7 Best Android Tablets (Review) In 2021
Whether you’re an office professional, or a parent looking for the perfect way to introduce their child to technology, this is the list for you. We have a small selection of Android devices to give you an idea of what the market has to offer. Some of them are geared towards general use, while others are more professional. Some brands you will recognize, others you will need to research. Check out our best Android tablets review.
The Best Android Tablet
For our top spot, we have chosen the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. Read e-books, watch movies, play games, and more in high-resolution (1280×800) with this lightweight, portable Android tablet. It comes with built-in front (3-megapixel) and rear (1.3 megapixels) cameras to maximize the potential for video chat and photography.
Can’t find the remote? This Android tablet comes with an IR blaster, allowing you to use it as a universal remote. Being a smart device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4’s WatchON feature will learn from your watch history and subsequently recommend TV shows and movies for you to watch. Video chat will be augmented by the vibrant graphics and bright colors, and with crisp text, your e-books will be easier to read.
Activate the multi-user mode and share the experience with the whole family! You can add up to eight other users to log in separately. With top-of-the-line privacy protection, only you will be able to view and access your apps, backgrounds, and email. Speaking of family, if this is for a younger user, switch to Kids’ Mode for a colorful easy-to-use interface. Parents can also monitor screen time and set preferences to manage, which features their children can access through the tablet. Is comes with 8GB of internal memory, but if this is not enough, then you can add up to 32GB through the built-in microSD slot.
2GB of memory available through a microSD slot and 50GB of free Dropbox storage
8 GB Internal Memory, 1.5 GB RAM Memory
Comes with over $300 of free content and services
Top-of-the-line privacy protection
- Weight9.6 ounces
Multi-user mode encourages privacy among users
Kids’ Mode for younger users, parents can encourage wiser use of technology
Connectivity is streamlined through wireless connection
Smart device control is a useful way to keep track of your personal use
Tab 4 7.0 Wifi (SMT230NU) model is obsolete
Comes with 8GB memory, but the apps and software take up just over 4GB
Will take some time getting used to if you are used to Apple products
On the clunky side of tech
Space is used up quickly
Gamer? This GPD XD Plus Foldable Handheld Game Console is perfect for you! It boasts 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM, comes with Google Play Store, and holds battery life for up to eight hours. Just the right combination for a day-long gaming session!
This brilliant piece of gaming tech supports wireless networking and can be used for other functions than gaming if you’re not up for it. Listen to music, watch videos, or have a quick browse of Amazon or Etsy. As its prime use is as a gaming console, that’s where most of its tech secrets lie. Every Hexa core runs when you are playing the more demanding games, which enables the device to run the games with seamless efficiency without overheating. It’s an intelligent piece of kit, no doubt! There are a few downsides to this gaming console. For one, this is designed for retro games (think the first Pokémon GBA games). Users’ top complaint is that these games are expensive and difficult to get a hold of. Others have reported that the screen is very delicate and breaks easily, so proceed with caution.
4GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB eMMC ROM, perfect for storage
Quad-core A53–base frequency 1.7 GHz. Runs like a dream when well-cared for.
Support Android Gravity and Touch games. Android7.0
Comes in a variety of colors
Play retro games
- Weight1.3 pounds
Play retro games such as the early Legend of Zelda and Pokémon series
Looks really cool
Games may lag after extended use
Hardware reported to be slow and bloated
Sound might not sync with picture
Delicate, so be careful with it
Charger in box might not be compatible
A little more recent than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 comes with 32GB of storage, 2560×1600 resolution, and up to thirteen hours of battery life. This model, however, is geared more towards a professional, office-based user, as it comes pre-installed with office suites. The built-in microSD slot offers the opportunity to expand the memory to further maximize your Android tablet.
You may want to purchase a compatible wireless keyboard to go along with it. We recommend doing so because then you will be able to type out all your relevant documents and emails! Imagine taking a tablet and converting it into a laptop with such ease.
Included in the box is an S Pen, so if you don’t happen to have the keyboard with you, you can take seamless handwritten notes or sketch digitally with more precise control. This wonderful, robust Android tablet weighs a mere 1.58 lbs, making it portable, and comes installed with Samsung Exynos 5 Octa for ultra-fast response.
One of its best features is Magazine Home, which allows you to fully customize your dashboards, home screen, and grants instant access to your content. Like with many other tablets, the multi-window mode will enable you to multitask and keep track of your favorites without releasing your grip. Add multiple users with privacy protection features that allow you to keep a record of your own individual apps and backgrounds. Another tablet with the IR blaster, you can turn it into a universal remote to control your other Samsung smart devices!
There are few downsides to this tablet. One of the most common complaints is that the S Pen is more of a novelty than a utility. Other complaints include difficulty with multi-window mode and battery life. It would also make a cool gift for tech lovers.
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor for exceptional performance
S Pen allows you to take handwritten notes and access shortcuts
Includes Samsung e-Meeting, Hancom Office, and Samsung KNOX
Lightweight, easy to move, and fits in your bag
Runs apps efficiently
- Weight1.65 pounds
Use up to four apps at the same time
12.2 inch screen
S Pen makes it easier to take notes and shorthand
Fits in your bag
Better suited to general use, not recommended for casual use
Users report issues with visibility for Kindle App
The size can be a bit much to handle
The S Pen is more of a novelty, invest in a keyboard
Battery life might not hold up
If you are on a budget, YUNTAB’s 7-inch tablet might be a good fit. Literally. Although it comes with 1GB of storage, this can be expanded up to 32GB by making use of the MicroSD slot. Multitasking is particularly easy on this cute Android tablet.
It comes pre-installed with the Google Play Store as well as a few games. Some users have reported having to use third party programs to download retro games and Netflix, referring to this Android-compatible tablet as ‘a headache.’ However, this little piece of tech can be quite powerful. One user reported that streaming Netflix was ‘seamless,’ and they were able to download and use Office applications with a compatible keyboard.
One of the downsides to the YUNTAB Android tablet is overheating. Users’ chief complaint refers to the download and processor speeds. One of the fixes recommended is the age-old ‘turn it off and on again’ approach, which users suggest is the easiest way to get it working again. This is not a particularly powerful tablet, but it does what it says on the tin. If you are okay with seeking out third-party sources and potentially having to reboot it, this is the tablet for you. For more quality devices like this, check out our selection of the best drawing tablets for artists.
1024 by 600 HD resolution
Pre-installed Google play store
MicroSD slot, use this to install a further 32GB of RAM
Easy to use, may require some third-party interference
- ModelQ88 regular
- Weight1.15 pounds
Choice of five colors
Pre-installed Google Play Store
Good value for money
Does what it says on the tin
Lightweight and easy to carry around
Screen is made of plastic
Colors appear dull
Charger might not work
Overheating is a common problem
This sharp, lightweight tablet is perfect for those who are after a powerful, portable device. Equipped with a screen of more than 2.3million pixels, this palm-sized Android tablet’s screen offers the best for reading text in the crispest possible fashion; pictures are more precise, and videos are much more true-to-life than in previous models.
Additionally, it is suitable for gaming. With its 1080p resolution, your games will be pop right off the screen. A long-lived piece of tech, it comes with a battery that can last for up to ten hours, its slim-bodied design sits comfortably in your hand as you watch your favorite videos or scroll through your favorite memes. Take it to work, slip it in your bag, and take it to your favorite coffee shop and read your favorite e-books. If you are part of the new wireless movements, you can simply grab and go to connect anywhere to be entertained throughout the day. Featuring Fraunhofer 3 Surround Sound, the Nexus 7’s stereo speakers offer rich, immersive audio with finely-tuned volume-boosting technology to ease your ears into the experience.
Pre-loaded with the Android Jelly Bean 4.3 OS, this Android tablet is the fastest and can be made entirely on your own. Multiple users can log into the device and seamlessly connect between their smart devices (smartphone, tablets, desktop, etc.) for easy access when you need it. Users’ chief complaint that it is out of date and difficult to replace, as is the case with the earlier Nexus models. You may also be interested in some of the best iPad Pro accessories from our list, so be sure to check them out.
Jelly Bean 4.3 operating system
Memory: 2GB, 1.2 MP Front Camera, 5 MP Rear Camera, Autofocus (rear), Large f2.4 aperture. (rear camera)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 Quad-Core, 1.5 GHz; some mighty fine technology!
2.3million pixel screen for a dazzling display
Excellent gaming machine
- BrandAmazon Renewed
- Weight10.2 ounces
Crisp and clear surround sound
Crystalline 1080p resolution
Seamlessly connect with other devices
Camera is excellent for taking selfies!
Runs like a dream when kept up to date
Battery might need to be replaced due to short lifespan
Some features might take a while to load
Processing power might strain under pressure
Screen is on the fragile side
Tablet might not boot properly
The DreamTab is always a popular choice for parents introducing their children to the wonders of technology. This great piece of kit is affordable, makes an excellent present for the child in your life. The display is excellent, geared towards younger eyes, so it is not too bright and comes pre-loaded with a few games. You can download additional games, and they will run according to spec requirements.
It comes with high-end internal workings, such as an NVIDIA Tegra graphics card to boost the display. Games run at a phenomenal rate when NVIDIA is involved. Memory-wise, it is average so that app usage will require prioritization. Some users have been able to expand the memory via microSD slots, although this is not recommended. However, this might not be the case for pre-loaded films. While the tablet itself is great for games, the graphics card will need to be upgraded – or a stronger model purchased – to get the most out of it.
Unfortunately, the battery life on DreamTabs is not known for longevity. Some parents claim that this is helping their children develop a more organized work/play routine, while others feel that it’s too much stress to keep charging the tablet. Additionally, you might have some trouble with getting it to boot as users have reported difficulties with the hardware. Several quick fixes can be found online and through the manufacturer. Still, it makes a nice electronic gift for your family members.
NVIDIA Tegra 4.0 1.6 GHz to run games at a phenomenal rate
Android 4.4 KitKat
8 inches Display, perfect for younger users
16 GB flash memory, 2 GB RAM
Comes pre-loaded with some excellent games
- Weight1.72 pounds
‘Mommy mode’ to protect children in the virtual world
Has hundreds of kid-friendly apps
Lightweight and portable
Good introduction to tablets for children
Might not activate out of the box
Apps might quit randomly
Tablet might run slowly
Weak sound quality
Not a long shelf life
The Verizon Ellipsis 8 finishes our list. It comes with an 8-inch HD display, one of the most robust battery lives you will ever encounter and is connected to the USA’s most reliable 4G LTE network. It comes pre-installed with Good Now and Navigator, as well as an easy-to-use Android operating system. A quad-core processor runs whenever the tablet is in use to ensure maximum efficiency.
One of the best things about this tablet is how cozy it is. We go on about curling up with an e-book or watching your favorite movie, but there is something exceptional about the Verizon Ellipsis 8. Apps run smoothly with the quad-core processor, so if you have the Kindle App you won’t be met with page-turning lag. Speaking of e-book apps, the screen’s HD display breaks new ground by highlighting the words with a crisp, clear resolution. The story comes to life in an entirely new dimension, as though you were reading a true-to-life paperback.
Users have many complaints about Verizon’s offering. Most of them are related to customer service with Verizon; others are more practical. One user complained that his tablet arrived broken, and while he got a replacement in record time, he was left more skeptical about ordering online. Another user had difficulty setting up the tablet and had to take it to her local store to get the best use out of it. You may also like some of the best 2 in 1 convertible laptops from our list, so don’t forget to check them out.
Display: 8.0-inches, Camera: 5-MP; perfect for pictures
Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz; apps run effortlessly
OS: Android 4.4 (KitKat); easily upgrade to newer versions
16GB RAM, add more with a microSD
Average battery life 23 days, may vary depending on use
- ModelEllipsis 8
- Weight12.6 ounces
Can be used with any SIM card
9-inch HD display, high-quality picture
1.5 GHz quad-core processor for fast connection
Good size for reading apps
Slot for mini SD card to expand memory
Battery life might not last the listed 23 days
Specs need to be scaled down
GPS not included
Volume control is difficult to adjust
May lose control of apps