Google finally optimized Android for widescreen devices, which is great for the future of Android tablets.
The Boox Tab Ultra is the most capable E Ink tablet on the market, but it's priced so close to an iPad Air that it will be a tough sell for most.
Android tablets have improved significantly in the past couple of years, and good ones like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra can perhaps suit the needs of some power users more than even the best iPad. But the reality remains that Apple's iPads are more polished and enjoy far higher mainstream popularity. Go to any coffee shop in America, and 90% of the tablets you see are likely iPads.
The second-gen version of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is a refresh of an already-popular tablet with a switch to MediaTek in tow.
Android tablets aren't exactly considered the best tablets around, and very few are worthy of being compared to the likes of the juggernaut that is the iPad. However, a couple of decent ones spring to mind, and one of those is the first Lenovo Tab P11 Pro. It was a tablet that you could actually try out the Android 12L beta on, and it packed some decent specifications at a good price. Now the company has come out with a second-generation Tab P11 Pro, which has some improvements over its predecessor.
In the world of tablets, there aren't a whole lot of options. You'll pretty much only ever stray towards Samsung in the realm of Android or, more likely, an iPad. A lot of Android users will be swayed by the allure of an iPad, as Apple just simply does tablets better. However, the Honor Pad 8 is an interesting tablet that does it just a little bit differently. It's geared a whole lot more towards media consumption but has a price tag to match, too.
The Amazon Fire 7 tablet is Amazon's entry-level Fire tablet that compromises in everything. But it is so cheap, it doesn't matter.
The Amazon Fire line of tablets is among the more popular non-iPad lines of tablets out there. The Fire 7 is the least expensive in Amazon's lineup, and it shows. You could point to just about any feature on this tablet and criticize that it needs to be better. Processor? Definitely. Screen? For sure! Touch sensitivity? Yes! About the only things that this tablet nails right out of the gate are respectable battery life and the fact that it uses USB-C for charging and data. Everything else is a compromise.
The Huawei MatePad Paper is what happens when E-Ink meets Android, and it's honestly not a bad experience. It's costly, though.
If you've ever used an e-ink display, it was probably on something like an Amazon Kindle. They have a few advantages over normal displays, though they're very specific. They're capable of wide viewing angles with a really low power draw and exceptional daylight visibility, but the advantages stop right about there. Aside from their intended purpose — reading text — e-ink displays are not really good for anything else. They have low refresh rates, image ghosting, and are typically monochromatic. Huawei recently launched the MatePad Paper, but the interesting thing is that it runs HarmonyOS, meaning that you can sideload Android apps on it, too.
The Huawei MatePad 11 is an excellent tablet in its own right, but outside influence makes this a hard one to recommend. Read our review here.
Huawei has had to reimagine its business strategy over the past couple of years since the imposition of trade restrictions by the United States. We've seen the company lean more into its wearables business while also delving more into tablets. We saw the arrival of the Huawei MatePad Pro earlier this year, a tablet that I greatly enjoyed, alongside the Huawei MatePad 11. These are two very different tablets for different people, and while the MatePad 11 is definitely the weaker of the two, I'd wager that some people may prefer it.