The Android tablet market is flooded with offerings from mostly unknown brands and manufacturers. Some of them can actually be a solid buy in their own right, but finding just the right one could be a hassle, seeing as how most of them come from China. Some of the big names are still releasing Android-powered tablets, albeit not as frequently as before, when the world was crazy about them.
There’s a handful of companies that still make an effort to develop good Android tablets and there are some cheap, expensive, or somewhere in-between devices that all offer good bang for your buck. But which tablet is the best? Well, they all have their strengths and weaknesses, but one stands out above the rest.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the latest iteration of Samsung’s flagship tablets. The S6 improves upon almost every aspect of the previous generation and is easily the best Android tablet right now. Granted, the competition when it comes to premium Android tablets isn’t very strong, but that only makes Samsung’s ongoing efforts in this segment more admirable.
Equipped with the Snapdragon 855, the Tab S6 is more than a great tablet for movies. Qualcomm’s top-tier chip for 2019 also makes it the best Android tablet for games. They’ll run smoothly and with the gorgeous 10.5-inch display, you can enjoy them without having your thumbs constantly in the way.
The audio capabilities of this tablet are also nothing to frown upon. The quad speakers tuned by AKG are loud and clear. And that’s great, because if you’re looking for an alternative, you’re in for a nasty surprise.
The Galaxy Tab S6 has no headphone jack and there are no USB Type-C headphones included in the box, not even a dongle. What is included, however, is the S Pen. A great companion for the tablet, the S Pen makes taking notes, doodling, or even making more complex art, a breeze.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
After the release of the Tab S6, the S4 got a price reduction and became the go-to model for those that want premium features but want to save a couple Benjamins. Of course, Samsung also offers the Tab S5e, but it feels a bit too sluggish for our liking and didn’t make the cut.
The tablet is powered by the Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz + 1.9GHz) and comes with 4GB of RAM. Sure, the chip is a few generations older, but hey, those savings have to come from somewhere! Inside, there’s also respectable 7,300 mAh battery with Fast Charging. The Tab S4 is also available in two storage options – 64GB or 256GB, both expandable to up to 400GB via the microSD card slot.
Amazon Fire HD 10
Now, it might be unfair to put this tablet alongside the others on this list since it costs between 3 and 4 times less than them, but there has to be something for everyone. People get the Fire HD 10 with one purpose: to watch stuff on it. This device has no ambitions to replace your laptop or your drawing tablet. It’s a screen for you to enjoy your streaming services of choice from the comfort of your bed/sofa/armchair etc.
The 10.1” display, which has a resolution of 1920 x 1200, isn’t as high as that of the more elite tablets found above, but you don’t really need much more to enjoy your 1080p content.
One caveat that the Fire HD 10 has is that it relies on Amazon’s own apps and app store out of the box. There are ways to install Google’s Play Store and gain access to the full set of Android apps, but for what most people will use this tablet, Amazon’s ecosystem will be more than enough. The easy-to-use media consumption apps make the Fire HD 10 the best tablet to get for your kids, parents or even grandparents.
Milen Yanachkov, Georgi Zarkov