10 Best Tablets You Can Buy Right Now (at any budget)

These are the best damn tablets in the world, right here

Tablets may not be as popular as they once were, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any great ones out there. Whether you’re looking for a tablet on the high or low end of the spectrum, you’ll be sure to find plenty of options.

Although Apple’s iPads may come to mind first, there are many high-quality Android tablets out there. For those of you who are on a budget, we’ve got a few well-made tablets in this list that are pretty inexpensive. Here are our picks for best tablets, based on what we’ve seen in the past year and a half.

The Best

Apple iPad Air 2

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This is the king of Apple tablets. It’s thinner and lighter than any other 9.7-inch iPad, despite having a super high-resolution, and incredibly thin aluminum unibody design. The Air 2 boasts a higher resolution camera and Touch ID functionality for added security, two things its predecessor didn’t have. Meanwhile, the 64-bit A8X processor ensures that the Air 2 is speedy enough to handle any task, even gaming.

Like every iPad, the Air 2 is gorgeous and looks as high-end as it feels. Apple’s iPad Air 2 is ideal for every kind of tablet user, whether you need to get things done, watch a movie, or browse the Web. If you’re a first-time tablet owner or an early iPad adopter looking to upgrade, the Air 2 is the best choice.

Full review

Available at: Amazon

The Rest

Google Nexus 9

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Google’s Nexus devices are a hard-core Android user’s dream. They always get the latest and most pure version of Android imaginable, and they’re usually quite cheap. The Nexus 9 may not be cheap, but it sure is beautiful. This thin tablet comes with Lollipop 5.0, a zippy 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, and an 8.9-inch screen that’s just as sharp as the iPad’s (and the same 4:3 aspect ratio, too). The Nexus 9 is one of our favorite Android tablets ever.

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Available at: Amazon

Dell Venue 8 7000 Series

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If you’re an Android fan who’s not into the Nexus 9’s slightly larger screen, or its plastic back puts you off, look no further than Dell’s Venue 8 7000 Series tablet. It looks as lovely as an iPad, but adds the power of Intel and a cool, depth-sensing camera. The 8.4-inch screen sports a 2,560 × 1,600 pixel resolution, and is almost bezel-free. The latest Venue is as high-end as it gets for Android tablets.

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Available at: Best Buy

Apple iPad Mini 3 (and Mini 2 for a bargain)

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Apple clearly places more focus on its larger iPad, but the 7.9-inch iPad Mini is still a solid offering. The Mini 3 adds Touch ID and a gold color option to the mix, but keeps all the same specs as the second-generation Mini, so if you’re not into Apple Pay and don’t want the added security, you can snatch up the iPad Mini 2 for $100 less. Regardless of which model piques your interest, it’s a great tablet, thanks to its small size, fast A7 chip, and attractive retina screen.

iPad Mini 3 review | iPad Mini 2 review

Available at: Best Buy

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

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For the last couple years, Sony’s Xperia tablets have ranked up there with Apple’s iPad in terms of performance and build quality, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet is no exception. This 10.1-inch tablet has a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and slick design. It’s a big contender for best tablet. It also happens to be waterproof, which is totally awesome.

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Available at: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

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Before the Dell Venue 8 7000 came around to steal its thunder, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 8.4 was our favorite small, Android tablet. The smaller Tab S is still a fabulous tablet with its 8.4-inch, Quad HD screen, quick Exynos 5 eight-core processor, and long battery life. It’s just the right size for reading books, and has a sleek design that looks premium. If you’re a Samsung fan, this is the 8-incher for you.

Full review

Available at: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is a lot larger than its smaller twin, but it’s ideal for those who want an iPad-sized Android tablet. It has a (slightly) bigger screen than the first iPad Air, but it weighs less and is even thinner. The larger Tab S follows the same high-end design language as the smaller one, packs the same Quad HD screen, and is powered by the Exynos 5 eight-core processor. There’s even a fingerprint sensor.

Full review

Available at: Amazon

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch/10-inch

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Lenovo’s Yoga tablets may be quirky, but they are solid, mid-range slates that come with either Android or Windows installed. Both the 8 and 10-inch models feature 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution IPS screens and Intel’s Atom Z3745 processor. The distinctive design allows the battery to sit in the curved end of the tablet, which also doubles as a stand or a wall hanger, if you want to watch movies on your tablet.

Available at: Lenovo

LG G Pad 7 and G Pad 10.1

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Now, on to the cheap tablets. LG’s G Pad 7 and 10.1 are decent, cheap tablets that look a bulky, move a slow, and don’t have top-notch resolutions. On the other hand, they are very reasonably priced for budget shoppers. The 1280 x 800 pixel resolution is manageable, and the 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor inside the two tablets will let you browse the Web, read, and watch a few YouTube videos without encountering an issue.

G Pad 7 review | G Pad 10.1 review

Available at: Amazon

Amazon Fire HD 6

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If you want the cheapest tablet money can buy for a bit of light reading, Web browsing, and video watching, Amazon’s $100 Fire HD 6 is just the ticket. It has a 6-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel screen, and is small enough to carry around in a tiny purse. It’s got a cute, colorful design, too, that’s rather sturdy. There are other $100 tablets, of course, but Amazon’s is one of the best.

Full review

Available at: Amazon

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