Updated on 2 December 2015 by

The best Android tablets are available from some of the top hardware manufacturers like Samsung, Asus, Acer, HTC, Sony, Motorola, LG, Toshiba and ViewSonic. The linux-based operating system, Android, also runs on Google's Nexus line (Nexus 7 and Nexus 11 models with 7 inch and 10 inch screen respectively) of tablets. Along with Google Nexus, some of the other Android tablets (excluding "Wi-Fi only" tablets) are available unlocked and contract free. Just like Android smart phones, Android tablets allow connectivity via Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G.

The selection of best Android tablet depends much on the hardware manufacturer, as the deployment of the operating system has to be in synchronization with the set of hardware features.

The best Android tablets use the latest high-end operating systems: 5.0 Lollipop.

The essence of Android OS development by Google is having the application centric productivity and Google Play is the place for you to get these applications. Along with many third party providers, Google Play distributes users to install many tablet specific Android applications and games. The best Android tablets, which are affordable too, provide optimum experience through the Google products like Google Search (including voice search), Google Maps, Gmail, Google+, YouTube and Google Play.


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Sony Xperia Z4
Google HTC Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Sony Xperia Z4
Google Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet (32GB, LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
$800
$400 - $500
$400
$400 - $500
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Release Date
May 2015
Nov 2014
Sep 2014
Aug 2014
Digital Camera
8.1 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
5 MP,2592 x 1944 pixels,autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Display
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size
2560 x 1600, 2560 x 1600
1536 x 2048
1920 x 1200
1600 x 2560
Operating System
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Screen Size(Diagonal)
10.1 inch
8.9 inch
8.0 inch
8.4 inch
Weight
0.86 lb.
0.93 lb.
0.85 lb.
0.64 lb.
Front Webcam Resolution
5.1 MP
1.6 MP
5.0 MP
2.1 MP
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.2 stars
 4.3 stars
Display
85% Positive
15% Negative
93% Positive
7% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
90% Positive
10% Negative
Look and Feel
94% Positive
6% Negative
55% Positive
45% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
81% Positive
19% Negative
Battery
80% Positive
20% Negative
57% Positive
43% Negative
100% Positive
Camera
75% Positive
25% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
69% Positive
31% Negative