Update: The Pixel C has made it into our 10 best Android tablets – read on to find out where it placed.
Our list of the best Android tablets in the world – regularly updated
If you’re looking for a tablet and don’t fancy an iPad, then Android is currently the way to go.
Some Android tablets have 10-inch screens, others seven, some land somewhere in between and a handful even push the boundaries past 10 inches. There are big differences in battery life, processing power, RAM and price.
We’ve gathered together the best the Android tablet market has to offer, so read on to see which Google-powered slates you should be considering.
10. Amazon Fire HD 6
Small enough to be smartphone, it packs a punch
Weight: 290g | Dimensions: 169mm x 103mm x 10.7mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1280×800 | CPU: Quad-core | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 8/16GB | Battery: value | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA
A bit too chunky
The Fire HD 6 is one of the most enticing tablets to come from Amazon, mixing efficient integration with the Prime services and a compact footprint that makes it easy to drop in your bag.
It’s no tablet king, but it does what it sets out to well, and considering its price tag the Amazon Fire HD 6 is difficult to knock.
The cameras are worth avoiding, and the built in speakers aren’t great, but as long as you can get over Amazon’s slightly restrictive Fire OS and the lack of Google’s services then the HD 6 is a perfect pocket slate.
Read the full review: Amazon Fire HD 6
9. EE Harrier Tab
4G internet on the go, on a budget
Weight: 338g | Dimensions: 212.8 x 124 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 8.0-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Octa-core 1.5GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 4650mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP
4G mobile internet
Mediocre battery life
A decent price, good screen and solid design make the EE Harrier Tab a respectable budget 4G tablet.
The cameras are pretty dreadful and the battery life pedestrian, but by essentially nailing the basics, the EE Harrier Tab is great to use 98% of the time.
Read the full review: EE Harrier Tab
8. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Samsung throws everything into the fledgling maxi-tablet category
Weight: 753g | Dimensions: 295.6 x 204 x 8mm | OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 12.2-inches |Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Quad-core 2.3GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery:9500mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP
Large, bright screen
Improved Samsung UI
Creaky build quality
Unwieldy form factor
Sometimes bigger can be better – and Samsung will certainly be hoping that’s the case with the huge Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 which sports a – yup you’ve guessed it – 12.2-inch display.
As you’ll see from the name, this slate falls into Samsung’s “Note” series, which means it comes equipped with an S Pen stylus, and with such a large canvas to work with it can be genuinely useful.
Unsurprisingly the Note Pro 12.2 isn’t a small tablet, so it’s not something you’ll be carry around with you everyday, but with a meaty octa-core (yes, eight!) processor, 3GB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat OS it’s a serious powerhouse capable of some very heavy lifting.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
7. Samsung Galaxy Tab S
If you’re after a tablet with a great screen… this is it
Weight: 467g | Dimensions: 247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6mm | OS: Android 4.4.2 | Screen size: 10.5-inches |Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Quad-core 2.3GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery:7900mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP
Plenty of power
Still behind on design
Small on-board storage
The exterior design of the Tab S is nothing to write home about but it’s thin and it’s light and that counts for a lot when it comes to tablets. It helps the frame get out of the way of the screen, which is the real winner here.
Available in 8.4- and 10.5-inch variants, the Tab S range packs in a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, microSD slot, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front snapper and Android 4.4 KitKat.
Both tablets have fingerprint scanners for added security, but the plastic body may put a few off with Apple’s slates sporting a more attractive design.
There’s a new Tab series on the block, in the form of the Galaxy Tab S2, but the original S duo are still a great buy – especially now they’re a little bit cheaper.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S
6. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro
Taking ‘Netflix and chill’ to the next level
Weight: 665g | Dimensions: 246.9 x 179.1 x 4.6mm | OS: Android 5.1.1 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Intel Atom quad-core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 10,200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is packed full of media-focused features and sports an unique, distinctive design.
There’s a built in stand to take the heft off your hands, while the integrated projector means you can enjoy big screen entertainment away from your TV.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro