Best Samsung Tablets Android Central 2020

Everyone knows Samsung for its Galaxy S line of smartphones, the latest being the highly praised Galaxy S20 line of devices. That's not all Samsung has been known for in the smart device space, however. The Korean hardware juggernaut has also made a slew of tablets alongside its smartphone line. Here is a collection of some of the best of Samsung's Galaxy Tab line.

Flagship tab: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Staff Pick

The Galaxy Tab S6 is the latest flagship tablet from Samsung and it's quite impressive. The Tab S6 is touted to last up to 15 hours on a single charge while including the S Pen in the box. Under the hood, you get Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, along with either 128GB or 256GB of expandable storage. You can also pair it with its keyboard accessory and turn it into a makeshift laptop!

The "budget" pick: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

The Galaxy Tab S5e is considered to be Samsung's "affordable premium" tablet, and it has a lot to offer. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 and 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy Tab S5e offers good performance for most tasks. It also has a gorgeous 10.5-inch OLED screen that looks great for movies and games, especially at this price point. If you want a higher-end experience without going broke, it's a solid choice.

Affordable S Pen: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Speaking of affordable Samsung tablets, another option you'll want to consider is the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. The S6 Lite actually has slightly lower specs than the Tab S5e, such as a 10.4-inch LCD display and a slower Exynos processor, but the big draw here is that it comes with a free S Pen in the box. This makes it an excellent choice if you want a cheap tablet for drawing or doodling.

Media powerhouse: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)

The Galaxy Tab A is positioned as the device to take all of your digital entertainment with you on the go. This is especially true with the Dolby Atmos speakers, along with the 13-hour battery life and gorgeous 10.1-inch display. And if you need some extra storage, there's a microSD card slot to make sure you can watch all of your favorite content on the go.

Wonderfully compact: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019)

If you like what the Galaxy Tab A brings to the table but wish it came in a smaller form factor, you can get just that with this 8-inch version of the tablet. The smaller size also means a smaller price, but there are plenty of specs to keep you productive and entertained — such as a metal design, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 5,100 mAh battery.

For the children: Samsung Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition 8"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition is the perfect edition for the little ones in the family. This tablet comes equipped with a bumper case pre-installed, along with access to over 10,000 hours of kid-friendly content thanks to Samsung Kids. With battery life rated at lasting up to 13 hours, the kids will be occupied for as long as you need.

Why are there so few great Android-powered tablets?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 with keyboardSource: Hayato Huseman / Android Central

There are many reasons as to why it's nigh-impossible to find great Android-powered tablets on the market. Some may point to the continued dominance of Apple's iPad and the seamless nature of how Apple manages its iOS ecosystem. Others may point to the sensation that is the Microsoft Surface line of products, which helped to further introduce the 2-in-1 form factor for tablet computers. Google hasn't helped things for its tablet OS, going as far as to create the Google Pixel line of notebooks and tablets for its Chrome OS, which, in some ironic twist, can run Android apps from Google Play. Third-party support is also lacking on tablet Android. There are a significant number of applications that are still incompatible with the tablet version of the OS, which can hurt the experience.

That being said, Samsung is still one of the few companies that are investing in the Android tablet scene, and have been the flag bearer for Android-powered tablets, especially with its Galaxy Tab S line of tablets, including the current Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 and the Galaxy Tab S5e. There are also still some amazing Android tablets around that aren't from Samsung.

If we're making some suggestions...

The Samsung Galaxy Tab line of tablets has something for everybody. If you're a fan of getting the new hotness, then you want to look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. This tablet is equipped with all of the power one could want from a tablet, along with the ability to turn into a desktop-like experience if you spring for the optional keyboard. However, Samsung did the right thing here and included the S Pen with every Tab S6, reducing potential costs.

If you're looking for a family-friendly tablet without wrecking your wallet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition is an amazing entry-level tablet that can do the basics. Things such as media consumption from YouTube and other video streaming applications, as well as light family-friendly gaming and daily web browsing, is what this tablet is made for, something you and your family will appreciate every day.

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