Android tablets are experiencing something of a renaissance, with renewed interest from software and hardware manufacturers. If you’re looking to buy a tablet this holiday season, these are the best Android tablets to choose from.
The best Android tablets – November 2022
9to5Google’s picks for the best Android tablets are based on value, performance, length of software support, and US availability.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series
If you really want the best of the best when it comes to an Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S8, S8+ and S8 Ultra are your best choices.
All three run on the super-powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, have ample storage and a microSD card slot, and have big, bright displays. The Tab S8 has an 11-inch LCD display while the Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra both feature AMOLED displays. The Tab S8+ measures 12.4 inches while the Ultra tops out at a truly massive 14.6-inch screen. All three also include an S Pen in the box.
You’ll get Android 13 on all three tablets starting November 2022, with software support running for four years on major Android updates and five years on security updates, starting with the tablet’s release in early 2022.
Of course, all three come with a price. The Galaxy Tab S8 starts at $699, the Tab S8+ at $899, and the Tab S8 Ultra at $1,099. For Black Friday, however, there are some killer deals around, including the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for hundreds off.
Amazon Fire tablet
On the other end of the spectrum, the Amazon Fire Tablet series is a great place to go for an outstanding value. Each tablet is running a heavily modified version of Android that uses the Amazon Appstore rather than the Google Play Store, which is perhaps the biggest problem.
But for streaming movies, gaming, reading books, or general web browsing, Amazon Fire tablets are a great option starting at around $50, and often much less around the holidays. There’s even a special edition for kids that comes with a protective case and a replacement warranty.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
A cheaper option for a tablet that comes with a feature-rich Play Store is the Galaxy Tab A8. Samsung’s budget tablet has a 10.5-inch display, USB-C charging, 128GB of storage, and an affordable price of $229, up to $149 on Black Friday.
Alternatively, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite has a smaller 8.7-inch display and a $159 price tag, but it’s dropped to $99 for Black Friday.
Perhaps the biggest asterisk on these tablets is the software update policy, which will deliver only a couple of major Android updates and less frequent security patches.
An alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 series at the top end is the Lenovo P12 Pro. It has a 12.6-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 870 processor and also an included stylus. The P12 Pro launched with Android 11, but Android 12L is on the way. It’s a great alternative and has left us quite happy. It also features Google’s Entertainment Space and a few other tablet-exclusive features. It usually sells for $750, but can be found for less.
Buy Lenovo P12 Pro
Or… maybe just get an iPad
While Android tablets are getting much better, it remains abundantly clear that the best tablet for anyone, even those with an Android phone, is Apple’s iPad. You get several years of major updates, a robust library of apps and games optimized for the big screen, and software that takes advantage of the big screen better than more Android tablets.
The cheapest iPad is the $329 9th-generation iPad, which is often on sale. For Black Friday, it’s down to just $270.
The next step up is the 10th generation iPad, which has a revamped design and costs $449. The iPad Air and iPad Pro take even better features and performance at higher price points. You can learn more about 9to5Mac.
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