Holiday gift ideas: The best Android tablets

The best Android tablets

An Android tablet is a great holiday gift for anyone, from your grandmother to a three-year old, but with so many devices available how can you make sure you get the best for your money?

With the variety of choices between Android tables on Amazon, avoiding the overpriced and bad is daunting.  To help you out, we compiled a list of tablets that are the some of the best Android has to offer.

Use our list of the best Android tablets available this December 2014 to find which one is right for you or for the one you’re giving it to.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4


Quick Verdict: The fastest performing tablet on the list.  Also has one of the best displays found on any commercially available compact tablet.

  • The Tab S 8.4 is one of the few tablets available with an AMOLED screen. This device uses Quad HD with a 2560 x1600 resolution for 359 ppi pixel density.  The screen images are crisp and will show both vivid colors and deep blacks.
  • If the tablet user is really into watching movies, playing games and reading – this is the tablet to get.
  • The Tab S 8.4 is extremely portable with dimensions of 212.8 x 125.6 x66 and weighing only 298 g.
  • The Tab S 8.4 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with a 2.3GHz quad-core backed by Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. This ensures that performance is fast.
  • The device itself is feature-rich so you can perform a variety of tasks on it.

Nvidia Shield Tablet


Quick Verdict: Though Nvidia is known for video cards, they’ve come up with a tablet with top-notch build quality and design.  Not surprisingly, the Shield Tablet is good for gamers.

  • The Shield tablet is powered by a Tegra K1, 2.2 GHz quad-core processor and comes with access to Nvida’s TegraZone portal. Using the TegraZone portal, Shield Tablet users can access Tegra-optimized games.
  • This tablet uses stereo front-facing speakers to provide a great audio experience during gaming as well as for playing videos and music.
  • One downside to this device is it is a bit heavy. It weighs around 390 g.
  • With a 5,200 mAh battery, the battery life still tends to be low.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5


Quick Verdict: Comes with almost everything you want in a tablet.  The large screen and high-resolution AMOLED display is great for consuming media.  Despite its size, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 weights only a little over a pound for easy handling.

  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab S10.5 has a 10.5 inch AMOLED display with Quad HD technology for a 2560 x 1600 resolution with 288 ppi.
  • This device weighs only 467 g.
  • Samsung’s TouchWiz has a ton of software features.
  • Though the device is made of plastic it is nicely designed and does not feel cheap.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact


Quick Verdict: The thinnest tablet available on this list and in the current market.  A fast processing package and minimalist user interface make for an easy user experience.

  • The Xperia Z3 tablet is an 8-inch device that is only 6.4 mm thick.
  • This tablet uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2.5 GHz quad-core processor backed by an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM
  • The display is a LCD with full HD resolution and pixel density of 283 ppi.
  • While the Xperia Z3 uses a LCD screen and not Quad HD, Sony’s display technologies ensure vivid colors at par to what you would get with and AMOLED screen.
  • The device is water resistant.

Google Nexus 9


Quick Verdict: Those who are fans of Google and its Nexus devices will love this newest iteration which runs the most recent version of Android.

  • The Nexus 9 runs on Android Lollipop 5.0. There are no OEM additions so there is nothing to bog down a users experience.
  • Impressive hardware, including a 64-bit Tegra processor, stereo front speakers, a big battery and a 1536 x 2048 pixel screen. Unfortunately there is no microSD slot.
  • Design is utilitarian but elegant. The Nexus 9 design incorporates an aluminium frame that lends it some nice rigidity without adding to much weight.

Google Nexus 7 (2013)


Quick Verdict: This device may be “old” compared to some of the others on this list but it offers you the best for your money.

  • Still a great tablet that gives its users all the essentials wrapped up in an attractive package.
  • The Full HD screen has a pixel density that is actually a bit higher than some of the newer tablets on this list.
  • While the Nexus 7 might perform a bit slower than the Nexus 9, it’s still a very capable device. With the guaranteed fast updates from Lollipop, the Nexus 7 is guaranteed to stay usable for some time.

So here you have our picks for the best Android tablets currently being offered.  You really can’t go wrong with any of the devices we’ve listed but the final verdict comes down to your personal choice or – what you think the person you’re planning to give one to will want and need.

Are you thinking of which tablet to give your loved ones this holiday?


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