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Best Android tablets of 2015

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 23 hours ago

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 2015.

Best overall: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

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The specs, performance and software are all good. But how about the price? / © ANDROIDPIT

It's not often that we come across an Android tablet that is close to perfect, but such is the case with the Xperia Z4 Tablet. With unparalleled build quality and looks, the Z4 Tablet is the lightest and thinnest tablet in the world. It's also waterproof and dustproof to IP65/IP68 certification.

The Z4 Tablet, despite using the Snapdragon 810 CPU, does not suffer from any heat-related crashes and performs wonderfully. The 10.1-inch display is bright and beautiful, although it does lack the pixel density and clarity of some other tablets on this list, such as the Galaxy Tab S.

Nevertheless, the Z4 Tablet just seems to get things right: from a very-stock looking Xperia UI to great battery performance. In some countries it is bundled with a Bluetooth keyboard, which unfortunately pushes the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet price a bit high, but if you can pick one up without a keyboard, it's a great tablet to consider.


10.1-inch, IPS LCD, 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, 299 ppi

Dimensions and weight 254 x 167 x 6.1 mm, 393 g
Internal storage 32 GB + microSD
Memory 3 GB RAM
Processor Snapdragon 810, quad-core (4 x 2 GHz, 4 x 1.5 GHz)
Battery 6,000 mAh
Camera 8 MP (rear), 5.1 (front), no LED flash
Connectivity and networks USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
Operating system and UI Android 5.1 Lollipop, Xperia UI
Price £579 or US$610 (LTE, 32 GB), £499 or US$599 (Wi-Fi, 32 GB)

Best for productivity: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE

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If you want a giant multi-tasking slate, check out the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 offers powerful performance, plus it has its own Bluetooth keyboard, which doubles as a cover, and the fantastic S Pen stylus.

The Note Pro 12.2 LTE is an all-encompassing tablet. In addition to its many features, it makes a huge visual impact thanks to its 12.2-inch screen (multi-window mode is also available here).

But there are some disadvantages, namely its 750 g weight, and extra large size – it's a bit more cumbersome than the 10.1-inch model.

Still, with the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 price sitting at around US$550, you can expect laptop-standard performance from this beauty.

Display 12.2-inch Super Clear LCD, 2,560 x 1,600, 247 ppi
Dimensions and weight 295.6 x 204 x 7.95 mm, 750 g
Internal storage 32GB / 64GB + microSD slot up to 64 GB
Memory 3 GB RAM
Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (SM-P905), 1.8 GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (SM-P900), 2.3 GHz
Battery 9,500 mAh
Cameras 8 MP + LED (back); 2 MP (front)
Connectivity and networks Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 3.0 port with microUSB 2.0 compatibility, NFC, GPS
Operating system and UI Android 5.0.2 with TouchWiz UI
Price From US$550 (32 GB, black), from £495 (32 GB, black)

Best for reading: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8.4 is considered by many to be the finest tablet on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Galaxy Tab S comes in two different sizes, but the smaller 8.4-inch version provides the perfect reading experience. Primarily, this is thanks to its Super AMOLED screen, which, according to DisplayMate, one of the most reliable sources when it comes to screen quality, is the best display on the market.

It’s nicely designed, combining slick plastic with luxurious, unique copper edges, and has hardware that ensures top-class performance; you’ll be able to run resource-hungry applications with minimal delay.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 price is currently floating around the US$260 mark, making it one of the best Android tablet choices.

Display 8.4-inch Super AMOLED 2,560 x 1,600 (359ppi)
Dimensions and weight 212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6 mm, 294 g
Internal storage 16 GB / 32GB + microSD slot up to 128 GB
Memory 3 GB RAM
Processor Exynos 5 Octa 5420 1.9 GHz
Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
Battery 4,900 mAh
Cameras 8 MP (rear); 2.1 MP (front)
Connectivity and networks Wi-Fi, LE, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 port
Operating system and UI Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with TouchWiz UI
Price US$266 (16 GB, dazzling white), £248 (16 GB, dazzling white)

Best for gaming: Nvidia Shield

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The NVIDIA Shield's graphical prowess makes it perfect for gaming. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Nvidia Shield is a tablet for those who want a high-performance gaming device – in this regard, it's currently the best Android has to offer. You'll never encounter the frustration of not being able to download your favorite game due to hardware restrictions, and games you do play won't stutter or a crash, the device runs smoothly even when playing the most demanding of titles.

If you consider the gaming performance, as well as the attractive Nvidia Shield price (US$200 for the base model), this is a top tablet that won’t swoon when the going gets tough. The Nvidia Shield is also rocking Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, something no other tablet on this list can say.

Display 8-inch, IPS 1,280 x 800 pixels, 283 ppi
Processor Nvidia Tegra K1, 64 bit dual-core, 2.2 GHz
RAM/Interal Memory 2 GB / 16/32 GB + microSD up to 32 GB
Camera 5 MP / 5 MP
Connectivty Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, GPS
Dimensions 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm
Weight 390 g
Battery 5,200 mAh
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Price US$299 (16 GB, Wi-Fi), £225 (16 GB, Wi-Fi)

Best for kids: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

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An affordable and adaptable tablet for kids. / © Samsung

A 7-inch, US$79.99 tablet with nine-hour battery, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is a great choice if you’re looking to entertain the wee ones with games and activities.

Due to its pricing, it’s naturally not a high-end machine, but it’s unlikely your toddler will mind. It still packs more of a punch than some other tablets that are frequently recommended for kids, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids 7.0.

If you’re happy to spend a bit more, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (also 7 inches) provides a little more power and control. There’s multi-user support, so it can be shared among the family, and there’s a dedicated kids mode too.

Display 7 inch, TFT 1,024 x 600 pixels, 170 ppi
Processor Dual-core 1.2 GHz
RAM/Interal Memory 1 GB / 8 GB + microSD up to 32 GB
Camera 2 MP
Connectivty Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, GPS
Dimensions 193.4 x 116.4 x 9.7 mm
Weight 310 g
Battery 3,600 mAh
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Price US$79.99

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

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.


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  • Lito C. 20 hours ago Link to comment

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

  • wm snyder 22 hours ago 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 5 months ago Link to comment

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

  • Luka 5 months ago Link to comment

    On the last tablet there's a little mistake. "Operating system and UI: Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean"
    Did you mean KitKat?
    Anyway, I have Tab 4 7.0 and it's a great little tablet. It's 4000mAh battery lasts for around 2 days of medium to heavy use. Only thing missing there is Lollipop.

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    Jacob J. 5 months ago Link to comment

    I own both versions of the Note 10.1 (2013 and 2014), The Note Pro 12.2, and the Nvidia Shield. I Use the Pro and the Shield as my primary and gave the two 10.1 Notes to my siblings. IMO, I am head over heals for the Note Pro, and honestly don't ever think I could live without the SPen or multi window, especially after root. As a power user, there is just no comparison. The Nvidia SHield, w/ Controller, is so convenient and the power and gaming is still mind blowing. I will say tho, I feel that your average user may struggle with the SHield, as it does take some tinkering here and there to take advantage of its potential. I notice a lot of people that are not real into this tech get frustrated with things on this tablet as there is some "no how"required. I got to test most tablets out and the screen on the S is stunning, best i've experienced, but, in my case, is not that much better that it offsets all the Pro brings to the table. Everyone has different needs and uses, but for me its all about power, multitask, and convenience. The shield is just a blast if you spring for the controller.

    • Yes killer feature on Note tablets is the great mult-tasking. Unlike ipad pro which has only limited split screen support, Note pro has split screen, 4-way screen as well as floating window. In addition it also has mouse support, which is missing on ipad pro. And cost about 1/2 of an ipad pro as well

  • Two thoughts: 1) if I were to cough up the money some of these cost I would spring for a dual OS running Android and Windows 8.1 ... just sayin' ... and 2) Micosoft's excellent Office for Android apps are free for tablets like 10 inches or less - which might be worth factoring in. (I'm not sure if that includes all those 10.1" tablets out there - anyone know?)

  • z4 tablet??
    the one to rule them all

  • I have the note 10.1 4G, which I got a few years ago. Till this day no problems and proccess anything I throw at it, best investment I've made. I wouldn't mind a newer tablet just for the asthetics but I see no point as it still does evening. another main reason I've stuck with this tablet is also the two front facing speakers which are excellent for watching video content, many other tablets lack in the sound department.

  • 3abr86 6 months ago Link to comment

    how could you miss Xiaomi's Mi Pad ???

  • liljom 7 months ago Link to comment

    If you could remove the Note Pro 12.2, that would be nice. I just sold a Tab S 10.5 to get the huge Note Pro, and I'm very disappointed. After opening the browser the first time, I was like, let's check the screen resolution on the web, because I thought it's 2560*1600. It is, but it uses pentile subpixel matrix, which is not as detailed, as it could be with normal RGB.
    The other thing is the touch responsiveness. I experienced the same with the 2014 Note. I just try to use the screen as I used to with my G Pro 2, or on the Tab S, but it doesn't react, so I loose a lot of resource in my time sensitive game. Quite annoying.
    I expected a more for the money they ask for this device.

  • Love my my Note 10.1 2014, now Sammy got to come across with 5.1 and skip 5.0!

  • Madars 7 months ago Link to comment

    And where is Sony xperia Z3?

  • I have owned the Note 10.1 2014 edition tablet and it is a very nice Tablet, but I sold it after buying the Tab S 10.5 LTE Tablet from Sprint.

    And by far the Tab S is the better Tablet except of course not having a S Pen, after holding on to both Tablets for an extended period of time the Note 10.1 2014 is definitely heavier than the Tab S .

    After all is said and done I'm happy with my decision to buy the Tab S 10.5 LTE model and selling my Note 10.1 2014.

  • Janusz 9 months ago Link to comment

    I have read the upper article and realized that I would like to know which tablet have the usb host functionality. What is more, in my opinion, they all have outdated processors. At this moment the most up-to-date are Intel Atoms of Bay Trail line. They are faster and more energy efficient, e.g. Z3480, Z3775 and so on, which found application in DELL and Lenovo tablets.

  • Disagree with your assessment in terms of order.
    The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 should be at the top of the pile.
    Primarily because of its excellent screen and price.

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