The best Android tablets in 2017: the best slates running Google’s OS

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Looking for a tablet and thinking about an Android device? Well, there are other options out there with Windows 10 tablets such as the Surface Pro 4 – but tablets running Android remain the main rival to the iOS 10-toting New iPad, iPad Pro 10.5, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad mini 4

And there are plenty of options to consider. 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 also big differences in battery life, processing power, RAM and price.

Below you’ll find our selection of the best Android tablets on the market right now. You’ll find devices from all price and size points and these are the very best tablets powered by Google’s own operating system.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung’s latest flagship Android slate is super

Weight: 429g | Dimensions: 237.3 x 169 x 6mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GBGB | Battery: 6,000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Great premium design 

HDR-ready display is excellent

Keyboard is a costly extra 

High price tag 

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is our favorite Android tablet in the world right now and replaces the Galaxy Tab S2, which is also a Samsung product.

This newer tablet is the best Android slate in the world thanks to a powerful processor and an excellent display that’s prepped to show you HDR content, something even the iPad can’t do yet.

There’s an S-Pen stylus in the box and you’ll also have the option of buying a keyboard too, but that will cost quite a bit extra.

The price of the Galaxy Tab S3 is high, but it’s worth it when you look at all of the power and amazing features you’ll get for that amount of money.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review

2. Asus ZenPad 3S 10

One of the best new Android tablets out

Weight: 430g | Dimensions: 240.5 x 163.7 x 7.2 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Mediatek MT8176 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Strong, hi-res display

Swift response

Mediocre battery life

Not great build quality

Nope, that’s not an iPad you can see just above. That’s one of the latest tablets from Asus – the ZenPad 3S 10 – and it’s our second favorite Android tablet you’re able to buy right now.

There’s decent power inside this slate as well as a super bright and beautiful display to look at on the front.

The battery life and build quality aren’t the best on the market, but considering the lower price point than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 above, we’d recommend picking this up if you’re looking for something a touch cheaper.

Read our Asus ZenPad 3S 10 review

Google Pixel C

3. Google Pixel C

Pure Android on a premium tablet

Weight: 517g | Dimensions: 242 x 179 x 7mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 10.2-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1800 | CPU: Quad-core 1.9GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP

Fantastic screen

Premium design

Heavy

Keyboard is a pricey option

Google’s done it – it’s made one of the best Android tablets around. The Google Pixel C has it all: a fantastic display, heaps of power and a premium design.

Okay, it’s not quite got it all – it’s a little on the heavy side and the pricey (yet rather clever) keyboard dock isn’t fully utilised by the Android interface, which is made very much for touch and not physical keys and productivity.

Those points aside, the Pixel C goes toe-to-toe with the iPad Air 2 and even the iPad Pro 9.7 with its clean stock Android interface, sultry metal body and super screen.

If you’re looking for the best of Google in a tablet, the Pixel C gives you just that.

Read our Google Pixel C review

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

4. 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

Integrated projector

Great audio

Heavy

Glitchy interface

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is packed full of media-focused features and sports a 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, though the screen is sharp enough that you won’t always feel the need to use a projector anyway.

All that tech does make it less portable than most tablets on this list and the UI could be better, but it’s a fairly unique option.

Read our Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro review

Samsung Galaxy S2

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung’s latest flagship Android slate is super

Weight: 256g/389g | Dimensions: 198.6 x 134.8 x 5.6mm/237.3 x 169 x 5.6mm | OS: Android 6.0.1 | Screen size: 8.0-inch/9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Octa-core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh/5870mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP

Thinner, lighter design

Great screen

So-so battery life

Camera is mediocre

There are plenty of reasons to invest in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – especially if you’re after one of the best Android tablets on the market but at a cheaper price than the Galaxy Tab S3 above.

It’s reading and web surfing-friendly, while the new 4:3 screen and general size and shape is better suited for most things. Videos work better on its predecessor thanks to its elongated aspect ratio – but they don’t exactly look bad here.

You can pick the Tab S2 up in 8-inch and 9.7-inch variants, to challenge Apple’s iPad and iPad mini ranges, with the smaller option being more portable and cheaper.

Almost impossibly thin, pumped full of power and with a slick version of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on board the Galaxy Tab S2 gives the iPad Pro 9.7 and Pixel C a real run for their money.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 review

6. Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

The best you can get at this price

Weight: 369g | Dimensions: 214mm x 128mm x 9.7mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 8-inch | Resolution: 1280 x 800 | CPU: Quad-core 1.3GHz | RAM: 1.5GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: Up to 12 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA

Good battery life

Decent value

Reflective screen

A little slow in places

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) is among the best of the retail giant’s tablets, as while it’s in many ways lower end than the similar HD 10, the smaller screen is sharper as a result, and the price is lower.

It also delivers surprisingly strong gaming performance, with a decent amount of power for the money. The speakers aren’t great and the cameras are awful, but tablets aren’t for taking photos and you can always use headphones.

What you do get is solid if not spectacular performance, and tight integration with Amazon’s other services through Fire OS, all at a price that’s well below most of the non-Amazon branded competition. You should also note that if you already own the 2016 version of this tablet, it won’t be worth upgrading to the 2017 version as the differences are very minimal.

Read our Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) review

7. Amazon Fire HD 10

An affordable way to enjoy Amazon’s media

Weight: 432g | Dimensions: 262mm x 159mm x 7.7mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1280 x 800 | CPU: Quad-core 1.5GHz | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: Up to 8 hours | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: HD

Low price

Impressive speakers

Weak screen resolution

Plasticky design

The Amazon Fire HD 10 is one of the company’s flagship tablets, but to call it a flagship is misleading, as while it’s top of the range it still sports middling specs at best, but that’s okay, because it’s also very affordable.

Its 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 screen doesn’t provide a very sharp picture, but audio fares much better thanks to loud and clear stereo speakers, and with up to 64GB of built in storage plus a microSD card slot there’s plenty of room for apps, games and other media.

Which is good, because this being an Amazon product you’re faced with things to buy, download, rent and stream at every turn.

Read our Amazon Fire HD 10 review

8. Amazon Fire 7 (2017)

Almost unbelievably cheap

Weight: 295g | Dimensions: 115mm x 192mm x 9.6mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 7-inch | Resolution: 1024 x 600 | CPU: Quad-core 1.3GHz | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 8/16GB | Battery: Up to 7 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA

Crazily cheap price

Decent media performance

Screen is dull and low res

Lacking app store

Tablets don’t get any cheaper than this – well, functional ones don’t anyway. The incredibly low price and sturdy design make the Amazon Fire 7 (2017) a great choice to give to a kid – in fact, Amazon’s even built a (pricier) version specifically for children.

But even for a grown audience the Amazon Fire far exceeds expectations, with a fairly bright 7.0-inch screen, acceptable speakers, solid battery life and even reasonable performance, with a snappy interface and the ability to run most games.

Fire OS won’t suit everyone and this isn’t a tablet that impresses once you take the price out of the equation, but for what the Amazon Fire costs it would almost be rude not to buy it.

Read our Amazon Fire 7 (2017) review



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