Android has a reputation for being less than ideal on tablets ("There are no apps!" is the most common complaint). While it's true that iPadOS enjoys access to more apps that are better optimized for big screens, the best Android tablets themselves are often excellent pieces of hardware. We're hopeful Google's recent efforts will improve the software side.

You can just about spend as much or as little as you like on an Android tablet — though, the pricier ones are generally more capable and they tend to see deep discounts around Amazon Prime Day. There are also Chrome OS tablets and convertibles to consider. After all, they do run Android apps.

Thinking about grabbing a new tablet, but unsure which? Here, for your convenience, are AP's top recommendations.

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1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

8.50 / 10
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When you're talking Android tablets in the US, Samsung is the default choice. The Tab S8 series landed in February, and it's about what we expected: the Tab S8 and Tab S8+ are incremental improvements over the S7 and S7+, with similar designs and more powerful internals. But that's hardly a bad thing; we were big fans of the last generation, and better versions are, well, better.

The S8 keeps all the good bits from the S7 — the premium design and build, the 120Hz display, the bundled S Pen — while improving on its predecessor in several ways. It's considerably more powerful than the S7 was, with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and more RAM. It also comes with Android 12 and One UI 4.1 out of the box, and it's set to get security patches until 2026 — nearly two years longer than the S7 will (that's to be expected, considering the S8 was released nearly two years later, but still). If you want a premium Android tablet but don't need every bell and whistle, the S8's a great place to start your search.

Specifications
  • Storage: 128 GB, 256 GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Memory: 8 GB, 12 GB
  • Operating System: Android 12 with One UI 4.1
  • Battery: 8,000 mAh
  • Camera (Rear, Front): Rear: 13MP f/2.0, 6MP f/2.2 / Front: 12MP f/2.4
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 11" 1600p LCD, 120Hz
  • Price: Starting at $700
Pros
  • Great performance
  • Bundled S Pen
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • LCD display, not OLED
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The Tab S8 Ultra has unseated the Tab S7+ as our premium Android tablet pick. With a starting price of $900 and hardware you could call "excessive," it certainly fits the bill. The main attraction is the Ultra's display: it's a huge 14.6-inch OLED panel at 1,848 by 2,960 pixels, with a refresh rate that goes all the way up to 120Hz. It's got thin bezels on all sides, but there's a notch at the top (in landscape) to accommodate dual front-facing cameras.

Like the lesser S8 models, the Tab S8 Ultra is packing the superfast Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. Unlike its little siblings, though, you can kit out the S8 Ultra with up to 16 gigs of RAM and 512 gigs of storage. Android's tablet apps still aren't generally super polished, but the giant screen gives you more real estate to multitask — including in Samsung DeX, which is extra handy on a screen the size of a normal laptop's. The Ultra's huge OLED is also fantastic for watching TV and movies, and its four speakers mean you'll get stereo sound in portrait or landscape orientation.

It's sturdy, expensive, and very cool — a truly premium device. If you're out to get the most Android tablet possible, the Tab S8 Ultra should be your go-to in 2022.

Specifications
  • Storage: 128GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Memory: 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB
  • Operating System: Android 12 with One UI 4.1
  • Battery: 11,200 mAh
  • Camera (Rear, Front): Rear: 13MP f/2.0, 6MP f/2.2 / Front: 12 MP f/2.2, 12MP f/2.4
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 14.6"
  • Price: Starting at $1,100
Pros
  • Gigantic 14.6-inch display
  • Great performance
  • Bundled S Pen
Cons
  • "Ultra" size can hinder portability
  • $1,100 to start
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Amazon's Fire tablets do technically run Android behind the scenes. The company has been positioning the Fire HD 10 as a productivity device — it's even got a bundle that includes a decent keyboard case — but it's probably better to think of it as a media device first and foremost. At just $150, you're not going to find many other tablets period, let alone ones that provide a decent experience. Just be sure to install the Play Store if you do pick one up.

Specifications
  • Storage: 32 or 64GB + microSD up to 1TB
  • CPU: Octa-core 2GHz
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Operating System: Fire OS 7.3 based on Android 9 Pie
  • Battery: Rated for 12 hours of mixed use, supports 15W charging
  • Ports: USB 2.0 (Type-C), 3.5mm audio
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 5MP rear, 2MP front
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.1" 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD
  • Price: $150 to $205
  • Size: 247 x 166 x 9.2mm / 465g
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Optional keyboard case is decent
Cons
  • Only 3 gigs of RAM
  • Fire OS is often a hindrance
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Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)

The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a great alternative to the premium Samsung tablets on this list. With an older Snapdragon chipset, the P12 can't compete with the Tab S8 family on raw horsepower, but the Lenovo tablet has excellent build quality and a 1600p, 120Hz, OLED display that's fantastic for watching video or playing games. It's also not running One UI over Android, and it's the only tablet where you can currently try Android 12L, a version of the OS made with large screens in mind.

The Tab P12 Pro might not be the most practical option on this list, but it's got great hardware and a close-to-stock UI experience — two things that don't typically go together in Android tablets.

Specifications
  • Brand: Lenovo
  • Storage: 128, 256 GB
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • Memory: 6, 8 GB
  • Operating System: Android 11
  • Battery: 10200mAh
  • Ports: USB-C
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 12.6" 2K (2560 x 1600) OLED
  • Price: $699
  • Measurements: 285.6 x 184.5 x 5.6 mm
Pros
  • Solid hardware
  • 1600p, 120Hz OLED display
  • In line to get Android 12L (and currently eligible for the beta)
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Productivity features aren't great
  • Stylus isn't up to Samsung's quality
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is a refreshed version of the Tab A7 that we liked quite a bit in late 2020. For the same $230 MSRP, you're getting an updated design and a Unisoc processor that's a bit faster than the low-end Snapdragon found in the previous generation. Equally interesting, though, is that you can get upgraded versions that have four gigs of RAM and up to 128 gigs of storage.

Specifications
  • Storage: 32, 64, 128 GB
  • CPU: Unisoc Tiger T618
  • Memory: 3/4 GB
  • Operating System: Android 11 with One UI 3
  • Battery: 7040mAh
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 8MP, 5MP
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.5" 1200p TFT LCD
Pros
  • 1200p display
  • Updated design over the Tab A7
  • Optional upgrades to more RAM and storage
Cons
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • 32 gigs of storage on the base model is limiting
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Looking for a no-frills Android tablet for couch duty or to give an older kid? Nokia's T20 could fit the bill. The $250 slate offers adequate performance and great battery life, and Nokia promises security patches for a full three years. The T20's only been available for a few months, but so far, Nokia has been honoring that commitment: the T20 is currently on the January security patch. Its display and speakers aren't anything to get excited about, but at this price, they don't really need to be. It's a very okay experience at a very okay price.

Specifications
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable by MicroSD
  • CPU: Unisoc T610
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Operating System: Android 11
  • Battery: 8,200 mAh
  • Ports: USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 8MP, 5MP
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.4" 1080p IPS LCD
  • Price: $250
  • Size: 9.75 x 6.2 x 0.31"
Pros
  • Stock Android is familiar and easy to use
  • Admirable update commitment
  • Strong battery life
Cons
  • Performance is sometimes jittery
  • Screen's not great
  • Crummy speakers
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The Boox Nova Air is an interesting case. It does run Android, but it's been tweaked to better fit the tablet's e-ink display. The primary use case for the Nova Air is reading, obviously, but it also comes with a stylus for jotting notes, and has Bluetooth so you can pair headphones for audio (the tablet has speakers, too, but they aren't very good). While it doesn't come with the Play Store pre-installed, Boox has instructions to get you started so you can download all your favorite reading apps.

Specifications
  • Brand: Onyx
  • Screen: 7.8" HD E-Ink Carta Screen
  • Resolution: 1872 x 1404
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (2.4GHz + 5GHz) + BT 5.0
  • Front Light: Warm and Cold Frontlight
  • OS: Android 10
  • Battery: 2,000mAh, USB-C
  • Buttons: Power
  • Weight: 235g
  • Dimensions: 194x136.5x6.3 mm
  • Format Support: DF(reflowable), PPT,EPUB, TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, MOBI, CHM
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Pros
  • Thin and light
  • Handsome design
  • It's an e-ink tablet running Android!
Cons
  • Using Android on an e-ink display is an adjustment
  • Bundled stylus is a bit basic
  • Play Store not included out of the box
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It's not technically an Android tablet, but the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 is a tablet that runs Android apps, so we thought it was worth a mention. By virtue of being a Chromebook, it comes with the full Chrome browser, including extensions — and it's got the Play Store, so you can run all your favorite Android apps on it. It's also set to get software updates until the summer of 2029. It's not a great laptop; the bundled keyboard can make actually using it in your lap fiddly, and its limited processing power is more obvious when you're trying to do work on the thing. Still, it's a great little machine. Its MSRP is $500, but it's frequently available for less.

Specifications
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Operating System: Chrome OS
  • Ports: USB-C x2
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 8MP, 5MP
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 13.3" 1080p OLED, 60Hz
  • Price: $499
Pros
  • Includes a desktop browser through Chrome OS
  • Comes with a detachable keyboard
  • Bright OLED display
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Not especially powerful
  • Wobbly keyboard hinge
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Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5

The best Android Tablet for you

It may seem strange that Samsung's getting so much representation here, but the company really does make great tablets. The Galaxy Tab S8 is an excellent place to start your search for your next Android tablet: It's built very well, it's as fast as you could want an Android tablet to be, and it's set to get Android updates for four years (plus security updates for five), so you shouldn't have any trouble making it last.

The Tab S8 Ultra is everything good about the Tab S8, but bigger and more. It's got the same great build quality and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, but with a 14.6-inch display, it's positively enormous — big enough to multitask with ease. Its giant display is a 120Hz OLED panel, too, so movies look great on it. And you can get the thing with up to 16 gigs of RAM and half a terabyte of storage, which means, combined with Samsung's excellent update track record, you should have a great tablet experience for years to come.

If you're after something less pricey (or less Samsung), Amazon's Fire HD 10 will be worth a look. It's not nearly as premium or as powerful as our top picks from Samsung, but it also starts at a much more palatable $150.