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Best Android tablet 2022

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Choosing the best Android tablet is simple: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series has no rivals for the throne. All three Tab S8s offer blazing speeds, gorgeous visuals, rich audio, durable batteries, and feature-rich software; they’re also too pricy and massive for plenty of buyers. For work, school, casual use, or limited budgets, we’ve gathered all of the best tablet options available.

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The Galaxy Tab S8 Plus with keyboard

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Best overall Android tablet

Specifications

Display: 12.4 inches, 2800x1752 (266 ppi)
Processor: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Memory: 8GB RAM, 128 / 256GB storage
Cameras: 3MP AF + 6MP UW, 12MP front
Battery: 10,090mAh
Dimensions: 11.22" x 7.28" x 0.22", 1.27 lb
Colors: Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold

Reasons to buy

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QHD AMOLED 120Hz display
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S Pen stylus with low latency included
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4nm flagship processor
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Long battery life
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First-party detachable keyboard available
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High-quality quad speakers

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive if you're only a casual tablet user
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Too large for extended portrait or handheld use

The most important things to have in a full-sized Android tablet are a great screen, loudspeakers, robust build quality, and software that makes use of the extra screen size. That's what makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ well worth the extra cash for power users — it has a combination of everything.

Its spec sheet leaves little to be desired, with the cutting-edge Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 8GB of RAM, a microSD slot for expandable storage, and durable battery life. Since it's a Samsung product, you're getting a best-in-class display — coming in at 12.4 inches with an ultra-smooth 120Hz refresh rate — and a fantastic aluminum build.

You also get extras like excellent quad speakers, in-display fingerprint sensor, and an S Pen stylus included in the box that attaches to the tablet's back or top. Plus, you can attach a keyboard cover to get some work done and then jump into the DeX desktop-style interface for a more laptop-like experience.

Most importantly, Samsung’s new One UI 4 software makes multitasking on the Tab S8+ remarkably easy. You simply drag your favorite apps from the pinned taskbar onto the display, and the UI automatically splits them into resizable windows or squeezes them into compact pop-up windows. That’s why you’ll enjoy the Tab S8 Plus’ extra display space, whereas the Tab S8 display can’t fit as much information at once.

If you want a massive, do-everything Android tablet and you're willing to spend the money, there's nowhere else to go but the Galaxy Tab S8+. Your only real question is whether the smaller Tab S8 fits your needs better.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 with S Pen

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Best 11-inch Android tablet

Specifications

Display: 11 inches, 2560x1600 (274 ppi)
Processor: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Memory: 8GB RAM, 128 / 256GB storage
Cameras: 13MP AF + 6MP UW, 12MP front
Battery: 8,000mAh
Dimensions: 9.99" x 6.51" x 0.25", 1.10 lb
Colors: Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold

Reasons to buy

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Super light for its size
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Large, high-quality screen
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Long-lasting battery life
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Quad speakers
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Optional hardware keyboard cover
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Productivity features including DeX Desktop

Reasons to avoid

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Can feel cramped when using as a laptop
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Downgraded to LCD, side fingerprint button

The Galaxy Tab S8 is Samsung's entry-level flagship offering in the tablet space, with a comfortable size and powerful specs. It's built on the same tenets as the Tab S8+ but takes small, strategic cuts back to be more affordable — and that makes it all the more enticing.

You get a manageable 11-inch LCD, which feels dramatically better for handheld use than the S8+, and still features a 120Hz refresh rate and the same 8GB of RAM and high-quality quad speakers, plus an extra 100 nits of brightness (up to 600). Even though you get a smaller battery, the downgrade from AMOLED to LCD adds a couple of extra hours, so it should easily last two days of casual use.

While the Tab S8 has slightly higher S Pen latency than the S8+ (6.2ms vs 2.8ms), it’s still faster than the 9ms with the S7 series. Samsung also switched the fingerprint sensor to the power button, but some people prefer that to in-display, so it isn’t a major downgrade, either. The only true downside is the loss of AMOLED, but at least you still get a 120Hz refresh rate and WQXGA resolution. It’s still an excellent display.

The entire body has a sleek aluminum design that feels extremely high-end and *impossibly* thin and light, at just a quarter-inch thick and 1.1 pounds. That makes it great for media consumption and handheld use in ways that even the Tab S8+ isn't. But you can still attach a hardware keyboard and jump into DeX desktop mode to get some serious work done just as well.

Lightroom photo editing on Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

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Best premium productivity tablet

Specifications

Display: 14.6 inches, 2960x1848 (240 ppi)
Processor: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Memory: 8GB / 12GB / 16GB RAM, 128 / 256 / 512GB storage
Cameras: 13MP AF + 6MP UW, 12MP FF + 12MP UW
Battery: 11,200mAh
Dimensions: 12.85" x 8.21" x 0.22", 1.60 lb
Colors: Graphite

Reasons to buy

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A bezelless behemoth of a display
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Up to 16GB of RAM
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Dual selfie cameras
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Special backlit keyboard with trackpad
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Best model for productivity and multitasking

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive, especially for RAM upgrades
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Only Graphite color option
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Not at all portable
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Has a notch

Samsung’s first Ultra tablet doesn’t pull any punches, especially if you’re willing to spend a little extra. The standard Tab S8 Ultra has the same performance quality as the smaller models, but you can upgrade to 12GB or 16GB to power demanding Android apps and games like Adobe Lightroom or Genshin Impact.

At 14.6 inches and 1.6 pounds, the Tab S8 Ultra belongs on your desk. Combined with the impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio, the display size makes it the champion for fitting multiple full-sized apps at once; and you can buy a backlit keyboard cover with a trackpad, converting it into a modular laptop. 

The downside of its design is that the Tab S8 Ultra’s tiny bezels leave you no room to hold it without accidental touches, while also exposing a notch that you’ll have to learn to ignore. You essentially have to use it docked, and the official keyboard cover ships separately and costs a healthy amount. Combined with the RAM upgrade, a fully-specced and accessorized Ultra will cost you about the same as a premium laptop. 

If that’s a problem, you could settle for the base 8GB version and a third-party option and save hundreds of dollars easily. Even with “just” that memory, you’re still getting excellent performance and a massive slab for gaming, streaming, and working. You merely have to accept that it’s not at all portable.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

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Best value productivity tablet

Specifications

Display: 12.4 inches, 2560x1600 (274 ppi)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7225 or 750G
Memory: 4GB / 6GB RAM64 / 128GB storage
Cameras: 8MP rear, 5MP front
Battery: 10,090mAh
Dimensions: 248.8 x 185 x 6.33mm, 608g
Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Pink, Mystic Green, Mystic SIlver

Reasons to buy

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Larger display than regular Tab S7
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S Pen comes included in the box
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5G options
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Works with Samsung DeX
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All-day (and night) battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No 120Hz refresh rate or AMOLED
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Snapdragon 750G is not as powerful as the 865+ on the regular Tab S7
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You'll want to upgrade standard 4GB/64GB memory

Following in the footsteps of its immensely popular Galaxy S20 FE smartphones, Samsung decided to offer up a Fan Edition version of its best Android tablet in the form of the Galaxy Tab S7 FE. Like the phone, this tablet variant brings bright colors, a gorgeous screen, and impressive battery life at a lower price point than the other S7 tablets.

The Tab S7 FE offers a big 12.4-inch display, perfect for watching Netflix marathons or sketching out your next great idea. Thanks to the included S Pen, you'll be able to write, color, or draw to your heart's content without having to spend extra on the accessory. Its large size makes it well-suited for DeX mode if you want to browse several apps while it sits on your desk. And the S7 FE features a large 10,090mAh battery that should last up to 13 hours of use — likely two full days of casual use.

In exchange for its lower price, the S7 FE makes some downgrades compared to the S7. Its Snapdragon 750G chipset and 4GB of base RAM fall short in performance, it only sports dual speakers instead of quad, and it only hits 60Hz instead of 120Hz. Despite these downgrades, we found it performed respectably in our tests, and you can always upgrade your RAM and still have it cost less than the S7 for more display space.

The tablet is available in attractive colors, including Mystic Black, Mystic Pink, Mystic Green, and Mystic Silver.

Minecraft Dungeons on the Lenovo Tab P11 Plus with an Xbox Wireless Controller

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Best entry-level Android tablet

Specifications

Display: 11 inches, 2000x1200 (225 ppi)
Processor: MediaTek Helio G90T
Memory: 4-6GB RAM, 64-128GB storage
Cameras: 13MP rear, 8MP front
Battery: 7,700mAh
Dimensions: 10.2" x 6.4" x 0.295", 1.1lbs
Colors: Slate Grey, Platinum Grey

Reasons to buy

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Bright 2K display
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Loud stereo speakers
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Better-than-budget performance
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Long battery life
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Relatively affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Stock Android software is limited
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Minor issues with Face Unlock, haptic motor

The best Android tablet for most people tends to come from Samsung or Amazon, but don't sleep on Lenovo, which makes a series of stock Android tablets for premium and budget shoppers. Our favorite pick is the Lenovo Tab P11 Plus, which offers a slight step up in specs over the Samsung A series and Amazon Fire tablets, without costing too much more.

Its 2K display and 400 nits look sufficiently vivid compared to most HD or FHD tablets. The stereo audio gives you rich sound regardless of how you hold it, while most budget tabs only point the audio in one direction. The MediaTek Helio G90T CPU is a few years out of date, but features surprisingly solid performance comparable to the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, especially if you spring for the RAM upgrade. And the battery life is much longer than most cheap tablets.

Lenovo’s stock Android software isn’t anything special compared to Samsung’s One UI software, but it does give you some unique features for streaming: A Google TV Entertainment Space that organizes your favorite shows across all your logged-in streaming services and the new Kids Space software catered to younger users. Plus, it’ll receive Android 12L sometime this year, which should offer a software upgrade similar to One UI 4.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite promo

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Best low-budget Android tablet

Specifications

Display: 8.7 inches, 1340x800 (179 ppi)
Processor: MediaTek Helio P22T
Memory: 3GB / 4GB
Storage: 32GB / 64GB
Cameras: 8MP rear, 2MP front
Battery: 5,100mAh
Dimensions: 212.5 x 124.7 x 8mm, 366g
Colors: Silver, Gray

Reasons to buy

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Small, comfortable display and size
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Thin and lightweight metal design
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Runs standard Android software with Google services
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Extremely affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Missing out on S Pen support
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Not the most powerful specs

If you're looking to buy a tablet for the first time and don't have any stringent needs, the Galaxy Tab A series is an excellent option for a fraction of the Tab S7+'s cost. While you won't be blown away by its specs or features, the Tab A still manages to offer a metal body. And unlike Amazon's Fire Tablets, it has a fully-functional version of Android with Google services like the Play Store, so you can download any apps you want.

The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is a great option for those in the market looking for an entry-level tablet that offers a traditional Android experience. The smaller display and overall design make the Tab A7 Lite extremely portable and comfortable to hold in one hand while still being large enough to consume media from streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Disney+.

Amazon Fire Hd 10 2021 Productivity Front 2

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Best affordable tablet for students

Specifications

Display: 10.1 inches, 1920x1200 (224 ppi)
Processor: 8-core 2.0 GHZ
Memory: 3GB RAM32 / 64GB storage
Cameras: 5MP rear, 2MP front
Battery: lasts up to 12 hours
Dimensions: 9.73 x 6.53 x .36 inches, 16.5 oz
Colors: Black, Denim, Olive, Lavender

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional value for this size
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Solid display
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Amazon's apps get the basics done
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Fun color options available
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Productivity Bundle option with Microsoft Office 365

Reasons to avoid

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No access to Google Play apps
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Cheap-feeling plastic body
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No official water resistance

The Amazon Fire HD 10 is one of those deals that's almost too good to pass up if you're after a device with a large screen and a smaller price tag. It's simply the best big Android tablet for doing the basics, from watching movies and TV shows, to browsing and playing casual games.

What makes this deal even better is that the 2021 edition comes with a Productivity Bundle option, which includes a custom Bluetooth keyboard and a 12-month subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal edition. With a bump in RAM from 2GB to 3GB and the new hardware and software options, the package is compelling for those who want a secondary productivity machine. Amazon also released a Fire HD 10 Plus version, which features 4GB of RAM, wireless charging capabilities with a wireless charging dock accessory, and comes in a stately slate color.

This device won't replace a desktop or laptop computer, but it is the perfect portable productivity machine for students on the go. With a steady keyboard and Microsoft apps, it's great to take notes in class or do a little research in the library. Plus, it is much lighter than a traditional laptop or larger tablet.

The big caveat to keep in mind with an Amazon Fire Tablet is that you don't get the Google Play Store or Google's great apps and services. Instead, you'll rely on the Amazon App Store, which has a dramatically more limited app selection. But for this price, that's an OK trade-off for most people.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13

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Best large tablet for entertainment

Specifications

Display: 13-inch (2160x1350) LTPS400 nits60Hz refresh rate
Processor: Snapdragon 870 with Adreno 650 GPU
OS: Android 11
Memory: 8 GB RAM128GB SSD
Battery: 10,000 mAh, 30W quick charge
Audio: 4 JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos
Dimensions: 11.54 x 8.03 x 0.24 inches – 0.98 inches, 803g

Reasons to buy

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Extra-large 2K display
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Works as monitor via HDMI
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Includes a kickstand
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Fantastic speeds and audio
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Great entertainment software

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Heavy
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Only 60Hz

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 falls on the higher end of the tablet spectrum, offering an alternative to the Galaxy Tab series. With a Snapdragon 870 chipset and 8GB of RAM, the Yoga Tab 13 will respond to your Google Assistant commands or navigate through menus with no lag.

Its built-in kickstand helps it naturally stand up on a desk without buying an expensive accessory case. Thanks to the stand and its micro-HDMI port, it works naturally as a monitor for your computer or other devices without taking up much room on your desk. Or, if you do prefer to hold it, the Yoga Tab 13 has soft Alcantara fabric on its back that makes it incredibly comfortable to prop in your arms.

Thanks to its Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, plus its 2K resolution and 400 nits of brightness, the Yoga Tab 13 looks stunning when streaming your favorite films and shows. It has a special Google TV Entertainment Space that organizes your favorite shows across all your logged-in streaming services. Plus, Google's new Kids Space software makes it more child-friendly. There's even an Ambient mode where it works as a smart display. Its software versatility gives the Yoga Tab 13 plenty of uses.

Amazon Fire Hd 8 2020 Hero

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Best value Amazon tablet

Specifications

Display: 8.0 inches, 1280x800 (189 ppi)
Processor: MediaTek MT8168
Memory: 2GB RAM32 / 64GB storage
Cameras: 2MP rear, 2MP front
Battery: 12 hours
Dimensions: 202 x 137 x 9.7mm, 355g
Colors: Black, White, Plum, Twilight Blue

Reasons to buy

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Small enough for kids to use
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Fun color choices
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Gets all of the basics done
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Now has 32GB storage and USB-C
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Almost unbelievable price

Reasons to avoid

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Low-quality screen
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Cheap-feeling plastic build
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No access to Google Play apps

Amazon also makes the best super-inexpensive Android tablet available, the Fire HD 8. The latest version delivers an 8-inch HD display, comes with 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, a 30% faster processor, and it finally charges with USB-C.

It still comes in various neat colors, keeping things interesting for kids and adults alike. You can spend a little more to get 64GB of storage for apps and video and also opt to pay a little more to remove Amazon's "Special Offers" lock screen ads.

Like the Fire HD 10, it doesn't have the Google Play Store or Google apps. But you're even more likely to look past that when you're spending this little on a tablet. So this is an excellent choice for media consumption, browsing, or handing to your kids.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids (2021)

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Best Android tablet for older kids

Specifications

Display: 10.1 inches, 1920x1200 (224 ppi)
Memory: 3GB RAM32GB storage
Cameras: 5MP rear, 2MP front
Battery: 12 hours
Dimensions: 7.4 x 10.1 x 0.7 inches, 25.3 oz
Target Age Range: 6-12
Colors: Black, Doodle, Intergalactic, Sky Blue

Reasons to buy

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Great warranty
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Lots of content for older kids
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Great case options
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Excellent parental controls
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Fantastic display
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Great sounding dual speakers

Reasons to avoid

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Can be a bit large for some children
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On the expensive side
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No Google services built-in

Amazon expanded its Kids edition Fire Tablets in 2021, adding a Pro tier for older children ages 6 to 12 and keeping its standard Kids Edition Tablet options with content and features appropriate for children ages 3 to 7.

The latest and greatest of these devices is Fire HD 10 Kids Pro, which is filled with the best hardware and software you could ask for as a parent. Amazon took its top big tablet, loaded it with parental controls, kid-specific content for older children, and wrapped it in a durable and functional case. While the screen size could be difficult for some, the provided case includes a kickstand for viewing.

The 1080p display provides solid colors and clarity for content. The HD 10 Kids Pro also has the same awesome dual-speaker setup as the grown-up version. However, when you'd like to limit the noise, there's a standard headphone jack.

Since this is a kids' edition from Amazon, it gets a free year of Amazon's Kids+ service. This provides parental controls for you and over 20,000 age-specific titles for your kids. Not only that, but the tablet also gets two years of "worry-free" guarantee — if the tablet breaks, Amazon will replace it. That could be the most important feature of all.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

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Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Best Android tablet for younger kids

Specifications

Display: 7 inches, 1024x600 (171 ppi)
Memory: 1GB RAM16GB storage
Cameras: 5MP rear, 2MP front
Battery: 7 hours
Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 1.0 inches, 16.1 oz
Target Age Range: 3-7
Colors: Blue, Pink, Purple

Reasons to buy

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Great warranty
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Age-appropriate content for younger children
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Great case options
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Excellent parental controls
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Smaller size is easier for smaller kids to hold
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Cheapest kids Fire Tablet

Reasons to avoid

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Display isn't great
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1GB of RAM is not much
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Battery life could be better

If you have younger kids, probably ages three to seven, the Fire 7 Kids Edition is an excellent buy for your family. It still features age-appropriate content, but it is specifically geared toward a much younger audience.

The Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet is much smaller and more manageable for children to hold, but it still retains the fun and colorful protective cases with kickstands. The screen isn't as sharp, and it only has a mono speaker, but I doubt your little ones will mind those details that much. The bigger concern is the shorter seven-hour battery life. You probably don't want your kids on the screen for seven hours at a time, but it does mean you'll need to remember to charge it more frequently.

Like the larger Pro devices, this tablet comes with a year of Amazon Kids+ service, so you don't have to worry about what they're watching or how rough they are on their tablet.

Which of the best Android tablets should you buy?

Picking a quality Android tablet typically boils down to either Samsung or Amazon models. Samsung dominates the premium and mid-range tablet market while competing with Amazon via its cheaper, budget A-models. So when weighing the best Android tablet for you, specifically, start with Samsung unless you don't have much money to spend. 

In terms of the “best” without regard to money, it’s a toss-up between the three Tab S8 models. The 11-inch Galaxy Tab S8 is the best mainstream pick, coming in lighter, brighter, and more affordable than its larger siblings while sporting the same flagship Snapdragon chip. It even has the longest battery life of the bunch at about 15 hours. 

Then again, you might want to consider the Galaxy Tab S8+ instead. You’ll trade in the S8’s basic LCD panel for a 12.4-inch AMOLED, giving you richer colors, deeper blacks, and more screen space for fitting in multiple apps at once. It also has shorter S Pen latency at just 2.8ms, so short that you’ll feel like you’re writing on actual paper. Though more expensive and less comfortable to hold, the Tab S8+ display justifies the upgrade. 

The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra measures a massive 14.6 inches and 1.6 pounds with tiny bezels, making it wholly unsuitable for casual streaming in bed, but perfect as a laptop replacement using Samsung DeX mode. It’s the Android equivalent of the iPad Pro, with the price and power to match. If you want an Android tablet with more than 8GB of RAM, this is your best (and only) choice.

Dropping into the mid-range category, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE provides the same display size and battery as the S8+ for about half the price, if you can stomach some performance downgrades. 

But for true affordability and value, you’ll want to look at Amazon’s catalog, starting with Amazon's Fire HD 8. The specs are nothing to write home about, but performance is surprisingly good, and you get a great media consumption device for a highly competitive price. The only catch? The Fire HD 8 runs Amazon's Fire OS rather than a more typical Android build, meaning you'll need to download apps from Amazon's app store rather than Google's.

Andrew Myrick
Andrew Myrick

Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.

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