Best Android Tablets

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 23, 2017
Android tablets are portable gadgets that use a touch screen as a main input/output device and run under Android OS. These tablets are versatile enough and have many expandability features to be used for both work and entertainment. Here is the review of 5 best models available that we've made to help you when choosing the best option. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Kickstand/Prop Availability
Display
CPU (SoC)
RAM
Onboard Storage
Battery Life
Wireless Connections
Camera
Expansion Slots
Android Version
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

Supports microSD cards of up to 200GB capacity. The use of the Quick Connect feature allows outputting media content to a Smart TV with one click.

CONS

The speakers are arranged along one side of the tablet and may be easily covered and muted with palms.

OUR VERDICT

This high-performance Android tablet is capable of delivering an image of top-grade quality. The built-in battery can keep the tablet running for a working day, while the Multi Window mode enables you to perform several tasks simultaneously.

detailed parameters
Kickstand/Prop Availability
No
Display

10.1", TFT, WUXGA (1920x1200)

CPU (SoC)
Exynos 7870, Octa-Core (1.6GHz)
RAM
2 GB
Onboard Storage
16 GB
Battery Life

Music Play Time: Up to 187 hours, Video Play Time and Internet Use Time: Up to 13 hours

Wireless Connections
Wi-Fi 802.11 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth v4.2
Camera
Rear - 8 MP, AF with flashlight, Front - 2 MP
Expansion Slots
MicroSD slot, Micro USB, 3.5mm stereo out
Android Version
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Weight
1.16 lbs
Warranty

1 year

PROS

The ZenPad 3S offers a large onboard storage for your data and files. You can expand the onboard storage capacity by using 5GB of cloud storage that is provided to you via the ASUS Webstorage on a life-long basis.

CONS

The display produces many flares. There is no Gorilla glass used for the screen protection.

OUR VERDICT

A powerful CPU paired with a large RAM make this model one of the top performers in its class. The supported display resolution provides an unprecedented level of detail on the images shown while the display coating prevents fingerprints and greasing of the display.

detailed parameters
Kickstand/Prop Availability
No
Display

9.7", IPS, QXGA (2048x1536)

CPU (SoC)
MTK MT8176, Dual-Core (2.1 GHz) + Quad-Core (1.7 GHz)
RAM
4 GB
Onboard Storage
64 GB
Battery Life
10 hours
Wireless Connections
Wi-Fi 802.11 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth v4.2
Camera
Rear - 8 MP, Front - 5 MP
Expansion Slots
MicroSD slot, Micro USB, 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
Android Version
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Weight
0.94 lbs
Warranty

1 year

PROS

This Lenovo Android tablet stands out from the rest owing to an advanced design featuring an innovative kickstand, which allows using the Yoga tablet in the Stand, Tilt, Hold or even Hang positions. The tablet is equipped with a very capacious battery that is capable of maintaining an almost day-long tablet operation.

CONS

Choosing additional accessories for the tablet, especially a case cover may be troublesome.

OUR VERDICT

This tablet is very convenient to use and has an ergonomic design. The built-in camera can rotate through 180° to help you make high-quality selfies and video shooting of your face and surroundings during video conferences. With the Anypen feature, you can use any conductive object as a stylus to operate the device.

detailed parameters
Kickstand/Prop Availability
Yes, multifunction kickstand
Display

10.1", IPS, WXGA (1280x800)

CPU (SoC)
Qualcomm MSM8909, Quad-Core (1.3GHz)
RAM
1 GB
Onboard Storage
16 GB
Battery Life
Standby Time: Up to 95 Days, Usage Time: Up to 20 Hours
Wireless Connections
Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n), Bluetooth v4.0
Camera
Rear - 8 MP
Expansion Slots

MicroSD slot, Micro USB, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack

Android Version
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Weight
1.03 lbs
Warranty

1 year

PROS

The expansion slots substantially widen the possibilities of external devices connection. USB port on the tablet provides charging of the connected device.

CONS

The X10 does not support charging via its micro USB port. The battery time is not long.

OUR VERDICT

The Dragon Touch Android tablet offers a decent performance and is capable of outputting video signal to your monitor or a TV.

detailed parameters
Kickstand/Prop Availability
No
Display

10", IPS, HD (1366x768)

CPU (SoC)
Cortex-A7, Octa-Core (2GHz)
RAM
1 GB
Onboard Storage
16 GB
Battery Life
Up to 6 hours
Wireless Connections
Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n), Bluetooth v4.0, 3G
Camera
Rear - 5 MP, Front - 2 MP
Expansion Slots

Micro USB, USB 2.0, Mini HDMI, 3.5mm audio out, DC charging port

Android Version
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Weight
1.3 lbs
Warranty

1 year

PROS

Compact, lightweight, cheap. And at the same time, this tablet does offer some solid quality functionality with its HD display and Quad-Core processor. It also has a protective layer to keep your eyes healthy.

CONS

It only has 512 MB of RAM.

OUR VERDICT

This is a model for kids and adults who are not ready to part with hundreds of dollars for a gadget to carry in a pocket and use for basic work and entertainment stuff. Offered in three colors.

detailed parameters
Kickstand/Prop Availability

No

Display

7", HD (1024x600)

CPU (SoC)

Quad-Core CPU 4x1.2GHz

RAM

512 MB

Onboard Storage

8 GB

Battery Life

Up to 6 hours

Wireless Connections

Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n), Bluetooth v4.0

Camera

Rear - 2 MP, Front - 0.3 MP

Expansion Slots

MicroSD, Micro USB, 3.5mm Stereo

Android Version

Android 4.4 KitKat

Weight

0.56 lbs

Warranty

1 year

What Is an Android Tablet?

A tablet PC or a tablet for short is a portable device equipped with a touch screen, which combines some smartphone features with personal computer features. Tablet devices can connect to the Internet via built-in Wi-Fi transmitters but some models provide an Internet connection via 3G/4G cell phone networks using integrated modules and phone SIM cards. The design of tablet PCs allows surfing the Internet with comfort, watching various multimedia content (pictures, music or videos) and running various software applications, video games, working with electronic documents. A touch screen serves as the main device control organ so you can operate a tablet PC with no keyboard or mouse. The tablet PCs that use the Android as an operating system or simply Android tablets are stand out for their possibility of full user interface customization to achieve a maximum possible use optimization and convenience. The Android OS, contrary to Windows, is very flexible and almost every Android tablet manufacturer develops a proprietary Android version with a customized shell, which may considerably differ from that by other manufacturers. Another feature that adds to Android tablets’ flexibility is the availability of the Google Play official application store by default. The Google Play allows Android users download thousands of freeware and shareware applications to their devices in a fast and convenient way.

Those of you who want to make text inputting experience on tablet PCs more convenient and more desktop PC-like can refer to our review on Bluetooth keyboards, in which we covered best devices of this type.

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What Features to Compare

When deciding on an Android tablet, the tablet case type and display parameters are the factors we recommend to consider first. Generally speaking, there are types of tablets on the market regarding their case design: standard monoblock models and those with an attachable keyboard for a more comfortable text input (also called transformers) that have all the standard functionality. You need to determine the intended use of your Android tablet and choose either type depending on the use. Please keep in mind that the display is still the main organ of interaction with the tablet even for transformers, so you need to select display parameters carefully. The Android tablets available offer displays with diagonal sizes ranging from 7 to 14 inches. It is important to keep in mind that tablet displays also have different maximum resolutions and use different panel technologies. With that, it is recommended to choose an optimal resolution for a specific display size. For example, for a 10-inch or so display the optimal resolution lies within the range between 1280x800 and 2048x1536 pixels. In this case, the icons and text are neither too small to read nor too big to look awkward and the grain effect is not very evident.

Continuing with the consideration of important aspects of our Android tablet we come to its performance, RAM, and storage capacity. These parameters make difference first of all for those users who plan to use their tablets not only for Internet surfing but want to run modern games and applications. Android tablet PCs, just like desktop PCs and laptops, are equipped with CPUs (the CPUs are integrated into so-called SoCs together with GPUs in most Android tablets) and RAM. Thus, the more powerful CPU or SoC your tablet has under the hood the better the tablet runs different applications and the better is a user experience with the most recent and CPU-hungry applications and games. The more RAM is installed in the tablet the better the system responds to user commands and actions, the more applications you can run simultaneously and smoother they run.

In addition to the RAM, Android tablets have an onboard storage, which serves for storing the system and user data, including applications, media files, etc. While some models offer 64 GB of storage space or more we recommend choose the tablets that support storage expansion via micro SD or SD cards to reserve a room for the future tablet use.

The availability of various wireless technologies and connections also influences the possible scenarios of the Android tablet use. With all the modern tablet PCs supporting the Wi-Fi connectivity it is advisable for the tablet to support a dual band Wi-Fi connection, which, in particular, the most recent 802.11ac standard offers. If you plan to use your Android tablet outdoors frequently it is worth choosing a model with a mobile Internet connection (3G, 4G or LTE). The Bluetooth connectivity also plays an important role in the use of your tablet as it allows a close-range pairing of the tablet with other digital devices. Another way of integrating your Android tablet with a global network, for example a global positioning one, is the use of a built-in GPS module that enables the determination of your current location via specialized navigation software. Other indispensable slots are a 3.5 headphone audio out and a micro USB slot, which often serves also for the device charging. In case you wish to be able to charge your tablet wirelessly you will need the NFC support. Thus, the more slots and connections your tablet has the more equipment you can pair it with and more convenient it is to work with.

Last but not least tablet PC parameter to consider is additional features, which include front and rear cameras’ specifications, tablet battery life, version of the installed Android OS and its upgradability, case material, tablet weight, etc. The quality of rear camera optics and its resolution determine the quality of photos you can take with your tablet, for example, to share with your friends, while a front camera enables you to make video calls. If the tablet has built-in speakers you can listen to music and watch videos without connecting headphones. The importance of a long battery life speaks for itself, especially when on a trip. It is also important to check whether the tablet has the latest Android version installed and if not whether you can upgrade the OS to the newest one to eliminate possible issues of compatibility with new applications and games. And don’t forget about the balance of a stylish look of the tablet, the durability of its case and its light weight.

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Samsung SM-T580NZKAXAR

Suits Your Needs Best

Why do we recommend this Android tablet as one of the best tablets for an everyday use? The answer is simple: first of all, the design of this model was improved comparing to the previous ones giving it a more refined shape and exquisite appearance while the case is very ergonomic and is comfortable to hold. The second reason concerns the display revamping as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A comes with a WUXGA (1920x1200 pixels) display, which offers twice as many pixels as standard HD displays. The supported resolution is sufficient for providing a high-quality picture regardless of what you do on this Android tablet surfing the Internet, watching movies or gaming. The proprietary Anti-Glare feature is worth a separate mentioning as it provides an automatic screen brightness adjustment depending on intensity of ambient illumination. This feature helps you significantly reduce the eye stress during a long work with the Galaxy Tab A.

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Features That Please Every User

Let us quickly get through some technical aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and highlight the ones that may be of use to you. The first feature we would like to refer you to is the Kids Mode. Switching to this mode enables you to choose from a wide range of children-oriented content. Using this specific content on the Galaxy Tab A Android tablet allows you to discover the creative potential of your children as the content includes various drawing, singing and photographing applications, learning games, etc. In addition, the Kids Mode ensures a safe use of the tablet by children preventing them from opening certain unwanted links and applications. An alternative way of securing the Galaxy use by children is resorting to parental control settings in the settings menu. The second interesting feature is the Quick Connect, which enables you to replicate the tablet PC display on another display, using the Wi-Fi Direct streaming technology. This feature makes it very easy and quick to pair your Samsung Android tablet with a TV providing an uninterrupted video output on the tablet even after turning off the TV.

Samsung SM-T580NZKAXAR Galaxy Tab A 10.1" in the use

Galaxy Tablet Use Hint

The onboard storage this one of the best 10-inch Android tablets offers amounts to 16GB. This amount is typical for such devices but you need to keep in mind that a certain part of this space is already occupied by the Android OS and preinstalled applications thus you can use only a part of the specified storage for your needs. That is why it is advisable to use a MicroSD card to expand your storage for keeping your videos, music, photos and other user data. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A supports memory cards of up to 200GB, which provides larger storage capacities than those by many competitors. With that, you can transfer the applications you’ve already installed via the Google Play to a memory card to free some onboard storage.

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ASUS Z500M-C1-SL

A Spectacle of a Display

As we’ve already mentioned a display is of the utmost importance for an Android tablet and the ASUS ZenPad 3S has probably one of the best displays for its class. Just take a look at this 9.7-inch display with and IPS panel that offers the viewing angles of up to 178 degrees and the maximum 2K resolution (2048x1536 pixels) and you will understand why we subscribe to the opinion about its high quality and level of detail. What is also exciting about the display of this Asus tablet is that it is rimmed with a 5.32 mm-bezel, which is among the thinnest ones for such a device. The manufacturer managed to achieve an impressive 78% ratio of the display area to the total ZenPad 3S front panel area. The Asus company also implemented the VisualMaster, a whole set of proprietary hardware and software solutions, for providing the best visual experience. Thus, buying the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) Android tablet you equip yourself with a device that has one of the highest-quality displays in terms of image quality, contrast and color rendering.

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Masterful Sound Rendition

The ZenPad Android tablet PC can amaze an experienced user not only by its display but also by its sound. Owing to the use of specially developed SonicMaster 3.0 audio technology that incorporates a range of hardware and software tools of sound improvement the manufacturer made the tablet sound as no other competitor. First of all, the front speakers used in the 3S Android tablet can produce a much louder sound than those of the average tablet. Secondly, this ZenPad model is capable of outputting a 24-bit sound with the 192 kHz sampling rate with compatible devices, which is technically 4 times better than the Red Book (Audio CD) sound. Though it is not all that the ZenPad 3S 10 is capable of in terms of sound reproduction as it brings you a whole bunch of sound effects, including the 7.1 surround sound via the headphone audio out. The advanced audio processing was made possible by the implementation of the DTS Headphone:X™ technology, which turns the tablet into an excellent sound performer.

ASUS Z500M-C1-SL Tablet in the use

Killer Performance

In terms of general performance, the ZenPad 3S Android tablet stands out from the most competitors owing to the use of modern and high-performance MTK MT8176 SoC that combines 6 CPU cores in two clusters and the healthy 4 GB of RAM. The amount of RAM installed is two times bigger than that installed in entry- and mid-level Android tablets. The video subsystem is no slouch either with the IMG GX6250 GPU providing a high framerate and smooth video rendering in Android games and graphics-intensive applications. To eliminate a shortage of storage space the manufacturer has equipped the tablet with 64GB of onboard storage, which provides a plenty of room for storing your data, such as media files and applications.

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Lenovo ZA090008US

Capable of Adapting to Your Needs

If you are looking for an Android tablet that is versatile, practical yet comfortable to use every day for work and entertainment you definitely should consider the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 option. Speaking about the practicability of this tablet model, the first thing that strikes one’s eye is the unconventional case of the device with the battery module located on the tablet side. However, such design has its advantages. Owing to such arrangement of this Lenovo tablet internals, the manufacturer managed to shift the Yoga Tab center of gravity from the geometrical center and to locate the ergonomic stand on the center of gravity side, which enabled the tablet securing in different positions, including the Stand, Tilt, Hold or even Hang positions. Another spectacular design solution, which was implemented in the Yoga Tab Android tablet – the 180-degrees rotatable camera. Therefore making video calls and video conferences as well as taking high-quality selfies at different angles will be easier and more comfortable. With this Lenovo tablet, you can set free your photo creativity and passion.

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An Impressive Battery Life

For sure, many of us pay much attention to the device battery life choosing a tablet PC as it is crucial for the tablet use on the go or on a trip. When engineering the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 the manufacturer has taken this fact into consideration and decided to equip the Tab 3 with a high-capacity 6200mAH Li-Ion battery, which enabled the device to run for about 20 hours on a single charge. It is notable that Yoga’s battery life is twice or even thrice bigger than that of some competing Android tablet PCs. With such a battery, you will get an almost day-long use of the Yoga Tab 3 on a single charge without any worries of battery depletion. We found it amazing that when in the standby mode the tablet is capable of operating for up to 95 days.

Lenovo ZA090008US Multimode Capabilities in the use

A Feature You May Have Overlooked

When examining the features of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 we just could not avoid highlighting such feature as the AnyPen. The support of this technology provides a use of literally any object made of electrically conductive material as a stylus, whether it is a pen, pencil, a carrot or even a handle of a fork. However, we recommend using a specialized stylus, which provides a better performance and more precise control, especially when you do drawing, text typing, etc. To make an informed choice of a stylus you simply need to read our stylus pens review and select the best suitable from the five models reviewed.

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Dragon Touch X10-LOLP

A Fascinating Processing Power

Some users consider a 4-core tablet CPU to be a most powerful and state of the art solution. Indeed, should take a look at the Dragon Touch X10 Android tablet, which is equipped with an octa-core CPU with each Cortex-A7 core clocked at 2GHz maximum. This very CPU provides a smooth run and fast launch of applications, for example, your Internet browser. Working in a tandem with 1GB of RAM, the electronic heart of the Dragon Touch delivers a top-tier performance and very fast response when running multiple applications or opening many tabs in an Internet browser. You can install all your favorite applications as well as store your multimedia content on the 16 GB onboard storage of the tablet. Of course, there are users with storage demands far exceeding this available capacity and for satisfying those users the tablet supports storage expansion via memory cards. All the power in handling large amounts of digital data unfolds itself on the 10-inch touchscreen with the 1366x768 pixels resolution. The display is based on an IPS panel, which technology is known for its precise color rendering and viewing angles of up to 178 degrees and bringing the tablet users a joy of watching various video content and playing video games at high FPS (owing to the GPU used) and eye-candy picture.

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A Bunch of Expansion Slots

As modern Android tablets are quite versatile their use often requires pairing them with other digital devices. Unfortunately, some tablets are not equipped with connection interfaces other than the USB. Though it does not concern the Dragon Touch X10 as it is furnished with all the interfaces required for connecting most of the portable devices. Using the mini HDMI slot you can connect the X10 to a PC monitor or a TV panel for a large screen watching experience. The Dragon tablet even has a full-sized USB slot, in which you can plug a corded or cordless mouse or a keyboard to control the tablet in a desktop PC way. Of course, the manufacturer also provided for a standard 3.5 mm audio out for connecting a set of headphones or an amplifier and a micro USB port for data exchange with a PC or a laptop. Needless to say, this Android tablet has a standard set of wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which serve for pairing the tablet with compatible devices without any cables or wires.

Dragon Touch X10-LOLP Unbeatable Performance in the use

It Is Useful to Know

A display is not only one of the most important and most expensive elements in a tablet but also one of the most frequently and intensively used one. Thus, in order to avoid any scratches and rubs on a display, it is recommended to apply a protective film or a glass to the display, while the tablet itself needs to be used placed in a protective case to avoid a potential mechanical damage to the tablet non-display area. Another hint is to use the full-sized USB port of the device for connecting a USB thumb drive or even a portable USB hard drive for a quick expansion of the tablet storage space and an easy transfer of your data from the tablet to external devices.

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NeuTab N7 Pro

Your Most Necessary Apps, at Hand

NeuTab might not be the name you'd hear left and right today but it gradually gathers recognition among basic level tablets. The reason for that would be that at a very low price, this tablet offers solid functionality.

The NeuTab N7 Pro is a compact and highly portable gadget that fits in your palm easily. You can carry it in just about any bag or pouch. Even a pocket will be okay since the weight of the tablet is mere 0.56 lbs. Can you name a lighter Android tablet? Still, with the named benefits, it's not the lowest level among tablets, it actually does offer a nice range of features.

Let's start from the core. There are four of them here, the NeuTab N7 Pro is a quad-core model. It is not the highest number, of course, but it is not the lowest on the market either, and it provides smooth task accomplishment without lagging and "thinking" for minutes on end. The RAM is rather small, however, you will need to think how many apps you need right there at the tips of your fingers before you buy this tablet. In fact, the NeuTab N7 Pro is often considered to be a kids tablet since they generally need fewer apps.

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Great Picture

The model has a 1024x600 pixels resolution—not the largest possible, of course, but still more than you will probably find in standard 7-inch tablets most of which offer 800x480 pixels. On a display of this size, the 1024x600 resolution looks really bright and crispy. Good contrast and viewing angles make it so that both movie watching and reading will be a pleasure with the NeuTab N7 Pro.

Talking about movies—the gadget has 8GB of internal storage space where you can save several films or clips when you travel, or you can store there your work documents and many loved books to read on-the-go. If this space is not enough, the model features a support for an SD card of up to 32GB. Again, the specs might not be top-level but considering the device's price, it's a good bargain. Also, we'd like to point out here that there is another nice bonus for movie lovers and it is an HDMI out with 1080 support. It means that even if you can't watch Full HD movies from the tablet (they won't be any good on a 7-inch display anyway) you can store them on a memory card and stream on a TV having connected it to the gadget.

NeuTab N7 Pro Tablet in the use

Good On-The-Go Gadget

Not the least important of all, the NeuTab N7 Pro is equipped with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity options. Bluetooth will come in handy if you wish to pair the tablet with an external keyboard, for example, for convenience when you need to type some amount of text. Or you can connect Bluetooth speakers or headset. And with a Wi-Fi, you have all of the Internet at your command, of course. Social networks, email, apps, and games are in close reach almost anywhere.

All things considered, we'd support the opinion that this Android tablet makes a great gadget for kids, but we do believe that it can also become a nice assistant for an adult who doesn't need many bells and whistles in a small portable device.

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NeuTab N7 Pro
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