The 10 Best Android Tablets to Buy in 2017

Shop for the best Android tablets for gamers, kids and more

So you’re ready to buy a tablet and you're more interested in using Google’s Android platform over Apple’s iOS. Perhaps you’re not a fan of Apple, or you just prefer the look, feel and customizability of Android (not to mention its much lower price tag; tablets start under $75). Whatever the reason, there are many Android tablets on the market ranging from the super light and portable to a powerful Google-made tablet that can practically replace your laptop.

If you're still unsure about which tablet might be best for you, consider how you'll primarily use it. Do you want something that's geared toward gamers? Are you buying it for your child? Or do you just want something that lets you connect to the Internet to stream content and is relatively inexpensive? Our 10 best Android tablet picks below will help you find the one that's best for you.

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Best Overall: ASUS ZenPad 3S

ASUS ZenPad 3S
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ASUS released the ZenPad as a direct challenge to rivals at Samsung and Apple, including similar specs and build quality, but with more storage and at a lower price. This is the ultimate tablet for most people, delivering the latest and fastest technology at a stomachable price point.

The smart and sleek design gives priority to the 9.7-inch 2k IPS screen, which runs on ASUS proprietary VisualMaster technology for a stunning 2048 x 1536 resolution. It scores 264 ppi, which is the same as the iPad. The gorgeous screen has an impress 78 percent ratio compared to the body, leaving just enough room below for a super accurate fingerprint sensor that is quick and convenient. In addition to the fingerprint scanner, the device has a microSD slot for additional storage and a USB-C port for quick charging. There isn’t room for much more, as the bezel is less than a quarter inch thick, which ASUS claims is the thinnest in the world. The back sports a smooth premium anodized aluminum body that is both strong and attractive.

Most impressive of all is the lightning fast performance, thanks to a beastly hexa-core 2.1 GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Just for good measure, ASUS threw in dual five-magnet speakers, an 8MP camera and a high-capacity battery to make this tablet the best overall package on the market at an unbeatable price. 

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Best Under $75: Amazon Fire

Amazon Fire
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If you’re looking for an inexpensive Android tablet that can do just about everything more pricey tablets can do, the seven-inch Amazon Fire is your best choice. The price means the tablet might not be the fastest on the market (it has a 1.3 GHz processor) or have the best picture quality (1024 x 600 screen resolution), but it’s a solid choice for reading e-books through the built-in Kindle app, or watching videos through Amazon’s streaming service. (Netflix, Hulu, and other services are also available.) The Amazon Fire only has 8GB or 16GB of storage, though that can be expanded locally with a microSD card or via cloud storage. The seven-inch tablet is also incredibly lightweight at just 11 ounces, about the same weight as a paperback book.

The Fire runs Amazon’s own OS, which is based on Android, but doesn’t have any of the official Google apps. That means no Google Play Store for apps, though Amazon does have its own app store that includes access to 38 million TV shows, songs, movies, books, apps and games.

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Best Value: Huawei MediaPad T1

Huawei MediaPad T1
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Huawei proves that a $100 tablet can be worth buying with its new Mediapad T1. The compact seven-inch screen sports a slim and lightweight design, just 8.5MM thick and weighing just 15 ounces. The screen resolution is a respectable 600 x 1024 pixels with oncell IPS to reproduce over 90 percent of Adobe RGB color space for bright color and contrast. That may not rival the latest Samsung Galaxy, but it combines with a 178-degree, wide-view angle for a pleasurable viewing experience on an entry-level tablet.

The device’s real standout value comes in its mighty battery that can last over 300 hours on standby time or continuously browse the Web for eight hours without a recharge. The battery is housed in a light silver metal unibody case, which prominently features Huawei’s logo. Performance, while not blowing away any benchmarks, delivers for the pricetag. It runs on a Spreadtrum SC7731G chip with 28nm quad-core 1.2 GHZ ARM, and runs the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and EMUI 3.0 powered by Huawei.

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Best Battery Life: Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3
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If you’re looking for a tablet that will last you the whole day, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is the best option. Lenovo claims the Yoga Tab 3 can last up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge, which is more than enough to watch all seven Fast and Furious movies on the 1024 x 600 display. The processor isn’t the best (1.3 GHz), either, and it only has one 8MP camera that swivels from front to back. But on the bright side, the Yoga Tab 3 has an adjustable built-in kickstand, dual-front facing speakers and “Anypen” technology that let’s you use any conductive object you can think of as a stylus.

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Best Design: Huawei + Harman Kardon MediaPad M3

Huawei + Harman Kardon MediaPad M3
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Every element of Huawei’s premium tablet is designed to indulge the senses. As such, this 8.4-inch tablet boasts a beautiful 2560 x 1600 IPS screen to treat the eyes to vibrant and colorful images in Ultra 2k display. The screen is accentuated by a stylish and narrow bezel that bleeds into the edges. It sports an aluminum body that is thin, light and easy to hold, making room for a Micro SD slot. But Huawei also partnered with audio titans Harman Kardon to deliver the best acoustics on any tablet. With a speaker on both top and bottom, the MediaPad 3 produces high-fidelity audio louder than any other tablet on the market.

In addition to the stunning audio-visual design, this tablet packs impressive hardware. Expect fast speeds, thanks to the 2.3 GHz processor and 4 GB DDR3 RAM. You can choose between 32 GB and 64 GB of internal memory, almost none of which is wasted on pre-installed bloatware.

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Best from Google: Google Pixel C

Google Pixel C
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With a high-resolution (2560 x 1800), 10.2-inch display, an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor and a battery that lasts for more than 10 hours, the Pixel C is the best Google tablet available at the moment. The Pixel C receives all the latest Android updates as soon as they’re available, something that many other devices struggle to do. And unlike many other tablets, the Pixel C starts at 32GB of storage, with a 64GB version also available. The Pixel C also features an 8MP rear-facing camera that can take quality photos, and it weighs just 1.13 pounds.

If you want a powerhouse tablet but can’t stand typing on a glass surface, Google has you covered with the optional keyboard that doubles as a screen cover and extra charging battery. The keyboard connects to the Pixel C magnetically, and can adjust to multiple angles unlike keyboards on other tablets. With the keyboard and the side-by-side multitasking features found in betas of Android N, the Pixel C practically doubles as a laptop.

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Best for Kids: LeapFrog Epic

LeapFrog Epic
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With its rounded edges and bright pink (or green) bumper case, the LeapFrog Epic is the best tablet around for kids under the age of ten. With a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, the Epic isn’t the fastest tablet available, but it’s fast enough to run the apps and games LeapFrog includes on the device.

The LeapFrog Epic lets parents dictate which apps their kids can use on the tablet, as well as which websites they are able to visit. The tablet also has a feature that allows parents to determine how long their kids can use the tablet in a single day. And if you don’t want to set up the programming and games, the Epic can automatically choose what it thinks are the best apps and settings for kids based on their age.

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Best for Gamers: NVIDIA Shield K1

NVIDIA Shield K1
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With the same NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor as the Pixel C and a sharp eight-inch 1080p display, the NVIDIA Shield K1 is portable and very powerful. Also like the Pixel C, the Shield K1 runs close to stock Android, which means updates come quickly. For gamers who aren’t satisfied with the offerings available in the Google Play Store, the Shield K1 has access to premium games through NVIDIA’s app store. Or, if you want even more, the Shield K1 can stream PC games to the tablet through the GeForce NOW cloud gaming service, and even output them to a TV via mini-HDMI. For playing games on the smaller screen, the Shield K1 has dual-front facing speakers for better sound. The tablet only has 16GB of storage, which won't allow you to store many games, but it is expandable through a microSD card slot.

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Runner-Up, Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch

Samsung GALAXY Tab S2
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is a great Android tablet for those who want something that resembles an iPad but don’t want to use iOS. Samsung is known for adding a lot of superfluous software to Android (eye-tracking software that is often wonky and its own Siri-esque virtual assistant), but some of the features found in the Tab S2 like split-screen multi-tasking and the SideSync app that mirrors your Samsung phone on the tablet are incredibly useful. 

The eight-inch version of the Galaxy Tab S2 features a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, making it one of the fastest tablets on this list, and the 2048 x 1536 screen resolution means it's perfect for watching videos or reading. The Galaxy Tab S2 is also available in a nine-inch model, for those who prefer a slightly larger display.

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Runner-Up, Best Design: Dell Venue 8 7000

Dell Venue 8 7000
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The sleek Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet is ultra-thin, at just six millimeters, and weighs just a little more than half a pound, which allows for great portability. Its aluminum body makes for an eye-catching design and the front-facing stereo speakers and MaxxAudio® by Waves makes for stellar sound quality. And the picture quality? The 8.4-inch infinity display tablet has an spectacular 2560 x 1600 resolution so streaming your movies and videos is an immersive experience. The Dell Venue 8 7000 also has a 2.3GHz quad core processor, 16 GB of storage (expandable up to 32 GB), a USB2.0 connection, Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities and up to 9.5 hours of battery life. And for the Instagramming set: The tablet has two cameras (a front-facing two megapixel camera, and a rear eight megapixel camera).

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