Best Android tablet 2023on November 6, 2023 at 16:34 Tech Advisor


If you’re thinking about a new tablet, one company will almost certainly come to mind first: Apple.

13 years after making its debut, the iPad (in its various sizes) remains the go-to device for millions of people. They’re a no-brainer if you own an iPhone, what if you prefer Android phones?

In that situation, it usually makes most sense to get a tablet that’s also running Android. The software experience isn’t quite as good as iPadOS, but there are plenty of tablet apps these days and extensive customisation options.

There’s also loads of choice, with Samsung, Google, Xiaomi, OnePlus and Lenovo all represented below. Each has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, but there’s a device here to suit any prospective buyer.

If you’re not certain about an Android tablet, our overall best tablets round-up also iPads and Windows slates. Amazon’s Fire tablets could be found there, but they won’t be included here – they don’t run a full version of Android, and so have no access to Google services.

Best Android tablets 2023


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1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus – Best Android tablet


Fastest Android tablet

Great screen and sound

Versatile interface and controls

Thin and waterproof


Apps and performance behind iPad Pro


Price When Reviewed:

From £999 | Model tested £1,249

Those looking for a high-end Android tablet won’t be disappointed with the Galaxy Tab S9 Plus, the middle child of the 2023 range. At 12.4in, it’s certainly not small, but significantly more manageable than the 14.6in Tab S9 Ultra.

But it’s still wafer thin at just 5.7mm and features full IP68 dust and waterproofing – a rare find in the tablet world.  

There are plenty of premium specs elsewhere, including an overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and no less than 12GB of RAM. Furthermore, there’s a high-quality OLED screen with dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. It means the Tab S9 Plus is more high-end than some laptops.

Samsung also includes the S Pen stylus and there’s decent sound by AKG, long software support and lots more to like. Price is the only real thing that counts against it.

Read our full

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus review

2. Xiaomi Redmi Pad SE – Best budget Android tablet


Lightweight, attractive design

Great audio

90Hz display

Excellent battery life


Slow charging

Only two OS updates

Annoying extra apps

Price When Reviewed:


The Redmi Pad SE offers value for money that can’t be matched by any tablet – Android or otherwise. It costs just £199 at full price in the UK, yet delivers all the fundamentals of a great tablet.

That includes an attractive design, despite thick bezels around the display. It’s an 11in FHD+ LCD panel here, but the 90Hz refresh rate makes it feel much more premium. Alongside impressive quad speakers, it’s a great tablet for content consumption.

With two-day battery life for most people, this an excellent tablet for the price. But you will have to put up with slow charging, while the combination of bloatware and limited software support are frustrating.

Read our full

Xiaomi Redmi Pad SE review

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra – Best Android tablet for productivity


Stunning 120Hz display

Great performance

Impressive included S Pen

IP68 rating


Very expensive

Not many optimised apps

No 5G in the US

Price When Reviewed:

From £1,199 | Model reviewed £1,699

The Tab S9 Ultra represents the absolute pinnacle of Android tablets. It’s too big (14.6in display) and expensive (from £1,199/$1,199) for most people to consider, and even with the keyboard cover it probably won’t replace your laptop.

But if money and size are no objects, it’s a stunning device. The 1848×2960 OLED screen is a joy to use, especially with a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. Performance from an overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip is almost as good as it gets, and an IP68 rating ensures adequate protection from water and dust.

The included S Pen is also very good, though it doesn’t dock into the tablet like on the Galaxy S23 Ultra. But that’s hardly surprising, given it’s just 234g and 8.9mm thick.

Aside from price, the lack of Android apps designed for such a big screen remains its biggest limitations. And there’s no 5G support in the US, though it is available in the UK.

Read our full

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra review

4. OnePlus Pad – Best Android tablet speakers


Stunning 144Hz display 

Superb speakers 

Impressive performance 

Solid battery life


Hit-and-miss software

Only one storage option

No cellular option 

80W charger sold separately in UK

Price When Reviewed:


Best Prices Today:

£449 at OnePlus

It’s taken OnePlus a long time to launch a tablet but the firm’s first effort is a solid one and particularly impressive in some areas.

The display is one of the best features with a market-leading 144Hz refresh rate and the speakers are incredible. Combining these with long battery life means the OnePlus Pad is an excellent choice for all kinds of entertainment in a premium and affordable package.

It’s not perfect though, with only one storage option, no fingerprint scanner and the need to spend extra if you want the official fast charger.

Read our full

OnePlus Pad review

5. Lenovo Tab P12 Pro – Premium all-round Android tablet


Great 12.6in display

Impressive included stylus

Good speakers

Pleasant software experience


Sub-par battery life

Average performance

Relatively expensive

Price When Reviewed:

From £749.99

Best Prices Today:

£699.99 at Amazon

Samsung has long been the go-to company for premium Android tablets, but the Tab P12 Pro is a worthy alternative.

The 12.6in display is its main selling point, as an attractive OLED with 120Hz refresh rate. The included stylus is one of the best around, and charges while magnetically attached to the side of the tablet. With good speakers and some nice Lenovo-specific tweaks to Android, it’s a great choice for media consumption.

However, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 delivers only middling performance, while battery life could be better for the price. The Tab P12 Pro is certainly a good tablet, but it’s not quite best in class.

Read our full

Lenovo Tab P12 Pro review

6. Oppo Pad Air – Solid budget Android tablet


Classy design

Decent stereo speakers

Strong battery life


No fingerprint sensor

Middling performance

ColorOS not the best UI

Price When Reviewed:


Best Prices Today:

£239 at Oppo£239.00 at Amazon

Excellent budget tablets are hard to come by, but Oppo has done a great job of offering something well worth consideration with its first Western tablet. 

The Pad Air has a stylish and svelte all-metal design with quad speakers and its IPS display is better than the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8. It also has strong battery life making it a reliable device for various tasks. 

Where it falls behind its main rival (shown below) is in the performance department where it’s mediocre and the Pad Air could also do with features like a fingerprint scanner to make it more attractive. 

Read our full

Oppo Pad Air review

7. Google Pixel Tablet – Most versatile Android tablet


Sleek & stylish design 

Solid performance

Good battery life

Hybrid use 


Dock has mediocre audio 

Can’t buy tablet alone 

Missing Nest Hub features 

Slow charging

Price When Reviewed:

£599 (128GB) | £699 (256GB)

Google’s latest Android tablet is a bit of an odd one in various ways meaning it might be perfect for you, or not really make much sense. 

The tablet itself is very good, albeit not outstanding in any particular way but you can’t buy it on its own. The device comes with the Charging Speaker Dock turning the slate into a smart display very similar to the Nest Hub Max. 

However, it runs full Android and magnets mean you can take it on and off the stand easily, plus it’s the first-ever tablet with Chromecast. The smart home software isn’t as good as the Nest Hubs and additional docking stations are expensive but it’s an attractive hybrid option if that’s what you’re looking for.

Read our full Google Pixel Tablet review

8. Lenovo Tab P12


Large, impressive display

Impressive speakers

Pleasant software experience

Good included stylus


Screen could be brighters

Average performance

Battery life could be better

Price When Reviewed:

From £399

The regular Tab P12 is much more affordable than its Pro sibling above, but still offers the same core experience.

It means you’re getting a very good 12.7in LCD display for the price, especially when combined with impressive quad stereo speakers. Android still isn’t ideal for productivity, but Lenovo’s tweaks make it great for content consumption.

You can take notes using the included stylus, though the lack of brightness means it’s not a good option for outdoor use. Performance and battery life could also be improved, so there are other options worth considering around this price.

Read our full

Lenovo Tab P12 review

9. Nokia T21 – Best compact Android tablet


Attractive design

Impressive battery life

Clean, slick software


Mediocre performance

Display lacks brightness

No included charger

Price When Reviewed:

£199 (64GB + WiFi) | £239 (64GB + LTE) | £259 (128GB + LTE)

Best Prices Today:

£199 at Nokia

On the whole, Android tablets are relatively large. And while the 10.3in Nokia T21 isn’t quite iPad Mini level, it is one of the more compact devices around.

That display is a 2K IPS LCD panel, meaning it offers plenty of detail, albeit without enough brightness for comfortable outdoor viewing. But battery life is very good, and the software is refreshingly close to ‘stock’ Android.

With a sleek design that makes the Nokia T21 look like a more premium device, there’s a lot to like here. It’s just a shame about the lack of performance from the Unisoc T612 chipset and lack of charger in the box.

It’s a solid choice at this price, but not quite at the level of the Oppo Pad Air.

Read our full

Nokia T21 review

10. Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2021) – Still a solid Android tablet


Nice design

Good battery life

Impressive audio


Underwhelming display

Limited internal storage

Slow charger in-box

Price When Reviewed:

From £219

The Galaxy Tab A8 is well over a year old, but it’s still worth considering.

An attractive design and impressive audio are among its key strengths. The display and the limited internal storage are its biggest shortcomings, holding it back from being an instant affordable media player recommendation, but it still offers respectable battery life and offers an otherwise balanced all-round experience, especially for the price.

It can also be easily found at lower prices than its already low RRP.

Read our full

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 review

Your buying guide to the best Android tablets in 2023

Android tablets are much like iPads. The main difference is the operating system (or OS) on which they run: Google’s Android platform. Android, as you’re likely to find it on most devices, comes with an app store all its own, called the Play Store.

Chances are all the popular apps you’d find on an iPad running iOS will also be available to Android users too, however, there are the odd exceptions or those times where an Android version of an app takes a little longer to appear than it does on iPadOS.



What size tablet should I buy?

The first thing to consider (apart from budget) is screen size. This ranges from around 7in to 13in, although for most people, an 8in or 9in tablet represents the best compromise between usability and portability.

With bigger screens comes more weight. Aim for a maximum of around 450g, as anything heavier can be uncomfortable to hold for long periods, such as when watching a film. That said, if you intend for your new slate to spend most of its life propped up on your lap or on a desk, weight isn’t likely to be so much of an issue.


How much storage do I need?

Ideally, you should aim for 32GB of internal storage as a minimum, but more is better for downloading media.

Many, but not all, Android tablets feature a microSD card slot, so you can add more storage when you need it. If you’re going for a tablet with no slot, make sure you buy the biggest capacity you can afford, as videos and some apps can use up an awful lot of storage in a single hit.

And don’t forget that the big number on the box – 32GB, say – is the total amount. The usable amount, i.e. the amount which is empty and available for you to use after the Android OS itself is installed, can be quite a lot less than that headline figure.


What about the screen?

Few tablets these days have poor-quality screens, but some do. Look for an IPS LCD or (better yet) OLED/AMOLED screen and avoid anything with a ‘TN’ screen as these have poor viewing angles.

In terms of resolution, higher is better, but the more important number relates to pixel density. Aim for 300 pixels per inch (often abbreviated to ‘ppi’) or higher, as this will ensure a sharp-looking image that’s not jagged or blocky.


What features do I need?

Most Android tablets feature WiFi and Bluetooth as their primary means of connectivity, and some have NFC as well. NFC may come in handy for pairing to other compatible devices quickly, but it’s by no means essential.

What’s more useful is a video output so you can connect your tablet to your TV (usually via HDMI). However, you can use most Android tablets with Google’s Chromecast for watching catch-up TV, YouTube and other internet video services that are supported.

Some tablets have GPS – which makes them useful for navigation – but not all do. Another thing to watch for is a SIM slot. This is useful if you want to get online when you’re traveling or out of Wi-Fi range.

However, you’ll usually pay more for a cellular (3G/4G/5G) tablet, and you will need a dedicated SIM card with a data-only plan to enable in. In truth, it’s better to tether your tablet to your smartphone, if your mobile plan/carrier allows this.


What about performance, battery life and cameras?

If you want to know if a particular model is great for gaming or too slow for web browsing, then read our reviews, which include benchmark results for a more empirical comparison; you can’t rely on specifications such as processor speed or number of cores it possesses to guarantee good performance.

We also test battery life, to give you an accurate idea of how long each tablet should likely last between charges. The best tablets last around ten hours or more, while the worst only manage four to five hours on a charge.

The same applies to cameras, and as with performance, you shouldn’t judge by the number of megapixels. Instead, check out our test photos in each review to see whether you’re happy with the quality on offer. Few Android tablets have great cameras, and quite a few have awful ones, so if photos, videos and video calls are important, don’t buy before you’ve read our reviews.

Once you’ve got your Android tablet, you might do yourself a favour by investing in one of our best tablet stands, to make usage more comfortable, reduce neck strain, and improve your posture.


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