Best Samsung Tablets Android Central 2020

Everyone knows Samsung for their Galaxy S line of smartphones, the latest being the highly praised Galaxy S10 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 their smartphone line. Here is a collection of some of the best of Samsung's Galaxy Tab line.

The new hotness: 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.

From $550 at Amazon

The "budget" pick: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

The Galaxy Tab S5e isn't an upgrade to the Tab S4, with Samsung instead going the route of 'affordable premium.' Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, and 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy Tab S5e has the same 10.5-inch OLED screen as its predecessor, but the most impressive part is the fact that it's lighter and thinner than the Tab S4.

From $370 at Amazon

Old and still good: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the company's former high-end productivity tablet with claims to have PC power with tablet mobility. Powered by the Snapdragon 835, the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S4 comes equipped with four Dolby Atmos-powered speakers, the ability to use your tablet as a PC with Samsung DeX, as well as the Google Assistant built-in and a 7300 mAh battery with Fast Charging technology. The S Pen also comes packed in the device, so it's truly worth the experience, especially when purchased with the keyboard cover.

$450 at Amazon

Media Centric: 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.

$160 at Amazon

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.

$100 at Amazon

Still fantastic: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Upgradeable to Android 8.0 Oreo, the Galaxy Tab S3 is still a serviceable high-end tablet if you don't want to invest in the Galaxy Tab S4, while still experiencing one of the best that Samsung has to offer. The Tab S3 comes with 9.7-inch super AMOLED display with HDR video support. The battery is also smaller than the Tab S6 at 6,000 mAh, but still lasts all day with moderate usage.

$480 at Amazon

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, is able to 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 Android tablets around that aren't from Samsung.

If we're making some suggestions...

The Samsung Galaxy Tab line of tablets have 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 Editio 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 everyday.

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