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These Are the Best Android Tablets for Streaming, Gaming, and More

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Android tablets might not have the same level of recognition as iPads, but that doesn't mean there aren't some gems. The software for Android tablets isn't always optimized for the bigger screen, and the best iPad games may have more appeal on Apple's powerful hardware. But, a few Android tablets still manage to get things…
These Are the Best Android Tablets for Streaming, Gaming, and More
Android tablets might not have the same level of recognition as iPads, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some gems. The software for Android tablets isn’t always optimized for the bigger screen, and the best iPad games may have more appeal on Apple’s powerful hardware. But, a few Android tablets still manage to get things right.Both Amazon and Samsung have shown ongoing interest in making solid Android tablets. Amazon’s stick to affordability, giving you a bigger screen to enjoy content on without having to pay what amounts to the price of a second smartphone. Samsung’s tablets deliver on premiums, offering extra features like active stylus support and higher-performance internals that can let the tablet handle some light work tasks. Some 2-in-1 Chromebooks even serve as capable Android tablets thanks to their inclusion of the Google Play app store.

With many Android tablet options, it can reasonably be hard to choose one knowing its actually a product worth getting. That’s why we’ve rounded up quality picks. You’ll be able to find a tablet on a variety of budgets knowing it’s a good value.

TL;DR – These are the Best Android Tablets

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

Best Android Tablet

Our Pick

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

Samsung has more or less become the de facto Android tablet maker, as it’s Galaxy Tab series is one of the only options continually pushing Android tablets forward. That Galaxy Tab S7 is the latest and greatest from the tech behemoth, and it has more than enough to love in its slick package.

The Galaxy Tab S7 includes an 11-inch display, a small bump from the S6. That display is a sharp and bright 2,560 x 1,600 LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and 500-nit peak brightness that will display visually stunning content. With the included S Pen, you can also easily make your own visually stunning content, as it supports 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and minimal latency for highly accurate control and incredible responsiveness. The S Pen attaches magnetically to the back of the tablet for convenient storage. In terms of performance, the Galaxy Tab S7 packs a Snapdragon 865+ chipset that can blast through most activities, and with 6 or 8GB of RAM, you’ll find this tablet can even work as a fairly effective laptop when paired with a keyboard.

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Best Budget Android Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Samsung is one of the few companies still putting effort into the Android tablet market, and that helps its models stand out as among the very best. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite takes a lot of what there is to like about the Galaxy Tab S6 and repackages it into a more affordable package.

This model just has one camera on each side, and no super-fancy AMOLED display, but you’re still getting a plenty-sharp screen measuring 10.4 inches diagonally. This table also runs Android 10, something you’ll be hard-pressed to find other affordable Android tablets doing. It also runs it on an octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM, which should be capable enough for most activities. The real show-stopper is the inclusion of the S Pen, which takes the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite from simple plaything, like most tablets, to a device that can be used for another level of creativity or in-depth note-taking. If you don’t need the stylus, you may get more out of the Galaxy Tab S5e at a similar price.

3. Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

Best Ultra Cheap Android Tablet

The Lenogo Yoga Smart Tab is a surprisingly affordable Android tablet given its more premium-seeming design. It offers a big, Full HD display with an IPS panel for excellent viewing angles. Lenovo has made one edge of the tablet extra thick to serve as a good handhold, to house a kickstand, and to fit two extra-large speakers for improved sound. As an entertainment tablet, this all makes the Yoga Smart Tab a winner. And, it comes running the recent Android 9.0 operating system, so it won’t feel outdated as quickly as other cheap Android tablets can. At the price, it can even fit in as a smart home device with a display, giving you your ultimate Google Assistant device.

4. Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus

Best Android Tablet for Families

Amazon makes some of the most compelling budget tablets around, and the Fire HD 8 Plus takes what was already a winner and makes it even better. This new model offers up a decently sharp display to run apps, play games, and watch your favorite content on. It runs all of this on its own special fork of Android, which limits you to the Amazon App store, but you’ll still find many popular apps, games, and streaming services available.

The Fire HD 8 Plus is as affordable as it is portable, weighing in at well under a pound and boasting a 12-hour battery life. And, the new model will prove considerably faster than its predecessor, as it has double the RAM and storage capacity as well as a new and improved 2.0GHz quad-core processor.

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

Best Android Tablet for Streaming

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is a great Android tablet if you’re just looking for something to stream media from Netflix or Disney+ and the like. This slate comes with the same 10.5-inch 1,600 x 2,560 display and powerful quad speakers as found on Samsung’s flagship Tab S6 for a much more reasonable $427.

To get the price down, the Tab S5e packs a less impressive Snapdragon 670 and starts with half as much storage at 64GB. But it’s easy enough to make up for its lack of space with a MicroSD card.

6. Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100

Best Chromebook Tablet for Android Apps

Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100

Okay the Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 technically doesn’t run Android, but it can run just about any app you want to download from the Google Play Store. This Chrome OS-powered tablet also has a direct line to Google’s office suite of web apps and gives you access to a full-fat desktop Chrome browser.

Its specs aren’t half bad either. For a little over $300, you get a device with a 9.7-inch, 2,048 x 1,536 resolution screen, OP1 Hexa-core Processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB eMMC Storage. The Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 is pretty much the perfect device for users who want to do more work with their slate.

7. Lenovo Yoga Book

Best Dual Screen Android Tablet

Until Microsoft releases the Surface Duo and Neo next year, the Lenovo Yoga Book is still the closes thing to a dual-screen Android tablet we have. This 2-in-1 features a foldable cover that can be used with the tablet’s stylus for drawing or note-taking. If you hate typing on a big touchscreen, the cover can also reveal a full Halo Keyboard that makes typing a breeze.

Another super unique feature is the Yoga Book also comes with an actual paper notepad that can be attached to the cover, and when you write with the included ink pen you’ll see your notes appear on the tablet! It’s like living in the future, but so it can be saved or sent out for later use.

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Mark Knapp is a regular contributor to IGN and an irregular Tweeter on Twitter @Techn0Mark

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