The Best Android Tablets

The Best Android Tablets

Our pick

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Best Android tablet for most people

This capable tablet offers a sharp display, excellent battery life, and Samsung’s S Pen stylus.

Buying Options

$350 from Best Buy
$275 from Samsung
$327 from Amazon
$350 $308 from Costco

Costco members

The 10.4-inch screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite looks crisp and has very narrow bezels, and the included S Pen is handy for marking up documents or basic sketching or note taking. The large, 7,040 mAh battery is enough to get the tablet through several days of heavy use, but filling it up with its included charger takes a while. The tablet is noticeably faster than Amazon’s Fire HD 8 thanks to an eight-core processor and 4 GB of memory. Samsung’s One UI version of Android is a bit cluttered but has customizations for the S Pen and apps designed for the large screen. Unfortunately, Samsung has reserved some features, such as the DeX desktop UI and S Pen gestures, for the more expensive Tab S6. The Tab S6 Lite also lacks a fingerprint sensor.

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Budget pick

Amazon Fire HD 8 (10th generation)

Amazon Fire HD 8 (10th generation)

An Amazon-powered media tablet for cheap

Though the Fire HD 8 has a smaller, lower-resolution screen than the Tab S6 Lite, it’s a great cheap tablet for reading or watching video, especially if you get that content from Amazon’s store.

Buying Options

$90 $60 from Amazon

You save $30 (33%)

If you want a cheap tablet for watching videos, reading, or very light web browsing, Amazon’s Fire HD 8 tablet is ideal. It doesn’t have access to the Google Play store or any of Google’s apps, but at this writing it costs just $90 with lock-screen ads ($105 without) and lets you easily access Amazon content. Amazon’s Android-based Fire OS runs very well on the tablet, and the Fire HD 8 offers above average battery life due to the low-resolution screen. The Fire HD 8 also has more-extensive parental controls than other tablets, making it a great family device. However, without Google’s app store it can’t offer nearly as many apps or games as a regular Android tablet or an iPad, and the 1280×800 display is less sharp and vibrant than that of the Tab S6 Lite.

Upgrade pick

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The Galaxy Tab S6 has a gorgeous 10.5-inch OLED screen plus an included stylus. It’s fast, sleek, and feature-packed, but it costs more than most people should spend.

Buying Options

$535* from Amazon
$575 from Samsung
$530 from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $630.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the best Android tablet you can buy, provided you don’t mind spending a lot more. It has a vibrant 10.5-inch OLED display with impressive brightness, contrast, and HDR support—even Apple doesn’t make OLED tablets. The display works with the pressure-sensitive S Pen stylus for taking notes and drawing. It’s powerful enough to run multiple apps side by side, and it even has a desktop-style interface called DeX. The One UI version of Android 10 runs well enough on this powerful tablet, but it’s loaded down with features you’ll probably never use. And the asking price is nearly twice that of the Tab S6 Lite; at this price, most people should get an iPad.

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Our pick

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Best Android tablet for most people

This capable tablet offers a sharp display, excellent battery life, and Samsung’s S Pen stylus.

Buying Options

$350 from Best Buy
$275 from Samsung
$327 from Amazon
$350 $308 from Costco

Costco members

Budget pick

Amazon Fire HD 8 (10th generation)

Amazon Fire HD 8 (10th generation)

An Amazon-powered media tablet for cheap

Though the Fire HD 8 has a smaller, lower-resolution screen than the Tab S6 Lite, it’s a great cheap tablet for reading or watching video, especially if you get that content from Amazon’s store.

Buying Options

$90 $60 from Amazon

You save $30 (33%)

Upgrade pick

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The Galaxy Tab S6 has a gorgeous 10.5-inch OLED screen plus an included stylus. It’s fast, sleek, and feature-packed, but it costs more than most people should spend.

Buying Options

$535* from Amazon
$575 from Samsung
$530 from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $630.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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