Update: July 2018
Apple users aren’t the only people with high-quality tablet options available to them. Many of the best tablets are Android, and there’s a whole menu of great options to choose from. The best Android tablets can fulfill a wide range of duties for casual and professional users alike, and come in a variety of sizes with a surprising amount of useful features too. Whether you want a tablet that utilizes an operating system that matches your phone or if you’re looking for something that the iPad line doesn’t offer, here is our list of the best Android tablets available today.
Best Android Tablet for Your New Galaxy S9 — Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
If you’ve got one of Samsung’s popular Galaxy S or Galaxy Note phones, the Galaxy Tab S3 is a great companion device. Though it’s not a necessity, it is handy when your gadgets can work together. The Tab S3 sports a look similar to the company’s handsets and it includes a home button and an S Pen for quick notes or drawing. The tablet comes with a 9.7″ 2048 x 1536 Super AMOLED display, microSD card slot, four speakers for a great audio experience, and is available in both Wi-Fi and LTE options. Samsung’s TouchWiz comes on-board too, so if you already use the company’s services on your phone, this is the best place to find them on a tablet.
Best Android Tablet for Audiophiles — Asus ZenPad 3S
If you desire quality audio from your Android tablet, take a look at the ZenPad 3S from Asus. The 9.7″ tablet is capable of throwing out 7.1-channel virtual surround sound that’s great for watching movies. The IPS display pushes a 2048 x 1536 resolution with a 178-degree viewing angle, and its super thin bezels make for an all-around excellent viewing experience.
Best for Android Tablet for Binge Watching — Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus
The Yoga Tab 3 Plus may not have the ultra slim and sleek design that today’s tablets are known for, but its with good reason. On one edge is a cylindrical base that allows it to be used in a number of ways, including standing up in portrait or landscape mode, laying down while angled towards you, or even hung from something. Once you decide how you want to use the Tab 3 Plus’s 10.1″ UHD IPS display, audio is pumped out through “theater-caliber” front-facing JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos, making it a great setup for catching up on your favorite shows.
Best Budget Android Tablet — Amazon Fire HD 8 with Special Offers
If you’re looking for a tablet for your younglings or just want something that won’t break the bank, it’s hard to beat Amazon’s Fire HD 8. It goes on sale often, and is especially fantastic for folks who have invested in Amazon Prime. It includes Prime Videos, Prime Music, Kindle, and the company’s very capable virtual assistant Alexa. The tablet also includes Amazon Freetime, which lets parents customize the operating system’s look to their kid’s liking, while also letting the adults set parameters for how long their little one can use the tablet, and what services they can access.
Best Android Tablet for Creatives — Lenovo Yoga Book
Lenovo enjoys making unique tablets and the Yoga Book definitely fits the bill. This 2-in-1 features a foldable cover that can be used with the tablet’s stylus for drawing or note-taking. If you hate typing on a big touchscreen, the cover can also reveal a full Halo Keyboard that makes typing a breeze. Another super unique feature is the Yoga Book also comes with an actual paper notepad that can be attached to the cover, and when you write with the included ink pen you’ll see your notes appear on the tablet! It’s like living in the future, but so it can be saved or sent out for later use.SOURCE: IGN.com