Our list of the best Android tablets in the world - regularly updated

If you're looking for a tablet and don't fancy an iPad, then Android is currently the way to go. (Don't know what an Android tablet is? Check out: what is an Android tablet?)

There are other options out there with Windows 8 tablets such as the Surface 2, Ativ Tab and the upcoming Nokia Lumia 2520 - but Android Jelly Bean is currently the main rival to the iOS 7 toting iPad Air and iPad mini 2.

Are you wondering what the iPad rival to the new Nexus 7, G Pad 8.3 and Kindle Fire HDX is like?

Some Android tablets have 10-inch screens, others seven, and some land somewhere in between. There are big differences in battery life, processing power and onboard RAM.

So while we wait for the likes of the Tegra Note 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) to be put through our in-depth review process let's see what the current best tablets are...

10. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Movie playback on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is decent, with the large 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 screen doing feature films justice and the front facing speakers delivering sound directly at you instead of behind the tablet.

Even though the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 only comes as a 16GB option, the inclusion of a microSD card slot on top of the tablet will keep the majority happy.

Quick verdict

As far as middle of the road Android tablets go, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 hits the nail on the head.

It's doesn't stray too far from the norm, failing to offer anything truly exciting or different, but also ensuring it doesn't fall flat on its face. However, we're loving the recent price drop, meaning we're happy to boost the score on a tablet that brings rich power on top of the latest version of Android for under £240.

9. Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

If it wasn't for the higher price, the Infinity would be a real contender for the top spot. It's got everything you could want in a tablet, a keyboard dock as standard and it can handle anything you can throw at it.

Add in the Super IPS panel with a tremendous resolution, and you can see why this is a tablet to rate very highly - especially if you're fond of typing on the go but crave the simplicity of a slate too. New firmware updates in some territories have brought features like Wi-Fi Direct to the Infinity, and Android 4.2 will be landing soon too.

Quick verdict

Everything we'd look for in a high-end tablet is present and accounted for with the Transformer Pad Infinity.

While power is always welcomed, it was the improved screen that really caught our attention. Given that we use our tablet mostly for browsing the web and watching video, we couldn't help but marvel at the resolution, either.

8. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 arrived on the scene with the iPad mini firmly set in its sights and while it gave a strong showing the Android tablet, complete with S Pen, didn't manage to hit the same heights as its Apple-made rival.

That's not to say the Galaxy Note 8.0 isn't a good tablet as it's a light, solidly built, highly portable device and there's no denying that its display is far better than that of the iPad Mini.

Quick verdict

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a good device. There are better out there for the money, and with an arguably better design as well.

However, for those that like the S Pen as a tool, it's a great offering, albeit not really worth the extra cash for most.

7. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

The bigger brother to the Kindle Fire HDX 7 which (spoiler alert!) you'll meet later on in this list, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 offers direct competition to the iPad mini 2 and LG G Pad 8.3.

Boasting a full HD display, powerful 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage at touch over £300 you definitely get a decent bang for your buck, but the heavily modified Android platform will be an issue for some.

Verdict

It's not as good its Apple and LG rivals thanks to Amazon's restrictive OS giving you little in the way of options outside the retailer's grip, although it is easy to use and could well be a hit with parents (and grandparents!) across the country.

6. Tesco Hudl

Tesco Hudl

What's this, a supermarket making a tablet? Whatever next, Argos making one too? Oh wait... that aside, the Hudl tablet is a super cheap, £119 Android tablet which puts other £100 slates to shame.

Given it's price the Hudl is very well-specced, sports a solid build and a decent 7-inch display. Stock Android will please those who are not fans of overlays, and the addition of a microSD slot is useful.

The Hudl isn't going to blow you away with super slick operation, but there is a quad-core processor under the hood. The less said about the camera, the better.

Verdict

If you can stretch to £200, we'd still recommend the Google Nexus 7 as the best pound-for-pound tablet on the market. If you're looking at spending closer to half that, though, we can't see any compact tablet out there that tops the Hudl.