10 best Android tablets of 2017: which should you buy?

Android tablets come in all shapes and sizes, as well as many different price points. Looking at the market as a whole, it's hard to know where to start looking for the tablet that's right for you.

Thankfully, we've sorted through them all and have come up with the 10 best Android tablets that you need to know about.

Each of these entries is strong in its own right, but our list is ranked according to a combination of performance for your dollar, design, features and build quality, as well as overall value.

We'll be updating this list frequently as more tough Android-powered tablet competitors launch. If you're mind is set on something a little more affordable, head over to our list of the best cheap tablets around. Looking for smartphones? Check out our list of the best Android phones.

Google Pixel C

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The world's first HDR-ready tablet

Weight: 429g | Dimensions: 237 x 169 x 6mm | OS: Android 7 Nougat | Screen size: 9.7 inches | Resolution: 2,048 x 1,536 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 6,000 mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

World-class phone design makes it way to tablets
HDR-ready means that it's future-proof
Keyboard is a costly extra
Can't quite cut it as a laptop replacement

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is easily the best Android tablet to date, headlined by an HDR-ready display, four powerful speakers and an upgraded S Pen that's included inside the box. 

For a tablet quick to flex its productivity prowess, it unfortunately doesn't come with the keyboard attachment, but if a future-proof tablet is something you seek, it's well worth the purchase.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Google Pixel C

2. Asus ZenPad 3S 10

Android's iPad killer

Weight: 430g | Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 5.5mm | OS: Android 6 Marshmallow | Screen size: 9.7 inches | Resolution: 2,048 x 1,536 | CPU: Mediatek MT8176 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Brilliant 2K display
Quick chipset
Some build quality issues
So-so battery life

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 might look like an iPad in design, but given its roots in Android, it's obviously a much different beast.

For your money, it's a hard ask to find another Android tablet that puts classy design at the forefront like the ZenPad 3S 10. Paired with its gorgeous 2K display and strong audio chips, it makes quite the impression.

Our review points out that there are a few low points in the presentation, but issues aside, the amount of features and performance level you get here is well worth the rather low asking price.

Read the full review: Asus ZenPad 3S 10

Google Pixel C

3. Google Pixel C

Google's own tablet is excellent

Weight: 517g | Dimensions: 242 x 179 x 7mm | OS: Android 7 Nougat | Screen size: 10.2 inches | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,800 | CPU: Nvidia Tegra X1, quad-core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP

Fantastic screen
Premium design
Accessories are costly

Google's first foray into crafting its very own tablets started couldn't have gone much better. The Pixel C is the best Android tablet out there, and for a few reasons.

Its design borrows from the gorgeous Chromebook Pixel and builds upon it, with versatility to allow easy switching between a standalone tablet or a laptop. Android power users will also appreciate that it runs stock OS and thus, like Nexus and Pixel products, the Pixel C is now running the latest software, Android Nougat.

The Pixel C certainly isn't cheap, but you won't find another Android tablet packed with as much power, style, and the latest software updates for years to come.

Read the full review: Google Pixel C

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

4. Huawei MediaPad M3 8.0

A beautiful, compact tablet from the phone maker

Dimensions: 215 x 124 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow | Screen size: 8.4 inches | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,600 | CPU: Octa-core | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 5,100mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 8MP

Sharp screen
Slim, light, fancy aluminum shell
Gaming performance is hit-or-miss
Rear camera isn't that great

One of the best things about the Huawei MediaPad M3 is its build quality. The slim, light aluminum frame looks and feels good in the hand. 

The screen and speakers are great, too. These attributes make the MediaPad M3 a competent entertainment tablet. And despite a few instances of lousy gaming performance, the Kirin 950 does an admirable job of keeping things smooth.

You can find a cheaper tablet further down on the list, but you might be giving up a compact, premium design of the MediaPad M3.

Read the full review: Huawei MediaPad M3 8.0

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

5. Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

This computer component manufacturer makes a killer Android tablet

Weight: 356g | Dimensions: 221 x 126 x 9.2mm | OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow | Screen size: 8 inches | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,200 | CPU: Nvidia Tegra K1, dual-core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 19.74 Wh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 5MP

Aggressively priced
Great specs
Accessories are costly

If Nvidia's Android tablet doesn't look like much to get excited about, you've been fooled. The slick chassis found in the last iteration of the Nvidia Shield Tablet is unchanged here, but the K1 features a big internal upgrade: the Tegra K1 chipset, which supports many of the graphical features commonplace in desktop GeForce graphics card, including tessellation, HDR lighting, global illumination, subsurface scattering, and more.

Its DNA might be coded best for gaming, but the Shield Tablet K1 is a perfectly suitable tablet for any use case. It's compact enough to hold safely with one hand and makes for a good e-book or e-comic book companion.

Simply put, if value is your main concern, you can't do better than Nvidia's tablet.

Read the full review: Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

This ultra-light Android tablet is now an even better deal

Weight: 389g | Dimensions: 237 x 169 x 5.6mm | OS: Android 6 Marshmallow (Nougat incoming) | Screen size: 9.7 inches | Resolution: 2,048 x 1,536 | CPU: Exynos 7 5433, octa-core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 5,870mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP

Thinner, lighter design
New 4:3 display
Small specs upgrade
Bloatware

Samsung is firing straight at the iPad's greatest weakness with the Galaxy Tab S2: storage capacity. The latest from the popular smartphone and tablet maker offers 32GB of internal storage as the standard out of the box, with support for up to 128GB via the microSD slot.

It also stands out amongst the larger tablet competition with a stellar 2,048 x 1,536 Super AMOLED display and Samsung's own zippy Exynos 7 5433 octa-core chipset, which consists of a 1.9GHz quad-core processor working in tandem with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.

Given that the Tab S3 sits at the top of our list, the S2 is now an even better deal.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

7. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

A tablet that balances novelty and performance well

Weight: 667g | Dimensions: 246 x 179 x 4.6mm | OS: Android 6 Marshmallow | Screen size: 10.1 inches | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,600 | CPU: Intel Atom x 5-Z8500, quad-core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 10,200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Integrated projector
Sharp screen
Expensive
Heavy

Most tablets are very similar to one another, but not the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro. It sits in its own sub-category of Android tablets that try and succeed at being weird, yet awesome.

This tablet has all of the usual amenities that one desires in a 2017 tablet, such as 2,560 x 1600 display and a huge 10,200mAh battery. But this tablet also houses a hidden projector that can splash the screen onto a wall for night-time viewing. Cool, right? It's novel, but actually useful.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

Nexus 9

8. Nexus 9

Google and HTC's team up yields one strong Nexus tablet

Weight: 425g | Dimensions: 228 x 154 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 7 Nougat | Screen size: 8.9 inches | Resolution: 2,048 x 1,536 | CPU: Nvidia K1, dual-core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 6,700mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.6MP

Knock-to-wake feature
Strong speakers
Uninspiring design
No microSD slot
No longer in production

Stock Android Nougat makes another appearance on our list, this time in the Nexus 9. Following the much-adored Nexus 7, Google and HTC teamed up to make a powerful, sleek 8.9-inch tablet.

One could say that despite its larger size, it's a worthy successor in spirit to the Nexus 7. The Nexus 9, too, does away with hardware capacitive buttons and features a centered front-facing camera. The matte-textured backs adds to the mix, which comes together as a tablet that looks sophisticated, and performs admirably under pressure.

Read the full review: Nexus 9

Amazon Fire HD 6

9. Amazon Fire HD 8

This tablet brings the heat for a low price

Weight: 341g | Dimensions: 214 x 128 x 9.2mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 8 inches | Resolution: 1,280 x 800 | CPU: Quad-core 1.3GHz | RAM: 1.5GB | Storage: 16GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 12 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA

Sturdy design
Reasonable price
Fire OS can be restrictive
Screen lack sharpness

If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, purchasing an Amazon Fire tablet is a check that almost writes itself. In the company's latest batch of tablet releases, the HD 8 sticks out as the winner.

This tablet boasts an 8-inch screen to make watching HD content enjoyable, and best of all, it's cheap as all get out, running at just $100. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you'll be well-served by this tiny, but surprisingly mighty tablet.

Read the full review: Amazon Fire HD 8

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

10. Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Samsung's last-gen tablet has a better screen than its latest

Weight: 464g | Dimensions: 247 x 177 x 6.6mm | OS: Android 4.0 KitKat | Screen size: 10.5 inches | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,600 | CPU: Exynos 5, octa-core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 9.5 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP

Excellent screen
Plenty of power
Small onboard storage
Uninspiring bloatware

There's no shame in buying last-gen tech products. The best-case scenario sees you saving a bunch of cash, while still having access to fairly modern specifications. And with the Galaxy Tab S, that's exactly what you'll get, plus some.

The Galaxy Tab S3 is the latest and greatest in Samsung's line of tablets. But the Tab S is still a respectable purchase, packing in impressive specs like a Super AMOLED display pushing 2560 x 1600.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S