14 Sep 2021 11:06 AM +00:00

Best Android Tablet 2021: Top Picks For All Budgets

When it comes to finding the best Android tablet there are a number of awesome alternatives to the familiar iPad that we think are well worth considering.

The best Android tablets feature stunning displays, sleek, slim designs, and enough power for both everyday activities, like watching movies and browsing the net, all the way to the heavier lifting of work-related tasks.

We've done some of the legwork for you to help with your search and listed what we think are some of the best Android tablets around, based on specs, reviews, and features they offer.

Whether you're looking for a true standout pick in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus or a cracking option from Huawei in the MatePad Pro, then we've got you covered.

Best Android Tablet

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Best Android Tablet - Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

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Brand: Samsung | Operating System: Android | Processor: Snapdragon 865 Plus | Screen Size: 12.4-inches | Memory: 6GB / 8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Display Resolution Maximum: 1752 x 2800 | Camera: 13MP / 5MP

This Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is a good option if you're going for a premium tablet experience.

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Standout features of this tablet include its impressive Super AMOLED, 120hz display and powerful Snapdragon 865 Plus CPU.

It comes with a stylus and you can buy a keyboard to go with it if you plan on using it for work.

There's also a future proof 5G version, so you don't have to constantly hotspot or connect to Wi-Fi.

For one of the best tablets Samsung has to offer, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is a worthy consideration.

Best Android Tablet Lenovo - Lenovo Tab P11 Pro

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Brand: Lenovo | Operating System: Android | Processor: Snapdragon 730G | Screen Size: 11.5-inches | Memory: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Display Resolution Maximum: 1600 x 2560 | Camera: 13MP / 5MP, 8MP / 8MP

Lenovo creates some brilliant products from some of the best phones to the best laptops, so it's no surprise that their tablet also delivers the goods.

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The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro has an AMOLED display that boasts impressive contrast and vibrant colours, making it a great choice for those looking for something to watch movies on.

The battery life is also quite something as it features a massive 8,600mAh battery with 18W fast charging.

And if you're using this for work, this Lenovo Tab P11 Pro's 6GB of RAM should come in handy for pulling up multiple windows and apps quickly.

Best Budget Android Tablet - Amazon Fire Tablet 10

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Brand: Amazon | Operating System: Fire OS | Processor: 2GHz Octa-core (4 Cortex-A73s and 4 Cortex-A53s) | Screen Size: 10.1-inches | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB / 64GB | Display Resolution Maximum: 1920 x 1080 pixels | Camera: 5MP/ 2MP

If you're after one of the best budget tablets around then you may want to check out the Amazon Fire Tablet 10.

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Standout features include a 50% increase in RAM, expandable memory of up to 1 TB with a microSD, and a full HD display that is brighter than ever before.

We think the Amazon Fire Tablet 10 is a great option to consider if you're looking for something to watch films on and use for everyday surfing and browsing.

It even packs a 12h charge if you're taking it on the go...not bad at all for the price.

Best Android Tablet Huawei - Huawei MatePad Pro

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Brand: Huawei | Operating System: Android | Processor: Kirin 990 | Screen Size: 10.1-inches | Memory: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB | Display Resolution Maximum: 1600 x 2560 | Camera: 13MP/ 8MP

The Huawei MatePad Pro boasts an impressive 2K 10.8-inch display, lightweight ultra-slim design, and can bezels which come in at only 4.9 mm for maximum visuals.

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When it comes to audio, it features a quad-channel/ quad sound system that should pack a punch when watching your favourite movies.

As with many of the other tablets on this list, it also packs a large battery (7250mAh) which is said to support up to 12h of 1080p video.

You won't get access to the Google Play Store, which some people may find limiting, however, if that's not a big deal to you, then this Huawei MatePad Pro is certainly one to consider.

Best 8 inch Android Tablet - SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab A

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Brand: Samsung | Operating System: Android | Processor: Snapdragon 429 | Screen Size: 8" | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 32GB/ 64GB | Display Resolution Maximum: 800x1280 | Battery: 5100mAh | Camera: 8MP / 2MP

Another popular consideration for an accessibly priced tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A.

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It's not going to be quite as much of a heavyweight hitter as some of the others on our list, but where it should be more than powerful enough for streaming, browsing the net, and maybe some light gaming too.

It's got expandable storage of up to 512GB if you need it and again, very impressive battery life (a whopping 5100mAh) which will certainly come in handy when you're on the move.

This Samsung Galaxy Tab A even has dual speakers, with Dolby Atmos audio too!

Frequently Asked Questions About Android Tablets

There are few things you'll want to look out for when you're searching for the best Android tablet.

How much storage does a tablet need?

If you plan on taking loads of photos, using it for graphic design, or downloading movies, then you may want to consider going for something with a large amount of internal storage, such as 128 or 256GB

If you're more interested in using it for everyday activities, then most of this is done on the cloud anyway, so going for a cheaper model and expanding your storage when you need to could be preferable. Some also come with SD card slots to expand storage

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Do You Need 4G or 5G For A Tablet?

This is a slightly confusing area for many when it comes to tablets as some can come with 4G or 5G connectivity.

Why is that useful? Well, it means you don't have to connect it to Wi-Fi all the time and can basically get online or even make calls from anywhere using a phone plan.

In our opinion, it's an expensive upgrade and one that you can achieve by simply using your phone as a hotspot.

But, as always, it's all about personal preference and it could be very convenient, especially if you're travelling often.

How Much Should You Spend On A Tablet?

Prices vary from as low as under $50 all the way up to the $800 plus mark, so you're bound to find something for your budget.

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Of course, the more premium products will be more powerful, but that's not to say that their cheaper alternatives don't still pack a punch.

And we'd even say that if you're not using it for work, getting the absolute best performance shouldn't be as high a priority as having something that's lightweight, holds a charge, and is fast enough to open apps quickly.

For something that ticks most of the boxes, we'd say go between $250 - $350, with anything above being what we'd class as a 'premium' tablet.

What Is The Best Tablet Size?

We'd say the best size for a tablet is around 10 inches, which we think is big enough to take on the go, but also use for work when needed.

Some tablets can go as small as 7 - 8 inches which provide a cheaper option and are actually quite good for smaller hands or using as a family tablet.

You can get larger screens of course, but expect to pay more in the process.

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