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Best Android tablets of 2017

Update: Updated for this year

In the past couple of years, Android tablets have become much more than just iPad alternatives, and many people now opt for them over Apple's pricey slates. When deciding which Android tablet to buy, there are a lot of things to consider, so we're here to guide you with our list of the best Android tablets of 2017.

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Best tablet overall: the versatile Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung introduced its new tablet back in February, and it has been on the market since April. It is a remarkable tool for productivity and multimedia enjoyment, and while it can't replace a computer, it does allow you to work and play comfortably.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

System Android 7.0 Nougat
Display 9.7 inches, AMOLED, 1536 x 2048, ~ 264 ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM 4 GB
Internal storage 32 GB + microSD
Battery 6,000 mAh
Camera 5 MP (rear) - 13 MP (front)
Connectivity LTE 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions

237.3 x 169 x 6 mm

Weight 429 g (Wi-Fi) to 434 g (LTE)

Why is this tablet so well adapted for productivity? The first reason is obviously because you get an S-Pen with the tablet, allowing you to draw or write directly on the screen. The second reason is the possibility of coupling this device with a keyboard, but here we have a slight roadblock: this keyboard costs the tidy sum of $129.

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You can use the S-Pen to write directly onto the tablet. © AndroidPIT

Of course, the tablet is also suitable for multimedia, which for many is the main activity for tablet usage. So, you can easily watch movies and listen to music for hours. However, It should be noted that, overall, Android applications on tablets are unfortunately not as refined as what can be found on the iPad.

Aside from these aspects, we find a rather powerful device thanks to a processor from last year, the Snapdragon 820, accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. The screen diagonal is 9.7 inches, the definition is 1536 x 2048, which is rather high, but the whole is powered by a battery of 6,000 mAh, thus providing decent battery life.

In short, it is unlikely that you will be disappointed if you get a Tab S3 because it is one of the best tablets on the market.

Best tablet for productivity: the hybrid Lenovo Yoga Book

Launched at IFA 2016, the Lenovo Yoga Book combines innovation, design and performance in a single tablet. It is a hybrid between a laptop and a tablet, and thus the perfect tool to combine efficiency and productivity.

Lenovo Yoga Book 

System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Display 10.1 inches, LCD, 1920 x 1200 pixels, ~ 224 ppi
Processor Intel Atom x5-Z8550
RAM 4 GB
Internal storage 64 GB + microSD
Battery 8,500 mAh
Camera 8 MP (rear) - 2 MP (front)
Connectivity LTE 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions

256.6 x 170.8 x 9.6 mm

Weight 690 g

The Yoga Book can be used as a classic 10 inch tablet as well as as a laptop. The tablet has a flat keyboard integrated on a tactile surface, which is beautifully backlit. The surface on which the keyboard is located can also be used as a notebook using a stylus.

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Lenovo Yoga Book. © AndroidPIT

In terms of productivity, I think it's the tablet running on Android that best represents the platform. In addition to Google services such as Google Drive and Photos, Lenovo pre-installed several Microsoft applications on the Yoga Book. There are desktop applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Unfortunately, the manufacturer had to make some concessions, especially in terms of battery life.

Best compact tablet: the multimedia Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4

The Huawei MediaPad M3 has a beautiful design and great build quality. With an 8.4-inch screen, it benefits from an excellent handling. The latest tablet from Huawei is a great alternative, in the world of Android tablets, to the iPad Mini. The device is certainly one of the best in this list in terms of performance, but it also attracts many users who want a compact tablet suitable for multimedia (video, games, web browsing)

Huawei MediaPad M3 

System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Display 8.1 inches, IPS LCD, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 359 ppi
Processor Hisilicon Kirin 950
RAM  4 GB
Internal storage 32 or 64 GB + microSD
Battery 5,100 mAh
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE 4G (optional)
Dimensions 215.5 x 124.2 x 7.3 mm
Weight 318 g

One of the highlights of the MediaPad M3 is the audio quality. Through a partnership with Harman / Kardon, Huawei has put in two 1 x 13 mm stereo speakers powered by a Smart PA chip.

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Huawei MediaPad M3. © AndroidPIT

Additionally, with the implementation of SWS 3.0 (Super Wide 7 Sound) technology, the tablet is able to automatically identify whether the user is listening to music or watching a video and produce sound tailored to the experience. During our tests, we were able to prove that it really works.

Best tablet for gaming: the relaunched Nvidia Shield K1

The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 is for true gamers who want to play with amazing graphics on the go. Users can also connect the Shield Tablet to a TV and use it as a game console.

Nvidia Shield K1

System Android 5.0 Lollipop
Display 8.0 inches, IPS LCD, 1920 x 1200, 283 ppi
Processor Nvidia Tegra K1
RAM  2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB + microSD
Battery 5,200 mAh
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Dimensions 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm
Weight 356 g

The first Shield tablet was replaced by its successor as the best gaming tablet. If you already have the first Shield-Tablet, there's no need to replace it with the Nvidia Shield K1, since it is equipped with the same hardware - only the stylus pen is no longer there. So far no Android game has brought the Nvidia Shield K1, or its predecessor, to its performance limit. So, it is not only suitable for the latest Android games, but the K1 will probably cope well with upcoming Android titles, too.

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Shield Tablet K1: a great tablet for gaming. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Shield Tablet K1 can also morph into a game console for the living room. Simply connect the appropriate controller (available separately) and connect the console to the TV. Nvidia also offers its own game store, but you have access to the Google Play Store via the Shield Tablet as well. In addition, you can stream games via Wi-Fi from your PC via the Tablet to your TV.

Best tablet for kids: the kid-proof Amazon Fire Kids Edition

The Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet is designed for parents who want to make sure their children only have access to appropriate content for their age. Amazon brings peace of mind to the worried parent with the software of this tablet.

Amazon Fire Kids Edition

System Android Lollipop / Fire OS 5
Display 7 inches, IPS LCD, 1024 x 600 pixels, 171 ppi
Processor Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
RAM  1 GB of RAM
Internal storage 8 or 16 GB + microSD
Battery 2,980 mAh
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Dimensions 219 x 138 x 25.5 mm
Weight 405 g

The Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet is a sensible purchase for parents with children aged 4 to 12 years. Thanks to the two-year all-round care-free guarantee, parents do not have to panic when their child takes the tablet and accidentally throws it to the ground.

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With FreeTime Unlimited, parents also get a growing and well-maintained range of child-friendly content. This is free for 12 months, after which Amazon charges a monthly fee, but this is an optional subscription. It comes in pink, green and blue.

Specs comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Lenovo Yoga Book Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 Nvidia Shield K1 Amazon Fire Kids Edition
Dimensions 237.3 x 169 x 6 mm 256.6 x 170.8 x 9.6 mm 215.5 x 124.2 x 7.3 mm 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm 219 x 138 x 25.5 mm
Weight 429 g 690 g 318 g 356 g 405 g
Display 9.7", AMOLED, 1536 x 2048 10.1", LCD, 1920 x 1200 pixels 8.1", IPS LCD, 2560 x 1600 pixels 8.0", IPS LCD, 1920 x 1200 7", IPS LCD, 1024 x 600 pixels
Battery 6,000 mAh 8,500 mAh 5,100 mAh 5,200 mAh 2,980 mAh
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Intel Atom, 2.4GHz Hisilicon Kirin 950 Nvidia Tegra K1 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
RAM 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 2 GB 1 GB

What do you think is the best Android tablet? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • Agree that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best tablet out there, followed closely by the Tab S2. In fact the Tab S2 64GB version (which I have) may be a better buy if the S-pen isn't important to you. I wouldn't consider upgrading to the S3 unless there was a 64GB version. Also, the Samsung keyboard Folio Cover is now only $64.


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  • storm 4 months ago Link to comment

    The shield tablet is getting long in the tooth. The hardware is three years old now. Doen't say much for the Android tablet market that this is still a top pick. My K1is getting buggy. I think the RAM is failing based on how and when it crashes.


    • Brittany McGhee
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      4 months ago Link to comment

      There aren't many good tablets for gaming on the market, sadly. The Acer Predator 8 from 2015 is interesting, and it runs Android. The Razer Edge Pro runs Windows, so that's not too exciting to me as an Android fan. Have you been impressed by any other gaming tablets?


  • What? Nexus 6p phone is by far the best. Samsung is filled with bloatware that runs your battery down in no time. The fact that you didn't even include it in your survey truly surprises me.


  • I love my lenovo tablet though


  • Wow I can't believe that the Galaxy S2 8.9 isn't included


  • ohhh my god scott atleast add samsung tabs


  • Find it strange that you've not checked out the HUAWEI Media8 pad, it's quality is actually better than any you've mentioned already & has an extremely impressive spec. Esp.when you take into account its price against all of the above!
    Most definitely one not to miss!


  • Asus need some uptates.


  • sony is amazing


  • The 12" Jide Remix Ultra Tablet for $350 most outlets. Runs Remix OS, a customized Lollipop (Marshmallow coming) providing multi-tasking with movable Windows and task bar. Top build quality, comes with keyboard and Surface-like backside kickstand. MicroSD. Micro USB OTG. Magnetic power adapter. 2GB RAM, 64GB storage. Great company with support via Facebook, email, Telegram. I have two iPads, a Chuwi dual OS with Windows 10- but the Remix UT is the first device I reach for.


  • Tage .T Nov 30, 2015 Link to comment

    I have the Samsung pro s, and happy whit that,but as soon Lg come out with a pad 2/3GB ram and 32GB Internal storage her in Norway i will buy it. (but not larger than 8.4")


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  • Lito C. Nov 30, 2015 Link to comment

    I think you might have forgotten about the Asus Zenpad S 8.0....


  • wm snyder Nov 29, 2015 Link to comment

    Note Pro 12.2 is what I have and I have been very happy. Would have considered the View but spec's to Low. This is not a Mobil device in my opinion. If you hold it a while you will know what I mean. My application is on my desk on a stand with bose bluetooth speaker and Samsung S Mouse and I'm loving it. From my Transformer day's I would not do anything with only 2 gb Ram very frustrating. I use mine for any and all things android including phone calls through a app and texting. So to me this stands out among the list for my application. I certainly hope Samsung will give us a new Note Pro edition.


  • I didn't see anything about a kindle fire 9.7HD3rd Addison.what are your feelings on them


  • Where is the Nokia N1. I'd love to see it on the list. It is one of the best tablet I've ever owned. It runs smooth and it has a great design though identical to the Apple. All of them say it looks like an ipad
    But I feel it is a lot like the iPhone 6 or the 6 plus but a lot larger.


  • Harry Lee Jun 24, 2015 Link to comment

    With its Quad-Core 2.3 GHz, ultra thin and waterproof features, I got my Sony Xperia Z2 for keeps.

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