Top 10 Best Android Tablets Buyers Guide: July 2016 Edition

July 21, 2016 - Written By Tom Dawson

It seems to be the same old story for the summer of 2016, as there are few new tablets released, and few great options available, as the prior two years. It isn’t an especially great time of year to be purchasing an Android tablet, this much is clear, and it’s not exactly a good time for Android tablets in general. Having said that, this lackluster period of innovation has given us one good thing; more affordable tablets. This list has a mix of the absolute best tablets out there, as well as the more reasonably priced, yet still great value options out there.

10. Amazon Fire 7

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The Amazon Fire 7 is a tablet that costs just $49.99. Even though these have been on the market for some time now, it doesn’t make their $50 price tag any less impressive. Available in a range of colors, with a quad-core CPU and a 1024 x 600 7-inch display, these aren’t going to win any awards for anything but their price. Which is sort of the point really, what else can you buy with $50 these days, and actually say that it’s good? Great for tablets lying around the living room as well as for kids, these are easily the best value for money out there.

Amazon Fire 7

09. Amazon Fire HD 10

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While both this and the smaller Amazon Fire tablet suffer from the same lack of Google services, they still run Android, and apps can be sideloaded, and your Gmail as well as other content can still be accessed online. Instead, they have the now-very robust Amazon Appstore and other Amazon content to help fill the gap. For the most part, this works quite well, and with the $230 Amazon Fire HD 10 the eCommerce giant give you something a lot bigger to enjoy all that content on. Available in 16, 32, and 64GB variants, the Fire HD 10 is great for content consumption. It’s also large enough to hook up a keyboard to and get some real work done every now and then, too.

Amazon Fire HD 10

09. Samsung Galaxy View

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At 18.4-inches, the Galaxy View is the largest tablet that not only Samsung has shipped, but one that most brands wouldn’t even dream of. Designed to be a sort of portable connected TV of sorts, the Galaxy View will have its fans, but with a 108op display and mediocre specs on the inside, this is a case of a device that could be much, much better than it actually is. For playing games, watching TV or even getting work done via a remote PC connection and such, the Galaxy View offers a fairly affordable, larger-screen experience that’s connected and capable of doing more than you think. It is however, fairly expensive, and the extra size might not be for everyone.

Samsung Galaxy View

07. Dell Venue 8 7000

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Whenever an Android smartphone or tablet starts to get a little long in the tooth there are always worries that it might not be updated to the latest version of Android. Even more so when the manufacturer seems to have lost their faith in Android tablets, as is the case with Dell. Regardless, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is an excellent device, and one that has a gorgeous 8.0-inch display with a high-resolution of 2560 x 1600. With an Intel CPU on the inside to keep that gorgeous OLED display going, this is one of the better smaller Android tablets that’s out there and it’s not to be sniffed at, either.

Dell Venue 8 7000

06. Google Nexus 9

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When the Nexus 9 was originally released it was mired by production problems and a software experience that left some wondering “is this it?” Since then however, Android itself has gotten better with the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and Android 7.0 Nougat will be launching later this year with multi-window, and unlike most tablets on this list, the Nexus 9 will be one of those first in line. With its 8.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display, stereo front-facing speakers and a thin profile the Nexus 9 has it where the hardware counts. It might have been forgotten by some, but the Nexus 9 is a quality choice for most, and while stock Android on a tablet isn’t all that inspiring, it will offer the latest version of Android well before most others on this list.

Google Nexus 9

05. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1

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While the improved SHIELD Tablet K1 might not have the best display out there, it has some serious horsepower under-the-hood thanks to the Tegra K1 CPU. It’s 1280 x 800 display is fine, given its 8.0-inch size, and in terms of build and looks, the SHIELD Tablet K1 looks good and doesn’t make too much of a show of itself. What it does do however, is give players access to some of the best and smoothest graphics available on Android. It runs games better than practically anything else out there, and with the addition of the SHIELD controller, this makes for a nice compact games console you can take with you whenever and wherever.

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1

04. Lenovo YOGA Tab 3 Pro

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There are few tablets that have quite as long a list of features as the YOGA Tab 3 Pro from Lenovo does. With a great 10.1-inch display, a Pico Projector, sound from JBL, and a unique form factor, Lenovo has put together something truly special here. It works well, has more than enough oomph to satisfy even the hungriest user out there, and it can be used practically anywhere thanks to the unique stand, handle and hook. It is however, a little out there in terms of software design and there’s no telling whether or not this tablet is going to be one of the lucky ones to get access to Android 7.0 Nougat.

Lenovo YOGA Tab 3 Pro

03. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

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As Android tablets go, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is easily one of the most powerful and most versatile out there. At just 6.4mm thick, it still manages to pack in a Snapdragon 810, 4GB of RAM, water-resistance and even an option keyboard dock in the box, too. That keyboard dock works well with Sony’s changes to Android, which give it a little more of a laptop feel, including a start menu sort of thing and a dock full of icons. It’s expensive however, and while it’s arguably worth it, some will simply feel that it’s not worth the asking price that Sony is looking for. A great option, but one that comes with a high price users can read our review here.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

02. Google Pixel C

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It might not have been the unicorn that people were looking for when it launched, but over time it has become a solid Android tablet that doesn’t really have any equals. That’s because the Pixel C is the absolute best option for those looking to get their hands on something with a good keyboard, as well as a quality display. With a powerful NVIDIA GPU, a gorgeous 10.2-inches 2560 x 1600 display, the Pixel C ticks all of the right boxes for getting work done on the move as well as just looking great. It does however, run stock Android, which on a tablet is still hit and miss, but is set to get a lot better in Android 7.0 Nougat.

01. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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The Galaxy Tab S2 is soon to be superseded by the Galaxy Tab S3, if rumors are to be believed, and that’s kind of sad, and kind of brilliant all at the same time. Sad because even well over a year, the Galaxy Tab S2 is the best all-round Android tablet available. Its Super AMOLED display gives it the best looks of any tablet display out there, and it has some great horsepower under-the-hood as well. With good software added in to make the experience better overall, there’s a lot to love about this tablet, and it should soon, start to become a lot more affordable as well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2