Top 10 Best – Android Tablets and 2-in-1s: September 2016 Edition

September 22, 2016 - Written By Tom Dawson

As we started with August 2016’s edition of Top 10 Tablets, we’re once again focusing on a mix of everything tablet and 2-in-1, all focused around Android and the Google ecosystem of course. With some additions from IFA 2016 as well as more surprising origins, there has been some movement in the world of Android tablets. As the Golden Quarter for shopping starts to get underway, it’s likely many of you will be on the look out for an Android tablet of some sort, and while it’s still debatable as to whether or not Google should change things up for tablets, there are some great choices here.

10. Amazon Fire 7

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The Amazon Fire line of devices has expanded to include the Fire TV and now, a super-cheap Android tablet. The Fire 7, which is also available in a more expensive HD variant, is easily the best, cheap Android tablet out there. Sure, it doesn’t run Google’s Android, but these apps can be sideloaded and the majority of the best apps and games are of course available from Amazon’s own appstore. For $49.99, Amazon will sell you a 7.0-inch 1024 x 600 Android tablet with a quad-core CPU and cameras front and back. Nothing is going to wow you here, but for a tablet to hand over to the kids, for your parents or even one to keep lying around the living room, the Fire 7 is an excellent choice.

Amazon Fire 7

09. CHUWI HiBook Pro 2-in-1 Ultrabook

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We said earlier that we had a new entry from an unsuspected origin, and the HiBook from Chuwi is that unusual entrant. The Chuwi HiBook runs Android 5.1 as well as Windows 10 on an Intel quad-core Atom CPU with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. That storage can be expanded with the included microSD card slot and it also sports front and rear cameras, with the rear-facing shooter being a fairly okay 5.0-megapixel affair. With its 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 display, the Chuwi HiBook really needs the extra keyboard attachment to make the most of its dual-booting capabilities, but at an extra $30 or so, it’s not too bad. There is the usual caveat of buying something like this from China, in that warranty and support might not be the best and you might end up paying customs charges depending on where you are in the world. Even so, this is a great option and one that’s really versatile to boot.

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08. Acer Chromebook R11

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When Google announced that Chromebooks everywhere would soon be getting the ability to run Android apps, it opened up a whole new feature set for Chromebooks the world over. The Acer Chromebook R11 is your fairly standard Chromebook with an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display and an Intel CPU, but with a touchscreen and the ability to flip around it makes for a pretty versatile machine. Android apps run great on here, and with Chrome OS at your fingertips, you can also run desktop Chrome and get access to all the same sort of Desktop tools that you do on your main PC and such. It’s pretty affordable as well, and is an all round great options altogether.

Acer Chromebook R11

07. Samsung Galaxy View

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There are few Android names out there that could pull off a device like the Galaxy View, but Samsung is one of them. With an 18.4-inch display and a dedicated stand, the Galaxy View has a lot going for it, that is of course, if you’re in the market for a large portable screen and nothing else. With a mediocre 1920 x 1080 resolution, there’s not much besides watching TV and playing games with a controller that you can really do with the Galaxy View. But, if you have a bag that will accommodate such a machine, this is one of the best options to take with you, that’s for sure. It won’t be for everyone, but we have to give Samsung credit for trying something different here.

Samsung Galaxy View

06. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1

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When NVIDIA first launched the SHIELD Tablet, they did so with a fairly decent list of specs and a good overall build. However, they ran into a problem with their batteries and had to pull out. They returned to the market in style however, with an upgraded version of the original, with a similarly-great price tag that will please a lot of people out there. If an 8.0-inch Full HD tablet that can play games like no others out there sounds like something you need in your life, then NVIDIA have the option for you. It’s something that doesn’t cost too much, has great stock Android software and received quality update support from NVIDIA to boot. For gamers, as well as those looking for a generic tablet, the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 is a really solid option.

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1

05. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

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Sony might not have what it takes to succeed where smartphones are concerned, but they should be killing it with their Android tablets. The Xperia Z4 Tablet, powered by a Snapdragon 810 and 4GB of RAM is one of the most powerful options on the market. With its gorgeous 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 display, it looks great and at just 6.4mm thick, it’s one of the most elegant options out there as well. What Sony have done here is create something hat is an excellent Android tablet, but can also pull double-duty and offer some excellent Laptop-style options as well. The included keyboard dock is great, and also features a trackpad, and Sony have even made some great additions to Android such as the Start menu lookalike and taskbar tweaks. A great tablet all round, the only major hurdle is the asking price.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

04. Lenovo Yoga Book

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If you were looking for something that does things a little different, then Lenovo’s Yoga Book is what you’ll be after. With a Full HD 10.1-inch display, some nifty features from Lenovo and a powerful quad-core CPU from Intel and 4GB of RAM. Its internals aren’t quite what’s important here however, as it’s more so the second screen here that makes the Yoga Book special. Not quite a second screen in the traditional sense, the flip side of the Yoga Book can become a touch keyboard, a graphics tablet, a place to write pen and paper notes and have them digitized at the same time and so on. The Yoga Book is a tablet for those that want to create things, and want to do it in the one device, without add-ons or extra devices, this is definitely an intriguing option, especially for those that miss the tactility of using a pen.

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03. Google Pixel C

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When the Pixel C was launched, it wasn’t all that well-received, but it has received many updates since then and is now much more useful as a machine. It has a lot going for it, including the keyboard which charges from the tablet using inductive charging, and it also has a great display with an aspect ratio that’s close to A-size paper. Stock Android might not be to everyone’s taste on tablets, but with Android 7.0 Nougat now offering multi-window, there’s a little more to appreciate these days. The hardware here is what really speaks for the Pixel C, and the metal build, along with the magnetic keyboard and powerful NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor all make for one of the more powerful and useful Android tablets out there. Hopefully, future versions of Android will take even more advantage of the great hardware that Google have produced here.

Google Pixel C

02. ASUS Chromebook Flip

ASUS Chromebook Flip

With a quality look and feel that you wouldn’t expect from something that costs so little, the Chromebook Flip is one of the better options out there when it comes to Chromebooks, and thanks to the compatibility with Android apps, it’s a good alternative to Android tablets, too. It’s got a fairly standard 1280 x 800 10.1-inch display and 2 or 4GB of RAM and a rockchip CPU, but what it lacks on the inside it makes up for in overall flexibility. It can run Android apps, it’s very affordable, and has a good looking display overall. While it doesn’t have a lot going for it in terms of specs, it’s a great option for those looking for a computer as well as tablet without breaking the bank.

ASUS Chromebook Flip

01. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – 9.7-inch

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Android tablets have to compete with the Apple iPad, it’s just a fact, and the iPad has a 9.7-inch display; so does Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 9.7. That alone makes it easy to switch to, but the Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 makes the Galaxy Tab S2 much better for watching TV and films, and the little tweaks that Samsung makes to Android go a long way to filling in the gaps left by Google. It’s a good-looking machine, one that does more than go toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPad, offering one of the best displays available on any tablet in the wider market, which makes the Galaxy Tab S2 something to consider, regardless of its age.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2