Our favorite Android tablet — and our favorite budget Android tablet — just got a whole lot more affordable
When it comes to Android tablets, Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs are among the best. They’re known for great performance, solid build quality, and reliable software updates. In fact, three of the Galaxy Tab series made our list of the best Android tablets you can buy this year, with the S8 garnering both the top spot and our Editor’s Choice badge. If you haven’t picked one up yet, now may be the time. Best Buy is taking up to $160 off select Galaxy tablets.
Here are AP's top picks for Android tablets, all in one convenient location
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.
It's almost like browsers work better on bigger screens
Google has been anything but shy about its growing affinity for tablets, from Android 12L, to all the apps we've seen getting updates this summer in order to optimize them for larger screens. With plans to introduce the Pixel Tablet sometime next year, laying all this software groundwork makes perfect sense. In its latest effort to bring tablets the love they haven't been getting, Google is sharing the changes coming to Chrome to improve its look and functionality on Android's largest screens.
Apple's 10th-gen entry-level iPad gets a new port, a landscape-centered selfie cam, and a major price hike
The entry-level iPad has conspicuously lagged behind the rest of the lineup for some time now. While the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini have all made the switch to Apple's modern design language and non-proprietary USB-C charging, the plain ol' iPad has stuck with an old-school look and Lightning charging all the way up to the ninth-generation tablet released just last year. Today, that brings the device more in line with what we've come to expect of gadgets in the 2020s — but it also comes with a considerable price increase.
Your Galaxy Tab S8 has a multitude of cases to choose from, so we've rounded up the best for you
While many manufacturers have bowed out of the high-end tablet market, Samsung is still going strong and giving Apple a run for its money with great Android tablets such as the Galaxy Tab S8. This premium tablet offers everything you need for both productivity and entertainment. It isn't cheap, though, and if you're going to shell out at least $500, it makes sense to protect that investment with a quality case. We've rounded up some of the best options ranging from slim and sleek professional folios to oversized silicone models that can handle whatever abuse a child might subject your Tab S8 to.
Access WhatsApp chats on your tablet
With over 2 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is the most popular chat application in the world. The app offers a simple and intuitive user interface, notable features, and hidden tips and tricks that make it a joy to use. One thing that has been missing from WhatsApp's arsenal of features is an independent Android tablet app. However, with the new multi-device feature, you can now use WhatsApp on your tablet. So, if you want to use WhatsApp on your tablet, here is how to do it.
But Razer's newest gaming handheld comes at a high price
2022 is clearly the year of the gaming handheld. Today, Razer revealed an Android tablet built from the ground up for cloud gaming. Named the Razer Edge, it's the latest entry in a string of cloud gaming hardware.
It's one of the nicest e-readers ever released
Amazon's electronics are known for their streamlined, user-friendly approach, and its Kindle e-reader lineup supports that reputation well. The higher-tier Kindles, especially, look and feel like premium devices, with helpful touches like a wide array of LED lights and automatic dimming to ensure eye comfort. It usually costs quite a bit to get your hands on a high-end e-reader, but Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale offers the perfect opportunity to jump into the world of e-books at a reasonable price.
For when you're troubleshooting, selling, or trading in your phone
Smartphones and tablets last longer than they used to. So when it's time to say goodbye to your current device, there's a good chance it'll go to a new owner rather than a landfill. Selling an old device is a great way to offset the cost of a new one, and it's good for the environment. If you plan to do this, ensure the device is reset correctly, providing the new owner with a smooth experience and none of your data.
They're the best tablets for kids 12 and under
There is such a thing as healthy screen time, and Amazon's Fire HD Kids family of tablets is engineered to give young ones a safe and supportive experience on a dependable piece of hardware. Their internal components are nearly identical to the standard Fire HD tablets, but they're packed into ultra-durable cases instead. The included parental controls, relatively restrictive app environment, and Amazon Kids+ platform make it much easier to oversee and manage your kid's entertainment and learning activities.
Apps that are actually designed for large screens
Google's finally interested in tablets again. Android 12L and its tablet-specific features have had rippling effects, with more developers jumping on the tablet bandwagon with apps that actually use the extra screen space. We compiled a roundup of our favorite Android apps that support tablets, offering a solid mix, whether you're interested in navigating on a large screen with Google Maps or need a trusty media player like VLC to watch a video large and in charge. And if you haven't picked up one of Android's best tablets, check out the current selection.
Amazon's fall Prime event is kicking off the holiday shopping season with a bang — and tens of thousands of deals.
Once upon a time, Amazon Prime Day was only once a year, usually in July, but the deals never stop, so why limit ourselves to one sales event? That was obviously Amazon's thinking when they announced the Prime Early Access Sale a few weeks ago — after months of rumors that the e-Commerce colossus was doubling up on Prime Day shopping holidays — with this also serving as an unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season. That's right, folks, "early Black Friday deals" start this week, because why wait for Halloween to be over?
The Tab S8 came about 18 months after the Tab S7 did, it could be the same for the S9
While the recent and Pixel Watch unveiling may have taken some of the attention away from the likes of Samsung, that company is still hard at work developing its flagship phones for early next year — the Galaxy S23 series. While the company continues to dominate the Android smartphone segment, its tablets haven't quite seen the same success. Whether it is due to the extensive popularity of the Apple iPad lineup or the availability of cheaper, flagship-grade, Android tablets in the marketplace, Samsung's high-end Galaxy Tab S series have failed to leave a mark. A report now suggests that the conglomerate may be adapting to wider market conditions by reportedly delaying the development cycle for the Galaxy Tab S9 tablet lineup, which was originally expected to start late this year.
Give your eReader the best protection
The Kindle Oasis is Amazon's most premium eReader, offering exclusive features, the best screen, and a unique design that makes one-handed reading more comfortable. As a result, it's one of the best Kindles you can buy. From free e-books to any number of titles you can pick up, it really is like having a library wherever you go.
Nope, it's still not out
Google's history with tablets is outright embarrassing at this point, having given up on them several times, only to come crawling back time and again. Well, despite this very public history that has turned many fans off when it comes to Google and tablets, the company announced at Google I/O this past May that it has a Tensor-based tablet in the works, supposedly coming in 2023. Well, thanks to today's Pixel Event for the Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro, Google has , this time revealing a magnetic dock that can keep the device charged 24/7, ideally operating as a smart home display as well as a portable tablet.
Is one of them for a Pro Tablet?
Google’s much-anticipated launch event for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will happen today, and it's expected the Pixel Watch will also share the limelight with the two phones. Meanwhile, we've been distracted over the last few days by a confidential internal build of the Google Home app inadvertently released on the Play Store. Besides giving us a look at major visual changes that could become a reality, the app also spills some beans about the Google Pixel Tablet expected sometime next year, like the possibility of two different models of docks.
Nearly all of the Kindle lineup is up to 30% off now at Amazon
Hot on the heels of the high-end Kindle Scribe's release, several of the most popular Kindle models are enjoying some big price cuts on Amazon. Probably the most noteworthy deal right now is on the Kindle Paperwhite, which fared extremely well in our roundup of the best Amazon Kindles. As we gear up for the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale, taking place on October 11 and 12 next week, you can already save $40 on the Paperwhite.
Versatile, affordable Android tablets great for entertainment, work, and communication
The rumors of the Android tablet's death are greatly exaggerated. While a certain fruit-themed manufacturer has a strong grip on the market, several high-quality Android tablets remain great choices for many consumers. Conversely, you don't have to spend a fortune to get your hands on convenient, powerful, and refined tablets. Today, midrange and entry-level Android tablets are better than ever.
What you need to know about Amazon's Android fork for Fire tablets
In 2011, Amazon released its first tablet, a budget device intended to bring the new tablet form factor to the masses. That Kindle Fire was pushed as the first iPad alternative. While that comparison never really held up, it was successful enough for Amazon to release a selection of the best Amazon Fire tablets, expanding the range to include various streaming and smart home devices.
A massive 10" display for reading and writing — but it comes at a price
Amazon just can't stop unveiling new ways to read your favorite books on the go. Just a couple of weeks after unveiling a brand-new entry-level Kindle — one that seems guaranteed to be a hit during the upcoming holiday season — the company's returned with its most expensive e-reader yet. As part of its annual fall hardware event, Amazon has officially unveiled the Kindle Scribe, the perfect slate for anyone who takes notes as often as they read.