Looking for the best Android tablets in 2021? I go through all the new devices and here I list the top ten available in each price class.
What is the best Android tablet right now?
New devices come out every month and it’s hard to even know what’s out there. That’s what I’m for. I am visiting almost every trade show to see new releases. Once an Android tablet is available, I check it out thoroughly.
I’ve been doing this since 2018 and have used almost every tablet that has been released since then
In this guide, I give you an overview of the best Android tablets you can buy now in 2020.
To structure this guide, I divided it into 9.7 to 10.8-inch devices and 8-inch Android tablets. At the top of the charts, you usually find the best and most expensive ones. Below I list cheaper but great options.
If you want to spend a lot of money, feel free to buy the best of the best. But at their prices, I can recommend all the tablets on this list.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: the best overall
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the best Android tablet I have reviewed so far. Not only is it faster than all available competitors, it also features an excellent 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a very high resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.
The Tab S6 has a lot of premium features, like four good speakers, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a metal body with a very premium feel. On top of that, it ships with an active stylus called the S Pen.
Another important highlight of the Galaxy Tab S6 is its software. It runs Android 9 Pie with an out of the box UI that looks modern and runs smoothly. Also, Samsung has been much better with updates in the past than most of the brands. It is most likely the first tablet to get an Android 10 update.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e: Outstanding Alternative
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is a great alternative to the Galaxy Tab S6, especially if you want to save some money and don’t like high-end games. With the S5e, you get the same 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen but with a slower Snapdragon 670 chipset with 4GB of RAM. While that’s great for most things, games look better on the Tab S6.
I like the Tab S5e’s all-metal design best, and it’s only 5.5mm thick. We’re getting four great speakers, a fingerprint scanner, a long battery life, and Android 9.0 Pie. You should get updates whenever the Tab S6 does.
Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10: middle class with premium features
While the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10 features only middle-class hardware, it has tons of premium features. Because of that, I think the MediaPad M5 Lite 10 offers a great value if you don’t need a lot of gaming performance. Those premium features include four great speakers, a full metal body, a built-in fingerprint scanner, and an optional stylus.
You are running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Sadly, I don’t expect it to be upgraded to Android 9 due to the US-China trade war.
Like I said, it’s not perfect for games. However, the HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core processor is fast enough to play most games at medium graphics settings. At the same time, the 10.1-inch screen offers Full HD resolution which, again, should be high enough for most.
Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab: great middle-class tablet
The Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab is another great middle-class tablet. While it doesn’t have a pen option or a fingerprint scanner, it does have a very unique design with a built-in grip and stand. It has two very good stereo speakers and a very long battery life. Among its highlights is support for Google’s constant ambient mode that allows you to use it as a smart speaker.
Its 10.1-inch screen has a Full HD resolution and the performance is good enough for most tasks and many games. Out of the box, it runs Android 9 Pie with only minor additions.
For many, the Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab may be the perfect entertainment tablet. With one exception. It does not support the DRM standards required to watch Netflix with HD resolution or higher. So if you use Netflix a lot, this is not the one for you.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
Although cheaper, the 2019 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 scored noticeably better in my gaming and benchmarks than the MediaPad M5 Lite 10. It’s the best option if you’re looking for an affordable gaming tablet.
That said, while its performance is fantastic for its price, it doesn’t have any of those premium features. We only have two speakers, no fingerprint scanner and no pen holder.
The 10.1-inch IPS screen has a Full HD resolution with 1920 x 1200 pixels. It features an Exynos 7904 eight-core processor, 2 to 3GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage.
While the interface is highly personalized, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 ships with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. According to its predecessors, you should get at least two major software updates.
Amazon Fire HD 10: great value for your money
If you don’t need a super powerful tablet, I think the Amazon Fire HD 10 is the best value for your money. Yes, unlike the previous ones, it has a full plastic body. And it doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner. But the performance is good, and the 10.1-inch Full HD screen is nice too. The speakers are decent and there is also a micro SD card slot. All this at a much cheaper price and you can use Alexa hands-free.
While I think the Fire HD 10 is the best value if you’re on a budget, it does have a few downsides. It is running Android but not Google’s Android. There is no Play Store installed and none of Google’s apps like YouTube or Gmail. Instead, you live in the Amazon ecosystem with deep integration into their services. That’s great if you’re a main member but it can be annoying at times.
The Good: You don’t have to be stuck in the world of Amazon. Instead, you can install the Google Play Store and all its apps yourself. That is pretty easy. And, with the Play Store, I love the Fire HD 10.