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The Galaxy Tab S7 is the best Android tablet you can buy right now

The best Android tablet available right now is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7. It has a big screen, high-end specs, tons of features, a stylus, and support for a full keyboard. But, of course, it's pricey and not the right pick for someone who prefers a smaller, more portable tablet. Still, as an all-around device, it can't be beaten. For those with different needs (or budgets), we gathered a few additional options that will work just as well for media consumption and won't break the bank.

What is the best Android tablet for you?

Picking a quality Android tablet typically boils down to either Samsung or Amazon models. Samsung dominates the premium and mid-range tablet market while competing with Amazon's cheaper, budget A-models. So when weighing the best Android tablet for you, specifically, start with Samsung unless you don't have much money to spend.

There's much more to a tablet than just its display, but it's hard to deny how important a role that particular spec plays. The Galaxy Tab S7 has one of the most impressive displays on any device we've used, with bright and fast-refreshing visuals and an S Pen stylus. Of course, the Tab S7 also packs incredibly powerful specs that still hold up a year later, and you can even buy a 5G-capable variant for a bit more money.

If you really want to go the extra mile, Samsung's 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S7+ is an even more powerful choice. You'll trade the Tab S7's LCD for an AMOLED display, plus a larger battery. Both tablets feature the same Snapdragon 865+ processor and stylus, though, so y

Both S7s are over a year old now, meaning they are frequently discounted well below their original prices and have less future support. If you want a newer mid-range option from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE offers the size and battery of the S7+ for hundreds less, in exchange for a downgraded processor.

For the absolute best value, though, Amazon's Fire HD 8 is an unbeatable offering. The specs are nothing to write home about, but performance is surprisingly good, and you get a great media consumption device for a highly competitive price. The only catch? The Fire HD 8 runs Amazon's Fire OS rather than a more typical Android build, meaning you'll need to download apps from Amazon's app store rather than Google's.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

Best overall Android tablet

Bottom line: The Tab S7+ is appealing but expensive. The Tab S7 offers a nearly identical experience in a smaller, more affordable package.

Category Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Display 11 inches, 2560x1600 (274 ppi)
Processor Snapdragon 865+
Memory 6 / 8GB RAM
128 / 512GB storage
Cameras 13MP rear, 8MP front
Battery 8,000mAh
Dimensions 253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3mm, 498g
Colors Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze


  • Super light for its size
  • Large, high-quality screen
  • Quad speakers
  • Optional hardware keyboard cover
  • Productivity features including DeX Desktop


  • Can feel cramped when using as a laptop
  • Smaller battery

The Galaxy Tab S7 is Samsung's de facto flagship offering in the tablet space, with a comfortable size and powerful specs. It's built on the same tenets as the Tab S7+ but takes small, strategic cuts back to be more affordable — and that makes it all the more enticing.

You get a manageable 11-inch LCD, which feels dramatically better for handheld use than the S7+ and still features a 120Hz refresh rate and the same 6GB of RAM, 128GB to 512GB of storage, and high-quality quad speakers. The battery is a little smaller, but at 8,000mAh, it's still plenty large enough to deliver reliable battery life.

The entire body has a sleek aluminum design that feels extremely high-end and impossibly thin and light, at just 6.3mm thick and 498 grams. That makes it great for media consumption and handheld use in ways that even the Tab S7+ isn't. But you can still attach a hardware keyboard and jump into DeX desktop mode to get some serious work done just as well.

Best overall Android tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Wi-Fi

The Galaxy Tab S7 offers nearly every feature of the S7+ in a smaller, slightly more affordable package.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

Best Android tablet upgrade pick

Bottom line: It's Samsung's ultra-premium tablet, and it can do it all. Solid specs, a great display, and long battery life are all selling points.

Category Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Display 12.4 inches, 2800x1752 (266 ppi)
Processor Snapdragon 865+
Memory 6 / 8GB RAM
128 / 256 / 512GB storage
Cameras 13MP rear, 8MP front
Battery 10,090mAh
Dimensions 285 x 185 x 5.7mm, 575g
Colors Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze


  • Best screen available on an Android tablet
  • S Pen stylus included in the box
  • Robust and beautiful hardware
  • Long battery life
  • First-party detachable keyboard available
  • High-quality quad speakers


  • Expensive if you're only a casual tablet user
  • Too large for extended portrait or handheld use

The most important things to have in a full-sized Android tablet are a great screen, loudspeakers, robust build quality, and software that makes use of the extra screen size. That's what makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ well worth the extra cash for power users — it has a combination of everything.

Its spec sheet leaves little to be desired, with a super-fast Snapdragon 865+ processor, 6GB of RAM, plenty of storage, and well-optimized software. Since it's a Samsung product, you're getting a best-in-class display — coming in at 12.4 inches with an ultra-smooth 120Hz refresh rate — and a fantastic metal build. You also get an in-display fingerprint sensor, missing on prior models.

Beyond the specs, you get extras like excellent quad speakers, a microSD card slot, and an S Pen stylus included in the box that attaches to the tablet's back for charging when not in use. Despite being thin and light, it also gets excellent battery life. You can add a tremendous first-party keyboard cover to get some work done and then jump into the DeX desktop-style interface for a more laptop-like experience.

If you want a massive, do-everything Android tablet and you're willing to spend the money, there's nowhere else to go but the Galaxy Tab S7+. Your only real question is whether the smaller S7 or larger S7+ fits your needs best.

Best Android tablet upgrade pick

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Wi-Fi

The Tab S7+ is an incredibly well-designed tablet with a stunning display perfect for watching movies or playing games.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

Best value Android productivity tablet

Bottom line: The Tab S7 FE offers much of the Tab S7's best features, plus it brings a slightly larger screen, and an included S Pen.

Category Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE
Display 12.4 inches, 2560x1600 (274 ppi)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 7225 or 750G
Memory 4GB / 6GB RAM
64 / 128GB storage
Cameras 8MP rear, 5MP front
Battery 10,090mAh
Dimensions 248.8 x 185 x 6.33mm, 608g
Colors Mystic Black, Mystic Pink, Mystic Green, Mystic SIlver


  • Larger display than regular Tab S7
  • S Pen comes included in the box
  • 5G options
  • Works with Samsung DeX
  • All-day (and night) battery life


  • No 120Hz refresh rate or AMOLED
  • Snapdragon 750G is not as powerful as the 865+ on the regular Tab S7
  • You'll want to upgrade standard 4GB/64GB memory

Following in the footsteps of its immensely popular Galaxy S20 FE smartphones, Samsung decided to offer up a Fan Edition version of its best Android tablet in the form of the Galaxy Tab S7 FE. Like the phone, this tablet variant brings bright colors, a gorgeous screen, and impressive battery life at a lower price point than the other S7s.

The Tab S7 FE offers a big 12.4-inch display, perfect for watching Netflix marathons or sketching out your next great idea. Thanks to the included S Pen, you'll be able to write, color, or draw to your heart's content without having to spend extra on the accessory. Its large size makes it well-suited for DeX mode if you want to browse several apps while it sits on your desk. And the S7 FE features a large 10,090mAh battery that should last up to 13 hours of use — likely two full days of casual use.

In exchange for its lower price, the S7 FE makes some downgrades compared to the S7. Its Snapdragon 750G chipset and 4GB of base RAM fall short in performance, it only sports dual speakers instead of quad, and it only hits 60Hz instead of 120Hz. Despite these downgrades, we found it performed respectably in our tests, and you can always upgrade your RAM and still have it cost less than the S7 for more display space.

The tablet is available in attractive colors, including Mystic Black, Mystic Pink, Mystic Green, and Mystic Silver.

Best value Android productivity tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE (2021)

The Galaxy Tab S7 FE offers a similar experience as the more expensive Galaxy S7 tablets, and it comes with an S Pen in the box.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Best low-budget Android tablet

Bottom line: This budget-friendly tablet won't blow you away with its screen or specs, but it offers Android at an unbeatable price.

Category Galaxy Tab A8
Display 8.0 inches, 1280x800 (189 ppi)
Processor Snapdragon 429
Memory 2GB RAM
32GB storage
Cameras 8MP rear, 2MP front
Battery 5,100mAh
Dimensions 210 x 124.4 x 8mm, 345g
Colors Silver, Black


  • Small, comfortable display and size
  • Thin and lightweight metal design
  • Runs standard Android software with Google services
  • Also available in larger 10.1-inch size
  • Extremely affordable


  • Larger bezels than on other Samsung tablets
  • Not the most powerful specs

If you're looking to buy a tablet for the first time and don't have any stringent needs, the Galaxy Tab A series is an excellent option for a fraction of the Tab S7+'s cost. While you won't be blown away by its specs or features, the Tab A still manages to offer a metal body. And unlike Amazon's Fire Tablets, it has a fully-functional version of Android with Google services like the Play Store, so you can download any apps you want.

The Galaxy Tab A is available in both 8-inch and 10.1-inch configurations, but I think the former is a perfect starting point for first-time tablet owners. The smaller display and overall design make the Tab A extremely portable and comfortable to hold in one hand while still being large enough to consume media from streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Disney+.

Best low-budget Android tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0-inch

The Galaxy Tab A8 doesn't have top-of-the-line specs, but it's an incredible value for a fraction of the price of Samsung's other tablets.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle (2021)

Best Android tablet for students

Bottom line: The Fire HD 10 gives you the essential tablet experience with the option of enhanced productivity features.

Category Fire HD 10
Display 10.1 inches, 1920x1200 (224 ppi)
Processor 8-core 2.0 GHZ
Memory 3GB RAM
32 / 64GB storage
Cameras 5MP rear, 2MP front
Battery lasts up to 12 hours
Dimensions 9.73 x 6.53 x .36 inches, 16.5 oz
Colors Black, Denim, Olive, Lavender


  • Exceptional value for this size
  • Solid display
  • Amazon's apps get the basics done
  • Fun color options available
  • Productivity Bundle option with Microsoft Office 365


  • No access to Google Play apps
  • Cheap-feeling plastic body
  • No official water resistance

The Amazon Fire HD 10 is one of those deals that's almost too good to pass up if you're after a device with a large screen and a smaller price tag. It's simply the best big Android tablet for doing the basics, from watching movies and TV shows to browsing and playing casual games.

What makes this deal even better is that the 2021 edition comes with a Productivity Bundle option, which includes a custom Bluetooth keyboard and a 12-month subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal edition. With a bump in RAM from 2GB to 3GB and the new hardware and software options, the package is compelling for those who want a secondary productivity machine. Amazon also released a Fire HD 10 Plus version, which features 4GB of RAM, wireless charging capabilities with a wireless charging dock accessory, and comes in a stately slate color.

This device won't replace a desktop or laptop computer, but it is the perfect portable productivity machine for students on the go. With a steady keyboard and Microsoft apps, it's great to take notes in class or do a little research in the library. Plus, it is much lighter than a traditional laptop or larger tablet.

The big caveat to keep in mind with an Amazon Fire Tablet is that you don't get the Google Play Store or Google's great apps and services. Instead, you'll rely on the Amazon App Store, which has a dramatically more limited app selection. But for this price, that's an OK trade-off for most people.

Best Android tablet for students

Fire HD 10 Tablet Productivity Bundle (2021)

Amazon's largest tablet is one of the best values in this space. It's great for casual use, and it can handle some light work too.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13

Best large Android tablet for entertainment

Bottom line: This 13-inch beast of a tablet works as a great Entertainment Space or Kids Space for streaming and can also double as a monitor.

Category BOOX Nova3 Color
Display 13 inch (2160x1350) LTPS
400 nits
60Hz refresh rate
Processor Snapdragon 870 with Adreno 650 GPU
OS Android 11
Memory 8 GB RAM
Battery 10,000 mAh, 30W quick charge
Audio 4 JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos
Dimensions 11.54 x 8.03 x 0.24 inches – 0.98 inches, 803g


  • Extra-large 2K display
  • Works as monitor via HDMI
  • Includes a kickstand
  • Fantastic speeds and audio
  • Great entertainment software


  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Only 60Hz

The best Android tablet for most people tends to come from Samsung or Amazon, but don't sleep on Lenovo, making a series of tablets and smart displays for premium and budget shoppers. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 falls at the higher end, offering an alternative to the Galaxy Tab S7+ if you want a tablet the size of a laptop display — and the power to match.

With a Snapdragon 870 chipset and 8GB of RAM, the Yoga Tab 13 will respond to your Google Assistant commands or navigate through menus with no lag. Its built-in kickstand helps it naturally stand up on a desk without buying an expensive accessory case. Thanks to the stand and its micro-HDMI port, it works naturally as a monitor for your computer or other devices without taking up much room on your desk. Or, if you do prefer to hold it, the Yoga Tab 13 has soft Alcantara fabric on its back that makes it incredibly comfortable to prop in your arms.

Thanks to its Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, plus its 2K resolution and 400 nits of brightness, the Yoga Tab 13 looks stunning when streaming your favorite films and shows. It has a special Google TV Entertainment Space that organizes your favorite shows across all your logged-in streaming services. Plus, Google's new Kids Space software makes it more child-friendly. There's even an Ambient mode where it works as a smart display. Its software versatility gives the Yoga Tab 13 plenty of uses.

Best large Android tablet for entertainment

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13

This 13-inch tablet is a powerhouse, entertainment center, smart display, and kid-friendly browsing tool all in one.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)

Best value Amazon Android tablet

Bottom line: A light and portable tablet at a great price — there isn't much you can complain about in that equation.

Category Fire HD 8
Display 8.0 inches, 1280x800 (189 ppi)
Processor MediaTek MT8168
Memory 2GB RAM
32 / 64GB storage
Cameras 2MP rear, 2MP front
Battery 12 hours
Dimensions 202 x 137 x 9.7mm, 355g
Colors Black, White, Plum, Twilight Blue


  • Small enough for kids to use
  • Fun color choices
  • Gets all of the basics done
  • Now has 32GB storage and USB-C
  • Almost unbelievable price


  • Low-quality screen
  • Cheap-feeling plastic build
  • No access to Google Play apps

Amazon also makes the best super-inexpensive Android tablet available, the Fire HD 8. The latest version delivers an 8-inch HD display, comes with 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, a 30% faster processor, and it finally charges with USB-C.

It still comes in various neat colors, keeping things interesting for kids and adults alike. You can spend a little more to get 64GB of storage for apps and video and also opt to pay a little more to remove Amazon's "Special Offers" lock screen ads.

Like the Fire HD 10, it doesn't have the Google Play Store or Google apps. But you're even more likely to look past that when you're spending this little on a tablet. So this is an excellent choice for media consumption, browsing, or handing to your kids.

Best value Amazon Android tablet

Fire HD 8 Tablet

The 2020 Fire HD 8 is newer than the Fire HD 10 and has a smaller, more portable form factor.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro (2021)

Best Android tablet for older kids

Bottom line: With up to 12 hours of battery life and over 20,000 titles of kid-approved content, your kid will have plenty to keep them occupied.

Category Fire HD 10 Kids Pro
Display 10.1 inches, 1920x1200 (224 ppi)
Memory 3GB RAM
32GB storage
Cameras 5MP rear, 2MP front
Battery 12 hours
Dimensions 7.4 x 10.1 x 0.7 inches, 25.3 oz
Target Age Range 6-12
Colors Black, Doodle, Intergallactic, Sky Blue


  • Great warranty
  • Lots of content for older kids
  • Great case options
  • Excellent parental controls
  • Fantastic display
  • Great sounding dual speakers


  • Can be a bit large for some children
  • On the expensive side
  • No Google services built-in

Amazon expanded its Kids edition Fire Tablets in 2021, adding a Pro tier for older children ages 6 to 12 and keeping its standard Kids Edition Tablet options with content and features appropriate for children ages 3 to 7.

The latest and greatest of these devices is Fire HD 10 Kids Pro, which is filled with the best hardware and software you could ask for as a parent. Amazon took its top big tablet, loaded it with parental controls, kid-specific content for older children, and wrapped it in a durable and functional case. While the screen size could be difficult for some, the provided case includes a kickstand for viewing.

The 1080p display provides solid colors and clarity for content. The HD 10 Kids Pro also has the same awesome dual-speaker setup as the grown-up version. However, when you'd like to limit the noise, there's a standard headphone jack.

Since this is a kids' edition from Amazon, it gets a free year of Amazon's Kids+ service. This provides parental controls for you and over 20,000 age-specific titles for your kids. Not only that, but the tablet also gets two years of "worry-free" guarantee — if the tablet breaks, Amazon will replace it. That could be the most important feature of all.

Best Android tablet for older kids

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro (2021)

Amazon's 10-inch kid's tablet offers a great experience for youngsters of all ages, with a huge screen perfect for movie watching.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Best Android tablet for younger kids

Bottom line: With up to 12 hours of battery life and over 20,000 titles of kid-approved content, your kid will have plenty to keep them occupied.

Category Fire 7 Kids Edition
Display 7 inches, 1024x600 (171 ppi)
Memory 1GB RAM
16GB storage
Cameras 5MP rear, 2MP front
Battery 7 hours
Dimensions 8.7 x 6.3 x 1.0 inches, 16.1 oz
Target Age Range 3-7
Colors Blue, Pink, Purple


  • Great warranty
  • Age-appropriate content for younger children
  • Great case options
  • Excellent parental controls
  • Smaller size is easier for smaller kids to hold
  • Cheapest kids Fire Tablet


  • Display isn't great
  • 1GB of RAM is not much
  • Battery life could be better

If you have younger kids, probably ages 3 to 7, the Fire 7 Kids Edition is an excellent buy for your family. It still features age-appropriate content, but it is specifically geared toward a much younger audience.

The Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet is much smaller and more manageable for children to hold, but it still retains the fun and colorful protective cases with kickstands. The screen isn't as sharp, and it only has a mono speaker, but I doubt your little ones will mind those details that much. The bigger concern is the shorter seven-hour battery life. You probably don't want your kids on the screen for seven hours at a time, but it does mean you'll need to remember to charge it more frequently.

Like the larger Pro devices, this tablet comes with a year of Amazon Kids+ service, so you don't have to worry about what they're watching or how rough they are on their tablet.

Best Android tablet for younger kids

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Amazon's Fire 7 Kids Edition is the perfect little tablet for your perfect little angel.

Now that many of us are working from home, either full-time or hybrid, you might be looking for a tablet that works as well for productivity as for entertainment. Unfortunately, the number of great Android tablet options is limited, but there are a few worthy of consideration. The best Android tablet experience comes from Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 with high-end materials, a great screen, capable software, hardware keyboard support, plus a stylus.

If you're willing to spend the extra money to truly get the best possible specs and experience, Samsung also makes the Galaxy Tab S7+. For a bit more, you get a larger canvas for drawing, watching movies, and even gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, as well as a larger, more comfortable keyboard to type on — not to mention the quad speakers tuned by AKG. For those who don't need every bell and whistle under the sun, the Amazon Fire HD 10 and HD 8 offer an excellent media experience without costing you an arm and a leg — so long as you can live without Google Play services. The Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle also brings a full year of Microsoft Office 365 and a bespoke Bluetooth keyboard at an excellent price point.

There are many different use cases for tablets that might influence which one you should buy. Yes, the Galaxy Tab S7 is the best overall option with the most horsepower and even the capability to replace your laptop. Still, you don't need all of that if you want to stream videos and play casual games occasionally. Know your needs, and don't overpay for a tablet that does more than you need.

Also, keep an eye out for future tablets that might influence your decision. The rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 lineup is expected to arrive early this year, including an enormous 14.6-inch S8 Ultra with performance ready to rival the iPad Pro. We're excited to see a new competitor in the Android tablet market.

Source: androidcentral

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