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The best Android tablets are available from some of the top hardware manufacturers like Samsung, Asus, Acer, HTC, Sony, Motorola, LG, Toshiba and ViewSonic. The linux-based operating system, Android, also runs on Google's Nexus line (Nexus 7 and Nexus 11 models with 7 inch and 10 inch screen respectively) of tablets. Along with Google Nexus, some of the other Android tablets (excluding "Wi-Fi only" tablets) are available unlocked and contract free. Just like Android smart phones, Android tablets allow connectivity via Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G.

The selection of best Android tablet depends much on the hardware manufacturer, as the deployment of the operating system has to be in synchronization with the set of hardware features.

The best Android tablets use the latest high-end operating systems: 5.0 Lollipop.

The essence of Android OS development by Google is having the application centric productivity and Google Play is the place for you to get these applications. Along with many third party providers, Google Play distributes users to install many tablet specific Android applications and games. The best Android tablets, which are affordable too, provide optimum experience through the Google products like Google Search (including voice search), Google Maps, Gmail, Google+, YouTube and Google Play.

Sony Xperia Z4

Sony Xperia Z4


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Sony Xperia Z4
Google HTC Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 inch(2014)
Sony Xperia Z4
Google Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet (32GB, LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9" (2014)
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Release Date
May 2015
Nov 2014
Sep 2014
Aug 2014
Oct 2014
Operating System
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat - customized)
Digital Camera
8.1 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
5 MP,2592 x 1944 pixels,autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Display
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size
2560 x 1600, 2560 x 1600
1536 x 2048
1920 x 1200
1600 x 2560
2560 x 1600
Screen Size(Diagonal)
10.1 inch
8.9 inch
8.0 inch
8.4 inch
8.9 inch
Weight
0.86 lb.
0.93 lb.
0.85 lb.
0.64 lb.
0.82 lb.
Front Webcam Resolution
5.1 MP
1.6 MP
5.0 MP
2.1 MP

The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is an excellent piece of kit: it’s quick, powerful, effortlessly good-looking and incredibly light.

Forgoing high-end gimmicks, the slate's supreme specs speak for themselves -- it prevails as the preeminent premium, pure Android tablet to date.

Plenty of features.

In every way that matters, this is a great tablet.

The top of the range 8.9" Kindle Fire HDX boasts a stunningly thin and light design and has an excellent screen, but the lack of access to Google's Play Store means there's a heavy reliance on Amazon's limited apps.