Looking for an iPad alternative? We round up the best Android tablets of 2022 (2022)

When it comes to tablets, the iPad is the undisputed king. Apple’s industry-dominating device is synonymous with the very idea of a touchscreen computer you can carry with you wherever you go. However the best Android tablets actually offer more variety and choice than the iPad range.

Whereas Apple tightly controls both the hardware and software of its tablets, any third-party manufacturer is free to step in and make its own Android version to suit the market’s needs. Anything goes in this wild west of tablet design: there are budget tablets costing less than £50, tablets designed for cinema-style entertainment, and giant slates for graphic design and illustration.

One area in which Android tablets regularly thump the iPad is on cost. If you only want a tablet for very occasional use, or to keep a kid occupied with Hey Duggee while you enjoy a glass of wine, your choice of cheap and child-proof tablets is huge.

The field has narrowed in recent years, with just a handful of manufacturers still producing decent Android tablets. The best are undoubtedly from Samsung, whether you go for the iPad-rivalling Galaxy tab S8 or the more budget-friendly Galaxy tab A8.

Lenovo is another big name in Android tablets, producing entertainment and business-focused devices. Lastly, Huawei’s matepad range lacks important Google services, but makes up for it with very low prices.

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How we tested:

Over the course of the last 18 months, we put these tablets to the test. We used them for entertainment while travelling, browsing social media, watching videos and reading around the home and while commuting.

We took into consideration each tablet’s usefulness when paired with a keyboard and stylus – if available – as well as any common apps that were missing or tricky to install. For gaming comparisons we used Asphalt 9, as well as Steam Link with a paired wireless Xbox controller for cloud gaming.

The best Android tablets in 2022 are:

  • Best overall – Samsung Galaxy tab S8+: £999, Samsung.com
  • Best for streaming – Samsung Galaxy tab A8: £164.19, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best for kids – Amazon fire HD 10: £104.99, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best for reading – Samsung Galaxy tab S8: £649, Samsung.com
  • Best for watching movies – Lenovo yoga tab 11: £299, Very.co.uk
  • Best large Android tablet – Samsung Galaxy tab S8 ultra: £999, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best for business – Lenovo tab P12 pro: £799.99, Very.co.uk
  • Best iPad pro alternative – Huawei matepad pro: £399.99, Very.co.uk
  • Best for gaming –Samsung Galaxy tab S7+: £649, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best cheap Android tablet – Amazon fire 7: £29.99, Amazon.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy tab S8+

Best: Overall

Samsung’s headliner tablet is the best Android tablet you can buy today. The Samsung Galaxy tab S8+ has an industry-leading 12.4in super AMOLED display with a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate, a blisteringly fast processor, a generous 8GB wodge of RAM, 5G connectivity, and comes with the S-Pen stylus included as standard.

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The differences between the S8+ and the S8 (£649, Samsung.com) boil down to the size and quality of the screen. The latter has a smaller and less vibrant LTPS TFT display and is slightly thicker overall to accommodate it. It also lacks the in-display fingerprint scanner found in the S8+, though the smaller device does feature a power button fingerprint scanner.

The Galaxy tab S8 ultra (£999, Amazon.co.uk), featured below, is the supersized model, has dual 12MP cameras rather than the single one found in the smaller tablets, and can be customised with additional storage and as much as twice the RAM.

Samsung Galaxy tab A8

Best: For streaming

Whereas the Galaxy tab S range is all about cramming as many features and much performance into a tablet as possible, the Galaxy tab A series is Samsung’s range of more affordable tablets. If you don’t want a tablet that could power your entire working life, and just want a portable screen to watch Ozark in the bath, we can’t recommend them highly enough.

The A8 is the latest in this series of affordable Android tablets, but it has quality where it counts. Samsung has saved money by cutting down on storage and RAM (which you don’t need much of for streaming and everyday use) but focused on top build quality, a long battery life, high security specifications and impressively meaty stereo speakers.

Amazon fire HD 10

Best: For kids

Whereas Samsung and Huawei set out to produce fast and powerful Android tablets capable of replacing your laptop entirely, Amazon is out here competing on price. The brand’s best tablet is one of the cheapest and best value on the market. The fire HD 10 costs less than £150 and has a bright Full HD display that’s ideal for streaming entertainment in bed, on the sofa, or while on the move.

Keep in mind that this isn’t truly an Android tablet. Android is owned by Google – one of Amazon’s biggest competitors – and so Amazon tablets run on an adapted version of Android called Fire OS. This means you don’t get your usual Google apps such as maps, email, the Play store and YouTube. However, most of these services can still be accessed through the tablet’s web browser.

The big idea – and the reason Amazon sells such alluringly cheap tablets – is that you stick to streaming its Prime shows, music and movies, reading Kindle books, listening to Audible, buying groceries and products from Amazon, and using the fire HD 10 to control Alexa smart home devices around your home.

If you’re happy with that deal, then the fire HD 10 is a brilliant streaming device, portable entertainment centre and second screen for the connected home.

Samsung Galaxy tab S8

Best: For reading

The smallest of Samsung’s newest range of tablets, the 11in Galaxy tab S8 is mostly the same on the inside, where it counts. Because it has an identical CPU and just as much RAM as the default configurations of other S8 tablets, it can match its larger siblings in terms of pure performance.

You also get the same excellent Samsung cameras and enterprise-level security features found in the S8+ (£999, Samsung.com), as well as the newly upgraded and lower latency S-Pen included in the box.

What you’re missing out on is the luscious AMOLED screen found in the S8+ and S8 ultra (£999, Amazon.co.uk) tablets. That screen technology produces notably richer colours and deeper contrast, and so if you’re planning on using this Android tablet purely for consuming media on the move, we’d recommend at least considering the step up to the S8+ if you can.

Lenovo yoga tab 11

Best: For watching movies

Standing apart from the crowd of identikit grey slates is the asymmetrical Lenovo yoga tab 11, which sports a design that’s bulkier along one edge like the spine of a book and has a built-in kickstand. Coupled with the tablet’s sharp OLED display, this versatility makes it the ideal device for consuming media on the go or – as we liked to use it during testing –propped up while you cook.

Lenovo leans into the entertainment angle with a set of four Dolby Atmos tuned JBL speakers tactically placed around the thin chassis, giving the yoga tab 11 some of the best sounding audio we’ve heard on any tablet. That same audio fidelity also enhances the device’s capabilities as a crystal clear video calling device.

Newer, faster models are available – the latest in the range is the Lenovo yoga tab 13 (£699.99, Lenovo.com) – but we’re highlighting the 11 here as it’s a great tablet that can often be found super cheap online.

Samsung Galaxy tab S8 ultra

Best: Large Android tablet

The Samsung Galaxy tab S8 ultra’s standout feature is its enormous and luscious 14.6in screen. It is the best display of any tablet we’ve tested, a 2960px x 1848px super AMOLED panel with bright, bold colours and rich contrast between areas of darkness and light. The 120Hz refresh rate delivers a smooth scrolling experience when browsing, and the 16:10 aspect ratio (nearer to widescreen than the more squat iPad pro) is ideal for watching movies and TV.

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Samsung’s AMOLED displays are always among the best you’ll find on any device. The tablet can also function as a second screen for a desktop computer or laptop, enabling seamless side-by-side multitasking with a traditional mouse and keyboard setup. Coupled with seriously powerful components, that makes the Galaxy tab S8 ultra the perfect Android tablet for professional designers who want to carry around acres of screen real estate.

Read the full Samsung Galaxy tab S8 ultra review

Lenovo tab P12 pro

Best: For business

Lenovo’s thinnest Android tablet is notable for its spectacular and bright OLED display, which has a sharp 2K resolution that’s ideal for entertainment and light gaming. The rounded, all-metal chassis offers a level of premium build quality you’d expect from a more expensive tablet. And the Snapdragon 870 mobile processor is powerful enough to handle mid-to-high-end tasks such as photo editing and juggling dozens of open browser windows simultaneously.

When coupled with the keyboard case and pen – sold separately – the Lenovo yoga tab P12 pro becomes a conveniently sized productivity tablet capable of replacing your laptop. We recommend it for hybrid workers or anyone who fancies watching old episodes of trashy TV on the commute home.

Huawei matepad pro

Best: iPad pro alternative

This is Huawei’s answer to Apple’s celebrated iPad pro, a premium Android tablet with a gorgeous screen and an optional folio keyboard case and stylus. The matepad pro is aimed at power-users who need their tablet for intense productivity and immersive media playback on the go, though like other Huawei mobile devices it’s partly held back by a lack of Google services.

This means you can’t easily access the Google Play store to install the apps you’re likely most familiar with, though it’s still possible to access most functionality via web-based apps. Gmail, for example, can be run entirely within the browser. That, coupled with the fact that the matepad pro is less than half the price of an equivalent Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPad, make it an enticing prospect for users looking for a powerful and portable device.

Read our full review of the Huawei matepad pro

Samsung Galaxy tab S7+

Best: For gaming

The previous generation of Samsung Galaxy tablet is indistinguishable from this year’s models at a glance. The Galaxy tab S7+ has the same super-premium build quality, sleek metal chassis, lightweight design and thin bezels. It’s also regularly discounted now that the S8 range has dropped, making it incredibly good value for an Android tablet of this calibre.

The screen is that same best-in-class, 120Hz AMOLED display found on this year’s tablets. And smart features, such as DeX, which transforms the user interface from a touchscreen into something resembling a Windows desktop, let you stay productive whether you’re on a plane or casting to a hotel room TV.

Read the full Samsung Galaxy tab S7+ review

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Amazon fire 7

Best: Cheap Android tablet

The cheapest tablet Amazon makes is also its most popular, and with good reason. This affordable little device costs less than £50 and can easily handle everyday tasks such as browsing the internet, checking out recipes, reading books and watching TV shows and movies. The vanishing low price also makes the Amazon fire 7 popular with cafés and small restaurants for taking orders and processing payments.

There’s a kids’ version (£59.99, Amazon.co.uk) which is effectively the same tablet in a chunky, toddler-proof case, bundled with a subscription to Amazon Kids+, a collection of apps, games and videos for young ‘uns. Although this is an Android tablet it doesn’t run Google apps by default, so it takes some simple tinkering with settings if you plan on sideloading the YouTube or YouTube Kids apps.

The verdict: Android tablets

Android’s biggest strength is its versatility, which means there’s no one-size-fits-all best Android tablet out there.

If you want a tablet that can perform as a media streaming device on the sofa as well as a powerful productivity tool at your desk, the Samsung Galaxy tab S8+ (or even last year’s Samsung Galaxy tab S7+) is the best all-round Android tablet you can buy. Both have a luscious 120Hz AMOLED screen that’s likely to provide a better quality image than your living room TV.

If you want a tablet you can hand to a three year old, then the Amazon fire 7 is the way to go. The optional kids version (£59.99, Amazon.co.uk) comes with a bumper case and a promise that if they break it, Amazon will replace it. So even if they chuck their tablet out of the window of your fifth floor flat (which, to be clear, we do not recommend or condone that they do), you’re still golden.

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FAQs

What tablet is most like an iPad? ›

The best iPad alternatives in 2022
  1. Samsung Galaxy S8 Tab Ultra. The best iPad alternative overall. ...
  2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ The best iPad alternative for value. ...
  3. Microsoft Surface Pro 8. ...
  4. Amazon Fire 7 (2022) ...
  5. Microsoft Surface Go 2. ...
  6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. ...
  7. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5-inch (2018) ...
  8. Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)
Jun 7, 2022

What is the Android equivalent to an iPad? ›

New for 2022, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is the best iPad alternative you can get right now. Its 14.6-inch Super AMOLED screen is not just very generous but it also boasts high-end picture quality.

Which one is better between Android tablet vs iPad? ›

Compared to competing tablets, the iPad is more stable, easier to use, and works more smoothly. In terms of overall user experience for a non-technical user, Apple's iOS has a distinct advantage over Google's Android OS. It's a robust, user-friendly operating system with a simple UI.

Which is better a tablet or an iPad? ›

iPads tend to be more stable and easier to use than other tablets. The iPad is still in the lead when it comes to the number of available and useful apps. Android currently has fewer apps which are optimized for tablets. However, this is increasing all the time.

Which tablet is best in low price? ›

Best Budget Tablets
  • Realme Pad.
  • Realme Pad Mini LTE.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite.
  • Lenovo Tab M10.
  • TCL Tab 10.
  • Lenovo Tab M8 FHD 64GB.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019.
  • Nokia T20.

What is Google's version of an iPad? ›

Google tablet

While Google has a small line of its own Google Pixel 2-in-1 tablets, many also refer to tablets with Android's operating system as “Google tablets,” since the platform has been traditionally backed by Google, which is also why Android users download apps from the Google Play store.

What is Samsung's version of iPad? ›

Samsung in February unveiled the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, a high-end tablet that's meant to outshine the iPad Pro with its 14.6-inch OLED display.

Is there a Samsung version of the iPad? ›

Samsung's Galaxy Tab is an Android-based tablet computer that competes with the iPad and gives Apple's pioneering device a serious run for its money.

What can an iPad do that a tablet can t? ›

While the iPad OS is generally more intuitive, Android tablets are built around customization. Multitasking. Although iPad models that support iPadOS can run multiple apps at the same time, multitasking isn't possible on older models. iPads are generally more expensive than comparable Android tablets.

Is Samsung or Apple better? ›

Another major advantage that iPhones have over Samsung phones is the longevity of the devices. Although Samsung now offers four years of major Android updates for its flagships and mid-range phones, iPhones can easily last for five to six years. However, there's one important caveat to this.

How long does an Android tablet last? ›

Tablets have a shorter lifespan compared to laptops. They can perform well for up to two years, after which if the software is not updated, it may require constant repair. This is a problem with most Android tablets. It either begins to hang more often, works really slow, or the display shows signs of malfunctions.

Which is the No 1 tablet in the world? ›

The premium Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021) is the best tablet in the world if money is no object.

Which Samsung tablet is best buy? ›

The best Samsung tablets you can buy today
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8-inch)
  • Samsung Galaxy Book (12-Inch)
Aug 24, 2022

What is the largest Android tablet Screen Size? ›

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is first on our list because it has the biggest display out of all the tablets we rounded up. With a 14.6-inch AMOLED display, you're sure to have enough room for work and play on the Tab S8 Ultra.

What tablets should I buy? ›

The best tablets you can buy today
  • Apple iPad Air (2022) The best tablet for everyone. ...
  • Apple iPad 2021. A dependable Apple tablet. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. The best premium Android tablet. ...
  • Amazon Fire 7. ...
  • Microsoft Surface Go 2. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7. ...
  • iPad mini 6 2021.
Sep 2, 2022

What can you do on a laptop that you can't do on a tablet? ›

As a result, laptops have more power than tablets and can easily run multiple programs simultaneously. This makes laptops particularly efficient and conducive to multitasking. Because laptops use traditional hard drives, they have greater storage capacity relative to tablets.

Can you print from a tablet? ›

Android tablets often support mobile printing with no need for third-party apps. Android can detect Wi-Fi-enabled printers, so you can send documents to any printer that is on the same Wi-Fi network as your device.

Why Samsung tablets are costly? ›

The 8-inch Android tablet was designed to compete with Apple 's iPad Mini . But at $399.99, the Galaxy Note 8.0 costs $70 more. Why? Samsung's argument is that hardware extras like the stylus and infrared blaster make it more expensive to make.

What is the price of Samsung tablet? ›

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What is difference between mobile and tab? ›

Tablets have much larger screens than smartphones. Smartphones are more portable than tablets. Smartphones have call and SMS functionalities while many tablets do not. Some applications may only run in tablets and not smartphones.

Is Google making a new tablet? ›

A new Google-made tablet is definitely on the way, to be known as the Pixel Tablet. The company announced this at Google I/O on May 11, 2022.

Is Google working on a new tablet? ›

Google is getting back in the tablet game. The company's internal hardware division plans to release an Android-powered tablet in 2023, senior vice president of devices and services Rick Osterloh announced on Wednesday at its I/O developer conference.

Is Google coming out with a Pixel tablet? ›

The Pixel Pro Tablet from Google is set to get a much better rear camera, and the upcoming Tensor G2 processor. Back in May, Google had announced at the Google I/O developer's conference that they will be returning to making tablets and that they will be launching a new Pixel Tablet, sometime in 2023.

What is the difference between iPad and iPad air? ›

Other than size, the iPad has Apple's Retina display, while the iPad Air has a Liquid Retina display. That's to say the iPad Air essentially has slightly richer colors. Otherwise, both iPads basically have the same sharpness relative to their display size.

Is an iPad as good as a laptop? ›

Higher capacity, quicker functioning, and better multitasking. Using a laptop makes more demanding tasks such as HD graphics and even multi-app usage easy. iPads, on the other hand perform better with more basic tasks. You can use them for tasks such as web browsing, social media, or even music or movie streaming.

What is the latest iPad model? ›

iPad Pro 12.9″ 5th Gen (2021) and 11″ 3rd Gen (2021) The iPad Pro 5th Gen is the newest and most advanced iPad. It's also the best iPad available and has a price tag that matches its Pro status.

What is the best tablet for taking handwritten notes? ›

The best tablets with a stylus pen available now
  1. Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (M1, 2021) The best tablet with a stylus overall. ...
  2. iPad Air (5th Gen, 2022) ...
  3. Huion Kamvas 24 Pro. ...
  4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. ...
  5. Microsoft Surface Pro 8. ...
  6. Wacom Cintiq 22. ...
  7. Huawei Matepad 11. ...
  8. Galaxy Tab S7 Tab S7+
Aug 3, 2022

Is Samsung or Apple better? ›

Another major advantage that iPhones have over Samsung phones is the longevity of the devices. Although Samsung now offers four years of major Android updates for its flagships and mid-range phones, iPhones can easily last for five to six years. However, there's one important caveat to this.

What's the difference between an iPad and a notebook? ›

IPads run Apple's iOS, a mobile operating system designed for smartphones and tablets. Standard laptop operating systems, such as Windows or OS X, are much more flexible and customizable: they can run more programs at once, handle more complex applications and give the user greater access to the file storage system.

What tablets should I buy? ›

The best tablets you can buy today
  • Apple iPad Air (2022) The best tablet for everyone. ...
  • Apple iPad 2021. A dependable Apple tablet. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. The best premium Android tablet. ...
  • Amazon Fire 7. ...
  • Microsoft Surface Go 2. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7. ...
  • iPad mini 6 2021.
Sep 2, 2022

Is it better to take notes on paper or tablet? ›

Summary: Writing by hand increases brain activity in recall tasks over taking notes on a tablet or smartphone. Additionally, those who write by hand on paper are 25% quicker at note-taking tasks than those who use digital technology.

Can you write notes on Samsung tablet? ›

Take note of everything with Samsung Notes. Write, draw, and highlight in a variety of styles and colors with the S Pen. Add photos and voice memos, and save your notes with searchable tags. And whenever inspiration strikes, simply pop out the S Pen to quickly jot down notes on your locked screen.

Do Samsung tablets have palm rejection? ›

I've noticed that Samsung implements palm rejection in a quite different way than I'm used to with the iPad. It seems that when the s-pen is close enough to the screen (when the pen dot shows up on the screen), all finger/palm touch inputs are ignored and not registered.

What does Samsung have that Apple doesn t? ›

Samsung's new Galaxy S20 smartphones, which launch on March 6, have plenty of features and capabilities that Apple's iPhones lack. They support 5G connectivity, for example, and have an in-screen fingerprint sensor and higher-resolution cameras among other extras.

How do I choose between Android and Apple? ›

iPhone vs Android: Why iPhone is better
  1. You're invested in Apple's ecosystem. ...
  2. The third-party apps are just better. ...
  3. There's a bigger selection of accessories. ...
  4. There are enhanced privacy controls with app tracking notifications. ...
  5. There's no bloatware. ...
  6. You get quicker software updates. ...
  7. It has better retail support.
Aug 3, 2022

Who is better Apple or Android? ›

Apple and Google both have fantastic app stores. But Android is far superior at organizing apps, letting you put important stuff on the home screens and hide less useful apps in the app drawer. Also, Android's widgets are much more useful than Apple's.

What can you do on a laptop that you can't do on a tablet? ›

As a result, laptops have more power than tablets and can easily run multiple programs simultaneously. This makes laptops particularly efficient and conducive to multitasking. Because laptops use traditional hard drives, they have greater storage capacity relative to tablets.

What can a laptop do that an iPad Cannot? ›

Higher capacity, quicker functioning, and better multitasking. Using a laptop makes more demanding tasks such as HD graphics and even multi-app usage easy. iPads, on the other hand perform better with more basic tasks. You can use them for tasks such as web browsing, social media, or even music or movie streaming.

What is the point of an iPad? ›

What does the iPad do best? The iPad is designed for consuming various types of media -- reading books, browsing the Web and watching videos, in particular. It's also marketed as a portable gaming device, and there are hundreds of games for sale in the iPad App Store.

What is a good GB for a tablet? ›

Storage and Expandability

Unless you don't use your tablet much, you may find 8 or 16 GB to be a little too constraining for your needs, so you'll probably want to pay a little more and get at least 32GB of storage space — or look for one with an onboard SD card slot.

Which is the No 1 tablet in the world? ›

The premium Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021) is the best tablet in the world if money is no object.

How long should a tablet last? ›

“A good tablet should last you around five years,” says Sascha Segan, a tablet analyst at PCMag. Apple tends to support its iPads with software upgrades for six years, while Android tablets will receive security updates for a minimum of four years.

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Microsoft Office remains the most popular productivity suite for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more - whether as a download software package, or as the cloud-based Microsoft 365 suite - through powerful apps such as Word , Excel , PowerPoint , Publisher , Access , Outlook , and more.. This is why when choosing an alternative to Microsoft Office, you need to be certain of any shortfalls that might limit your use of the software, especially if you need to share or collaborative on documents with other users who have one or more different office suites.. That said, the best in the Microsoft Office alternatives are generally strong programs with full functionality, and little problem sharing files with other platforms, though few come close to the full functionality of Microsoft 365 with its cloud service bundle that includes OneDrive and Microsoft Teams.. (Image credit: FreeOffice)Free Microsoft Office alternative that looks very similar to MS Office. (Image credit: WPS Office)Excellent free Microsoft Office alternative with advanced features for subscribers. Google's free office suite doesn't offer the advanced tools you'll find in Microsoft 365 or many rivals, but everything is laid out in a clear, logical way and all your files will be saved and synced automatically so you don't have to worry about transfers and backups.. To test the best Microsoft Office alternatives, we first looked at the pricing plans: is the office suite free, freemium, or paid?. Importantly, we looked at whether the Microsoft Office alternatives could open Microsoft file formats, like DOX and DOCX, and if there was an option to edit these files.

Samsung's new Tab S8 series leads the pack when it comes to the best Android tablets.

Like the phone, this tablet variant brings bright colors, a gorgeous screen, and impressive battery life at a lower price point than the other S7 tablets.. The best Android tablet for most people tends to come from Samsung or Amazon, but don't sleep on Lenovo, which makes a series of stock Android tablets for premium and budget shoppers.. If you're looking to buy a tablet for the first time and don't have any stringent needs, the Galaxy Tab A series is an excellent option for a fraction of the Tab S7+'s cost.. Amazon expanded its Kids edition Fire Tablets in 2021, adding a Pro tier for older children ages 6 to 12 and keeping its standard Kids Edition Tablet options with content and features appropriate for children ages 3 to 7.. Like the larger Pro devices, this tablet comes with a year of Amazon Kids+ service, so you don't have to worry about what they're watching or how rough they are on their tablet.. Google's Pixel tablet is coming in 2023, which is expected to provide a "stock" Android experience that the tablet market hasn't seen in years, so that might be something to consider as well.

Choosing the best stylus for Android devices can transform your tech into an essential creative tool.

There are cheaper options on this list, and some that offer more advanced functionality when used with specific tablets or phones, the Adonit Dash 4 will work with just about anything, and we reckon it'll be the best choice for most users.. The palm rejection feature only works with certain iPads, so Android users will have to make do without it, for a simple, well-made stylus for writing and sketching, it impresses.. (Image credit: Samsung)The best stylus for Samsung devices. Specifications Compatibility: Android (specific Samsung devices). Reasons to avoid -Very specific compatibility. One brand that does offer some options in this area though is Samsung, with its latest S Pen Pro offering 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, putting it on a level with the likes of the Apple Pencil.. Reasons to buy +Replaceable precision discs. Specifications Compatibility: Android (specific Samsung devices). Reasons to buy ++Pressure sensitivity and palm rejection. It uses passive EMR technology, which means it doesn't need a battery.. The Staedtler 180 22-1 Noris Digital is quite a specific stylus compatibility-wise, and won't work with all devices – they need to have EMR technology in order for it to work, so double-check before buying.. The firm has provided a useful compatibility list (opens in new tab), so checking to see if your tablet appears there is a good way to start.. You'll want a stylus pen that feels comfortable to hold and work with, offers precisions and has a decent level of friction when used against the glass screen of your Android device.. Samsung offers plenty of tablets with digitiser screens, as does Lenovo, but you should check with your manufacturer about your specific model before buying an active stylus, as you don't want to pay for something you won't be able to use.

Find the ideal portable device for study in the best tablets for students.

Some students will require the kind of high-end specs offered by the iPad Pro 12.9 or the Surface Pro 8, especially those studying for creative disciplines, but we've also included cheaper options for those on a budget or who simply don't need that level of performance.. Reasons to buy +++Premium specs for a good price. If you prefer an Android tablet and need plenty of power, the new Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra delivers that, and for a very reasonable price given its specs.. Microsoft Surface Go 3, one of the best tablets for students (Image credit: Future)The best budget Windows tablet for students. Reasons to avoid We've already recommended the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra above as the best tablet for students looking for a premium Android device with a reasonable price tag.. But if you don't need those specs (or you don't want such a large tablet), you could save money by going for an older, more budget Galaxy Tab.. (Image credit: Apple)Another great Apple tablet for students. You might find that storage isn't enough to store everything you need for your studies and that you need a cloud storage option.. Another good budget student tablet

The best Apple Pencil rivals for writing, painting and drawing

There's also the matter of compatibility with Apple Pencils only work with certain iPads (opens in new tab) (and not iPhones), and the second generation model only working with iPad Pros including the latest iPad Pro 12.9 model, along with the new iPad mini .. The Sketch is a fine-tipped, pressure sensitive stylus that works on iPad and iPhone via Bluetooth.. (Image credit: Adonit) Reasons to buy ++Extensive pressure sensitivity. Reasons to avoid -Shortcut buttons only work with certain apps. Reasons to avoid -Not as sensitive as the Sketch. Where the former was made for drawing and illustration, the Fineline is for handwriting – so while it’s pressure sensitive it only has 1024 pressure levels compared to twice that for the Sketch.

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