10 Of The Best Android Tablets To Buy In 2015

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A Flexible Choice To Meet Your Needs

Thanks to the flexibility of the Android operating system, you can pick up a well-built, high-spec tablet for far less than an Apple equivalent.

Everyone from high-end tech specialists such as Sony and Samsung to supermarket giant Tesco is in on the tablet act. With competition this fierce there’s plenty to choose from, but not all of the options are worth your cash. These ten tablets are among the finest you can buy right now...
 
 
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10. ASUS MeMO Pad 8

Sturdy and capable, the MeMO Pad 8 pushes the Tesco Hudl 2 extremely close in terms of value for money. Its slightly lo-res display and basic camera give Tesco’s device the edge but this is great second tablet, perhaps for kids as casual games and web browsing are handled with aplomb, and it’ll stand up to eager finger-poking.

eBay loves: It may be at the lower end of the price scale, but it doesn’t look it. The slick ASUS design means you won’t have to hide it in shame when you sit down to browse over a coffee.
 
 
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The multi-window feature in the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is very handy

9. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Samsung’s higher price point puts its tablets in the same range as Apple’s iPads, but you get what you pay for. Thin and lightweight and packed with innovative features, there’s very little to pick fault with. It may not feel like a top-quality tablet thanks to a slightly flimsy plastic frame, but a pin-sharp display and features such as the fingerprint scanner and the IR blaster – a customisable universal remote control – prove that beauty is not necessarily in the eye of the holder.

eBay loves: The multi-window feature, which lets you open two apps side by side. Perfect for work on the go or cribbing lyrics while listening to Spotify.
 
 
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8. Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

As you’d expect from Sony, the Xperia Z3 Tablet gets the basics very right. A brilliant 8-inch display and hi-res audio means movies and music are in expert hands, while the all-round build quality is so good that that everything is packed into a slab just 64mm thick. There’s quite a bit of pre-installed Sony software on there and there isn’t a standout, headline-grabbing feature. Instead, this is a tablet for those who care more about enjoying sound and vision than killer apps.

eBay loves: Mobile gaming is redefined thanks to Remote Play, which lets you stream your PlayStation 4 games straight to the Xperia Z3 Tablet over a Wi-Fi connection, wherever you are. Pack a DualShock 4 controller and you can even use it to play.
 
 
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The screen, stand and speakers are all impressive

7. Lenovo Yoga Tablet Pro 2

It might have a pared-back operating system, but Lenovo’s most recent Yoga series tablet likes to do things a little differently. There’s a built-in stand, integrated speakers and sub-woofer and a giant 13-inch, HD screen. Lenovo claims its battery will run to 15 hours, too.

eBay loves: The built-in pico projector that lets you turn any flat surface into a cinema screen. Or presentation board, for impromptu blue-sky-thinking sessions.
 
 
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6. Google Nexus 9

While the Google Nexus 7 is still a fantastic-value tablet, it’s now nearly two years old. That means it won’t be supported by Google for long when it comes to updating to the latest version of Android. And while the Nexus 9 is more expensive, it’s much newer, so you’ll be guaranteed every tweak, upgrade and feature fresh from Google. It looks and feels very stylish indeed – it’s designed and built by HTC – while the speedy performance courtesy of Nvidia’s 64-bit processor means it’s one of the best high-end Android machines.

eBay loves: HTC BoomSound speakers sound great for music playback, while battery life should give you some ten hours of filmwatching and internet browsing.
 
 
The Hudl 2 is excellent value for money
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The Hudl 2 is excellent value for money

5. Tesco Hudl 2

Your instinct upon seeing a supermarket’s own-brand tablet might be to move on, but that would mean missing out on a seriously well-thought-out tablet from Tesco. For about £130 you get an 8.3-inch, HD screen, Intel quad-core processor and a microSD slot so you can boost on-board storage. The value for money here will turn heads as much as the Hudl 2’s bright, cheerful colour options.    

eBay loves: Child safety settings mean you can specify what your kids can and can’t watch, browse and download before you hand it to them.
 
 
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4. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Fast, intuitive and very sharply designed, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is a continuation of Sony’s impressive work with tablets. The sheer size of its superb 10-inch screen is offset by an ultra slimline silhouette, while there’s plenty of scope for expanding storage too.

eBay loves: Like its more recent Z3 sibling, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is waterproof, so bath-time reading with soapy fingers shouldn’t prove too costly.
 
 
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The Nvidia Shield sports great graphics

3. Nvidia Shield

The Nvidia Shield’s secret weapon is undoubtedly its Tegra K1 processor, which offers the sort of graphics capability that will run the most demanding Android-compatible games. And much like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, you can stream games to the Shield, although here they’ll be of the PC variety.

eBay loves: The console-style controller that lets you play games and control movie playback. It’s sold separately, however.
 
 
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The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 boasts an impressive screen

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

The bigger brother to the Galaxy Tab S 8.4, this features a 10.5-inch screen, which, combined with a battery life of up to nine hours, means it was built for long trips. Its Exynos processor comfortably handles the most power-hungry apps, while it weighs it at less than half a kilo. Not bad considering its heavyweight performance.

eBay loves: The multi user options mean everyone in the family can customise what they see and do – and the fingerprint scanner means the grown-ups’ settings are safe from tampering.
 
 
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1. Dell Venue 8 7000

This marquee tablet from Dell features a clever camera system that makes your photos appear 3D. RealSense depth-sensing lenses mean you can alter focal points and angles even after you’ve snapped a picture. A full suite of thoughtful (though initially confusing) photo-editing software makes this arguably the premier tablet for photography enthusiasts who want to edit shots on the go.

eBay loves: There’s plenty of room for photo files thanks to a microSD card slot that can expand to 512GB.
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