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Android has a reputation for being less than ideal when it comes to tablets. While it's true that iPadOS enjoys access to more apps that are optimized for big screens, the best Android tablets are often outstanding pieces of hardware. Google looks like it's getting serious about tablets again, too, with Android's recent big-screen improvements and a new Pixel Tablet officially coming in 2023.

You can just about spend as much or as little as you like on an Android tablet, though the pricier ones are generally more capable. There are also great Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets that run Android apps.

Thinking about buying a new tablet, but unsure which one to grab? Here are AP's top recommendations.

Editors choice

8.50 / 10

When you're talking Android tablets in the US, Samsung is the default choice. The Tab S8 series landed in February, and it's about what we expected: the Tab S8 and Tab S8+ are incremental improvements over the S7 and S7+, with similar designs and more powerful internals. But that's hardly a bad thing; we were big fans of the last generation, and better versions are, well, better.

The S8 keeps all the good bits from the S7 — the premium design and build, the 120Hz display, and the bundled S Pen — while improving on its predecessor in several ways. It's considerably more powerful than the S7, with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and more RAM. It also comes with Android 12 and One UI 4.1 out of the box, and it's set to get security patches until 2026 — nearly two years longer than the S7 will (that's to be expected, considering the S8 was released almost two years later, but still). If you want a premium Android tablet but don't need every bell and whistle, the S8's a great place to start your search.

Specifications
  • Storage: 128 GB, 256 GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Memory: 8 GB, 12 GB
  • Operating System: Android 12 with One UI 4.1
  • Battery: 8,000 mAh
  • Camera (Rear, Front): Rear: 13MP f/2.0, 6MP f/2.2 / Front: 12MP f/2.4
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 11" 1600p LCD, 120Hz
  • Price: Starting at $700
Pros
  • Great performance
  • Bundled S Pen
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • LCD display, not OLED
Buy This Product
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Premium pick

8.00 / 10

With a four-figure starting price and hardware you could call "excessive," the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra certainly fits the premium bill. The main attraction is the Ultra's display: it's a huge 14.6-inch OLED panel at 1,848 by 2,960 pixels, with a refresh rate that goes all the way up to 120Hz. It's got thin bezels on all sides, but there's a notch at the top (in landscape) to accommodate dual front-facing cameras.

Like the lesser S8 models, the Tab S8 Ultra packs the superfast Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. Unlike its little siblings, though, you can kit out the S8 Ultra with up to 16 gigs of RAM and 512 gigs of storage. Android's tablet apps still aren't generally super polished, but the giant screen gives you more real estate to multitask — including in Samsung DeX, which is extra handy on a screen the size of a normal laptop's. The Ultra's huge OLED is also fantastic for watching TV and movies, and its four speakers mean you'll get stereo sound in portrait or landscape orientation.

It's sturdy, expensive, and very cool — a truly premium device. So if you're out to get the most Android tablet possible, the Tab S8 Ultra should be your go-to in 2022.

Specifications
  • Storage: 128GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Memory: 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB
  • Operating System: Android 12 with One UI 4.1
  • Battery: 11,200 mAh
  • Camera (Rear, Front): Rear: 13MP f/2.0, 6MP f/2.2 / Front: 12 MP f/2.2, 12MP f/2.4
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 14.6"
  • Price: Starting at $1,100
Pros
  • Gigantic 14.6-inch display
  • Great performance
  • Bundled S Pen
Cons
  • "Ultra" size can hinder portability
  • $1,100 to start
Buy This Product
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Best value

6.50 / 10

Amazon's Fire tablets do technically run Android behind the scenes. The company has been positioning the Fire HD 10 as a productivity device; it's even got a bundle that includes a decent keyboard case. But it's probably better to think of the Fire Hd 10 as a media device first and foremost. At just $150, you're not going to find many other tablets for this price, let alone ones that provide a decent experience. Just be sure to install the Google Play Store if you do pick one up.

Specifications
  • Storage: 32 or 64GB + microSD up to 1TB
  • CPU: Octa-core 2GHz
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Operating System: Fire OS 7.3 based on Android 9 Pie
  • Battery: Rated for 12 hours of mixed use, supports 15W charging
  • Ports: USB 2.0 (Type-C), 3.5mm audio
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 5MP rear, 2MP front
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.1" 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD
  • Price: $150 to $205
  • Size: 247 x 166 x 9.2mm / 465g
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Optional keyboard case is decent
Cons
  • Only 3 gigs of RAM
  • Fire OS is often a hindrance
Buy This Product
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)

7.25 / 10

The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a great alternative to the premium Samsung tablets on this list. With an older Snapdragon chipset, the P12 can't compete with the Tab S8 family on raw horsepower, but the Lenovo tablet has excellent build quality and a 1600p, 120Hz, OLED display that's fantastic for watching video or playing games. It's also not running One UI over Android, if that's a pain point for you in Samsung tablets.

The Tab P12 Pro might not be the most practical option on this list, but it's got great hardware and a close-to-stock UI experience — two things that don't typically go together in Android tablets.

Specifications
  • Brand: Lenovo
  • Storage: 128, 256 GB
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • Memory: 6, 8 GB
  • Operating System: Android 11
  • Battery: 10200mAh
  • Ports: USB-C
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 12.6" 2K (2560 x 1600) OLED
  • Price: $699
  • Measurements: 285.6 x 184.5 x 5.6 mm
Pros
  • Solid hardware
  • 1600p, 120Hz OLED display
  • In line to get Android 12L (and currently eligible for the beta)
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Productivity features aren't great
  • Stylus isn't up to Samsung's quality
Buy This Product
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro

7.00 / 10

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is a refreshed version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 that we liked quite a bit in late 2020. For the same $230 MSRP, you're getting an updated design and a Unisoc processor that's a bit faster than the low-end Snapdragon found in the previous generation. Equally interesting, though, is that you can get upgraded versions that have four gigs of RAM and up to 128 gigs of storage.

Specifications
  • Storage: 32, 64, 128 GB
  • CPU: Unisoc Tiger T618
  • Memory: 3 or 4 GB
  • Battery: Up to 9h
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 8MP, 5MP
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.5" 1920 x 1200
  • Price: Starting at $130
  • Headphone jack: Yes
Pros
  • 1200p display
  • Updated design over the Tab A7
  • Optional upgrades to more RAM and storage
Cons
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • 32 gigs of storage on the base model is limiting
Buy This Product
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

7.50 / 10

Looking for a no-frills Android tablet for couch duty or to give an older kid? Nokia's T20 could fit the bill. The $250 slate offers adequate performance and great battery life, and Nokia promises security patches for a full three years, ending in November 2023. Time will tell if it honors that commitment, but the T20 is yet to fall too far behind on monthly updates. Its display and speakers aren't anything to get excited about, but at this price, they don't really need to be. It's a very okay experience at a very okay price.

Specifications
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable by MicroSD
  • CPU: Unisoc T610
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Operating System: Android 11
  • Battery: 8,200 mAh
  • Ports: USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 8MP, 5MP
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.4" 1080p IPS LCD
  • Price: $250
  • Size: 9.75 x 6.2 x 0.31"
Pros
  • Stock Android is familiar and easy to use
  • Admirable update commitment
  • Strong battery life
Cons
  • Performance is sometimes jittery
  • Screen's not great
  • Crummy speakers
Buy This Product
Nokia T20

8.00 / 10

The Boox Nova Air is an interesting case. It does run Android, but it's been tweaked to better fit the tablet's e-ink display. The primary use case for the Nova Air is reading, obviously, but it also comes with a stylus for jotting notes and has Bluetooth, so you can pair headphones for audio (the tablet has speakers, too, but they aren't very good). While it doesn't come with the Play Store pre-installed, Boox has instructions to get you started so that you can download all your favorite reading apps.

Specifications
  • Brand: Onyx
  • Screen: 7.8" HD E-Ink Carta Screen
  • Resolution: 1872 x 1404
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (2.4GHz + 5GHz) + BT 5.0
  • Front Light: Warm and Cold Frontlight
  • OS: Android 10
  • Battery: 2,000mAh, USB-C
  • Buttons: Power
  • Weight: 235g
  • Dimensions: 194x136.5x6.3 mm
  • Format Support: DF(reflowable), PPT,EPUB, TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, MOBI, CHM
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Pros
  • Thin and light
  • Handsome design
  • It's an e-ink tablet running Android!
Cons
  • Using Android on an e-ink display is an adjustment
  • Bundled stylus is a bit basic
  • Play Store not included out of the box
Buy This Product
Onyx BOOX Nova Air

8.00 / 10

Lenovo's Chromebook Duet 3 doesn't run Android, but being a ChromeOS device, it is capable of running Android apps. The tablet's 11", 2K display is sharp and just the right size for casual tablet use, and the Duet 3 comes with a detachable keyboard cover for doing more laptop-like tasks — something ChromeOS excels at. Its Snapdragon chipset provides ample horsepower for light-duty work, too.

The detachable keyboard design makes using the Duet 3 in your lap a hassle, though, and its touchpad has too much drag to use comfortably for long periods of time. The base model with 64 gigabytes of storage is also hard to find, meaning you'll probably have to pony up for the 128-gig SKU at Best Buy. But if that all sounds good to you, the Duet 3 is a fine tablet for running Android apps.

Specifications
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4X
  • Operating System: ChromeOS
  • Battery: "Up to 12 hours"
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 8MP, 5MP
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.9" 2000 x 1200 IPS
  • Price: $379
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1
Pros
  • Sharp, 2K display
  • Very portable
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Hard to use on your lap
  • Crummy track pad
  • Base model hard to find
Buy This Product
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3

The best Android tablet for you

It may seem strange that Samsung's getting so much representation here, but the company really does make great tablets. The Galaxy Tab S8 is an excellent place to start your search for your next Android tablet. It's well-built, as fast as you could want an Android tablet to be, and it's set to receive Android updates for four years (plus security updates for five), so you shouldn't have any trouble making the Tab S8 last.

The Tab S8 Ultra has all the features in the Tab S8, but it's bigger and includes more goodies. It has the same excellent build quality and the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset that powers some of the best Android phones. But with a 14.6-inch display, it's positively enormous — big enough to multitask with ease. Its giant display is a 120Hz OLED panel, too, so movies look great on it. And you can get the thing with up to 16 gigs of RAM and half a terabyte of storage, which means, combined with Samsung's excellent update track record, you should have a great tablet experience for years to come.

If you're after something less pricey (or less Samsung), Amazon's Fire HD 10 will be worth a look. It's not nearly as premium or as powerful as our top picks from Samsung, but it also starts at a much more palatable $150. Just don't expect it to handle heavy-duty tasks; the Fire HD line is more like consumption devices than productivity machines, but the warranties are good and great for kids.