With many tablet buyers opting for Apple iPads, the Android tablet market isn't necessarily the first place people look when they're in the market or a new tablet. Fewer and fewer manufacturers even make them now. But that doesn't mean there aren't a few good Android tablets available that try their best to rival the Apple iPad.
While some might question the logic of a potential Android tablet buyer, a good one can fulfill a range of tasks for any professional or casual need and, in some cases, do things an iPad or iPad Air still can't, such as work with a touchpad or mouse. Plus, if you're already invested in the Android app ecosystem, you won't have to buy them again for iOS. Whether you're looking for an inexpensive device for media consumption or a possible laptop substitution, there are options worth exploring. We've done the research, taking into consideration everything from screen size to battery life to ease of use - basically, all the factors that go into a great tablet. Here are CNET's picks for the best Android tablets out there.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
CNET TAKE: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (https://www.cnet.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-tab-s6-review/) tablet packs in a lot for an Android device. It has a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and flexible expandable storage up to 1TB with a microSD card. The Galaxy Tab S6 also looks amazing, with a super AMOLED display with a 16:10 ratio screen size. Battery life clocks in at about 15 hours and the rear camera has a 13 MP resolution. And if you've ever operated a Samsung Android device, the operation of this particular tablet will feel very intuitive. The recent updates to Samsung's DeX mode even makes the Tab S6 a possible laptop substitution letting you connect to a mouse and even an external display. Just grab a keyboard and you will be all set.
Google Pixel Slate
CNET TAKE: The Google Pixel Slate (https://www.cnet.com/reviews/google-pixel-slate-review/) 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 apps in the Google Play store and plenty of power here to use them. It comes with a stylus and has a 48Wh battery, 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.
Lenovo Smart Tab P10
CNET TAKE: The Lenovo Smart Tab P10 (https://www.cnet.com/news/lenovo-smart-tab-packs-in-alexa-and-doubles-as-an-echo-show-at-ces/) combines a tablet and a smart display into one 10-inch device. This Android tablet comes with Android Oreo, front and rear cameras, fingerprint scanner and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor. When you set it on the dock, the Lenovo Tab becomes a smart display a lot like the Amazon Echo Show.
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