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Best Android tablets 2022: which should you buy?

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The best Android tablets maintain a great balance of being priced well, while offering great features, design, and performance. The list of options is steadily growing so it can be hard to know where to begin. 

That's why we're here with our look at the best Android tablets. We've tested, used, and reviewed loads of Android tablets, so we know what we're talking about. 

We've ranked them accordingly below to ensure that whatever your budget or need, there's a tablet for you here.

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tops the list right now, that doesn't mean it's for everyone. Instead, if you're on a budget, you may prefer an affordable option from Amazon, or even a mid-range slate from one of the Chinese brands. 

If you're looking wider, we also have a guide to the best tablets as well as the best cheap tablets if you need to keep costs down. Read on while we take you through everything.

The best Android tablets 2022

A Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra on a wooden table

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The best Android tablet

Specifications

Weight: 726g
Dimensions: 326.4 x 208.6 x 5.5mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 14.6-inch
Resolution: 1848 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
microSD slot: Yes
Battery: 11,200mAh
Rear camera: 13MP (wide) + 6MP (ultrawide, 120-degree)
Front camera: 12MP + 12MP

Reasons to buy

+
Very powerful
+
Giant screen can be useful

Reasons to avoid

-
Unwieldy to transport
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Incredibly expensive

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is the ultimate Android tablet, but with its enormous 14.6-inch screen it won’t be for everyone.

That size sees it dwarfing even the largest iPad Pro, but with its included S Pen stylus this also makes it a superb device for creating artwork, editing documents, taking notes, and other productivity tasks.

The display is crisp at 1848 x 2960 and smooth at 120Hz, there’s tons of power from the Tab S8 Ultra’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and it has a great 12MP ultra-wide camera on the front, making this an ideal device for video calls.

In our review we were very impressed with its four speakers too, plus its masses of storage, and its premium – if fragile-feeling – design. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra then has it all. You can even buy a keyboard folio if you want to use it like a laptop. The size does make it less portable than some slates though, and it sure is expensive.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra review

A Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 hanging off a door handle

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The best Android tablet for second screen use

Specifications

Weight: 830g
Dimensions: 293.4 x 204 x 6.2-24.9mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 13.0-inch
Resolution: 1350 x 2160 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 870
Storage: 256GB
microSD slot: No
Battery: 10,200mAh
Rear camera: None
Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

+
Useful built-in stand
+
Fantastic speaker quality

Reasons to avoid

-
Design makes cases hard to use
-
No rear camera

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is a bit different to most tablets, and that helps it stand out. While the slate works brilliantly as a conventional tablet, it also has a built-in stand, so you can prop it up without a case, and there’s a micro HDMI port, so you can easily use it as a second screen for a laptop or other device - two features which we found very useful,.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 also has an enormous speaker by tablet standards, making it great for anything involving audio.

Beyond that, you get a big 13-inch 1350 x 2160 screen, a moderately powerful Snapdragon 870 chipset, and a respectable amount of storage.

What you don’t get – in another unusual move – is a rear camera, but then tablets are never ideal for taking photos anyway, and we also found the design made it hard to use with a case. Still, if a kickstand or micro HDMI are important to you then this is the Android tablet to get.

Read our full Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 review

A Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus with an S Pen stylus

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The best older Samsung tablet

Specifications

Weight: 575g
Dimensions: 285 x 185 x 5.7mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 12.4-inch
Resolution: 1752 x 2800 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
Storage: 128GB/256GB
microSD slot: Yes
Battery: 10,090mAh
Rear camera: 13MP (wide) + 5MP (ultrawide)
Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

+
Gorgeous OLED screen
+
Premium design

Reasons to avoid

-
Android lacks quality tablet apps
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High price - but it justifies it

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus was at launch the best tablet Samsung had ever made, and it's still great now, as well as being a serious rival to the iPad Pro range.

In fact, its screen arguably has those slates beat, as it’s a 12.4-inch Super AMOLED one with a 2800 x 1752 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The iPad Pro range can match much of that, but those slates have LCD screens, which aren’t quite as good - we were seriously impressed with this screen.

You also of course get a whole lot of power from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus’s Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, enough that we found it the smoothest Android tablet experience we'd come across at launch. Plus, it has a premium metal build that’s incredibly slim at 5.7mm thick.

There’s also a 5G model for speedy mobile data, and Samsung’s S Pen stylus comes bundled with the slate. Chuck in a keyboard (sold separately) and this is a serious productivity machine. But even without that this is a high-end slate and great for media.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus review

A Lenovo Tab P11 Pro displaying the home screen

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The best Android tablet for media

Specifications

Weight: 485g
Dimensions: 264.3 x 171.4 x 6.9mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 11.5-inch
Resolution: 1600 x 2560 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 730G
Storage: 128GB
microSD slot: Yes
Battery: 8,600mAh
Rear camera: 13MP (wide) + 5MP (ultrawide)
Front camera: 8MP + 8MP

Reasons to buy

+
Lovely OLED display
+
Loud quad-speakers

Reasons to avoid

-
Weak camera
-
Middling power

Samsung has long been ruling the high-end Android tablet world, but it now faces an unlikely challenger in the form of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro. Lenovo isn’t well-known for Android tablets, but with the Tab P11 Pro it’s delivered a real rival to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus.

This slate has an 11.5-inch 1600 x 2560 OLED screen, so it’s big, sharp, and packs punchy OLED tech. It also supports HDR10, so we found it a joy to view content on, with the only slight let-down being its conventional 60Hz refresh rate.

Coupled with loud quad-speakers, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro makes for an accomplished media machine, and with its long-lasting 8,600mAh battery it’s a great travel companion.

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro packs an attractive metal build too, and it supports both a keyboard and a stylus, transforming it into a capable productivity device – though one that’s still no match for a typical laptop. We found its performance middling and its cameras aren’t up to much, but with its surprisingly reasonable price tag, those are sacrifices we can live with.

Read our full Lenovo Tab P11 Pro review

An Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus with its screen on

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The best big screen, budget Android tablet

Specifications

Weight: 468g
Dimensions: 247 x 166 x 9.2mm
OS: Fire OS
Screen size: 8-inch
Resolution: 880 x 1280
CPU: quad-core
Storage: 32GB/64GB
Battery: up to 12 hours
Rear camera: 5MP (wide)
Front camera: 2MP

Reasons to buy

+
Well priced
+
Good quality screen

Reasons to avoid

-
Looks dated
-
Could be faster

It might not be the best of the bunch for Android tablets but the Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021) has a lot going for it thanks to its attractive 10.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution.

That means it's ideal for watching your favorite movies or shows, especially as we also found that it manages around 12 hours of battery life, so you won't run out of juice at a pivotal moment.

In our review we were also fairly impressed with the speakers for the money, so this is a capable budget media machine.

Storage is limited at either 32GB or 64GB and we'd like speedier performance in an ideal world, as the chipset was a little bit dated even at launch, but at this price, it's not bad at all.

Read our full Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021) review

A Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite displaying the home screen

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The best affordable Samsung Android tablet

Specifications

Weight: 476g
Dimensions: 244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 10.4-inch
Resolution: 1200 x 2000 pixels
CPU: Exynos 9610
Storage: 64GB/128GB
microSD slot: Yes
Battery: 7,040mAh
Rear camera: 8MP (wide)
Front camera: 5MP

Reasons to buy

+
Robust design
+
S Pen as standard

Reasons to avoid

-
Can be a little sluggish
-
Some issues with S Pen

Happy to sacrifice a few of the features of the Galaxy Tab S6 in trade for a cheaper tablet? If yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite could be the best Android tablet for you.

The chipset isn't as powerful as its sibling, the cameras aren't as impressive, and the screen isn't as beautiful... but it's around half the price, and all of its specs are still quite impressive for a slate at this price.

It's a remarkably good product considering how much (or should we say little) you're spending on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. We were particularly impressed with the robust build and the inclusion of a stylus.

It isn't particularly smaller than the Galaxy Tab S6 - and ironically, it's actually heavier too - but if you don't want to spend top-dollar you may love this.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review

A Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 displaying the home screen

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The best Android tablet for flagship buyers on a budget

Specifications

Weight: 420g
Dimensions: 244.5 x 154.3 x 7mm
OS: Android 9 (upgrade to Android 10)
Screen size: 10.5-inch
Resolution: 1600 x 2560 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 855
Storage: 128GB/256GB
microSD slot: Yes
Battery: 7,040mAh
Rear camera: 13MP (wide) + 5MP (ultrawide)
Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

+
Beautiful AMOLED display
+
S Pen as standard

Reasons to avoid

-
Samsung's One UI not perfect
-
No headphone jack

While it's not the newest model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is still a great Android tablet, with a plethora of brilliant features.

It comes with an S Pen stylus in the box that you can use to take notes, draw and much more on the tablet's display. You can also buy a smart keyboard to make it an experience that is close to a laptop.

The 10.5-inch AMOLED display on the Galaxy Tab S6 is one of the highlights with an impressive resolution of 1600 x 2560. This tablet also comes with two cameras on the rear which we were fairly happy with by tablet standards, so you can get better photography than on many other slates.

It's not the perfect device - there isn't a 3.5mm headphone jack and we found that the user interface had its own quirks - but it's still a top Android slate.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 review

An Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) displaying the home screen

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The best compact, affordable Android tablet

Specifications

Weight: 355g
Dimensions: 202 x 137 x 9.7mm
OS: Fire OS
Screen size: 8-inch
Resolution: 880 x 1280
CPU: quad-core
Storage: 32GB/64GB
Battery: up to 12 hours
Rear camera: 2MP (wide)
Front camera: 2MP

Reasons to buy

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Super-low price
+
Great front camera placement

Reasons to avoid

-
Poor screen quality
-
Locked to Amazon’s ecosystem

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) is - along with the Fire HD 8 Plus - the latest version of Amazon’s 8-inch tablet, and by opting for this rather than the Plus model you get slightly less RAM and no wireless charging, but an otherwise near identical slate at a lower price.

It’s an upgrade on its predecessor thanks to 30% more power, improved battery life, double the storage, and the presence of a USB-C (rather than micro USB) port, but that aside this is familiar territory if you’ve used an Amazon slate before.

We weren't big fans of the screen quality, and you’re locked in to Amazon’s ecosystem, which isn’t quite as rich as full-fat Android, but if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber then much of your content will be front and center, and you’re paying a lot less than you would for most of the other best Android tablets.

Read our full Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) review

A Huawei MatePad Pro 2021 with a keyboard case

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The best Android tablet for productivity

Specifications

Weight: 460g
Dimensions: 246 x 159 x 7.2mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 10.8-inch
Resolution: 1600 x 2560
CPU: Kirin 990
RAM: 6GB/8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Battery: 7,250mAh
Rear camera: 13MP (wide)
Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

+
Powerful hardware
+
Robust lightweight design

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited software functionality
-
No headphone jack

The Huawei MatePad Pro is Huawei’s attempt at taking on the iPad Pro range, and in a lot of ways it’s a very strong rival, from its high-quality 10.8-inch screen, to its top-end power and its long-lasting battery.

The Huawei MatePad Pro also has a stylish, slim, and lightweight design, plus an optional stylus and keyboard, so it’s premium and built for productivity. However, in our tests we found that those accessories were simply okay, and the big problem faced by the MatePad Pro is its lack of Google services – meaning no access to the Google Play app store, and no Google apps, such as Maps.

That’s going to be a major issue for a lot of people, but if you can live without that then this comes closer than most Android slates to matching the iPad Pro experience.

Read our full Huawei MatePad Pro review

An Amazon Fire HD 10 displaying the home screen

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The best super-cheap Android tablet with a large display

Specifications

Weight: 465g
Dimensions: 247 x 166 x 9.2 mm
OS: Fire OS
Screen size: 10.1-inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1200
CPU: Octa-core
Storage: 32GB/64GB
Battery: up to 12 hours
Rear camera: 5MP (wide)
Front camera: 2MP

Reasons to buy

+
Crisp display
+
Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

-
Bit slow
-
Limited software

The Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) isn't the speediest tablet, but at a low price it creeps onto our best Android tablets list for good reason. For the price, you get a good quality and large screen with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, which we found was ideal for watching films or your favorite YouTube videos.

This is a slate you can use all day too, as our reviewer found that if anything the battery life is even better than Amazon’s 12-hour estimate.

In our tests we found the software was a bit limited and the processor a tad slow, meaning there are better options out there. However, if you're on a budget and don't mind making some compromises, you could do a lot worse than the Fire HD 10.

Read our full Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) review

How to choose the best Android tablet for you

Size and price are the two biggest considerations when buying a tablet. Consider whether you want the biggest screen possible - which is great for media and productivity, or something smaller and therefore more portable.

Consider how much you want and need to spend too. If you don't need top-end power then you can usually save some money.

Beyond that, other things to pay attention to are the screen resolution (higher is better), and the battery life - obviously longer is better, but how important that is will depend on whether you mostly plan to use your tablet at home (where you can plug it in at any time) or when out and about (where you might have to rely heavily on the battery).

If you plan to use your tablet for work or creative endeavors then it's also worth seeing whether it supports a keyboard or stylus, and whether any such things are included.

Is mobile data important?

Some tablets come with the option of 5G or 4G, but getting a data plan adds to the cost, so consider how much you'd need data when away from Wi-Fi - and remember that you can always tether your smartphone to your tablet to share your phone's connection instead.

How we test

Every tablet included in this guide has been reviewed in full, so we've spent a lot of time with each of them working out what's good, what's bad, and how they compare.

We've made sure to fully test out their performance with apps and games, how good content looks on their screens, whether their interface is intuitive, how long the battery lasts, and how the cameras hold up, as well as assessing their design and build quality.

With that experience we've also considered how they're priced and whether there are newer models in the range, to come up with this ranking.