Best Android tablets of 2021: which should you buy?

If you’re looking for one of the best Android tablets then there’s no shortage of choice, with Samsung, Huawei, Amazon, Lenovo and others all making excellent slates.

These include the top-end Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, the more affordable Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020), and many others, and you’ll find all the best options below, with choices to fit most needs and budgets.

While the best Android tablet for you won’t necessarily be the best one for everyone else, we have ranked our selections, so you can see which our very favorite is. But we’ve also said what we do and don’t like about each, along with including a specs list, so you can easily decide for yourself which of them is the best fit for you.

But if you’re still in doubt then make sure to click through to our full reviews of each slate, where we go much deeper into what you can expect from them.

Make sure to check back frequently too, as we’re keeping this article regularly updated, and with new tablets always on the horizon, this ranking could get shaken up at any time.

Or, for more tablet options, head to our best Windows tablets guide, or take a look at some of our other guides below.

Best Android tablets in 2020 at a glance:

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 PlusLenovo Tab P11 ProSamsung Galaxy Tab S6 LiteSamsung Galaxy Tab S6Huawei MatePad ProAmazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021)Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)

Best Android tablets: which should you buy?

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1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus may be Samsung’s finest tablet yet

Specifications

Weight: 575g

Dimensions: 285 x 185 x 5.7mm

OS: Android 10

Screen size: 12.4-inch

Resolution: 1752 x 2800 pixels

CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus

Storage: 128GB/256GB

microSD slot: Yes

Battery: 10,090mAh

Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP

Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

+Gorgeous OLED screen+Premium design

Reasons to avoid

-Android lacks quality tablet apps-High price

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is the best tablet Samsung has ever made, and a serious rival to the iPad Pro range.

In fact, its screen arguably has those slates beat, as it’s a 12.4-inch Super AMOLED one with a 2800 x 1752 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The iPad Pro range can match much of that, but those slates have LCD screens, which aren’t quite as good.

You also of course get a whole lot of power from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus’s Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, and a premium metal build that’s incredibly slim at 5.7mm thick.

There’s also a 5G model for speedy mobile data, and Samsung’s S Pen stylus comes bundled with the slate. Chuck in a keyboard (sold separately) and this is a serious productivity machine. But even without that this is a top-end slate and great for media.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus review

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro

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2. Lenovo Tab P11 Pro

An accomplished performer with a few key weaknesses

Specifications

Weight: 485g

Dimensions: 264.3 x 171.4 x 6.9mm

OS: Android 10

Screen size: 11.5-inch

Resolution: 1600 x 2560 pixels

CPU: Snapdragon 730G

Storage: 128GB

microSD slot: Yes

Battery: 8,600mAh

Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP

Front camera: 8MP + 8MP

Reasons to buy

+Lovely OLED display+Loud quad-speakers

Reasons to avoid

-Weak camera-Middling power

Samsung has long been ruling the high-end Android tablet world, but it now faces an unlikely challenger in the form of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro. Lenovo isn’t well-known for Android tablets, but with the Tab P11 Pro it’s delivered a real rival to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus.

This slate has an 11.5-inch 1600 x 2560 OLED screen, so it’s big, sharp, and packs punchy OLED tech. It also supports HDR10, so it’s a joy to view content on, with the only slight let-down being its conventional 60Hz refresh rate.

Coupled with loud quad-speakers, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro makes for an accomplished media machine, and with its long-lasting 8,600mAh battery it’s a great travel companion.

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro packs an attractive metal build too, and it supports both a keyboard and a stylus, transforming it into a capable productivity device – though one that’s still no match for a typical laptop. Its performance is middling and its cameras aren’t up to much, but with its surprisingly reasonable price tag, those are sacrifices we can live with.

Read our full Lenovo Tab P11 Pro review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

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3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Cheaper, and still quite great

Specifications

Weight: 476g

Dimensions: 244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7mm

OS: Android 10

Screen size: 10.4-inch

Resolution: 1200 x 2000 pixels

CPU: Exynos 9610

Storage: 64GB/128GB

microSD slot: Yes

Battery: 7,040mAh

Rear camera: 8MP

Front camera: 5MP

Reasons to buy

+Robust design+S Pen as standard

Reasons to avoid

-Can be a little sluggish-Some issues with S Pen

Happy to sacrifice a few of the features of the Galaxy Tab S6 in trade for a cheaper tablet? If yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is the product you want to consider.

The chipset isn’t as powerful as its sibling, the cameras aren’t as impressive, and the screen isn’t as beautiful… but it’s around half the price, and all of its specs are still quite impressive for a slate at this price.

It’s a remarkably good product considering how much you’re spending on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. It isn’t particularly smaller than the Galaxy Tab S6 – and ironically, it’s actually heavier too – but if you don’t want to spend top-dollar you may love this.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

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4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

A great Android tablet

Specifications

Weight: 420g

Dimensions: 244.5 x 154.3 x 7mm

OS: Android 9 (upgrade to Android 10)

Screen size: 10.5-inch

Resolution: 1600 x 2560 pixels

CPU: Snapdragon 855

Storage: 128GB/256GB

microSD slot: Yes

Battery: 7,040mAh

Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP

Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

+Beautiful AMOLED display+S Pen as standard

Reasons to avoid

-Samsung’s One UI not perfect-No headphone jack

While it’s not the newest model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is still a great Android tablet, with a plethora of brilliant features.

It comes with an S Pen stylus in the box that you can use to take notes, draw and much more on the tablet’s display. You can also buy a smart keyboard to make it an experience that is close to a laptop.

The 10.5-inch AMOLED display on the Galaxy Tab S6 is one of the highlights with an impressive resolution of 1600 x 2560. This tablet also comes with two cameras on the rear too, so you can get better photography than on many other slates.

It’s not the perfect device – there isn’t a 3.5mm headphone jack and the user interface has its own quirks – but it’s still a top Android slate.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 review

Huawei MatePad Pro

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5. Huawei MatePad Pro

The Huawei MatePad Pro is almost perfect

Specifications

Weight: 460g

Dimensions: 246 x 159 x 7.2mm

OS: Android 10

Screen size: 10.8-inch

Resolution: 1600 x 2560

CPU: Kirin 990

RAM: 6GB/8GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB

Battery: 7,250mAh

Rear camera: 13MP

Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

+Powerful hardware+Robust lightweight design

Reasons to avoid

-Limited software functionality-No headphone jack

The Huawei MatePad Pro is Huawei’s attempt at taking on the iPad Pro range, and in a lot of ways it’s a very strong rival, from its high-quality 10.8-inch screen, to its top-end power and its long-lasting battery.

The Huawei MatePad Pro also has a stylish, slim, and lightweight design, plus an optional stylus and keyboard, so it’s premium and built for productivity. However, in our tests we found that those accessories were simply okay, and the big problem faced by the MatePad Pro is its lack of Google services – meaning no access to the Google Play app store, and no Google apps, such as Maps.

That’s going to be a major issue for a lot of people, but if you can live without that then this comes closer than most Android slates to matching the iPad Pro experience.

Read our full Huawei MatePad Pro review

Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021)

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6. Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021)

Affordably competent

Specifications

Weight: 468g

Dimensions: 247 x 166 x 9.2mm

OS: Fire OS

Screen size: 8-inch

Resolution: 880 x 1280

CPU: quad-core

Storage: 32GB/64GB

Battery: up to 12 hours

Rear camera: 2MP

Front camera: 2MP

Reasons to buy

+Well priced+Good quality screen

Reasons to avoid

-Looks dated-Could be faster

It might not be the best of the bunch for Android tablets but the Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021) has a lot going for it thanks to its attractive 10.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. That means it’s ideal for watching your favorite movies or shows with 12 hours of battery life meaning you won’t run out of juice at a pivotal moment.

Storage is limited at either 32GB or 64GB and we’d like speedier performance in an ideal world, but at this price, it’s not bad at all. 

Read our full Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021) review

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)

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7. Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)

Amazon’s middle-sized tablet gets an upgrade

Specifications

Weight: 355g

Dimensions: 202 x 137 x 9.7mm

OS: Fire OS

Screen size: 8-inch

Resolution: 880 x 1280

CPU: quad-core

Storage: 32GB/64GB

Battery: up to 12 hours

Rear camera: 2MP

Front camera: 2MP

Reasons to buy

+Super-low price+Great front camera placement

Reasons to avoid

-Poor screen quality-Locked to Amazon’s ecosystem

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) is – along with the Fire HD 8 Plus – the latest version of Amazon’s 8-inch tablet, and by opting for this rather than the Plus model you get slightly less RAM and no wireless charging, but an otherwise near identical slate at a lower price.

It’s an upgrade on its predecessor thanks to 30% more power, improved battery life, double the storage, and the presence of a USB-C (rather than micro USB) port, but that aside this is familiar territory if you’ve used an Amazon slate before.

You’re locked in to Amazon’s ecosystem, which isn’t quite as rich as full-fat Android, but if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber then much of your content will be front and center, and you’re paying a lot less than you would for most comparable Android tablets.

Read our full Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) review

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)

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8. Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)

A decent screen for less

Specifications

Weight: 465g

Dimensions: 247 x 166 x 9.2 mm

OS: Fire OS

Screen size: 10.1-inch

Resolution: 1920 x 1200

CPU: Octa-core

Storage: 32GB/64GB

Battery: up to 12 hours

Rear camera: 5MP

Front camera: 2MP

Reasons to buy

+Crisp display+Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

-Bit slow-Limited software

The Fire HD 10 (2021) isn’t the speediest but at a low price, it creeps into our best Android tablets list for good reason. For the price, you get a good quality and large screen with a 1920 x 1200 resolution which is ideal for watching films or your favorite YouTube videos.

The software is a bit limited and the processor a tad slow meaning there are better options out there. However, if you’re on a budget and don’t mind making some compromises, you could do a lot worse than the Fire HD 10. 

Read our full Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) review.

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