A visitor tries out Samsung Electronics Co.'s 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S tablet during an event in Tokyo, Japan on July 31, 2014.
Koji Sasahara—AP
August 6, 2014 5:45 AM EDT

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If you know that the iPad Air 2 or a device running Windows isn’t for you, then this is the place to be. Check out all of our top picks from the list below, or flick through the round-up by clicking the arrow above.

Best 10-inch Android tablet | Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Best 8-inch or 9-inch Android tablet | Nexus 9
Best 7-inch Android tablet | Asus MeMO Pad 7 ME572C
Best sub-£100 Android tablet | Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176CX
Best sub-£200 Android tablet | Tesco Hudl 2
Best Android tablet for work | Asus Transformer TF701T
Best Android tablet for entertainment | Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2014)
Best Android tablet for kids | Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6
Best Android tablet for drawing | Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Best Android tablet for gaming | Nvidia Shield Tablet

If, however, you’d like a little more guidance on what to look for when buying a new tablet, you should read our tablet buyer’s guide, which explains the strengths and weaknesses of each type of tablet and anything else you may need to consider, technical or otherwise.

One of the golden rules you need to remember when looking at Android tablets is that you should steer clear of cheap, no-name models. There are a countless number of them available from various vendors and they’re almost never worth purchasing, mainly because they don’t tend to last very long.

As for the ‘best’ Android tablet, there isn’t really one at the moment. What we do have is a number of great Android tablets that perform some tasks better than others, whether that’s gaming, work or general entertainment. What’s best for you may be very different from what the person next to you might need.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Originally reviewed by 28 July 2014

Read full Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review

Best 10-inch Android tablet

Key features:

  • 10.5-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 Super AMOLED screen
  • Exynos 5 Octa 5420 CPU
  • Over 14 hours video playback

This has one of the finest screens of any tablet of any type. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5‘s display is stunning, and a marvel for watching video. It’s also among the slimmest and lightest tablets of its size and packs in a few extras like expandable storage and a fingerprint reader, though the latter isn’t all that good.

Performance is also excellent, while battery life is fantastic, at over 14 hours. Elsewhere you’ve got all the usual extras such as front and rear cameras and stereo speakers, while a somewhat clunky but still useful case system seals the detail. It’s simply the best 10-inch Android tablet around.

Price: £344 (£399 at time of review) / $374.99


Nexus 9

Originally reviewed by 07 November 2014

Read full Nexus 9 review

Best 8-inch or 9-inch Android tablet

Key features:

  • 8.9-inch, 2,048 x 1,536 IPS LCD screen
  • Powerful GPU
  • Good battery life
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

The Nexus 9 looks starkly different to Google’s previous tablets. It is far broader and the 8.9-inch display, with an aspect ratio of 4:3, isn’t as good for viewing widescreen movies as previous Nexuses, but games and apps feel much nicer. Colours are excellent, viewing angles are good and the 281ppi screen is nice and clear. At 425g and 7.9mm thick, it’s also comfortable enough to hold for extended periods of time.

One of the standout features is that, unlike any of its rivals who will have to wait for the software, it ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The battery life, combined with the powerful GPU, allow for an excellent gaming experience. The 8- and 1.6-megapixel rear- and front-facing cameras aren’t the best you’ll ever come across, but it’s a terrific piece of kit nonetheless.

Price: £299.99 (£319 at time of review) / $349.99

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