The 7 Best Android and Specialty Tablets for Work and Play

Three products of the Best Android Tablets at Walmart Editor's picks

Shopping for tablets means entering a maze of brand names, sizes, features and specifications. This is especially true when looking for an affordable tablet or model designed for a specific task—it’s easy to come out the other side more confused than when you began. So we’ve done the hard work for you. All you need to do is pick a broad category (think: Android, gaming tablet or e-reader) and we’ll show you the best tablet to buy.

If you’re still not sure where to begin, check out our tablet buying guide first.

Our editor’s picks

Screen size: 12.4 inches

Storage capacity: 64 GB

Operating system: Android 11

Battery life: Nine hours

Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

  • An S Pen is included with the tablet for easy note-taking and creative projects.

  • It doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner like some other competing models.

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Screen size: 10.1 inches

Storage capacity: 32 GB

Operating system: Android 11

Battery life: 10 hours

Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

  • Screen time can last up to 10 hours on a single charge.

  • It only has a 5 MP front-facing and rear-facing camera.

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Screen size: 11.6 inches

Storage capacity: 64 GB

Operating system: Android 11

Battery life: 14 hours

Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

  • There’s a Micro SD card slot for additional storage.

  • It’s a little heavy weighing at over two pounds.

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Screen size: 10.5 inches

Storage capacity: 64 GB

Operating system: n/a

Battery life: 13 hours

Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi

  • The TFT display is clear and bright, and the colours are crisp to show graphics in vivid detail.

  • It takes around two to four hours to fully charge the device.

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Screen size: 14 inches

Storage capacity: 128 GB

Operating system: Chrome

Battery life: Up to 13 hours

Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

  • The touch screen is responsive and intuitive.

  • The keyboard can’t be detached.

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Screen size: 13.2 inches

Storage capacity: n/a

Operating system: n/a

Battery life: n/a

Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth

  • The advanced Wacom Pro Pen 2 is included in the box. It features 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity.

  • It doesn’t have a touch screen display.

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Screen size: seven inches

Storage capacity: 32 GB

Operating system: n/a

Battery life: Can go weeks without charging

Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

  • It has adjustable brightness and blue light technology for limiting eye strain.

  • It can only play Kobo Audiobooks.

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In this guide
Types of tablets
Samsung galaxy tab tablet Slate tablets

Essentially smartphones with bigger screens, this style of tablet is the most common.

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2-in-1 Tablet from Walmart Hybrid or 2-in-1 tablets

These tablets have PC-like functionality, thanks largely to physical keyboards that can be unfolded or attached to make them more like a traditional laptop.

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Kobo e-reader from Walmart e-Readers

These handheld devices are designed specifically for those who enjoy reading digital books and magazines without distractions like social media or email.

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Drawing tablet and stylus from Walmart Drawing tablets

Ideal for artists, drawing tablets are built for sketching, illustrating or painting using an electronic stylus or pencil.

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Features to consider

When it comes to choosing the best tablet for you, here are some features to think about:

  • Size: Most tablet screens range from around seven inches all the way up to 15. Think about how big (or small) you’d like yours to be.
  • Accessory support: Do you want to use a stylus? Game controller? Wired headphones? Not all tablets support all accessories. Be sure to check for features like Bluetooth version support and headphone jacks, if they’re important to you.
  • Storage: If you plan to store lots of videos, photos, music or apps, look for models with plenty of built-in or expandable storage.
  • Battery life: The average battery life of tablets will depend on how you use it, but most have a run time of between three to 12 hours.[1] If you need more screen time, you might want to look for models with longer battery lives.
  • Connectivity: Can you make do with Wi-Fi, or do you want a tablet with cellular capability so you can use it anywhere there’s a signal?
  • Cameras: Will you be taking photos or shooting video? If photo or video quality is a big deal to you, you might want a tablet with 12 megapixels or higher.[2]
Best Android tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE
  • Screen size: 12.4 inches

  • Storage capacity: 64 GB

  • Operating system: Android 11

  • Battery life: Nine hours

  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Thanks to its large screen and included stylus, this tablet is an excellent option as far as best Android tablets go. It charges quickly (a necessity if you’ll be using it on commutes) and screen time can last nine hours—great for all-day use whether that’s video calling and creative work or watching movies and gaming. Plus, it comes in different colours (including green) and has built-in Bluetooth and a USB port to connect to devices like headphones or external hard drives.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The dual speakers are great for watching YouTube videos or watching Netflix.

  • An S Pen is included with the tablet for easy note-taking and creative projects.

  • At 6.3 mm thick, its sleek design feels thin and light.

Cons
  • It doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner like some other competing models.

  • The 60Hz LCD display doesn’t pop as much as Samsung’s OLED screens.

The draw
Love it so far. Having the stylus pen is also great addition to this model. Would recommend this size for everyone.
-Connie, Walmart customer
The downside
I find the auto-orientation laggy and the lack of unlock options is annoying.
-jonny109, originally posted on Samsung.com
Best budget tablet
Onn 10.1-Inch LCD Touchscreen Android Tablet Pro Onn 10.1-Inch LCD Touchscreen Android Tablet Pro Onn 10.1-Inch LCD Touchscreen Android Tablet Pro Onn 10.1-Inch LCD Touchscreen Android Tablet Pro Onn 10.1-Inch LCD Touchscreen Android Tablet Pro Onn 10.1-Inch LCD Touchscreen Android Tablet Pro Onn 10.1-Inch LCD Touchscreen Android Tablet Pro
  • Screen size: 10.1 inches

  • Storage capacity: 32 GB

  • Operating system: Android 11

  • Battery life: 10 hours

  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

This budget-friendly tablet features a high-resolution screen and long 10-hour battery life that makes it great for everyday use. It’s portable and lightweight, perfect for travelling. The whole family (especially the kiddos!) will find this one of the best tablets for streaming and play.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It easily connects to the Google Play store and has Google Voice Assistant to help you quickly set reminders, get quick answer or find directions.

  • Comes with a headphone jack and USB-C port to plug in devices like headphones or external hard drives.

  • Screen time can last up to 10 hours on a single charge.

Cons
  • It only has a 5 MP front-facing and rear-facing camera, which may not be enough if you want to take highly detailed photos or videos.

  • It doesn’t have mobile data ability so you’d need to rely on Wi-Fi connectivity.

The draw
This is absolutely fantastic! It is fast, affordable and super easy to pull up one of my phone backups off Google and download everything I need. This is the smoothest transition I have ever had with any device.
-Anonymous, originally posted on Walmart.com
The downside
Sorry to learn that the battery cannot be replaced. Just hope it lasts a long time. I am enjoying reading books on this tablet.
-Liz, originally posted on Walmart.com
Best tablet for note taking
Onn 11.6-Inch LCD Touchscreen 2.0 Onn 11.6-Inch LCD Touchscreen 2.0 Onn 11.6-Inch LCD Touchscreen 2.0 Onn 11.6-Inch LCD Touchscreen 2.0 Onn 11.6-Inch LCD Touchscreen 2.0 Onn 11.6-Inch LCD Touchscreen 2.0 Onn 11.6-Inch LCD Touchscreen 2.0 Onn 11.6-Inch LCD Touchscreen 2.0
  • Screen size: 11.6 inches

  • Storage capacity: 64 GB

  • Operating system: Android 11

  • Battery life: 14 hours

  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

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If you’re looking for a versatile tablet for note taking and productivity, this is a great choice. Whether you need to type notes for work meetings or for class, the detachable keyboard creates a laptop-style experience without the bulkiness of one. Bonus: the included folio case provides added protection so you may not need to buy a tablet case!

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • There’s a Micro SD card slot for additional storage.

  • The Google Play store gives you quick access to hundreds of thousands of Android apps.

  • The octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM means fast-loading websites and apps.

Cons
  • This model has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is less than other smaller screen models.

  • It’s a little heavy weighing at over two pounds.

The draw
This tablet really impressed me! We are absolutely in love with this. From the tablet to the keyboard. It’s slim and easy to carry around. Easy to store in almost any bag. Easy to set up picture is awesome and sound is wonderful!
-Topmom, originally posted on Walmart.com
The downside
The tablet has a good 11.2" 1080p screen but the thick bezel gives it a dated look and the screen's cramped widescreen aspect ratio is good for viewing widescreen videos, but for everything else, a taller 3:2 full screen is preferred.
-TXDaddy, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best gaming tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
  • Screen size: 10.5 inches

  • Storage capacity: 64 GB

  • Operating system: n/a

  • Battery life: 13 hours

  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi

Looking for a tablet that can play more than just mobile games? Then you’ll surely love this pick. With a battery life of 13 hours, you can play games and watch videos the whole day without interruptions. Plus it’s lightweight and slim so it won’t weigh you down during long gaming sessions.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The TFT display is clear and bright, and the colours are crisp to show graphics in vivid detail.

  • The affordable price point makes it a great budget tablet for gaming.

  • With its 64 GB of storage, there’s a lot of space to save files and multi-task.

Cons
  • Some reviewers say that it takes around two to four hours to fully charge the device.

The draw
Love the colours. Provides a much clearer picture and ease when watching videos.
-RMOZ, Walmart customer
The downside
Cons: Time taken to fully charge the device.
-Anonymous, originally posted on currys.co.uk
Best 2-in-1 tablet
HP Chromebook X360 14A HP Chromebook X360 14A HP Chromebook X360 14A HP Chromebook X360 14A HP Chromebook X360 14A HP Chromebook X360 14A
  • Screen size: 14 inches

  • Storage capacity: 128 GB

  • Operating system: Chrome

  • Battery life: Up to 13 hours

  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

This HP Chromebook x360 blurs the line between tablet and laptop. It has a touchscreen that swivels and lays flat like a tablet, plus an attachable keyboard and trackpad for a laptop-like feel. It has plenty of processing power making it the best for school or work.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • With its big, full HD screen, it’s ideal for everything from watching movies to browsing the internet to working on spreadsheets or sending emails.

  • The 1 GHz chip delivers a snappy performance and horsepower.

  • The touch screen is responsive and intuitive.

Cons
  • Some reviewers say it has poor speakers.

  • The keyboard can’t be detached.

The draw
I can do everything that I need to do on it and do videos for social media and the price was great for everything that I got. It's so worth it and I love this brand.
-amandah435, originally posted on influenster.com
The downside
Nice little computer. Works well. My only concern is that it feels a little fragile.
-Anonymous, originally posted on influenster.com
Best drawing tablet
Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Medium Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Medium Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Medium Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Medium Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Medium
  • Screen size: 13.2 inches

  • Storage capacity: n/a

  • Operating system: n/a

  • Battery life: n/a

  • Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth

This innovative tablet lets artists convert paper sketches into editable digital versions of their creations. It comes with a Wacom Pro Pen 2 that features 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt-response and virtually lag-free tracking to create professional, finely detailed drawings. If you have a graphic designer or illustrator in the house, this is the best tablet with a pen for them.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The advanced Wacom Pro Pen 2 is included in the box. It features 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity.

  • The Wacom Inkspace app lets you easily sync, store and export sketches to creative file formats.

  • The tablet has a super-slim design.

Cons
  • While the model has a stylus for sketching, it doesn’t feature a touch screen display.

The draw
Just opened today and learning the product! My son is really excited to use it!
-Jennifer, originally posted on Walmart.com
The downside
The buttons are also very sensitive. If I lightly run my wrist over the buttons they turn on and show a diagram on the screen. I think this can be turned off since I usually just use the keyboard for shortcuts.
-Andrew, originally posted on beachcamera.com
Best e-reader tablet
Kobo Libra 2 Kobo Libra 2 Kobo Libra 2 Kobo Libra 2
  • Screen size: seven inches

  • Storage capacity: 32 GB

  • Operating system: n/a

  • Battery life: Can go weeks without charging

  • Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

This next-generation Kobo has 32 GB of storage—four times the storage of the original Kobo Libra H20—and adds wireless Bluetooth functionality so you can listen to Kobo Audiobooks. It’s thin and light, perfect for reading during free time, after workouts or before bed. Plus, it’s fully waterproof for taking into the bathtub or even reading in the rain.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This model offers Dark Mode (white text on a black background) that may make it easier on your eyes in lowlight spaces.

  • The seven-inch E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen is fast and responsive for quick page turning.

  • It has adjustable brightness and blue light technology for limiting eye strain.

Cons
  • It doesn’t have Cloud storage.

  • Although it has Bluetooth headphone connection, it can only play Kobo Audiobooks.

The draw
Love my Kobo Libra 2. The backlighting works wonderfully. My old Kobo did not have this feature. I also like the page turning button--helps prevent fingerprint smears over the text. Very happy with this purchase!
-r3dh3ad, Walmart customer
The downside
Hardware looks fine, but [On/Off] button located in the back is far more inconvenient than the one on the side.
-Maria T., originally posted on kobo.com
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Chad Sapieha has been writing about video games and technology for more than two decades, with thousands of stories appearing in national publications including The Globe and Mail and The National Post, and appearances on CTV News, Global News, and CBC radio. He has also written about parenting in the digital age for Today's Parent, Parenting.com, and Common Sense Media. Chad lives in Southern Ontario with his wife, daughter, and a criminally adorable dog named Ron Swanson.
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