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Holiday Gift Guide 2014-2015: Top 10 Best Android Tablets

December 12, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

No matter if you’re looking for the best of the best, or something more affordable for your friends and family, our Top 10 Gift Guide of Android Tablets should have something to suit your needs!

Google Nexus 7

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One of the best all-round tablets for the money, the 7-inch Nexus 7 might not be as powerful as the Nexus 9 or the Nexus 10, but it’s affordable and it has a great Full HD display and it’s recently been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, making it great for any true Android enthusiast, if they haven’t already got one. Sturdy, dependable and great value for money, it’s hard to go wrong with a Nexus 7 even a year after its launch.

Nexus 7 from Google (7-Inch, 32 GB, Black) by ASUS (2013) Tablet

Lenovo Yoga Tablet

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Lenovo’s Yoga line has ballooned over the last year or so, but their Android tablets are still great options. If you know someone that will use this for everything, then the Yoga tablets are what they need. They’re super versatile, available in two different sizes of 8 and 10-inches and they have excellent battery life. They’re well made with an aluminum chassis and the kickstand has so many different modes it’s incredible. You can stand it up for movies, prop it up for typing and for magazine readers, the hump on the side is super comfy, too.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 – 16gbLenovo Yoga 10 HD+ 10-Inch Tablet (59411051)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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Representing the best that Samsung has to offer, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 are Super AMOLED tablets with 2560 x 1600 displays and either one you choose will give you the best display available on a tablet. Elsewhere, they offer other features like a fingerprint sensor and the majority of things that we’ve come to expect from Samsung tablets. They’re expensive, but if your loved ones care about the movies they watch on the move or traveling, then the Galaxy Tab S is the tablet for them.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-Inch Tablet (16 GB, Titanium Bronze)Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-Inch Tablet (16 GB, Titanium Bronze)

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2

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If you’re friends and family are more interested in style over substance, then Sony’s 10.1-inch Tablet Z2 might be a good option. It’s super-thin, water resistant and has some good specs on the inside, too. A fairly run-of-the-mill affair that’s backed up by excellent design and build quality, we really liked it when we reviewed it on Verizon. If you don’t want to buy it on contract though, don’t worry as it’s available from Amazon as a WiFi only affair. A decent option from a good brand, the Xperia Tablet Z2 is good-looking, speedy and easy to use.

Sony Xperia Z2 10.1 inch Tablet (Black) – International Version – (Qualcomm 2.3GHz, 3GB RAM, 16GB Memory, Google Android 4.4)

Google Nexus 9

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For those super-interested in Android and the latest specs available, the 8.9-inch Nexus 9 is the best out there right now. Running Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nexus 9 is from Google and HTC together and makes for one of the best Nexus devices ever made. The Tegra K1 is an excellent processor and the 4:3 aspect ratio means that there’s more room browsing the web and playing games. With some cool accessories and stunning game performance, the Nexus 9 is perfect for gamers and Android fans everywhere.

Google Nexus 9 Tablet (8.9-Inch, 16 GB, White)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

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For creative types, there’s no better Android tablet than a Galaxy Note. The S-Pen and high-resolution display really help people draw, play games, even get work done without faffing around with finicky touchscreens. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition looks good, has all the features many of you love Samsung for and it’s built to a decent standard as well. A speedy affair, and great for drawing doodles and even graphs and such, this is something for those who want more out of a tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (16GB, White)

LG G Pad 8.3

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If Samsung isn’t your bag, then perhaps you’d be more comfortable giving out something from LG? The G Pad 8.3 is something on an unsung hero, and the 8.3-inch display is big enough to let content shine and still portable enough to throw in a jacket or bag. It’s well made with an aluminum backplate, features stereo speakers and is powered by a Snapdragon 600 and 2GB of RAM. It’s not the best out there, but it’s a very good alternative to the others available.

LG G Pad V500 (8.3 inch) Tablet Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz 2GB 16GB WLAN BT Webcam Android 4.2.2 JellyBean (Black)

ASUS MeMo Pad 8

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For $150, you could do a lot worse than the ASUS MeMo Pad 8. Powered by Intel, with an 8-inch display, this is a budget offering that punches far above its weight. It looks good, the software can be genuinely helpful and it runs nice and quickly. From the same people that make quality laptops comes a tablet that’s affordable and good fun. Good for games, reading, browsing the web and organizing your life, features like “What’s Next” help ASUS’ 8-incher stand out from the crowd.

ASUS MeMO Pad 8 ME181C-A1-BK 8-Inch 1 GB Tablet (Black)

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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If the Galaxy Note 10.1 just isn’t big enough for you, then this 12.2-inch goliath will suffice. It’s the largest Android tablet available from a brand like Samsung and it’s got some serious power under the hood and yes, the S-Pen is still as good as it always has been. Samsung also have a slew of accessories for this guy, and while a 12.2-inch tablet might be too large for some, if they’re looking for a laptop replacement, then this is the tablet to buy.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (32GB, White)

ASUS Transformer TF701

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ASUS’ Transformer TF701T might be getting a little old now, but it’s still got a 2560 x 1600 display that’s higher than Full HD and the Tegra 4 inside is perfect for gamers. The keyboard dock is also great for those looking to bridge the gap between their desktop and their laptop. It allows for more ports, a larger battery and of course, a precise keyboard. It’s fast, versatile and could replace a laptop for many people, this is another solid option from ASUS.

ASUS Tablet TF701T-B1-BUNDLE 10.1-Inch 32 GB Tablet (Grey)