Your guide to the latest and best Android tablets of 2017. Check out our latest reviews and buyer’s guide on the top Android tablets for this year.
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Android tablets range from around £50 to £500 (some cost even more). They vary in size and quality, but some are exceptionally good value indeed and are typically the best iPad alternatives. In the chart below we rank the best Android tablets available to buy in the UK in 2017. There are also new tablets coming in 2017 which we haven’t yet reviewed. If you don’t specifically need an Android tablet, be sure to check out our list of the Best tablets.
Android tablets are much like iPads. The main difference is the software they run: Google Android. This has its own app store – Google Play – instead of Apple’s App Store, but in it you’ll find a similarly broad selection of apps. Most apps are available for both iPads and Android tablets, but there are a few occasions you’ll find apps and games are only available for the iPad, and even then, they usually appear on Android soon after.
Android itself is quite similar to iOS, which is the name of the iPad’s software. The latest version is Android 7.0 Nougat but many tablets still come wit Android 6 Marshmallow, or even Android 5 Lollipop, and that’s perfectly fine.
Amazon Fires are a little different as they run on Android, but it’s Amazon’s heavily customised and locked down version. They make good kids’ tablets, so if you’re after a tablet for a child, check out our list of the Best tablets for kids.
As with iPads, the first thing to consider (apart from your budget) is screen size. This ranges from around 7- to 11in, although there are a couple of larger Android tablets with 13in screens. For most people, an 8- or 9in tablet represents the best compromised between usability and portability, although 10in tablets can be thin and light. What you can’t escape is the footprint associated with a bigger screen, so it’s worth making sure your chosen tablet will fit in your favourite bag.

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