Android tablets can be a tough sell. With phone screens as stupid-big as they are these days, and laptops as light and portable as you'll find, tablets have been feeling a little shouldered-out. But even as they face fierce competition, they still shine at tasks like media consumption and video conferencing. There are quite a few solid offerings in the Android space to choose from, with Samsung really dominating. Last month we saw the company introduce the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, and today we're getting word of its very affordable retail debut.
Android's got some good ones, but the iPad is widely considered to be the gold standard when it comes to tablets. This year's iPad Pro models pack the same Apple-designed M1 chip that's used in the new iMacs, so they're crazy powerful for tablets. The 11-inch model is also already on sale: you can get it for $50 off at Amazon and Walmart.
Apple's newest iPad Pros launch this Friday, powered by the same M1 processor available in the MacBook Pro. Neither model is cheap, priced well beyond $1,000 depending on your storage selection — and that's before you factor in accessories. If you're just looking to browse the web and binge through the latest Netflix Original, you don't need a supercharged device. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is one of the best Android tablets available today, and you can grab a refurbished model from Woot for just $220.
The virtual keyboard on Chrome OS has been a sore point for many Chromebook tablet owners. Ranging from unreliable autocorrect to buggy input, the typing experience on it is still pretty lackluster to this day. Last year, it did at least receive improved handwriting recognition, a major UI facelift, and an option to change its size. Now, Google is getting ready to integrate one of our favorite Chrome OS 89 features.
We all know that Android tablets aren't exactly the industry benchmark, and Google has mostly stopped creating first-party products for this market. But the company still hasn't given up on tablets. It has just announced an "Entertainment Space" that should make Android tablets vastly better at giving you access to your streaming services, ebooks, and games — right on the leftmost panel of your homescreen.
Apple announced a bunch of new stuff today at its spring event, including several new iPad models. As Android fans, we're more than a little jealous — our ecosystem of choice just doesn't have a go-to option the way Apple's does. But that's not to say we're without options altogether. We actually think iPads are great, but if you want a bigger portable screen without having to learn a new OS's quirks, here are some of the best picks on our side of the wall.
It can be tough to find an Android tablet worth buying today. There's plenty of budget offerings from companies like Amazon, Lenovo, and even Walmart, but if you want the best of the bunch, Samsung is the brand for you. Today only, you can save up to 51% on a solid selection of its refurbished tablets at Woot.
LCD tablets aren't exactly the best e-readers out there, but they're definitely a choice out in the marketplace. Companies slap on Android and their reader app and it's easy as pie. So easy that Barnes & Noble has opted to commission Lenovo to produce a successor to its 10" Nook Android tablet from 2018.
Google hasn't had much of an interest in Android tablets since the days of the Motorola XOOM and Android Honeycomb. As a result, most of the company's apps aren't designed with tablets in mind, and third-party applications have largely followed suit. Sure, Android tablets can technically run all Android apps, but many of them have stretched-out layouts that were intended for 6-inch screens. Some even force a portrait orientation (Google Tasks, I'm looking at you).
Samsung more or less rules the non-Fire Android tablet space, offering a wide range of options at varying price points. And right now, you can cop a discount on several of its models, all the way from the humble A7 on up to the super-premium S7+.