exynos 9611 processor, and has 4GB of RAM. It’s also much cheaper, though. It’s one of the best Android tablets for those who need a mid-ranger.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e specs:

  • Display: 10.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9611
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 7,040mAh
  • Software: Android 10


3. Best affordable tablet: Samsung Galaxy A 10.1 (2019)

Samsung Galaxy A 10.1 Android tablet

Samsung

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.

Read: The best cheap Samsung phones

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


4. Best ultra-affordable tablets: Amazon Fire family

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

Amazon continues to offer some of the best Android tablets. They just keep getting better and cheaper! The Amazon Fire 7 is an entry-level tablet, but its near rock bottom starting price is still very impressive.

If you’re looking for a little more “fire,” you get a gig more of RAM, a slightly larger display with a higher resolution, and up to five hours more of battery life with the Amazon Fire HD 8. Or you can opt for the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus, which has even more RAM and wireless charging.

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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.

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, 1,024 x 600
  • 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: 2Ghz quad-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: up to 12 hours
  • Software: Fire OS


Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus specs:

  • Display: 8-inch, HD
  • SoC: 2Ghz quad-core
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: up to 12 hours
  • Software: Fire OS


Amazon Fire HD 10 specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, Full HD
  • SoC: 2GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: up to 12 hours
  • Software: Fire OS


5. Best small tablet: Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4-inch

You may have noticed most of the best Android tablets in 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.

Read: The best Huawei phones you can buy right now

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.


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


6. Best Chrome OS tablet: Google Pixel Slate

Google Pixel Slate Chrome OS/Android tablet

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.

Here: The best Chromebooks available right now!

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, but 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