Tablets are a convenient alternative to laptops for a number of everyday tasks, and there are plenty of affordable options out there. For example, there’s a wide range of cheap Amazon Fire devices, including the popular Fire HD 8 for Kids. These won’t match up with many Android tablets in terms of performance, though.
Below you’ll find our favorites listed in order of preference, along with an overview and specs list for each, and the key good and bad points of them.
That should give you a good idea of which to buy the Best Android Tables, but if you need more details then make sure to click through to our full reviews, or for other options, check out some of our other tablet guides below.
And we’re regularly updating this article, so come back soon to see if any new options catch your eye.
Top 10 Best Android Tables in The UK 2021
These are The Top 10 Best Android Tablets in 2021
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A
One of the cheapest Samsung tablets out there at the moment.
One of the cheapest Android tablets available, the Tab A is Samsung’s most affordable model, and doesn’t sacrifice too much of what makes Samsung tablets so impressive.
Although it only packs 2 gigabytes of RAM, the Galaxy Tab A is still perfectly capable of performing everyday tasks. It may just be a little slower than some other (pricier) devices.
For less than £200, you’re getting an advanced Samsung tablet that oozes usability, with a sleek metal design, crisp LED display, and an impressive Dolby sound system.
The only downside you may find is that the tablet isn’t compatible with any of the S Pen range right now, although you can invest in a Samsung keyboard if that floats your boat.
2. Lenovo Tab Yoga 64GB Android 9
As to what makes the Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab more unique, is the way it houses the hardware. Flip the device over and you’ll find the design isn’t the same platter you’ve seen time and again over the past decade.
The Yoga Smart Tab has a built-in kickstand that allows for four different ways to use it. Users can hold it, sit it so that you can read at a 45-degree angle, stand it on its side, or even hang it on a wall.
Reading books, email, school papers, and browsing long-form websites and writing is how we find ourselves using tablets. Thanks to the physical design of this one, you can hold it for long periods of time without fatigue. Similarly, you can prop it up at the angle you want for viewing Netflix and other videos.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Cheaper, and still quite great
Happy to sacrifice a few of the features of the Galaxy Tab S6 in trade for a cheaper tablet? If yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is the product you want to consider.
The chipset isn’t as powerful as its sibling, the cameras aren’t as impressive, and the screen isn’t as beautiful… but it’s around half the price, and all of its specs are still quite impressive for a slate at this price.
It’s a remarkably good product considering how much you’re spending on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. It isn’t particularly smaller than the Galaxy Tab S6 – and ironically, it’s actually heavier too – but if you don’t want to spend top-dollar you may love this.
4. Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4
A terrific small Android tablet
Huawei’s MediaPad M5 8.4 is a light and compact tablet to throw in your bag, catch up on shows on your commute or flick through in bed. Style wise, it looks not too dissimilar to an iPad Mini, if we’re honest, even down to the space grey and champagne gold, curved aluminium finishes, if not quite as precisely polished.
The MediaPad’s 2560×1600 display is sharp with vibrant colours, if not the brightest around, but the 3:2 screen ratio makes it very practical for flitting between apps. The dual Harman Kardon-certified stereo speakers are also surprisingly decent for a 7.3mm thick tablet that’s easy to hold and type on.
There’s some kooky Huawei additions to be found in its EMUI, such as a Mirror selfie app, but these are easily ignored. The fact there’s no headphone jack might be more of an annoyance though Huawei does bundle a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box.
Performance is zippy, the 13MP and 8MP cameras do the job and the 5,100mAh battery means the MediaPad 8.4 will last you ten to 11 hours, or a couple of days’ normal tablet use. Fast charging is another bonus.
5. Microsoft Surface Go 2
The best tablet running Windows 10
In our official Microsoft Surface Go review we concluded that:
“The Microsoft Surface Go is a pro-level tablet computer that successfully breaks into the market traditionally dominated by the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab ranges. It doesn’t quite match the slickness of its rivals, but then again its rivals don’t have the flexibility of Windows.”
And that, simply put, is why this compact and stylish Windows 10 tablet has found its way into our best tablets guide – it offers something that the other tablets in this list don’t, and it does so at an attractive price point, too. A well-made and stylish tablet, with solid internal hardware and screen, and running Windows 10, is a rare thing.
The best tablet on the market in 2021 for users who demand the Windows 10 OS and want to keep their purchase affordable.
6. Huawei Media Pad T3
The most affordable slates on the market today
Huawei’s answer to Samsung’s mid-range A-series tablets is the MediaPad T range, and this is the most affordable of 10-incher in that range. That means you should expect some compromises, but the trade-offs are not outright dealbreakers.
For example, the pixel density of the screen is very low at 157 PPI, so its not the sharpest but it is still HD and the lower spec screen ends up saving you a lot of battery power.
Unlike some entry level tablets this one has GPS and dual band wifi, so it’s a good travel companion, whether in the car or in your carry-on luggage, and the aluminium back panel definitely gives it a more pleasant in-hand feel.
7. Amazon Fire 7 Essentials Bundle
If you want to pay as little as possible for a tablet, but still want the assurance and reliability that comes with a big name, Amazon’s 7in tablet is fantastic. Effortlessly portable, the screen is fine, though not a patch on rivals here.
Purchases such as Amazon movies, Kindle books and Audible audiobooks are automatically available and the tablet works well with Amazon Prime Video, for instance. Storage is less than on many rivals but enough for most users.
8. Amazon Fire HD 8 Essentials Bundle
This tablet was great value at its original price, so now it’s available for less, it’s an absolute steal.
Like other Amazon tablets, its bright colour schemes are more cheap and cheerful than sleek and sophisticated, but that’s no bad thing if you just want a tablet for occasional use around the house (or to let the kids run wild with). Its screen has a natural palate and plenty of detail to get your teeth into, while audio playback is pretty decent for casual listening.
Another great value tablet from Amazon.
9. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
This is the Android tablet that fans have long deserved. On top of that, it’s got thinner bezels than the 10.2-inch iPad and crazy 13+ hour battery life — so you can enjoy more of what you’re watching and reading for a lot longer time. And even at this price, Amazon gives you the facial recognition to unlock the device.
It’s also got USB-C charging, so you can use the same cable you charge modern phones and laptops with. And while we wish it were a tad brighter or faster, it’s got the real, unadulterated Android experience — with the Google Play app store and Google apps — so you’re not confined to web-only Gmail and YouTube.
10. Google Pixel Slate
The Google Pixel Slate tries to match the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro by blending a tablet and Chromebook into a single device — a kind of tablet PC, if you will. Though it’s not a full-fledged Android tablet (and it certainly isn’t a cheap Android tablet), you do have access to the Android apps in the Google Play Store and plenty of power to use them.
It comes with a stylus and has a 48Wh battery for up to 12 hours of battery life, front and rear camera and a touchscreen LCD display screen. It also has a full desktop browser and support for a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. It could even be used as a gaming tablet. The Pixel Slate also has the option for Google Assistant. Overall, just a great tablet.
How to choose The Best Android Tables for you?
What do you need your tablet to do?
On paper, all tablets do mostly the same things. The difference comes in how well they perform. If you just want a tablet for browsing the internet, watching Netflix and maybe a little light gaming, a 12.9in iPad Pro is overkill, even if it does handle all of the aforementioned tasks brilliantly.
Likewise, if you want to use your tablet for any kind of demanding work – chopping up 4K video or playing the greatest mobile games – the cheap and cheerful Amazon Fire 8 HD isn’t going to cut it, either. If you’re caught somewhere in the middle, you’re looking at a price between the two.
Set aside a budget of somewhere between £250 and £350 and you’ll have plenty of choice – especially if you’re happy looking at the previous generation of hardware for bargains.
Does the tablet’s operating system matter?
Tablets come with three main operating systems: iOS for iPads, Android or Windows 10 for everything else. Amazon’s Fire HD tablets come with their own Fire OS but in reality, this is a heavily modified version of Android designed to sell you Amazon goods more effectively.
How much storage space does your tablet need?
As with the last point, on one level this simply doesn’t matter anymore. Cloud storage works across all the tablet platforms – so keeping your files in reach, but not taking up precious local space, is easy.
On the other hand, you probably don’t want to be constantly juggling files to keep your tablet from getting full. Look out for tablets with microSD slots.
Do you want to draw or type with your tablet?
Tablets are designed to be poked with the finger, although as a general rule, iOS and Android have a better handle on this than Windows. All the same, certain devices have their own pressure-sensitive stylus for drawing or note-taking.
Versatile and supremely portable, these are the Best Android Tablets on the market right now.
While some might question the sanity of an Android tablet buyer in this day and age, the best Android tablet models can meet any casual or professional need, regardless of whether you’re looking for a drawing tablet, a gaming tablet or something for word processing.
Some Android tablets even work with a mouse or touchpad. And if you’re already invested in the Android operating system and app ecosystem, you won’t have to buy them again for iOS.