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Android has a reputation for being less than ideal when it comes to tablets. While it's true that Apple's iPadOS enjoys access to more apps that are optimized for big screens, the best Android tablets are often outstanding pieces of hardware. And with appealing options from Samsung, Google, OnePlus, and more, the Android tablet space is looking more exciting than it has in years.

While more expensive tablets tend to be much more capable in terms of gaming, multitasking, and screen quality, there are plenty of great tablets on the budget end of the price spectrum if you're after a slate for watching videos, reading e-books, and general doom-scrolling. There are also great Chromebooks and ChromeOS tablets that run Android apps if you're more focused on productivity and longevity in your tablet. Here are AP's top recommendations.

Our favorite Android tablets in 2023

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+
Best overall

Easy to like

$800 $900 Save $100

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ isn't Samsung's top-tier tablet, but with great build quality and a truly excellent OLED display, you wouldn't know it. The Tab S8+ offers the same high-end performance as the Tab S8 Ultra in a more manageable size and at a lower price.

  • Great OLED display
  • Sleek design
  • Bundled S Pen
  • Premium price
  • Wide aspect ratio may not be to everyone's taste
  • Expensive first-party accessories

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ is our favorite Android tablet today. While it's considerably more expensive than the base-model Tab S8 — $900 at retail to the smaller tablet's $700 — we also think it's a better deal. Your extra cash will net you a larger 12.4" OLED display (the standard Tab S8 has an 11" LCD panel) plus a significantly bigger battery. Frequent sales help take the sting out of that asking price, too; it's not unusual to see the Tab S8+ for $800 or less, and it's been available for as little as $600. So keep an eye out for sales.

Like the rest of the Tab S8 line, the S8+ is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and either eight or 12 gigs of RAM, depending on the configuration you choose. That's more than enough horsepower for regular tablet use. (If you need something more snappy, the Tab S8 Ultra has options all the way up to 16GB RAM). It's also got a beautiful 120Hz OLED display that, while wider than we typically like tablets to be in landscape, is excellent for watching movies and TV shows. The Tab S8+ has Android 13 already as well. If you're looking for a premium Android tablet but don't want to go all-in on the titanic Tab S8 Ultra, the S8+ is a fantastic pick.

Source: Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Premium pick

Glorious excess

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is defined by its enormous 14.6-inch OLED display — it's essentially the Tab S8+, but super-sized. It's expensive and not the most portable tablet in the world, but if you want the biggest, nicest Android tablet money can buy, this is it.

  • Gigantic 14.6-inch display
  • Great performance
  • Bundled S Pen
  • "Ultra" size can hinder portability
  • $1,100 to start

With a four-figure starting price and hardware you could call "excessive," the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra certainly fits the premium bill. The main attraction is the Ultra's display: it's a huge 14.6-inch OLED panel at 1,848 by 2,960 pixels, with a refresh rate that goes all the way up to 120Hz. It's got thin bezels on all sides, but there's a notch at the top (in landscape) to accommodate dual front-facing cameras.

Like the lesser S8 models, the Tab S8 Ultra packs the superfast Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. Unlike its little siblings, though, you can kit out the S8 Ultra with up to 16 gigs of RAM and 512 gigs of storage. Android's tablet apps still aren't generally super polished, but the giant screen gives you more real estate to multitask — including in Samsung DeX, which is extra handy on a screen the size of a normal laptop's. The Ultra's huge OLED is also fantastic for watching TV and movies, and its four speakers mean you'll get stereo sound in portrait or landscape orientation.

It's sturdy, expensive, and very cool — a truly premium device. So if you're out to get the most Android tablet possible, the Tab S8 Ultra should be your go-to in 2023.

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)
Best value

A decent tablet under $200

$75 $150 Save $75

The 2021 version of the Fire HD 10 features a crisp display, surprisingly good battery life, and works well with other services apps, like Disney+ and Netflix. Unfortunately, it still is limited to the Fire OS, so it can't handle resource-intensive apps. Still, it's a dependable option for those looking for an affordable tablet.

  • Affordable
  • Optional keyboard case is decent
  • Only 3 gigs of RAM
  • Fire OS is often a hindrance

Amazon's Fire tablets do technically run Android behind the scenes. The company has been positioning the Fire HD 10 as a productivity device; it's even got a bundle that includes a decent keyboard case. But it's probably better to think of the Fire Hd 10 as a media device first and foremost. At just $150, you're not going to find many other tablets for this price, let alone ones that provide a decent experience. Just be sure to install the Google Play Store if you do pick one up.

Google Pixel Tablet
Source: Google
Google Pixel Tablet

A tablet and a sort-of smart display in one

The Google Pixel Tablet is Google's first self-branded tablet in years. Powered by the Tensor G2 chipset and bundled with a wireless charging dock and speaker combo, the device isn't quite like anything else on the market today.

The Google Pixel Tablet is the company's long-overdue return to the tablet form factor. The tablet itself is a good midranger, with a perfectly decent 60Hz LCD screen, stereo speakers, and solid performance thanks to its Tensor G2 chipset and eight gigs of RAM — the same setup that drives the Pixel 7 series.

Possibly more interesting than the tablet itself is the Charging Speaker Dock it comes bundled with. When placed on its dock, the Pixel Tablet becomes a quasi-smart display: in Hub Mode, the tablet can accept Hey Google commands and functions as a Chromecast target for both audio and video. Sound is routed through the dock's speaker, giving the tablet's very average built-in speakers a boost.

The Pixel Tablet is sold bundled with its dock for $500 — a decent deal on a double-duty device. The speaker dock's audio is okay at best, and Hub Mode lacks some features you'll find on Google's Nest speakers and smart displays, but if those limitations won't bother you, the Pixel Tablet may be an interesting option.

OnePlus Pad
Source: OnePlus
OnePlus Pad

OnePlus's first tablet is pretty good

OnePlus's first tablet, the OnePlus Pad, is an admirable first try, with strong performance, long battery life, and Android 13 out of the box. OnePlus also has some neat optional accessories to go along with it.

  • Crisp 7:5 display
  • Long battery life and superfast 67W charging
  • Strong performance
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Centered camera bump is weird
  • Some OxygenOS bugs

As OnePlus's inaugural tablet, the OnePlus Pad gets quite a bit right. Performance is solid, battery life is very good, and the screen has an aspect ratio of 7:5, which makes it comfortable for many tablet tasks, like reading and browsing the internet — though it's not ideal for standard 16:9 video.


The OnePlus Pad has OnePlus's characteristically quick charging, too, at up to 67W. OxygenOS is occasionally annoying and the tablet doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, but if those don't sound like major drawbacks to you, it's a great pick.

Source: Lenovo
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2
Splendid screen

Great for movies

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 may not have the most impressive internals, but it's got a high-res 120Hz OLED display that's excellent for watching videos.

  • 120Hz OLED display
  • Strong battery life
  • Thin and light
  • No headphone jack
  • Performance could be better

If you're in the market for a midrange media tablet, consider the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2. With a middling MediaTek chipset and four gigs of RAM, P11 Pro isn't a powerhouse, but it's got a great display: an OLED panel with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,536 and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Comics, videos, and games look excellent on this tablet. At $400 or less, it's a good option, unless you want to use your tablet for productivity tasks.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Source: Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
All-around decent

Not bad for $200 or less

With a Unisoc CPU and three gigs of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 isn't the most powerful tablet in the world. But it can often be found for less than $200, and unlike Amazon's tablets, has the Play Store pre-installed.

  • 1200p display
  • Updated design over the Tab A7
  • Optional upgrades to more RAM and storage
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • 32 gigs of storage on the base model is limiting

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is a refreshed version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 that we liked quite a bit in late 2020. For the same $230 MSRP, you're getting an updated design and a Unisoc processor that's a bit faster than the low-end Snapdragon found in the previous generation. Equally interesting, though, is that you can get upgraded versions that have four gigs of RAM and up to 128 gigs of storage.

Amazon Fire HD 8 2022
Source: Amazon
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2022)
Cheap and cheerful

A bargain at $100

It's not quite as affordable as the Fire 7, but Amazon's 2022 Fire HD 8 tablet is still eminently reasonable at $100, and offers a larger, higher resolution display and moderately better performance.

Amazon's latest Fire HD 8 tablet is a great option if you're looking for something affordable, but still want something a little nicer than the company's rock-bottom-priced Fire 7. It's got an 8-inch display that's higher-res than the one on the Fire 7, though it's really only "HD" in the technical sense at a resolution of 1,280 x 800. Still, it's plenty good enough for reading, browsing social media, and some light gaming.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3
ChromeOS contender

Portable and versatile

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 isn't an Android tablet, but it runs ChromeOS, so it has access to Android apps. The tablet has a nice screen and comes with a decent detachable keyboard case.

  • Sharp, 2K display
  • Very portable
  • Long battery life
  • Hard to use on your lap
  • Crummy track pad
  • Not very powerful

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 doesn't run Android, but being a ChromeOS device, it can run Android apps. The tablet's 11", 2K display is sharp and just the right size for casual tablet use. The Duet 3 also comes with a detachable keyboard cover for doing more laptop-like tasks, which is something ChromeOS excels at. Its Snapdragon chipset provides ample horsepower for light-duty work, too.


However, the detachable keyboard design makes using the Duet 3 in your lap a hassle, and its touchpad has too much drag to use comfortably for long periods of time. But if that all sounds good to you, the Duet 3 is a fine tablet for running Android apps.

Source: Onyx
Onyx Boox Tab Ultra
E Ink excellence

Not for everyone, but great for some

$560 $600 Save $40

The Boox Tab Ultra attempts to be as close to a tablet in use as possible, and it leans more toward productivity than content consumption. It is powered by Android 11 and offers a highly visible display that is ideal for reading in all lighting conditions. The bundled stylus is also accurate for sketching and taking notes, and the keyboard case keeps the device out of harm’s way. It’s ideal if you’re in the market for a capable e-reader that can also play media and browse the web.

  • E Ink display is fantastic for reading
  • Strong battery life
  • Keyboard and stylus support
  • Pricey
  • Heavier than many similar options
  • Android on E Ink isn't a perfect experience

The Onyx Boox Tab Ultra is an Android tablet with a 10.3-inch E Ink display, making it a fantastic option for reading, but a non-starter for many normal tablet use cases like watching videos or playing games. However, it's bundled with a stylus and may be a good option for note-takers. You can also grab an optional keyboard case for an additional $109. Unlike some of Onyx's Boox tablets, the Tab Ultra has access to the Play Store, where you can download e-reader apps like Kindle and Kobo.

At a starting price of $600, the Tab Ultra is decidedly not for everyone. Performance out of the tablet's Snapdragon 662 chipset and four gigs of RAM is solid but not spectacular, and the tablet's E Ink display can make it feel even slower. But if your tablet use primarily comes down to reading and writing with a side of audio streaming, and you want a big, high-res screen to do it all on, this could be an appealing pick.

The best Android tablet for you

It may seem strange that Samsung's getting so much representation here, but the company really does make great tablets. The Galaxy Tab S8+ is an excellent place to start your search for your next Android slate. It's well-built, as fast as you could want an Android tablet to be, it's got a great display, and it's set to receive Android updates into 2026 (plus security updates for a year longer), so you shouldn't have any trouble making the Tab S8+ last.

The OnePlus Pad and the Google Pixel Tablet are both interesting midrange options for different reasons. OnePlus's tablet features a high-refresh rate display and super-fast charging, while Google's comes bundled with a Charging Speaker Dock that lets it function like a smart display while it's charging.

If you're after something less pricey, Amazon's Fire HD 10 will be worth a look. It's not nearly as premium or powerful as our top picks from Samsung, but it starts at a much more palatable $150. And, if you need something really affordable, the Fire 8 HD costs $100. Just don't expect either tablet to handle heavy-duty tasks. The Fire line is more about consumption than productivity, but the warranties are good, and the devices are great for kids.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+
Best overall

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ isn't Samsung's top-tier tablet, but with great build quality and a truly excellent OLED display, you wouldn't know it. The Tab S8+ offers the same high-end performance as the Tab S8 Ultra in a more manageable size and at a lower price.