10 best Android tablets in the world

Anti-iPad? Then have we got 10 slates for you!

10 best Android tablets in the world

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. It means that while you'll get a slightly cheaper experience, you won't have as many tablet-ready apps... but that doesn't mean Android tablets are a terrible idea.

There are other options out there with Windows 8 tablets such as the Surface Pro 3 if you don't fancy the iOS 8 toting iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both of which are riding high in our best tablet rankings.

But which Android tablet is best for you? There's so much choice: 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, so make sure you've had a good think about what you really want from an Android tablet before buying.

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

10. Tesco Hudl 2

Hudl 2

Tesco surprised everyone with the Hudl. Not only had the supermarket giant gone and made a tablet but it was actually pretty good and even better value.

The inevitable follow-up was less surprising, but no less good. At £129 it combines similarly great value for money with a larger, higher resolution 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

The Tesco Hudl 2 isn't a top tier slate and as a budget option there's some question as to if or when it will get Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it's excellent value for money and well specced enough that you shouldn't find yourself wishing you'd spent more.

Quick Verdict

Although not quite as good value as the Nexus 7, the Tesco Hudl 2 is probably the best value 8-inch slate on the market. If you can afford an extra £50 or so you might want to consider the LG G Pad 8.3, but if not this is a fine choice.

9. Samsung Tab Pro 10.1

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 arrived with an impressive 2560 x 1600, slim build and a decent chunk of power and this saw it top Samsung's tablet tree for a short while.

It has since been overthrown with the arrival of the Galaxy Tab S, but that doesn't mean the Tab Pro 10.1 isn't still worth a look.

A slightly lower price and powerful innards still make it a decent Android tablet, although the typical plastic build quality is evident again and despite being a flagship it hasn't yet been updated to Android Lollipop.

Quick Verdict

If you're not concerned with owning the best of the best, and would rather save yourself a few pennies then the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 should definitely be on your radar.

With a high-res screen, punchy processor and a huge array of features the Tab Pro 10.1 has a lot to offer, including a more attractive price tag.

8. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8 4

A direct rival to the iPad Mini 3, 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 Super AMOLED 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. Plus for the time being at least it's Lollipop-less.

Quick 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 3 in terms of power, performance and features. It doesn't quite match the overall quality of Apple's package though.

7. LG G Pad 8.3

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What's this? LG in the top ten for smartphones and tablets? Could the brand be on a rebound?

Well, when you make an Android tablet with a design language like this one, perhaps it's time to quietly worry at Samsung. In place of plastic, it's got a lovely aluminium shell, and connectivity with other Android phones makes it a viable option for a wider range of users - you can receive and reply to texts direct from the G Pad 8.3.

Some might question whether the Snapdragon 600 chip is too low-power, but it allows for a sleeker design according to the Korean brand, we're still waiting for Lollipop to appear, but it's arrived on the Google Play Edition and we expect the standard G Pad will get the upgrade too.

Quick Verdict

We really liked the G Pad 8.3, and it was only lower down in our list thanks to a slightly higher battery drain than we were expecting - plus the overlay can take some getting used to.

It's the closest competitor to the iPad Mini out there, in terms of design, and it's a tablet we're not ashamed to pull out of a stylishly slim bag. Perfect if you like the size of the iPad mini 3, but can't afford it or prefer the Android OS.

6. Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+

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Lenovo's Yoga tablets took a little time to get off the ground, but the Chinese company has really upped the quality in these flexible slates.

The bulbous cylinder at one end of the tablet holds a massive 9,000mAh battery and also houses a small kickstand. It means you can position the Yoga at almost any angle, which is great for watching movies.

The 1920 x 1200 pixel screen resolution is rather nice, has plenty of brightness and is a major upgrade on the old model. Similarly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with four cores all clocked at 1.6GHz is also a serious upgrade from the weak processor used last time.

Quick Verdict

The shape and size of the Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ is not going to appeal to all. Portability isn't as good as other tablets, but if you're looking for a media device this has a lot to recommend it. The massive battery life and handy kickstand are both unique features that give this tablet its appeal.