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The best tablets under $500 are Android devices and also some of the notable brands like Apple offer premium tablets under this range (iPad with Wi-Fi).

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Google Nexus 9

Google Nexus 9


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Google HTC Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 inch(2014)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Google Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet (32GB, LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9" (2014)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
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Release Date
Nov 2014
Sep 2014
Aug 2014
Oct 2014
Jul 2014
Digital Camera
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
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Display
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size
1536 x 2048
1920 x 1200
1600 x 2560
2560 x 1600
2560 x 1600
Operating System
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)
Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat - customized)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Screen Size(Diagonal)
8.9 inch
8.0 inch
8.4 inch
8.9 inch
10.5 inch
Weight
0.93 lb.
0.85 lb.
0.64 lb.
0.82 lb.
1.02 lb.
Front Webcam Resolution
1.6 MP
5.0 MP
2.1 MP
2.1 MP

Forgoing high-end gimmicks, the slate's supreme specs speak for themselves -- it prevails as the preeminent premium, pure Android tablet to date.

Plenty of features.

In every way that matters, this is a great tablet.

The top of the range 8.9" Kindle Fire HDX boasts a stunningly thin and light design and has an excellent screen, but the lack of access to Google's Play Store means there's a heavy reliance on Amazon's limited apps.

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 ($499, 16GB) pours the S5 equation into the best Android media tablet we've seen so far.