Tablets can be incredibly versatile, particularly if you want a device that won’t wear you down (or take up much space) when you’re on the road, at the office, or while dashing across campus. While the Apple iPad might immediately springs to mind as everyone’s first choice, there are some impressive Android-based tablets that you might want to consider adding to your shopping list.
Why? Well, for starters, they can be much less expensive. There are solid choices that will cost you less than a couple hundred dollars. This can be perfect if you’re not looking for do-everything laptop-levels of power, memory, and total functionality.
We’ve gathered some of the best available options, based on everything from price-point and screen size, to lightweight design, battery life, and added touches like an integrated stylus. Here are five of the best Android tablets available today.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Let’s start with one of the Android tablets that comes closest to knocking the Apple iPad off its lofty perch. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has the robust design and features that could, potentially, make this your go-to computer for both work and entertainment. When put into Dex mode, the Galaxy Tab S4 operates like a laptop and can run multiple Android apps at the same time. You get a handy S Pen stylus included, and the crystal-clear 10.5 OLED display screen is one of the best you’ll find at any price. With that in mind, however, this is one of the more expensive choices in the Android tablet world. But it’s worth the extra outlay, given that you also get excellent battery life, powerful front and rear cameras, and that tablet/laptop versatility.
Amazon Fire HD 8
From one of the priciest choices, to one that might cost less than your next take-away dinner order. The Amazon Fire HD 8 doesn’t do everything, but what it does for a rock-bottom price is pretty amazing. Starting at less than $100, this tablet excels when it comes to watching movies, reading e-books, and simple web functions. This is not going to be your one-and-only computing tool, and that’s okay. Battery power is about mid-pack, while the camera registers in at only 2 MP. Yet, the low price, rugged design, and light weight of the Fire HD 8 make this an ideal choice for being a family’s go-to tablet. And if it breaks, well, no one has to face being too seriously grounded.
Amazon Fire HD 10
Remember the nice things we said about the Amazon Fire HD 8? Well, by and large, they ring true with its slightly bigger brother, the Fire HD 10. As you probably guessed, one of the most obvious differences between the two is screen size. The 10.1-inch HD screen offered here comes with more than 2 million pixels, making it ideal for gaming or watching shows. Battery life rings in at up to 10 hours, so your viewing won’t be curtailed by a blinking battery icon. It’s also compatible with Alex hands-free, and has 32-64 GB of internal storage. Yes, it costs a little more than the Fire HD 8, though with a price of around $150, this tablet remains a great deal.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is a champion for anyone who wants a tablet for watching shows and movies. This clever machine don’t just come with a 10.1-inch screen with an excellent resolution of 2560 x 1200. For those times when you’re in the mood to share your viewing experience, an optional projector allows you to do exactly that. Better still, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro is fitted with a JBL soundbar and Dolby Atmos speakers, to create the strong soundtrack to back up the impressive visuals. While it’s a little heavier than some other Android tablets, it’s worth noting the 12-hours of average battery life outlasts many competitors.
Huawei Mediapad M5
The Huawei MediaPad M5 is another excellent choice for a tablet shopper who wants a clear, high-solution screen for a very reasonable price. At around $300 dollars, this tablet is right in the middle of the other models we’ve listed. The 10.1-inch screen comes in 1920 x 1200 resolution and is backed up by some impressive acoustics. The four-speaker system was tuned by Harmon Kardon and offers 3-D surround sound. Battery life is impressive, a stylus is included, and there is up to 32 GB of hard drive space. For the money, the Huawei is another Android tablet that should give Apple iPad shoppers reason to pause and reconsider.