Best Tablets 2017 – Small, Android, Gaming and more

Everyone needs a great tablet whether it’s for watching YouTube videos, browsing the web or creating magical artwork. However, there are so many out there that it can be rather overwhelming and difficult to find the best one. So, this is our top ten best tablets that we have found. But before we get into it, let us talk a little bit about why we chose these. First, we have to consider that not all are made equal and that everyone’s tastes are unique. Some enjoy the portability of tablets, others want convenience and many just simply want a long lasting battery life.

In order to help you find your ideal tablet, we decided to do extensive research and bring you only the best tablets we could find for you. Oh and to help with deciding what’s the right tablet for you, we kept an eye out for certain factors like performance, screen resolution, size, camera and many more factors. We also know many of you might be looking for a cheap affordable tablet that’s simple, gets the work done and has a long enough battery to get you through the day. Also, we got all those who are artistic covered, so don’t worry because we’re sure the right one is below.

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TabletSamsun Galaxy Tab S2 8Google Pixel C Sony Xperia Z4 TabletNVIDIA SHIELD K1 Microsoft Surface Pro 4ASUS ZenPad 3S 10Amazon Fire Kids editionLenovo Yoga Tab 3 8Amazon Fire HD 8Apple iPad Pro 9.7
Operating systemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Android 5.1 LolipopAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopWindows 10 Pro Android 6.0 Marshmallow Fire OS 5Android 5.1 LollipopFire OS 5iOS 9
Screen Size8 inches10.2 inches10.1 inch 8 inches10.8 inches9.7 inches7 inches8 inches8 inches9.7 inch
Screen Resolution2048 x 1153 pixels 2560 x 1800 pixels3264 x 2448 pixels1920 x 1200 pixels 2736 x 1824 pixels 2048 x 1536 pixels1024 x 600 pixels1280 x 800 pixels1280 x 800 pixels2048 x 1536 pixels
Min Storage32 GB32 GB32 GB16 GB128 GB SSD64 GB8 GB16 GB SSD16 GB32 GB
CPU1.9GHz Octa CoreTegra® X1 Quad-CoreQualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core2.2 GHz Tegra K1 Quad-CoreIntel Core M/ i5/ i72.1 GHZ Dual-Core ARM CortexQuad-core 1.3 GHz1.3GHz Quad-Core1.3 GHz Quad-core2.26 GHz A9X
RAM3 GB3 GB3 GB2 GB4 GB SDRAM4 GB1 GB2 GB1.5 GB2 GB
Battery Life average8 hours8 hours17 hours10 hours9 hours 10 hours7 hours20 hours12 hours10 hours
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Best Tablets List

All of the above have performed and lived up to their expectations, and some even surpassed our expectations. Each has its own unique quality that stands out and excels. Among the thousands of tablets, there are on the market, these are the best ones and they were chosen because of their excellent price to performance ratio. So without further ado, let’s dig into our best choice for a small tablet.

Best Small Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

Best small tablet

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow | Dimensions: H:198.6 x W:134.8 x D:5.6mm | Screen size: 8 inch | Resolution: 2048 x 1536 (320 PPI) | CPU: 1.9GHz Octa Core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Removable Storage: Yes | Rear / Front Camera: 8MP / 2.1MP | Battery: 8 hour average | Weight: 272g| Price: $399

So to kick this list off we started with favorite of many by Samsung. The best small tablet you can buy on the market is the Galaxy Tab S2. This little monster comes at a hefty price but it packs a really big punch with its Octa-core processor coupled with the 3GB of ram. Thus allowing this to easily handle any multitasking with very minimal to no lag. It’s so good that the Tab S2 can easily compete with larger tablets.

Not to mention that this tablet also has a native resolution of 2048 x 1536. Coupled with its amazing screen quality, Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 can easily provide seamless video quality in 1080p with no issues. Furthermore, you can expect great things from the rear camera with its 8 MP and its great color quality.

Overall, this tablet can be an amazing buy if you’re looking for a small enough one that is used for reading on the go or large enough to hold with both hands. However, if this doesn’t fit the bill and you’re looking for a cheaper tablet, then I suggest checking out the iPad Mini 2. While it doesn’t perform as well as the Tab S2, the iPad Mini 2 is still a decent 7.9 inch tablet for its price.

Pros

  • Vibrant Display
  • Octa-core
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Thin, light design

Cons

  • Battery Life

Best Android Tablet: Google Pixel C

Best android tablet

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow | Dimensions: H:242 x W:179 x D:7mm | Screen size: 10.2 inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1800 (306 PPI) | CPU: Tegra® X1 Octa Core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64 GB | Removable Storage: No | Rear / Front Camera: 8MP / 2MP | Battery: 8 hours average | Weight: 517g | Price: $399 without Keyboard, With: $675

One of the best android tablets to hit the market is the Google Pixel C. The Google Pixel C features a fantastic 10.2-inch display with a native resolution of 2560 x 1800. It comes with a detachable minimalistic wireless keyboard which makes this tablet a great pick for those who want a laptop, but love the portability and ease of use of tablets.

Speaking about the keyboard, you don’t have to worry about charging it because it wirelessly charges while in use on your Pixel C. Furthermore, the keyboard is fitted with a very strong magnet which allows you to hold your tablet at a 45 degree angle with no worry of falling over.

Pros

  • Beautiful hi-res display
  • Premium design
  • Swift response

Cons

  • mediocre battery life
  • Price

Best Waterproof Tablet: Sony Xperia Z4

Best waterproof tablet

OS: Android 5.1 | Dimensions: H:254 x W:167 x D:6.1mm | Screen size: 10.1 inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 (298 PPI) | CPU: 2GHz Snapdragon Octa Core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32 GB | Removable Storage: Yes | Rear / Front Camera: 8.1MP / 5.1MP | Battery: 17 hours average | Weight: 517g | Price: $849

Sony’s Xpheria Z4 Tablet is not only one of the best waterproof tablet that can handle being submerged in 4.9 feet of water, but also a real contender for the best Gaming Tablets out there. The reason why the Xpheria Z4 is great is because of the unique features that Sony offers. One of the awesome features to Sony is that it gives you the ability to stream your games directly from your PS4 or PS4 Pro. You can also link up your PlayStation 4 controller to the Z4 tablet so you can game while in the kitchen, bed or even when you’re using the restroom.  (I don’t think you should try that).

Like most manufacturers, this tablet also features a unique OS android skin by Sony. As a result, the OS might be somewhat overwhelming when it comes to functionality and bloatware but the Sony design isn’t so bad. Might take a bit of time to adjust but overall there’s nothing wrong. Lastly, I know this tablet is fairly old in terms of regular hardware releases so keep in mind there are rumors around the web about the Z6. What that means is you have to make a choice about buying this now or waiting for the rumors to be true about the Z6 release.

Pros

  • Waterproof and dust tight
  • Premium design
  • Great for PS4 Gamers
  • Battery Life

Cons

  • Different UI
  • Price

Best Gaming Tablet: Nvidia Shield K1

Best gaming tablet

OS: Android 5.1 | Dimensions: H:221 x W:126 x D:9.2mm | Screen size: 8 inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 (283 PPI)| CPU: 2.2 GHz Tegra K1 Quad Core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16 GB | Removable Storage: Yes | Rear / Front Camera: 5MP / 5MP | Battery: 10 hours average | Weight: 356g | Price: $199

Currently, the only Nvidia Tablet to ever be released is the Shield K1. This is one of the best and currently the best gaming tablet on the market. The reason why this shines above all other tablets is because of Nvidia’s shield gaming application which allows you to play games from their library at a full HD 1080p 60fps quality. They accomplish this by using their supercomputer hub which means that you need to pay a monthly fee, but don’t worry its only $7.99 per month.

The Shield K1 offers a great price for premium features such as high-quality streaming and gaming. Furthermore, you can also hook up Nvidia’s own controller, but the Nvidia gamepad is not included with the $199 package and must be bought separately. The same can be said for their standard USB-to-Micro-USB cable for charging. A strange item to not be included because of its necessity to charge your tablet. I believe that the reason this is so cheap is because they want you to subscribe to their monthly hub as well as buy the additional products such as the Nvidia controller.

Overall, this tablet provides unbeatable features that allow you to enjoy some of the hottest games at such a low monthly price. All while in the comfort of your bed, sofa or where ever you love to relax. The only downside is because you’re streaming from their servers you will require good internet speeds and you might want to run this only on unlimited internet or home internet due to streaming taking a lot of bandwidth.

Pros

  • Low Price
  • Great performance for price
  • Amazing gaming features
  • Good Front/Rear cameras

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with accessories

Best Tablet for Creative Pros: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Best tablet for creative pros

OS: Windows 10 Pro | Dimensions: H:292 x W:201.42 x D:8.45mm | Screen size: 12.3 inch | Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI) | CPU: Intel Core M/ i5/ i7 | RAM: 4/8/16GB | Storage: 128/256/512 GB SSD | Removable Storage: Yes | Rear / Front Camera: 5MP / 5MP | Battery: 9 hours average | Weight: 766/786g | Price: $675 +

Microsoft really went all out on the Surface Pro 4. It’s not only a great designer tablet for creators but also an amazing 2 in one. I mean look at the specs. You could choose from an Intel core M to an i7 along with 4-16GB of ram. Furthermore, it even comes with an SSD with half a terabyte of storage.  Finally, the operating system for this is windows 10 and all of that comes for a pretty hefty price but it’s extremely worth it.

That’s enough about the crazy specs, so let’s talk about why this tablet is great for creative pros. There are many benefits from this tablet that stem from the Windows 10 Pro OS. One of which is the applications which are currently unique to computer OS like Photoshop and much more. Anyways, besides the OS there’s also an integrated kickstand that’s easy to use and gives you great positioning control along with a Surface Pen and type cover. Which reminds me, the type cover is sold separately and with a hefty price

Overall, this tablet with just its surface pen is a monster. The integrated kickstand and high res beautiful display really make this standout. If you’re in the market to create the art of your dreams then this is the tablet for you.

Pros

  • Very large and vibrant screen
  • i5 and i7 at higher tiers
  • Windows 10
  • Built in kickstand
  • Surface Pen included

Cons

  • Very expensive at higher tiers
  • Type cover sold separately

Best Overall Tablet: ASUS ZenPad 3S 10

Best overall tablet

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow | Dimensions: H:240.5 x W:163.7 x D:7.2mm | Screen size: 9.7 inch | Resolution: 2048 x 1536 (264 PPI)| CPU: 2.1 GHZ Dual-Core ARM Cortex | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64 GB | Removable Storage: Yes | Rear / Front Camera: 8MP / 5MP | Battery: 10 hours average | Weight: 430g | Price: $299

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s iPad tablets with its 9.7-inch display and beautiful glossy white color. The display is probably the most impressive feature which delivers sharp quality with superb color replication along with high contrast. Because of its high-quality visual display, you can expect great viewing angles. Furthermore, the tablet comes with a default application called “splendid”. Splendid bears similarities to Apple’s “Night shift mode” which helps stop the light from keeping you awake at night.

Besides the amazing display, this comes with great hardware. For example, the tablet comes with 4 GB of ram, and amazing CPU/Front/Rear cameras. Due to the tablets great hardware there won’t be many issues with multi tasking. Lastly, the biggest reason we chose this was simply for its price tag. At $299 with its above average hardware, this tablet is extremely competitive to the other notable tablets.

Pros

  • Vibrant screen
  • 5.8mm thick
  • Price
  • Night shift mode equivalent

Cons

  • Mediocre build quality

Best Tablet for kids: Amazon Fire Kids edition

Best tablet for kids

OS: Fire OS 5 | Dimensions: H:219 x W:138 x D:25.5mm | Screen size: 7 inch | Resolution: 1024 x 600 (171 PPI)| CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 8/16 GB | Removable Storage: Yes | Rear / Front Camera: 2MP / .3MP | Battery: 7 hours average | Weight: 405g | Price: $299 | Warranty: 2 Years free

One of the best tablets on the market for children is the Amazon Fire Kids edition. This comes with a small price tag of $99 coupled with a year of Amazon FreeTime, a two-year warranty, and a kid-proof case. So you’re probably asking, “what makes this tablet so good for children?” First, Amazon has the best children safe tablet with amazing parental controls. Furthermore, the Amazon FreeTime content brings unlimited access to 13,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and even games. After the one year free you have to pay $2.99 per month for a single child and $9.99 for family if you’re a prime member.

While this tablet comes with such great perks, there are a few downsides to it. The most notable of which is the below average battery life. Furthermore, the CPU and 1GB of ram can hinder the performance when loading up many applications at once. But, its a children’s tablet and I’m sure they won’t be multitasking as much as an adult would be. Still, this shouldn’t be a deal breaker because of the unbeatable price and bundle this comes with. There’s simply no other great tablet for kids.

Pros

  • Kid proof case
  • 1 Year Amazon FreeTime
  • Price
  • 2 Year free warranty

Cons

  • Not amazing CPU/Ram
  • 7 hour battery life

Best Battery life Tablet: Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8

best battery life tablet

OS: Android 5.1 | Dimensions: H:209.8 x W:145.7 x D:3.3mm | Screen size: 8 inch | Resolution: 1280 x 800 (188 PPI)| CPU: 1.3GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16 GB SSD | Removable Storage: Yes | Rotatable camera: 8MP | Battery: 20 hours average | Weight: 467.2g | Price: $167.31

Lenovo’s Yoga Tab 3 8 is currently the best tablet on the market for battery life. The Yoga Tab 3 8 has a 20-hour duration on a single charge. So if you’re looking for a tablet where you can watch the whole trilogy of either Lord of the rings or Fast and Furious, then check out this out. This tablet also comes with a stand which also happens to have a hole so you can hang it while you cook. Another amazing factor is the stunningly low price of $167 for both an SSD and 8MP rotatable camera.

The only downside to this tablet is the somewhat low resolution at 1280 x 800 with only 188 PPI. Alternatively you could settle with the Sony Xperia Z4 if you want higher PPI and resolution because it has a good 17 hour average battery life. Another good option to this tablet is the older version of the Yoga Tab 3 8 that comes with a 1GB Ram and less resolution because it costs $40 less.

Pros

  • 20 hour battery life
  • 8MP rotatable Camera
  • Price
  • Built in Stand

Cons

  • Low resolution / PPI

Best Budget Tablet: Amazon Fire HD 8

best budget tablet

OS: Fire OS 5 | Dimensions: H:214 x W:128.7 x D:9.2mm | Screen size: 8 inch | Resolution: 1280 x 800 (188 PPI)| CPU: 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor | RAM: 1.5GB | Storage: 16/32 GB | Removable Storage: Yes | Rear / Front Camera: 2MP / .3MP | Battery: 12 hours average | Weight: 341g | Price: $89

Amazon’s Fire HD 8 tablet is by far the best you can buy for the price. This not only has great performance for its price but it also comes with lots great additions like the one month free of Amazon Prime. This may be useful to those who are seeking to try out Amazon prime for the first time. Amazon Underground is similar to Google play or Apple’s Appstore and is also included in the Fire HD 8 tablet, bringing thousands of apps and games. Furthermore, there is Alexa cloud-based voice service so you can easily order your items and make a schedule using voice recognition.

Honestly, we wanted to include the lower tier Amazon Fire 7 inch instead because of its crazy low $49 price tag but decided not to because the HD 8 tablet brings home better screen quality, resolution and more space for only $40 more. Furthermore, the battery last an extra 5 hours more than the normal version. Which can be a deal breaker for many because nothing sucks more than charging your tablet often.

Pros

  • 12 hour battery life
  • Free month of Prime
  • Amazing Price
  • 2 Year warranty for $12.99

Cons

  • Low resolution / PPI
  • Low resolution camera’s

Best Apple Tablet: Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Best apple tablet

OS: iOS 9 | Dimensions: H:240 x W:169.5 x D:6.1mm | Screen size: 9.7 inch | Resolution: 2048 x 1536 (264 PPI)| CPU: 2.26 GHz A9X | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32/128/256 GB | Removable Storage: No | Rear / Front Camera: 12MP / 5MP | Battery: 10 hours average | Weight: 437g | Price: $599

By far the best tablet by Apple is the iPad Pro with its 9.7-inch display. This has many features, but we wanted to mainly talk about the outstanding display the iPad Pro has. Apple has equipped the iPad Pro 9.7 tablet with their True Tone technology which enhances your screens color temperatures to match any ambient light you’re in. By doing this, the iPad Pro creates a more natural and comfortable display for avid readers.

If you’re not an avid reader then don’t worry, because True Tone technology can be beneficial to you since the enhancements are superb for media. Especially considering that this tablet has a wonderful set of speakers which create high-fidelity audio to enhance your viewing pleasure.

Not only is this tablet great for media, but with the right accessories, the iPad Pro can also replace that old laptop. All you have to do is buy the Smart Keyboard, hook it up and you’re ready to roll. Speaking of accessories, there’s also a stylus you can buy if you’re an artist.

Lastly, both the front and rear cameras on this tablet are outstanding. Since this is the 9.7 version, you get a 12 MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Allowing you to take high res photos of your environment or have high-quality face time with friends and family.

Pros

  • Great Sound quality
  • Great accessories
  • Amazing display quality
  • Both Amazing front/rear cameras

Cons

  • Accessories are Pricey
  • Very Pricey after 32 GB storage

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this list and I hope you found exactly what you’re looking for. I wanted to briefly go over why I included tablets older than 1 year. Unlike the average technology, tablets aren’t updated as often. Take the iPad Mini 4 and the Samsung Tab S2 8 inch. Both were released a bit far apart but on the same year, 2015. Both haven’t seen an update since their release of 2015. There are rumors of a new iPad Mini 5 and if they are true then we still won’t see a new mini tablet for a while. Anyways, my point is that most manufacturers take more than a year to update their tablet for reasons that are not available to the public. Furthermore, just because they’re old doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad.

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