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The best Android tablets in 2018: the best slates with Google's OS



Looking for a tablet and thinking about an Android device? Well, there are other options out there with Windows 10 tablets such as the Surface Pro 4 – but tablets running Android remain the main rival to the iOS 10-toting New iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad mini 4. 

And there are plenty of options to consider. 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 also big differences in battery life, processing power, RAM and price.

We’ve gathered together the best the Android tablet market has to offer, across all prices and size points, so read on to see which Google-powered slates you should be considering.

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1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung’s latest flagship Android slate is super

Weight: 429g | Dimensions: 237.3 x 169 x 6mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GBGB | Battery: 6,000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Great premium design 

HDR-ready display is excellent

Keyboard is a costly extra 

High price tag 

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is our favorite Android tablet in the world right now and replaces the Galaxy Tab S2, which is also a Samsung product.

This newer tablet is the best Android slate in the world thanks to a powerful processor and an excellent display that’s prepped to show you HDR content, something even the iPad can’t do yet.

There’s an S-Pen stylus in the box and you’ll also have the option of buying a keyboard too, but that will cost quite a bit extra.

The price of the Galaxy Tab S3 is high, but it’s worth it when you look at all of the power and amazing features you’ll get for that amount of money.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

2. Honor Mediapad T3 10

Weight: 460g | Dimensions: 229.8 x 159.8 x 8mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 9.6-inch | Resolution: 800 x 1280 | CPU: Snapdragon 425 | RAM: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 4,800mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 2MP

Compact

Decent battery life

Average camera performance

The Huawei MediaPad T3 10 carries similar looks like the MediaPad M3 Lite 10. Its aluminum backplate and rounded edges give it a great hand feel and usability.

The tablet is powered by the entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor which is capable enough to handle some tasks easily including some heavy games. The processor is paired with a 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. The tablet is also available with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in some markets but if you want to get a cheaper alternative, then you can always go for the first one.

It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with the company’s own UI on the top. Considering the price, the tablet offers decent performance and good battery life.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

3. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

Taking ‘Netflix and chill’ to the next level

Weight: 665g | Dimensions: 246.9 x 179.1 x 4.6mm | OS: Android 5.1.1 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Intel Atom quad-core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 10,200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Integrated projector

Great audio

Heavy

Glitchy interface

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is packed full of media-focused features and sports a unique, distinctive design.

There’s a built in stand to take the heft off your hands, while the integrated projector means you can enjoy big screen entertainment away from your TV, though the screen is sharp enough that you won’t always feel the need to use a projector anyway.

All that tech does make it less portable than most tablets on this list and the UI could be better, but it’s a fairly unique option.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung’s latest flagship Android slate is super

Weight: 256g/389g | Dimensions: 198.6 x 134.8 x 5.6mm/237.3 x 169 x 5.6mm | OS: Android 6.0.1 | Screen size: 8.0-inch/9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Octa-core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh/5870mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP

Thinner, lighter design

Great screen



So-so battery life

Camera is mediocre

There are plenty of reasons to invest in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – especially if you’re after one of the best Android tablets on the market but at a cheaper price than the Galaxy Tab S3 above.

It’s reading and web surfing-friendly, while the new 4:3 screen and general size and shape is better suited for most things. Videos work better on its predecessor thanks to its elongated aspect ratio – but they don’t exactly look bad here.

You can pick the Tab S2 up in 8-inch and 9.7-inch variants, to challenge Apple’s iPad and iPad mini ranges, with the smaller option being more portable and cheaper.

Almost impossibly thin, pumped full of power and with a slick version of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on board the Galaxy Tab S2 gives the iPad Pro 9.7 and Pixel C a real run for their money.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

5. Amazon Fire

Almost unbelievably cheap

Weight: 313g | Dimensions: 115mm x 191mm x 10.6mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 7-inch | Resolution: 1024 x 600 | CPU: Quad-core 1.3GHz | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 8/16GB | Battery: Up to 7 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA

 Family friendly 

 Fantastically cheap 

 Dated screen 

 Questionable interface 

Tablets don’t get any cheaper than this – well, functional ones don’t anyway. The incredibly low price and sturdy design make the Amazon Fire a great choice to give to a kid – in fact, Amazon’s even built a (pricier) version specifically for children.

But even for a grown audience the Amazon Fire far exceeds expectations, with a fairly bright 7.0-inch screen, acceptable speakers, solid battery life and even reasonable performance, with a snappy interface and the ability to run most games.

Fire OS won’t suit everyone and this isn’t a tablet that impresses once you take the price out of the equation, but for what the Amazon Fire costs it would almost be rude not to buy it.

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