Top Pick for
Best Android tablet
Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on extensive research. We examined hundreds of customer reviews and ratings of Android Tablets in Australia, ruling out those not readily available to consumers.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is our pick for best Android tablet for Australians overall thanks to its careful balance of world-class performance and reasonable pricing.
Earning a 4.7 out of 5 from 511 reviews on Google, the Galaxy Tab S7 wowed users with its 11-inch, 120-hertz screen, huge battery life and brilliant performance. People commented on how sharp apps, games and movies looked as they used the tablet, giving the Tab S7 a truly premium feel.
Some people don't appreciate Bixby – Samsung's version of Google Assistant, Alexa or Siri – but with a few settings adjustments you can quickly switch across to Google's superior alternative. Samsung's DeX software also allows the Tab S7 to quickly and easily function as a hybrid-style laptop too – and it has more than enough power to do it.
And if you're looking for a slightly more paired back version, there is also the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE to consider.
"The iPad of Android! Despite the tablet missing AMOLED display, I still find it great!"
Scoring 4.2 out of 5 from 524 reviews on Google, the Lenovo Tab M7 2nd Gen is our selection for best budget Android tablet for Australians.
A tiny 7-inch tablet, it impressed customers who use it for what it does best – colour reading, Internet browsing and watching SD streamed video. It costs less than $100, and it has the specs to match – a low-resolution screen and only 1GB of RAM mean it's a far cry from the flashy stylings of other tablets on this list.
Limited processing power and RAM mean it gets the most out of its battery, but reviews criticised the speed at which it switched between apps, which was often slower than they expected. The rear camera takes blurry photos, which further restricts its function, but if your only plan is to binge watch TV shows and read comics, the Lenovo Tab M7 2nd Gen has you sorted.
"If you use this for light use you will be fine. I use this for books, some YouTube and some web browsing."
We've selected the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, with a score of 4.6 out of 5 from 3,921 reviews on Google, as our pick for best 10-inch Android tablet for Australians. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has slightly lower specs than its Tab S7 peers, but users seemed to love it all the same.
It features expandable memory, so you're not limited to the 64GB it comes with, and while reviews noted that it lacked the screen featured in the Tab S5 series, they still raved about the quality of the picture the Tab S6 displayed.
Comparing it to similarly priced iPads, users noted that it lacked the robust parental controls of Apple's offerings. With a top-quality mobile processor and 4GB of RAM, it's got the power needed to play games like Fortnite though, and its battery is quoted as lasting 13 hours – though real user reviews said it was closer to 12.
"All in all though, this is an excellent tablet, one which leaves my expectations far behind. A thin bezel & included pen, a weight trim, a great battery life, vivid screen and a face-unlock feature all marry to give great options for tablet shoppers!"
The Lenovo Tab M8 HD 2nd Gen scored 4.5 out of 5 from 830 reviews on Google, which is why we selected it as the best small Android tablet for Australians.
It's only a little larger than our pick for best budget tablet, but it's twice the price. Still, there's no shortage of upgrades between the Tab M8 and the Tab M7. It has double the RAM and storage of its little sibling, and nearly twice as much battery, which means it runs better than the M7 while still maintaining that fantastic battery life users loved.
While it's called the M8 HD, reviews noted that it's not capable of streaming more than SD quality video via Netflix due to a conflict between the tablet's pre-installed app's DRM system – something Lenovo is trying to fix. However, it can play HD videos from an array of other streaming services, and off the device itself.
"I'm sure it's not as powerful as an iPad Mini but then it costs less than half the price and, to me, it handles basic tasks just as well (plus has Google apps and services, like Google Assistant, built-in). Definitely recommend."
The best Android tablet for games for Australians is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, and 4.6 out of 5 from 639 reviews on Google back up our conclusion.
Gamers looking for the best graphics and best performance need look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, the flagship tablet from Samsung's 2020 range. A massive 12.4-inch, 120 hertz OLED display renders games like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile at 2800x1752.
A few reviews said the initial setup experience was difficult to follow, and others were disappointed to find the CPU throttling – part of the Tab S7 Plus' intelligent battery system – lowered the refresh rate, which doesn't happen on the S20 phone range. But most users were ecstatic with the look and feel of this hefty, premium piece of kit.
"This tablet is absolutely amazing. There is no other way to say it. The display is the best display you'll have on any mobile device (including 4k OLED laptops that lack the 120 HZ feature), and the speakers are amazing (better than my 11' iPad Pro, and I'd imagine it'd also be better than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro)."
The 4.7 out of 5 from 511 reviews on Google it received and the feature set that make it perfect for streaming both video and games make the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 our pick for best Android tablet for streaming.
While it doesn't have a true 4K screen – no tablet does – the Tab S7's 2560x1600 resolution screen is significantly higher than 1080p, setting it up nicely to display both video and games at 1440p. Reviews point out that 6GB of RAM under the hood is more than enough oomph to render 4K video from the machine itself – perfect for when you've downloaded some TV shows to avoid a spotty connection somewhere.
At nearly half a kilogram it's quite heavy, and it really benefits from a fold-out stand for binge sessions that go long enough to see Netflix ask if you're still watching. Still, people really liked how crisp and clear the screen is, and once Australia starts to see more game streaming services the Tab S7 will be the perfect solution for those who want to play some Xbox games on the go.
"Great tablet for those wanting to switch over from smaller laptops, or upgrade their smartphones. In comparison to a 13" notebook, this tablet completely blows it out of the water."
A 4 out of 5 from 571 ratings on Amazon means the Dragon Touch Kids Tablet is our pick for best Android tablet for kids in Australia.
Wrapped in a protective silicone casing that reviews said stood up to even the scarier drops, the Dragon Touch Kids Tablet goes out of its way to be as kid-proof as possible. Some people pointed out that they purchased extra screen protectors, as the case can only do so much, but otherwise reviews spoke of how well it stood up to rough treatment.
It comes with a special KIDOZ shell installed over the top of its Android operating system, which enhances the parental controls and, by default, locks kids out of everything except for YouTube Kids and other fun-focused – but safe – apps. It has only a little on-board storage and its specs see it quite slow to switch apps, which is something to keep in mind.
"Good value for money. Always keep in mind that this is a hundred dollar tablet for kids. With that in mind, don't expect a very snappy experience and super crisp resolution."
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite earned a 4.6 out of 5 from 3,921 reviews on Google, and those reviews spoke well of its S-Pen compatibility and the huge drawing area on its screen, which is why it's our choice for best Android tablet for drawing for Australians.
The S-Pen bundled with the Tab S6 Lite snaps on easily to the back of the tablet, which most reviews really liked. A few noted that it wasn't the most convenient place for it, as it meant you couldn't charge the S-Pen while laying the Tab S6 Lite flat, but most people didn't seem to mind.
The front-facing camera isn't up to snuff according to users, though the rear-facing one does the job well. With 13 hours of screen-on time and a high-res 2000x1200 10.4-inch screen, people really liked how much time and space they had to express themselves on the Tab S6 Lite.
"Overall it is an excellent tool for most everyone. I certainly would recommend it."
Android tablets offer a wide array of benefits when compared to both their larger and smaller siblings, the laptop and phone respectively. Tablets are often more economical than similarly powerful phones, because efforts to shrink components are expensive and create numerous engineering problems. A larger screen and better speakers make tablets better for consuming media and playing games, and with keyboard and mouse accessories a tablet can even substitute for a (limited) laptop experience – especially if you do a lot of business in the cloud.
On the other hand, tablets are less portable than phones, and they often take up valuable real estate in bags when squeezed in alongside a laptop. Android tablets in particular rarely see custom-made apps, and while many Android apps scale well, some look noticeably worse on the bigger screens of an Android tablet.
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