As 2016 chugs on and on, we should start to see some more Android tablet announcements, but not much has happened in the past month, or indeed in 2016 at all, where Android tablets are concerned. With some more solid budget-minded options on their way to shelves shortly, it’s not a bad time to pick up something on the cheap, but those waiting for the next greatest tablet from some of the bigger names will just have to keep on waiting. Sill, there are some excellent options available right now, and as a tablet doesn’t need replacing as often as a smartphone, some of these options will last for a couple of years to come even now.
10. Amazon Fire, Fire HD
Since the original Kindle Fire, Amazon have been offering up low-cost tablet experiences that more than get the job done, and it’s only gotten better and better since then. The latest range of devices are available as a kids version, a super-affordable 7-inch version and a fairly competent 10.1-inch version. Regardless of what you want to do with an Amazon tablet, it’ll get the job done. However, there’s no Google Android here, so you’re locking into Amazon’s ecosystem here, but it’s one that has many of the same apps and games that you’ll be familiar with.Buy the Amazon Fire
09. Lenovo Tab 3
The Lenovo Tab 3 line of tablets were one of the few important tablet releases made during Mobile World Congress. Even so, they’re all nice and affordable, and we have all of the details available here. For their price points and feature sets, these all have a lot to offer, especially for those users that aren’t looking for the absolute latest and greatest available out there. These aren’t however, devices that someone should be looking to purchases if they’re expecting a lot from a tablet. These are fairly basic options and their price tags live up to that, too.
08. Samsung Galaxy View
When Samsung launched the Galaxy View, we were all wondering if they were a little crazy, but then we are talking about Samsung here. The 18.4-inch Galaxy View is certainly a larger tablet, and it’s one that will appeal to those looking for just a larger screen to – perhaps – take with them wherever they go. Regardless of its size though, the 1920 x 1200 display doesn’t look all that great, and it’s pretty pricey for a device that doesn’t have too many uses. Of course, if those uses are going to be just what you were looking for, then the Galaxy View shouldn’t disappoint.Buy the Galaxy View
07. Dell Venue 8 7000
The Dell Venue 8 line has been available for some time now, and it’s easy to why they’re still being sold. With a good-looking OLED display, this 8-inch Android tablet is one of the better-looking and better-performing smaller Android tablets out there. While everyone else – including Dell – is chasing keyboard docks and other such gimmicks, with the Venue 8 they created a solid, well-built, decent piece of hardware and they should certainly be commended for that. It is however, a shame that it’s a little on the pricier side of things.Buy the Dell Venue 8
06. Google Nexus 9
The Nexus 9 might not have been the success Google hoped it would be, and back when it launched it was also pretty expensive, either way it’s a decent tablet. It has, ironically, gotten better with age. Marshmallow has improved performance, and now that Android N is on the scene – which the Nexus 9 runs a-okay, and will be one of the first to be updated – the Nexus 9 is learning some new tricks. Including multi-window to make use of that extra screen space. With that in mind, now might not be such a bad time to find a Nexus 9 at a good price online.Buy the Nexus 9
05. Lenovo YOGA Tab 3 Pro
While the new Lenovo Tab 3 line of devices are fairly standard affairs, this is their flagship Android tablet from last year, and what a device it is. While the 10.1-inch display and innards aren’t too exciting, it makes up for it with a fresh design and a couple of party tricks. The stand-come-handle-come-hook is a great way of making use of a second display whenever you need it, and the Pico Projector makes this a great tablet to watch movies and TV on no matter where you are. It might not be too cheap, but for those looking for versatility above all else, this is one of the better options.
04. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1
While NVIDIA might have had a rocky ride trying to get other manufacturers and such to use their Tegra line of processors, the graphics giant has had no such trouble in going it alone. With the SHIELD Tablet K1, NVIDIA have created a fairly standard Android tablet with a few key differences and improvements. For one, the SHIELD Tablet K1 has one of the most powerful mobile processors ever made running the show, and for another NVIDIA have made this a true gaming powerhouse. The 8-inch display is no 4K 50-incher, but with the ability to stream Steam games from your PC, and even play classic PC games, like Sleeping Dogs, with excellent graphics through a dedicated controller, this ticks a lot of boxes for gamers. When you’re done gaming, the stock Android build – which has recently been updated to Marshmallow – also makes for a standard tablet experience for everyday tasks, too.Buy the SHIELD Tablet K1 from Amazon
03. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
As pricey pieces of hardware go, Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet is right up there, but it does have a lot to offer. Not only is it mind-bogglingly thin, but it also features a powerful processor under-the-hood and a gorgeous 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 display, too. It’s water-resistant and comes with a keyboard dock as well, making it one of the more versatile Android tablets in this list, while also being one of the better-looking options as well. Expensive, sure, but worth it? Possibly.Buy the Xperia Z4 Tablet from Amazon
02. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – 9.7-inch
If Samsung are good at anything, it’s making good-looking Super AMOLED displays. The 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2 is no exception here, and has a beautiful display to it. With some extra software features and a good build and speedy processor, there’s more on offer here the further you dive. However, it is just another Android tablet. It might be the absolute best of those, but it’s becoming less and less special, even more so now that Android N is just around the corner. For those wanting a simple, all-rounder with a killer display and some helpful extra, the Galaxy Tab S2 is a great option to look into.Buy the Galaxy Tab S2
01. Google Pixel C
Google’s Pixel C did not get off to a good start. It had a few bugs at launch, and it generally didn’t seem to be all that was supposed to be. Since then however, software updates have made things better, and even more recently, Android N has arrived in preview to make the Pixel C an even stronger option for tablet fans. Right now, that software is in Preview, but even now the Pixel C has become a much stronger candidate for a tablet. Sure, the added software from Samsung isn’t here, but with an excellent keyboard and much better software – can we say multi-window?! – then the Pixel C is the Android tablet for not only now, but also the future of the platform, too.