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The best Android tablets for 2022

Apple's iPad isn't the only tablet in town, though sometimes it feels like it. While major vendors have scaled back on new tablets over the past few years, there are several great Android tablet options available. If you’re integrated into the Android ecosystem and rely on Google apps, an Android tablet is a sure bet for you. We present the best available Android tablets for 2022 so you can decide which one best suits your needs.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

Best Android tablet overall
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Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

Best multimedia Android tablet
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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Best midrange Android tablet
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Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)

Amazon Fire HD 10

Best budget Android tablet
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Amazon Fire HD 8 2020

Amazon Fire HD 8

Best small-screen Android tablet
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Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Best Android tablet for kids
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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, thanks to its minimal latency. 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 really good during video meetings, with a wide field of view that captures plenty of the background.

The tablet 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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

Best Android tablet overall
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Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

Best multimedia Android tablet

Pros
  • Built-in kickstand
  • You can hang it
  • Works as smart home hub
  • Google Assistant built in
Cons
  • YouTube dashboard is glitchy
  • Unbalanced weight

Why should you buy this? The Lenovo Yoga Smart tab delivers a great cinematic and musical experience and is so versatile it can serve as a screen-enabled smart home hub at the same time.

Who's it for? Anyone looking for an all-around multimedia and home smart device.

Why we picked the Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab: This tablet feels ultra-refined thanks to its fine craftsmanship, and that's backed up by its iron-gray aluminum build, with an elegant soft-touch back color finish. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 Processor, and the dual JBL Hi-Fi speakers get a boost from the tablet's smart power amplifier, which is optimized by Dolby Atmos for a superlative audio experience. It weighs 1.28 pounds (581 grams) and the 10.1-inch Full HD IPS display provides a crisp, vibrant visual view from any angle. The tablet also reduces harmful blue light that causes eyestrain, so using it is safe and comfortable.

In addition to its viewing and listening qualities, you can employ this tablet to turn up the thermostat or make a hotel reservation — all by just asking, thanks to Google Assistant functionality. With Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode, the tablet doubles as a screen-enabled smart home hub. The sensitive 360-degree far-field voice recognition feature picks up voices even from across the room.

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

Best multimedia Android tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 with movie showing.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Best midrange Android tablet

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight with fingerprint sensor
  • High-powered battery
Cons
  • No S Pen support
  • Midrange Snapdragon 662 processor

Why should you buy this? This tablet offers high-end processing with a modern design — 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: If the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus is a little too expensive, you might be tempted by the more affordable Galaxy Tab A7. It boasts an excellent 10.4-inch LCD, making it great for watching movies or TV shows. It's light and slim, with a fingerprint sensor on the side instead of on the screen.

The big difference is inside, where the Tab A7 relies on a midrange Snapdragon 662 processor and 3GB of RAM. It comes in two variants, with either 32GB or 64GB of storage. There's room for a microSD card, and it also has a 7,040mAh battery, plus a single-lens, 8MP main camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. You won't find S Pen support here, but it does work with Samsung's desktop DeX mode.

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

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Best midrange Android tablet
Amazon Fire HD 10 in hand.

Amazon Fire HD 10

Best budget Android tablet

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 is the most affordable tablet on our list. It has a lovely display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels at 224 pixels per inch that's even brighter than our previous favorite, the 2019 version. It's flanked by stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, making it optimal for watching movies.

The new Fire HD 10 version upgrades the device to 3GB of RAM on a quad-core processor and offers a new 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 purchase 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 (2021)

Amazon Fire HD 10

Best budget Android tablet
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Amazon Fire HD 8

Best small-screen Android tablet

Pros
  • Amazon integration
  • Ultra-affordable
  • Good battery life
  • Alexa
Cons
  • Software can feel like an advertisement
  • Sluggish performance
  • Under-par display

Why should you buy this? The Amazon Fire HD 8 offers all 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 HD 8: The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) is a refresh of the 2018 model, and it doesn't bring a whole lot new to the table. It does offer a USB-C port and a faster processor, but the real advantage to this is it's ultra inexpensive while offering a small and portable design. The display has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and while it's not the sharpest out there, it's definitely good enough to watch movies on.

The Fire HD 8 is also available in a range of different colors, and you'll get Dolby Atmos speakers around it that deliver decent audio quality. And, as you would expect, the tablet deeply integrates with Amazon services, like Amazon Prime Music and Prime Video. Alexa also works pretty well on the device.

Battery life is impressive, too. You'll get up to 12 hours of mixed use, which can include reading, gaming, and streaming. The Fire HD 8's Fire OS software, a customized version of Android, isn't for everyone. But folks immersed in the Amazon ecosystem will appreciate the For You interface, a recommendation engine that puts videos, apps, games, and movies from the retailer's library on your home screen.

You won't find a perfect tablet for less than $100, but the Fire HD 8 is a solid package. Sure, the screen isn't as sharp or vibrant as we'd like, and the hardware struggles under heavy loads, but there is no better tablet at this price.

Amazon Fire HD 8 2020

Amazon Fire HD 8

Best small-screen Android tablet
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Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Best Android tablet for kids

Pros
  • Curated age-appropriate content
  • Generous 2-year warranty
  • Easy parental controls
  • Rugged case
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Locked into Amazon ecosystem
  • Some content requires internet access

Why should you buy this? The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition has parental controls built into it, plus it 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 what they're doing on the device.

Why we picked the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition: The 2020 Fire HD 8 has a kids edition, and it's probably the best tablet for parents and guardians who want something to entertain and educate their kids. It has an 8-inch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, and it delivers bright and vivid colors, along with 32GB of internal storage. That's perfect for storing books, games, and other media. There's a microSD card, too.

As you might expect, there's a solid selection of parental controls as well. Fire OS is the operating system under the hood, and it's a customized version of Android that, in this case, allows you to set educational goals and restrict access to inappropriate content. It also has a Parent Dashboard that offers insight into your kids tablet activities.

There are some sweet freebies with the tablet, too. You'll get a free year of Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited, which is a library of over 15,000 games, apps, books, and videos for kids. Every purchase is backed by Amazon's two-year, no-questions-asked replacement policy: If the Fire HD 8 breaks, Amazon will replace it. Simply put, there is no better tablet at this price for young kids who still need parental supervision.

If you want something larger than the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, there's also a Fire HD 10 Kids Edition, which has a bigger screen, more processing power, and a USB-C charging port, but it costs $200. Read our Fire HD 10 Kids Edition review to find out more about Amazon's larger offering.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Best Android tablet for kids

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