The best Android tablets 2024: which should you buy?

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Where once the best Android tablets served as more affordable iPad alternatives, these days they are devices onto themselves, in that they sport the power, specs, screens and even app ecosystem to challenge Apple's tech slates. 

Now, Android tablets range from simple devices to throw into a bag when going on holiday to have some entertainment while you sunbathe, to full powerhouses with ambitions to replace your laptop. 

The Android tablets listed below have been thoroughly tested and reviewed by us, so we are in a good position to recommend the ones to go for, from best tablet for you to the best cheap tablets for people on a budget. 

So read on for our picks of the best Android tablets to buy right now, as well as information on how we test them and the strengths and weaknesses of each tablet. 

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The best Android tablets 2024

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Below, you'll find full breakdowns for each of the best Android tablets in our list, as well as links to their respective in-depth reviews. We've tested each model extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted, as we flag both a tablet's pros and cons.

The best Android tablet overall

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra

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The best Android tablet

Specifications

Weight: 732g
Dimensions: 326.4 x 208.6 x 5.5mm
OS: Android 13
Screen size: 14.6-inch
Resolution: 1848 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB
microSD slot: Yes
Battery: 11,200mAh
Rear camera: 13MP (wide) + 8MP (ultrawide)
Front camera: 12MP + 12MP

Reasons to buy

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Samsung multitasking is better than iPad and Pixel Tablet
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Gorgeous display and blazing performance
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Value is surprisingly good compared to iPad Pro

Reasons to avoid

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Same price as a Macbook Air (M2)
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Faster charging would have been nice
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Flimsy keyboard and no easy S Pen storage

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is the device for power users who want the very best Android can offer in tablet form. With a powerful chipset, a large 14.6-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 11,200mAh battery and up to 1TB of storage, the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra makes a great stab at being a laptop replacement with an Android flavor. 

It will tear through all manner of workloads thrown at it, and sports multitasking that’s better than rival Android tablets and iPads. And when the working day is over, its sharp and slick display is great for watching movies on and playing games, especially if you want to tap into streaming services like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. 

The steep asking price of $1,199.99 / £1,199 / AU$1,999 might make people baulk at first, given that’s the type of money that can get you one of our best laptops. But then again the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is priced to be an iPad Pro rival, which also commands a premium. 

And ultimately, the fact that the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra can mostly fill the role of a laptop, as well as set a high point for an Android tablet, means it justifies its asking price; in short, this is the best Android tablet overall. 

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra review

The best Android tablet for most people

OnePlus Pad with magnetic keyboard and stylo pen

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Best Android tablet for most people

Specifications

Weight: 552g
Dimensions: 258 x 189.4 x 6.5 mm
OS: Android 13
Screen size: 11.6-inch
Resolution: 2000 x 2800 pixels
CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 9000
Storage: 128GB
microSD slot: No
Battery: 9,510mAh
Rear camera: 13MP
Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

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Display is sharper than iPad Pro
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A flagship tablet priced like a cheaper model
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Big battery and faster charging

Reasons to avoid

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Performance doesn’t match best phones
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One option for storage, RAM, color
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Stylo pen is pricey, needs charging

From our testing and experience with the OnePlus Pad, we can confidently say it is the best Android tablet for pretty much everyone who wants a great tablet but does not want an iPad. And even better, it’s priced competitively, undercutting rival tablets from the likes of Samsung. 

So what makes the OnePlus Pad special? Well first off it sports a very impressive display that’s even sharper than the screens you’ll find on an iPad Pro. But not only is the 2800 x 2000 resolution great on this 11.61-inch display, it also refreshes at a speedy 144Hz. So that makes the OnePlus Pad a great device for viewing everything from movies and games to web pages and documents on. 

Class-leading charging speeds and a 9,510mAh battery sweetens the deal for the OnePlus Pad. The only minor let down is the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chip can’t quite keep up with very demanding tasks like photo editing in Lightroom. So even though there’s the option to use the OnePlus Pad with a keyboard cover, it’s not likely to stand up to being a laptop replacement. 

However, that’s by-the-by as at the sweet price of $479 / £449, the OnePlus Pad’s minor shortcomings can be overlooked as it serves up a great Android tablet that’s worth consideration by most people. 

Read our full OnePlus Pad review

The best Android tablet for students

Google Pixel Tablet with speaker dock

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The best Google tablet

Specifications

Weight: 493g
Dimensions: 258 x 169 x 8.1mm
OS: Android 13
Screen size: 10.95-inch
Resolution: 1600 x 2560 pixels
CPU: Tensor G2
Storage: 128GB/256GB
microSD slot: No
Battery: 7,020mAh
Rear camera: 8MP
Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

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Great value for a tablet and speaker dock combo
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Home screen controls are useful and improving
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Excellent sound for immersive audio

Reasons to avoid

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Android still seems a phone OS shoehorned into a tablet
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Soft-touch back picks up dirt and fingerprints
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Smaller than the ‘11-inch’ marketing makes it seem

At first glance, the Google Pixel Tablet is a fairly unremarkable Android tablet. Its simple design means it looks like a Nest Home Hub display minus the speaker base, and its specs sheet won’t blow anyone away: there’s a decent but far from impressive Tensor G2 chip, storage comes in 128GB and 256GB options, and the battery is a somewhat small 7.020mAh. 

The 10.95-inch also seems small, with the bezels around the 60Hz panel looking a tad chunky by modern standards. The screen’s quality is good in most parts, but colors can look a bit too warm and the LCD panel won’t challenge the displays of many other tablets on this list. 

So why is the Google Pixel Tablet great for students? Well it’s because it can pull double duties as a smart speaker and hub thanks to the dock it comes with. While the dock's speaker can’t rival the audio punch of dedicated smart speakers, it’s still still impactful for its size. And the real-world performance of the Tensor G2 chip handled games and photos editing in a speedy fashion; there are also handy smart AI-powered features on offer too, like Google’s Magic Eraser to remove unwanted objects from photos. 

The Pixel Tablet’s software can feel a little like the version of Android found on Pixel phones has simply been increased rather than optimized for tablet use, but it still works well. And as an overall tablet and smart hub package, the Pixel Tablet earns its place on this list and could be a great choice for students living away from home. 

Read our full Google Pixel Tablet review

The best budget Android tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

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The best budget Android tablet

Specifications

Weight: 508g
Dimensions: 246.8 x 161.9 x 6.9 mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 10.5-inch
Resolution: 1200 x 1920
CPU: Unisoc Tiger T618 (12 nm)
Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB
Battery: 7040 mAh
Rear camera: 8MP
Front camera: 5MP