Android tablets vary in price, size and quality, but some are exceptionally good value indeed. Here we bring to you the best Android tablets available to buy in the UK in 2015/2016. See also: Best tablets of 2015/2016.
Latest entry: Galaxy Tab S2 8
Android tablet buying advice
With the exception of a few, Android tablets are a cheaper alternative to an iPad. The Android operating system is open source, which means manufacturers can use Google's software for free. This has led to a very healthy battleground, with manufacturers seemingly racing to the lowest price possible. The result of this influx of low cost tablets has led to traditional hardware manufacturers such as Samsung, Acer and Asus struggling to match the success they've experienced in the smartphone market. Take a look at 2015/2016's best cheap tablets too.
The reason for this is because non-traditional technology hardware manufacturers such as Tesco got in on the game and drove down the price in order to get customers to use built-in software that lets them buy content from the brand's own online stores. Also see: Best SIM-only deals: Best SIM-only and Data SIM deals for smartphone and tablet users
The result is that you can buy an Android tablet with remarkable specs and build quality for a budget price. And you'll notice below that some of the tablets in our list aren't particularly new. However, that doesn't mean they're not good or that you shouldn't buy them.
You'll notice we haven't included Amazon tablets here. That's because they're not Android tablets in the true sense. They do run a heavily customised version of Android, but they don't have any Google apps, so you can't buy apps from the Play store, nor use the official YouTube app, Google Maps, Gmail and more.
If you're after a tablet for a child, check out our Best tablets for kids roundup.
Android tablets are just like other tablets when it comes to specifications, you simply want to get as much as you can for your money. The key things to look out for are storage space (GBs); screen resolution; RAM; how many cores the processor has; and also how light and thin is the device. If you see a tablet you like, you should check all of these specs against some other tablets in the same price range to make sure you're getting a good deal.
Specs, though, will take you only so far. That's why it's crucial to read our reviews to find out if a tablet's screen is good or bad, how long the battery lasts and whether the cameras are any good.
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Best Android tablets you can buy in 2015/2016
- Reviewed on: 12 March 15
- RRP: £179 inc VAT
There's little to get excited about with the Acer Iconia Tab 10 but that's fine with a very affordable price tag of £179. It's plain in appearance and quite heavy but apart from a few too many pre-loaded apps, the tablet offers good performance and decent storage plus a handy microHDMI port. Overall it's a good choice if you're looking to spend under £200 on a large Android tablet.
Read our Acer Icona Tab 10 A3-A20 review.
- Reviewed on: 26 August 15
- RRP: £79.99 inc. VAT
The Asus ZenPad C 7.0 is a fine tool for carrying in your bag wherever you go and using to check emails and social media and browse the web. Beyond that its functionality is limited, but what more can you expect from an £80 tablet? If you can stretch to the £99 Hudl 2 you will find a noticeable jump in performance, but the Asus is the more portable of the two.
Read our Asus ZenPad C 7.0 review.
- Reviewed on: 12 February 14
- RRP: £269.99 inc VAT
Touchwiz and fake stitching aside the Note 10.1 is a very good tablet with the added S-Pen feature for those who want it.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review.
13. Tesco Hudl
- Reviewed on: 10 February 14
- RRP: £99 inc. VAT
The Tesco Hudl is a budget tablet with a nice design and good build quality. Key specifications are better than the price tag suggests such as the processor and good quality 7 in screen. A microSD card slot and Micro-HDMI port are two reasons to opt for the Hudl over Google and Amazon alternatives.
Read our Tesco Hudl review.
- Reviewed on: 20 November 13
- RRP: £249 inc VAT
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 is one of the cheaper 10in tablets around and it has an excellent design. Hardware and task performance are both lacking somewhat but battery life is a strong point. A great Android tablet for those less bothered about top-end specs.
Read our Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review.
11. Nexus 7 (2013)
- Reviewed on: 22 July 14
- RRP: £199 (32 GB)/£239 (1 32GB)
The 2013 flavour of the Nexus 7 is no longer available from Google. But shop around and you can find it in various online stores, at a great low price. Arguably the Hudl 2 offers a similar blend of value and quality, and may even be a bit faster. But you are unlikely to notice, and although the Nexus 7 is still lacking a microSD card slot, for many people will be the best 7in tablet around. It may even be the best value tablet there is.
Read our Nexus 7 (2013) review.
- Reviewed on: 23 July 15
- RRP: £150 inc VAT
This isn't a bad attempt at a budget tablet with decent build and almost stock Android. If you want 4G data on the go for simple tasks then the Vodafone Tab Prime 6 isn't a bad choice with the PAYG option. However, if you're not going to make use of the 4G then you're much better off going for a tablet like the Tesco Hudl 2 which is cheaper and offers much better specs. It's the screen which is the biggest let down here.
Read our Vodafone Tab Prime 6 review.
- Reviewed on: 27 January 15
- RRP: £169.99
Asus's Memo Pad 8 tablet is stylish, well-built and plenty powerful enough for most users looking to play casual games, browse the web and carry out basic productivity tasks. It is well-worth considering at £120 (you'll find it for that price on Amazon) if display and camera quality aren't top of your priority list.
If you want to save a bit of extra cash and aren't worried about loosing an inch off the display, we'd recommend opting for the smaller but very similarly specced Asus Memo Pad 7, which you'll find for under £100 if you shop around.
Read our Asus Memo Pad 8 review.
8. LG G Pad 8.3
- Reviewed on: 13 February 14
- RRP: £199 inc VAT
The G Pad 8.3 is undoubtedly LG's best tablet to date and at £199 it's a bit of a steal. A nice selection of hardware and software make this a great choice for a small tablet. However, occasionally laggy performance means the Nexus 7 might be a better choice.
Read our LG G Pad 8.3 review.
- Reviewed on: 17 April 14
- RRP: From £399 inc VAT
The Xperia Z2 is a great looking and well built Android tablet. It is staggeringly thin and light for a 10in device, has a great screen, expandable storage and good performance. We like the OS and the camera. Indeed, our only issues with the Xperia Z2 Tablet is occasionally laggy web browsing, and the fact that the screen is poor under natural light. But priced in line with the iPad Air this is right at the top of the shop.
Read our Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review.
- Reviewed on: 18 May 15
- RRP: £299 inc VAT
Previous Nexus tablets, particularly the Nexus 7, have been hard to beat for value but that's not the case for the Nexus 9. It's not a bad tablet - especially if performance is a priority - but the screen isn't perfect and neither is build quality. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a better choice if you can live with a smaller screen, and don't forget the original iPad Air also costs £319 now, making it look very good value indeed.
Read our Google Nexus 9 review.
5. Tesco Hudl 2
- Reviewed on: 26 October 15
- RRP: £99 inc VAT
One of the best budget Android tablets to date, Tesco has done the unthinkable and stopped selling its Hudl 2. It's still a great deal where available, but be warned that many people are selling it at almost double its £99 price at Tesco - just because they can. If you can find one, and even with the complaints about charging and cracked screens, we can still recommend the Hudl 2. Tesco will continue to support its tablet, and the great screen, decent processor and microSD card slot make this an excellent tablet.
Read our Tesco Hudl 2 review.
- Reviewed on: 28 July 15
- RRP: £499 inc VAT
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is a seriously impressive device and easily one of the best tablets we've ever tested. The design is astonishingly thin and light and the waterproofing with only the need for one cover is a bonus. This topped with excellent hardware, performance and software means we can barely fault it. However, the fact Sony bundles it with the Bluetooth keyboard with no option to buy it alone means that it's more expensive than rivals. We feel it's a 9/10 products but we've no choice but to mark the value score lower.
Read our Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review.
- Reviewed on: 2 December 14
- RRP: £269 inc. VAT
It's great to see Sony finally make a smaller tablet and the 8in form factor is proving to be increasingly popular. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is super thin and light and is waterproof to boot. Hardware is decent but not mind-blowing and while rivals like the Galaxy Tab S offer a bit more gadgetry, Sony offers High-Res audio and a killer feature for gamers in the form of PS4 Remote Play. It's a great effort from Sony if you're looking for a high-end 8in tablet.
Read our Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review.
- Reviewed on: 27 August 14
- RRP: £319 inc VAT
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one of the best Android tablets we've ever reviewed. In terms of hardware it's the best you can buy right now and has a superbly thin and light design. There's very little to dislike here aside from some elements of the TouchWiz software and the higher price compared to Android rivals (the iPad mini 2 is the obvious alternative if you're not set on Android). If you would rather save money and aren't so bothered about top-notch spec and additional features like the fingerprint scanner and IR blaster, check out the Nexus 7 and LG G Pad 8.3.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review.
- Reviewed on: 16 November 15
- RRP: £319
We loved the Galaxy Tab S2 since the very first time we got our hands on it back in August, and upon further investigation and after spending more time with it we just love it even more. It's a tablet well worth considering if you've been thinking about buying the iPad mini 4, as it can contend and sometimes outshine Apple's tablet when it comes to design and power. It's almost unbelievably thin and light and that screen is a joy to use. This tablet is about to make its way into the best tablet char, and it won't come quietly.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8 review.