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 3, Iconia W4 and Lenovo Miix 2 - but Android KitKat (soon to be Android L) remains the main rival to the iOS 7 toting iPad Air and iPad mini 2.

Some Android tablets have 10-inch screens, others seven, some land somewhere in between and a handful even push the boundaries past 10 inches. There are big differences in battery life, processing power, RAM and price.

We've gathered together best the Android tablet market has to offer, so read on to see which Google-powered slates you should be considering.

10. 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.

9. Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Once upon a time the Sony Xperia Tablet Z sat in top spot in this list, but it has since fallen down the rankings - but don't let that put you off.

The main reason it's taken such a tumble is the fact it's been replaced by the Xperia Z2 Tablet, and while it may not quite have the features of its successor, this dust and water resistant slate with a super slender frame is still worth a look.

There's plenty of power thanks to a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, while the 10.1-inch display boasts a decent 1200 x 1920 resolution ensuring movies and games look great.

Verdict

A surprisingly lightweight 10-inch tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z is powerful, feature packed and easy to transport. If you want the best that Sony has to offer you'll need the Z2 Tablet, but if your budget is a little more modest the Z won't disappoint.

8. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

A direct rival to the iPad Mini 2, the 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro sports a stunning display in a portable size with the option of LTE connectivity if you want to spend a little extra cash.

Back to the 8.4-inch display though and you're treated to an eye-popping 1600 x 2560 resolution and the SuperAMOLED technology ensures colours are vibrant.

It does suffer from some poorly placed speakers, and the jury's still out on Samsung's faux leather plastic design, leaving the Tab Pro 8.4 feeling a little on the cheap side.

Verdict

A recent price drop has made the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 a slightly more attractive offering, and design aside it does well to match the iPad Mini 2 in terms of power, performance and features. It doesn't quite match the overall quality of Apple's package though.

7. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

Leaner, meaner and more powerful than its predecessor, Amazon has stepped its game up with the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 as it looks to keep pace with the new Nexus 7.

On paper Amazon's latest 7-inch tablet is more than up to the job with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, full HD display, up to 64GB of storage and prices starting at £200.

In reality however it's not the complete offering the Nexus 7 is, with Amazon's heavily modified Fire OS 3.0 stripping out a lot of the functionality of Android and putting the retailer's services front and centre.

Verdict

For the customisation you give up, you gain simplicity and ease of use on the Kindle Fire HDX 7. We'd like to call this the sort of tablet you give to someone who is less than tech savvy, but those devices don't usually have such good hardware.

If you're a Prime subscriber, or heavily invested in Amazon's ecosystem, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a smart purchase. For those who want a little more functionality, reach for a Nexus 7.

6. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Sometimes bigger can be better - and Samsung will certainly be hoping that's the case with the huge Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 which sports a - yup you've guessed it - 12.2-inch display.

As you'll see from the name, this slate falls into Samsung's "Note" series, which means it comes equipped with a S Pen stylus, and with such a large canvas to work with it can be genuinely useful.

Unsurprisingly the Note Pro 12.2 isn't a small tablet, so it's not something you'll be carry around with you everyday, but with a meaty octa-core (yes, eight!) processor, 3GB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat OS it's a serious powerhouse capable of some very heavy lifting.

Verdict

The sheer size of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 will put many off, but the appeal of an expansive, 2560 x 1600 12.2-inch display will attractive a small crowd - if you are one of those you won't be disappointed. Big screen, big power and big price.