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Best Android Tablet 2017: 6 best Android tablets right now

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We've rounded up six of the best Android toting slates worth your cash right here. Small, big or a replacement for your laptop, we've got something for everyone.

The tablet world moves slower than smartphones, so buying a tablet now is a safe bet. It won't feel horribly out of date in a year's time, or even two of three years time. As ever, there's plenty of choice and we review dozens of tablets every year. Our round-up only features six models, though, so you can be confident these really are the very best of the best.

Whether you want a cheap tablet for your children, or something to help you get stuff done, there's something for everyone.

Use the drop down above to start browsing the guide, or read on for more tablet buying advice. And, if you're an Android fan, you might be interested in our pick of the best Android apps too, which is updated with a new app every week.

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

The ultimate gaming tablet

Key features:
  • Brilliant gaming experience
  • Impressive build quality
  • Excellent display
For consumers who are seriously into gaming, look no further than the Nvidia Shield Tablet. It’s far and away the best tablet for gamers on the market right now, having been built to deliver the best experience possible. Under the hood, the custom-built Nvidia Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.2GHz combined with a 192-core Kepler GPU and 2GB of RAM ensure smooth performance, even while simultaneously running high-end Android games and multiple apps.

In terms of design, it looks slightly like an enlarged HTC One M8, which is no bad thing. The front-facing speakers above and below the screen, along with a pair of speakers on the top and bottom edges, deliver sound that can easily fill a room. At 9.2mm thick, it isn’t the sleekest number we’ve ever seen, but the tapered edges make it comfortable to hold in one hand. The 8-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 display delivers rich colours but isn’t quite bright enough. Premium, Tegra-optimised games and the £49.99 Shield Controller cost extra, but they’re worth it if you're willing to splash the cash.

Buy Now at
Amazon.co.uk from £189.99 | Amazon.com from $199.99

At time of review the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 was available for £300.
Pixel C

Our pick for getting stuff done

Key Features:
  • 10.2-inch, 2,560 x 1,800 screen
  • Optional keyboard with magnetic hinge
  • Outstanding battery life and performance

The Google Pixel C is the first Android tablet wholly designed and produced by Google. It hasn't partnered with anyone, as it does with its Nexus products, it's 100% Google.

In essence it's something between an iPad Air and an iPad Pro. It's an attractive and very powerful 10.2-inch tablet, but an optional keyboard makes this the best Android tablet for working on ever. The Pixel C clips to the keyboard magnetically and the hinge has an awesome smooth action that makes it very versatile.

Of course, you benefit from a clean, unblemished version of Android, and Google has tweaked a few things to make it work better on tablets. It still suffers somewhat from a comparative lack of tablet optimised apps – compared to the iPad – but Android fans shouldn't worry about that.

Buy Now at  Store.Google.com from £399 | Amazon.com from $559

At time of review the Google Pixel C was available for £400 (without keyboard).

An Android tablet that ticks all the right boxes

Key features:
  • Vibrant Super AMOLED display
  • Octa-core Samsung processor
  • Built in fingerprint scanner
Samsung’s got a strong track record in the tablets space. The firm was one of the first companies to start building Android tablets and built Google’s original Nexus 10.

The Galaxy Tab S2 continues this legacy. Featuring a top end Samsung processor, dazzling Super AMOLED screen and custom fingerprint scanner in its home button, the Galaxy Tab S2 is one of the best all round Android tablets around.

 Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £250 | Amazon.com from $399.99

At time of review the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 was available for £320.

Amazon Fire HD 6

A small 6-inch tablet that's perfect for kids

Key features:
  • 6-inch, 1,280 x 800 pixel IPS screen
  • Mediatek CPU
  • 8/16GB storage
  • Fire OS
The Amazon Fire HD 6 is one of the first sub-7-inch tablets we’ve seen. It uses a 6-inch screen, giving it proportions that kids are more likely to get on with. Just as important, it’s also cheap. At £80 for the 8GB version, you’re not going to have to cancel your kids' pocket money for a whole year if they accidentally drop it.

With tablets of this price, you generally have to deal with a great many hardware cuts, but there are remarkably few here. The Fire HD 6 has a good-quality IPS screen, a surprisingly powerful processor and very good battery life. It’s not as slim as we’d like and it uses Amazon’s more restrictive Fire OS rather than normal Android, but it’s still a corker for children or budget buyers.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £99.99 | Amazon.com from $69.99

At time of review the Amazon Fire HD 6 was available for £99.99.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

8.9-inch tablet with a bright, sharp screen

Key features:
  • Brilliant speakers
  • Excellent 8.9-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 resolution screen
  • Attractive, lightweight design
If you’re in the market for an Android tablet built for entertainment, you won’t find anything better than Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2014) right now. It boasts the same excellent design qualities as its predecessor, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, and at 374g, the Wi-Fi only model is significantly lighter than even the iPad Air 2 (437g).

The 8.9-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution display, with a sharpness level of 339ppi, is brilliant, delivering excellent colour accuracy and a higher level of brightness than the previous HDX model. It’s also great for reading, but can struggle with glare outdoors. The speakers are the best you’ll find on any tablet. With support for Dolby Atmos, they deliver a better, more immersive sense of directional sound than anything else on the market right now. The 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 430 GPU make it excellent for both everyday use and gaming. Fire OS is still divisive, however.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £329.99 | Amazon.com from $399.99


At time of review the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2014) was available for £399.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

An Android tablet made for movie lovers

Key features:

  • Built in projector
  • Adjustable stand
  • Giant 10,200mAh battery

Lenovo isn’t the first company you think of when it comes to Android tablets. But the firm’s 2015 flagship Yoga Tab 3 Pro is one of the most interesting Android tablets currently available.

The tablet is designed to be the ultimate mobile entertainment station and comes loaded with an adjustable stand, giant 10,200mAh battery and in built DLP projector. The tech trio make the Yoga Tab 3 Pro the best tablet around for watching movies either at home, or on the go.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £349.99 | Amazon.com from $599.99

At time of review the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro was available for £400.

flashrandom

February 21, 2016, 11:17 pm

Totally unreliable and useless review, good bye trusted(?)reviews.com

mr215

February 22, 2016, 11:36 pm

disagree! have 8 in. Tab 4. too small. better choice for all around is 10 or 12 in. will replace many PCs now in use. add a keyboard and mouse when needed for utility. also SD port and USB an asset. does not have to be paper thin but reasonable weight. a good screen and stable touch an asset. reasonable price a must for success. wishful thinking?

Alex Walsh

February 24, 2016, 3:25 pm

The Nvidia Shield tablet you link to, the K1 version, can be yours new for under £150 now, and as an owner, I think it the best "small" tablet you can buy bar none (especially now they've released the botched Marshmallow update). A new version, based around the X1 SOC has been benchmarked and will presumably be out soon.

I realise aggregating existing reviews into a "best of" feature is a quick way of generating new content but when the original review you link to is, in this instance, dated October 2014, you do need to have a look at whether it's still up to date.

TheSith LordViridis

February 29, 2016, 10:51 am

Go home trusted reviews, you're drunk. No tab a, no tablet z4? Just lol

Ditrih Di

February 29, 2016, 3:07 pm

where teclast, onda, chuwi etc?

abglek

March 23, 2016, 8:36 am

later brand like acer, lenovo, dell etc2 are like low class product, but comparing to wtf chinese brand, they are like new level of premium

calden74

May 19, 2016, 7:04 pm

The Tab 4 is an absolute horrible tablet, slow, no more updates as Samsung the absolute worst company when it comes to updating their products, garbage display, low resolution, only 1.5GB of RAM in which TouchWiz takes up most of it, the list of what it wrong with that tablet goes on and on. Why you didn't buy something like the Xiaomi MiPad doe the less is beyond me. Just a horrible, horrible tablet. Please, anyone reading these comment, stay as far away Samsung's mid-tier tablets, their simply garbage.

calden74

May 19, 2016, 7:05 pm

Why, their right, the Shield is perhaps the best 8" tablet you can buy for the money. Name one other tablet out their that can be had for $200 with these specs.

Rob Pacinelli

August 23, 2016, 9:26 pm

Does MyMatrixTV have an android tablet available?

jimmy

November 28, 2016, 5:48 pm

a 2014 tablet in here?! lazy article

Steve

February 19, 2017, 9:46 am

Or maybe your just too dumb to understand that some older tablets are still better than what's now "new"...

jimmy

February 20, 2017, 9:20 am

and maybe you're (yes, you spelt it wrong - dumb) too dumb to realise that the tablet has been discontinued for ages and is therefore not available to purchase and therefore not really worth including in an article recommending tablets to potential customers.
And that's ignoring the fact that there are way better models out there.

John Bowley

February 22, 2017, 7:25 am

Touche ;)

Robert Wright

March 6, 2017, 6:20 pm

Really thorough review of the Google Pixel C, especially notable for its reference to the hundreds, if not thousands, of Pixel C owners who have jammed the Google forums these past couple of years and elsewhere on the Net pointing out that this. . . thing has a design & production flaw that means its wifi capabilities are downright laughable -- or would be, if you hadn't been daft enough to buy this pile of crap in the first place. Google continues to remain tight-kipped about just what's wrong with the Pixel C, hoping everyone will just go away and leave it to count its $billions. So . . . well done, TR, for this decidedly untrusted Pixel C review.

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