Android tablets are a great choice for everyone, from three-year-olds to grandmas. However, the market has been floundering recently, and it’s getting harder and harder to find the best Android tablet for your money. That said, there are still a few really good options available that we take a closer look at. Here’s our roundup of the best Android tablets of 2019!
Editor’s note: We will update this list regularly as new Android tablets launch.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, released back in August 2018, remains one of the best high-end Android tablets you can get your hands on. That said, it certainly doesn’t boast the latest and greatest in specifications like we’ve seen from flagship smartphones over the past year.
It more than makes up for it though by providing the excellent viewing, audio, and software features that are expected from an expensive tablet. All this is possible courtesy of a beautiful and large display, four built-in speakers that provide an immersive experience, and a large battery to keep everything running for a long time.
Samsung’s trump card — the S Pen — further enhances the software package. And if you’re looking for a laptop replacement, you get it by either using an optional keyboard case or by connecting the tablet to an external monitor and using DeX mode to get a desktop UI.
The Samsung Tab S4 is a touch on the pricey side, starting at around $650. You can also pick up the LTE version from AT&T or Verizon Wireless.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is an excellent mid-range alternative to the more expensive Galaxy Tab S4. In fact, there isn’t a whole lot that is different between the two, making the former a bargain at almost $250 cheaper.
You get the same high-quality Super AMOLED display, the same camera setup, the same speaker quality, and only a slightly smaller battery. You can also enjoy a laptop-like experience using the optional keyboard case or with DeX mode. The only thing that’s really missing here is the S Pen, but even if it’s not included with the tablet, a stylus will work if you get one separately. Of course, you also get a mid-range processing package, but performance is certainly not an issue.
The Galaxy Tab S5e is also the thinnest and lightest tablet Samsung has made. With a price point starting at $400, the Tab S5e is almost the more enticing option right now when compared to the Tab S4.
The Galaxy Tab A series has been due for a refresh for a while now and Samsung did exactly that with the latest addition to its affordable tablet range – the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019).
Despite being one of the best cheap tablets Samsung has to offer, the 2019-edition Galaxy Tab A keeps pace with the more expensive Samsung tablets. There’s no home button in sight, the bezels along the sides of the display are much thinner, it comes with a premium metal build, and the device is running Android 9.0 Pie.
Granted, you don’t get the specs and features of Samsung’s more expensive tablets, but if a good viewing experience with decent performance is what you’re after, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) more than gets the job done. And at half the price too, with this tablet starting at just $230.
Amazon’s Fire family continues to get better, and cheaper too! The all-new Amazon Fire 7 is a decidedly entry-level tablet. Even then, it’s near rock bottom starting price of just $49.99 is impressive.
If you’re looking for a little more “fire,” you get a half gig more of RAM, a slightly larger display with a higher resolution, and up to three hours more of battery life with the Amazon Fire HD 8. It’s still surprisingly cheap, starting at $79.99.
Finally, Amazon Fire HD 10 is the higher-end member of the Fire family. As the name suggests, you get a Full HD 10.1-inch display, and specs that are similar to the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 above. It continues the series’ pocket-friendly streak as well, with a starting price of just $149.99.
Specifications aside, there are a few experiences that are shared across the board, the most important of which is the integrated hands-free Alexa functionality. Recently only a staple of the higher-end Fire HD 10, this feature has also made its way to its more affordable siblings. There’s also no Google Play Store access available, and understandably, these devices are better suited for those invested in the Amazon ecosystem.
Also worth noting is that the inexpensive prices are because of the Amazon ads that are built into the software. However, if that’s something you’d rather not deal with, the price of these tablets increase by just $15, which is quite reasonable.
You may have noticed that apart from two out of the three members of the Amazon Fire family, every other tablet on this list comes with a display that is more than 10-inches. If you’re on the lookout for a more portable option and are okay with mid-range specifications and features, the Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4-inch may be the perfect fit.
It’s not the most modern design, with a physical home button below the display looking quite out of place amongst the current crop of Android tablets. It doesn’t fall behind when it comes to other specs and features though. You get a high-resolution display, an older but previously flagship processing package, dual Harmon Kardon speakers, and a large battery.
It’s one of the best Android tablets around if you’re looking for one with a more manageable footprint. It’s not too harsh on the wallet either, with the Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4-inch setting you back around $330.
More and more Chromebooks are capable of running Android apps, and you’re also in luck if you were hoping to take advantage of this feature in a tablet form. There are only a handful of options, but the one that is the best by far is the Google Pixel Slate.
The Pixel Slate runs a custom version of Chrome OS to make it work better as both a tablet and a desktop interface. It switches between the two as required, from the tablet UI when on its own to the familiar desktop UI when docked into the optional Pixel Slate keyboard. You also get access to every Android app that is available on the Google Play Store.
You get laptop specifications and features here, ranging from the Intel Core m3 to the Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM. It’s not cheap either, starting at $799 and going all the way up to double that for the highest-end model. However, if you’re hoping to get an Android tablet, or one that can Android apps just as well, while also providing an excellent laptop-replacement capability, the Google Pixel Slate is your best bet.
There you have it – our picks from the best Android tablets that are available right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!
12/06/2019 04:33 PM