The Android tablet market arguably isn’t in as healthy a state as iPadOS, which was recently boosted by the launch of the iPad Pro 2020 range, but there are still a number of options to consider if you’re looking for the best Android tablet.
We’ve collected and ranked the ten very best Android tablets below. But while they are ranked, the best overall won’t be the best for everyone, as you’ll also want to consider the size, the features, the price, and other factors when making your choice.
But we can help with that too, as for each entry there’s a specs list and the key pros and cons, along with a link to our full review in case you want to learn more.
And make sure to check back regularly – especially if nothing catches your eye right now – as new Android slates might soon be added, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G and Huawei MatePad Pro, both of which were recently announced, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, which is heavily rumored.
But for now, here are our ten favorite Android tablets as of March 2020. And if you need more to choose from, make sure to check out our best tablet and best iPad guides, while if you’re on a budget then our best cheap tablet guide is worth a look.
Best Android tablets in 2020 at a glance:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
- Asus ZenPad 3S 10
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
- Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4
- Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Best Android tablets: which should you buy?
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
The 'money's no object' best Android tablet
Weight: 420g | Dimensions: 244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 10.5-inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | Storage: 128GB/256GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 7,040mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP
You want the very best Android tablet and you're not worried about how much you'll be spending? The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is undeniably the best product you'll find with a plethora of cutting-edge features.
It comes with an S Pen stylus in the box that you can use to take notes, draw and much more on the tablet's display. You can also buy a smart keyboard to make it an experience that is close to a laptop.
The 10.5-inch AMOLED display on the Galaxy Tab S6 is one of the highlights with an impressive resolution of 1600 x 2560. This tablet also comes with two cameras on the rear too, so you can get better photography than on other slates.
It's not the perfect device - there isn't a 3.5mm headphone jack and the user interface has its own quirks - but if you're desperate for an Android tablet, this is the very best you'll be able to buy right now.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 review
2. Asus ZenPad 3S 10
One of the best Android tablets out
Weight: 430g | Dimensions: 240.5 x 163.7 x 7.2 mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Mediatek MT8176 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP
Nope, that's not an iPad you can see just above. That's the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 - and it's our second favourite Android tablet you're able to buy right now.
There's decent power inside this slate as well as a super bright and beautiful display to look at on the front.
The battery life and build quality aren't the best on the market, but considering the lower price point than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 above, we'd recommend picking this up if you're looking for something a touch cheaper.
Read our Asus ZenPad 3S 10 review
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Now cheaper, but still impressive
Weight: 482g | Dimensions: 249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 10.5-inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 7,300mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 was once our best Android tablet, but now it has been bumped down by the Galaxy Tab S6, among other things. It's not exactly cheap - although its price has dropped significantly in recent months - but it comes packing a whole host of features to ensure you're getting plenty of bang for your buck.
Unlike Apple's iPad Pro range, the Galaxy Tab S4 comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus included in the box, while under the hood you get the powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset alongside 6GB of RAM ensuring Android runs super-smoothly on screen.
That's only half the story though. Pair the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with a keyboard and mouse and it'll transfer from Android into a desktop-like experience as it attempts to replace your laptop as well as your tablet.
The desktop aspect of the tablet is limited, but still useful. In short, the Galaxy Tab S4 is one of the most versatile Android tablets around.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review
4. Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4
A great Android alternative to the iPad Mini
Weight: 316g | Dimensions: 212.6 x 124.8 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 8.4-inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 | CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 960 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 5,100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP
The Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 is a strong Android slate and the combination of its small size and metal shell makes it a real alternative to the iPad Mini.
This has more than just good looks though, as the MediaPad M5 8.4 also has impressive stereo speakers, and coupled with its sharp 1600 x 2560 screen that ensures it lives up to its name as a media machine.
It’s less good for gaming, and there’s no 3.5mm headphone port – so you probably will be relying on those internal speakers a lot, but if you want a very portable slate that’s great for movies and music then the Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 is a top option.
Read our Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 review
5. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro
Taking 'Netflix and chill' to the next level
Weight: 665g | Dimensions: 246.9 x 179.1 x 4.6mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Intel Atom quad-core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 10,200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is packed full of media-focused features and sports a unique, distinctive design.
There's a built in stand to take the heft off your hands, while the integrated projector means you can enjoy big screen entertainment away from your TV, though the screen is sharp enough that you won't always feel the need to use a projector anyway.
All that tech does make it less portable than most tablets on this list and the UI could be better, but it's a fairly unique option.
Read our Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro review
6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Samsung's former flagship Android slate is still super
Weight: 429g | Dimensions: 237.3 x 169 x 6mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 6,000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 may have been replaced by the Galaxy Tab S4 and Tab S6, but it's still a top tablet and one that's now more affordable.
This tablet ranks among the best Android slates thanks to a powerful processor and an excellent display that's prepped to show you HDR content.
There's an S-Pen stylus in the box and you'll also have the option of buying a keyboard, but that will cost you extra.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review
7. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
A few years old, but now much cheaper
Weight: 256g/389g | Dimensions: 198.6 x 134.8 x 5.6mm/237.3 x 169 x 5.6mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 8.0-inch/9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Octa-core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh/5870mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 may now be quite old, but there are still reasons to buy it - and that main reason is its price.
Out of all the Samsung tablets featured on this list, the Galaxy Tab S2 is by far the cheapest now and it offers a web and video friendly experience with its 4:3 high resolution display.
You can pick the Tab S2 up in 8-inch and 9.7-inch variants - that's likely designed to challenge Apple's iPad and iPad mini ranges - with the smaller option being the most portable and cheapest.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 review