The best Android tablets in 2023: the 8 best ones you can buy | Digital Trends


Tablets may not be the hot new thing in 2023, but they’re still excellent machines for streaming movies, playing games, or getting work done on the go. And while it seems like the best iPads dominate most of the tablet market, there are still plenty of excellent Android tablet options you should consider.

Whether you want an ultra-premium and super-powerful option, or something more affordable and compact, the Android tablet market has something for everyone. No matter your budget or spec preferences, here are the best Android tablets you can buy in 2023.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

Best Android tablet overall

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Beautiful hardware
  • Gorgeous display
  • Great speakers
  • Productivity powerhouse

Cons

  • Keyboard case not included
  • Some software trouble

Why should you buy this?: If you want a tablet that can work and play with you — and you want it to run Android — this is the best one out there.

Who’s it for?: This is a tablet that business professionals will be proud to pull out of their briefcase, thanks to a design that exudes premium quality.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus:

The tablet is a home run, with superlative design and build quality. It’s absolutely gorgeous and comes equipped with an expansive 12.4-inch, 120Hz AMOLED panel with a 1752 x 2800 resolution. That display has sharp contrast and color reproduction, is covered in Gorilla Glass 5 for protection, and offers great viewing angles to boot. The tablet also has a fingerprint sensor on the right side for when the tablet is in landscape orientation. The Armor Aluminum frame is sturdy, with a premium look and feel.

On the inside, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 128GB of onboard storage, and 8GB of RAM. It comes with an S Pen, a great device that’s easy to hold and write with. The combination of high power and the S Pen means this tablet lets you write, videoconference, and move through tasks with ease. The front-facing camera is a 12-megapixel, 120-degree ultrawide lens that looks good during video meetings, with a wide field of view that captures plenty of the background.

The Galaxy Tab S8 Plus is powered by a 10,090mAh battery that can be charged at 45 watts. Battery life is very good with 20% to 25% left in the tank after a full workday. It’s the best Android tablet you can buy, and one of the best tablets overall in 2023.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

Best Android tablet overall

lenovo tab p11 pro gen 2 review on pavement

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Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2

Best multimedia Android tablet

Pros

  • Slim and lightweight aluminum
  • Sleek dual-tone design
  • Beautiful 11.2-inch 2.5K OLED display
  • Quad speaker system with support for Dolby Atmos
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Front camera is terrible
  • Uses Android 12, Android 12L coming later
  • Only up to 6GB of RAM

Why should you buy this?: It’s a great tablet for media lovers.

Who’s it for?: Anyone who wants their tablet to be an excellent entertainment system.

Why we picked the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2:

While the name may not exactly fall off the tongue, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2‘s upsides lend itself well to multimedia fans, while the slim build and modest power mean it holds up well to a good range of activities. It’s a good-looking tablet too. The aluminum body has a two-tone design, and it’s slim, with flat edges. It’s somewhat similar to an iPad Pro, and it’s light as well, weighing just one pound. The back has a magnet to hold and charge the optional Lenovo Precision Pen 3, but the metal back is prone to showing fingerprints, so a case is probably a good investment.

Around the front, the selfie camera is arranged on the horizontal edge, making it much more useful for video calls. The display itself is an 11.2-inch 2.5K OLED screen, with a 2560 x 1536 resolution, and a 120Hz refresh rate. That’s an impressive bunch of numbers, and it means the tablet looks and feels amazing. It also has quad Dolby Atmos JBL speakers, so your videos sound just as good as they look.

Performance is solid, even if it’s not exceptional. The Snapdragon 439 is a capable processor, and 6GB of RAM is enough to keep everything purring along. 128GB of storage as standard is good, but not exceptional. Overall, it’s a solid package, but don’t expect it to outpace some of the more powerful tablets on this list. The software does trip it up a little, though. The Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 hasn’t been updated to the tablet-focused Android 12L yet, and that does hurt its usability a bit. Some apps launch as blown-up phone apps, and don’t use the extra space at all well. Android 12L helps with this, but this has been a problem with Android tablets for some time now.

Of course, this is a midrange tablet, and you should temper your expectations to fit. It has an exceptional suite for watching movies and videos, though, so that’s why we’ve picked it for this slot. Simply put, at this $400 price, you don’t expect such a capable multimedia tablet.

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2

Best multimedia Android tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Best midrange Android tablet

Pros

  • Solid performance
  • Clear, bright screen
  • Slim and lightweight

Cons

  • Default internal memory is limited

Why should you buy this?: This tablet offers high-end processing with a modern design at a moderate price.

Who’s it for?: Anyone who wants a decent tablet for web browsing and social media without having to spend a ton of cash.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8: 

If the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus is a little too expensive, you might be tempted by the more affordable Galaxy Tab A8. It’s light and slim, offers excellent battery life, and has a beautiful, high-resolution screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 offers more than enough to enjoy tablet work and play. The Unisoc Tiger T618 can handle most demanding tasks in the mid-range — no problem. The 10.5-inch TFT display is clear and crisp, and the bod is lightweight and slim, so it won’t weigh you down. While 32GB of storage is a little limited the 64GB model is just right — though there is room for a microSD card as well, in case you need the extra space.

SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab A8 10.5” 32GB Android Tablet w/LCD Screen, Long Lasting Battery, Kids Content, Smart Switch, Expandable Memory, ‎SM-X200NZSAXAR, Silver, Amazon Exclusive

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Best midrange Android tablet

The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus tablet, with apps on the screen.

Amazon

Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus

Best Android tablet for Amazon fans

Pros

  • Bright, beautiful display
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Supports multitasking

Cons

  • Does not work with Google Play Store
  • Inferior camera specs

Why should you buy this?: The Amazon Fire HD 10 has a nice big screen, with enough processing power to satisfy most users, and it works excellently within Amazon’s ecosystem.

Who’s it for?: Anyone who wants a big screen for basic video-streaming and social media.

Why we picked the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021 version):

The Amazon Fire HD 10 has a lovely display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels at 224 pixels per inch. It’s flanked by stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, making it optimal for watching movies.

The updated Fire HD 10 version features 3GB of RAM on a quad-core processor and offers a split-screen feature for Fire OS that shows two compatible apps open side by side for multitasking. Other specs include a 2MP front-facing and 5MP rear camera with 720p HD video recording. The Fire HD 10 also features dual-band Wi-Fi for connecting to 2.5GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi bands for fast download speeds.

You can buy the Amazon Fire HD 10 with 32GB or 64GB of storage, but it also supports microSD cards (sold separately). It should last a respectable 12 hours on a single charge. This tablet runs Amazon’s Fire OS — an operating system based on Android — so any future software and security updates, guaranteed over four years after release date, will come from Amazon. Alexa is built-in for hands-free voice commands, but as it isn’t a traditional Android tablet, there’s no Google Play Store. Instead, you have to download apps directly from Amazon’s App Store.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021)

Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus

Best Android tablet for Amazon fans

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite in different colors.

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Best cheap Android tablet

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Metal design
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • Lower-end processor
  • OK display quality

Why should you buy this?: This tablet offers a modern design and all the Android tablet basics — and it comes at a much lower price than the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus.

Who’s it for?: Anyone who wants a decent tablet for web browsing and social media without having to spend a ton of cash.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite: 

If the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus is a little too expensive, you might be tempted by the more affordable Galaxy Tab A7 Lite. It boasts an 8.7-inch LCD screen, giving you plenty of room for watching movies or TV shows. It’s light and slim, and the metal frame feels more premium than you’d expect for this price.

The big difference is inside, where the Tab A7 Lite relies on a midrange MediaTek Helio P22T processor and 3GB of RAM. You get 32GB of storage by default, and if that’s not enough, you can expand it with a microSD card. The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite promises “long-lasting” battery life, plus comes with a single-lens, 8MP main camera and a 2MP front-facing camera.

For browsing the web, watching movies, and casual gaming, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite will tick all your boxes.

Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Best cheap Android tablet

Tab S8 Ultra in hand.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Best big Android tablet

Pros

  • Massive 14.6-inch display
  • Smooth 120Hz refresh rate
  • Top-level performance

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not easily portable

Why should you buy this?: It’s a powerful tablet with a laptop-sized display.

Who’s it for?: Someone who needs their tablet to have a laptop’s useful screen, but also needs a large tablet.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra: 

Tablets are gaining ground on laptops, but the screen size is somewhere laptops tend to take an unassailable lead. Until the Tab S8 Ultra, that is. Samsung set out to create an almost absurdly large tablet in the Ultra, with a 14.6-inch display. It’s a high-end display too, running a 2960 x 1848 resolution with Samsung’s excellent Super AMOLED tech and a 120Hz refresh rate. Combine this with the Dolby Atmos quad speakers tuned by AKG, and you have a tablet that’s excellent for consuming all types of media.

Unfortunately, that comes with an obvious downside. This tablet is comically large, and it’s far from portable. Want a tablet you can easily take out of the house? Look at something like the iPad Mini, as this is not the tablet for you. It’s also difficult to use in one hand, if not impossible, which probably shouldn’t come as a surprise.

But really, this was never meant to be a portable tablet. Where the Tab S8 Ultra excels is on a desk, with one of Samsung’s keyboard covers. It fits magnetically, doesn’t need charging, and feels very stable when docked. The keys feel good as well, but the real key here is Samsung’s Dex mode, which provides a desktop-like experience for your tablet. Is it good enough to replace your laptop? That’s a tougher call, but it definitely provides options you wouldn’t otherwise have. The 120Hz refresh rate also means the S Pen performs well, and using it feels smooth.

If it’s a big, powerful Android tablet you’re after, then it’s hard to find something else that fits the bill quite as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Best big Android tablet

amazon fire 7 2022 review  tablet

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Amazon Fire 7 (2022)

Best small Android tablet

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Runs simple tasks efficiently
  • Low cost
  • Portable
  • Optimized for streaming

Cons

  • Fire OS software
  • Long charge times
  • Poor display and cameras

Why should you buy this?: The Amazon Fire 7 (2022) has many of the same features offered by the Fire HD 10, but in a smaller, more portable package.

Who’s it for?: Anyone who wants the cheapest Android tablet out there that’s also portable enough to take on the road.

Why we picked the Amazon Fire 7 (2022):

The Amazon Fire 7 (2022) features a USB-C port and a decent processor, but its real advantage is it’s inexpensive while offering a small and portable design. The display has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, and while it’s not the sharpest, it’s good enough to watch movies on.

The Fire 7 is also available in a range of different colors, and as you would expect, the tablet deeply integrates with Amazon services — like Amazon Prime Music and Prime Video. Alexa also works well on the device.

Battery life is impressive. In our testing, we streamed movies on the tablet for more than 10 hours, and after doing so, still had some battery left in the tank. Recharge times are slow, but the USB-C port helps lessen the sting a bit.

You won’t find a perfect tablet for less than $100, but the Amazon Fire 7 (2022) is a solid package regardless.

Amazon Fire 7 (2022)

Amazon Fire 7 (2022)

Best small Android tablet

Child viewing a Fire HD 10 Kids Pro.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro

Best Android tablet for kids

Pros

  • Full year access to Amazon Kids+
  • Kid-friendly design
  • Colorful kickstand case

Cons

  • Relatively limited choice of games

Why should you buy this?: Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro has built-in parental controls and comes with a ton of great kid-friendly content.

Who’s it for?: Anyone who wants a solid tablet for their kids that allows them to keep track of their activities on the device.

Why we picked the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro: 

This model is a superlative tablet for parents and guardians who want something to entertain and educate their kids. It’s perfect for storing books, games, and other media, thanks to the addition of a microSD card. It has the same 10.1-inch display and hardware as the non-Pro model.

Amazon has upgraded its Kids offerings and now offers this Pro model. Specifically designed for kids between six and 12 years old, the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro comes with one year of free access to Amazon Kids+, a comprehensive warranty, and a colorful kickstand case. Without access to the Google Play Store, the number of available games is limited, but there’s still plenty to choose from on the Amazon App Store.

It’s great for videos and apps as well as games, making this a strong choice if you’re looking for a big-screen device. Kids can even make video and voice calls over Wi-Fi to pre-approved contacts and install apps like Zoom or Minecraft.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro

Best Android tablet for kids

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