May 9, 2022

Best Samsung tablet 2022

By Michael L Hicks Samuel Contreras last updated 27 days ago

Samsung makes the best Android tablets; these models are the best of the best

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Android tablets have waned in popularity over the past few years, leading many companies to all but abandon them. But no one gave Samsung the memo: It regularly releases new tablet options every year with killer hardware while channeling its Android know-how into respectable software. 

Whether you choose our top overall pick — the Galaxy Tab S8+ — or any other option in this roundup, the best Samsung tablets all have plenty to set them apart compared to iPads, Fire tablets, and other popular brands.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

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+Gorgeous high-res 120Hz display+Top-class Snapdragon w/ 8GB RAM+One UI 4 multitasking software+Long-lasting battery life+Four OS updates/security through 2027+Superb low-latency S Pen included


-More expensive than most Tabs-12.4-inch design too large for some

The Galaxy Tab S8+ takes the winning formula from the Galaxy Tab S7+ and makes subtle improvements to keep its place as the best Android tablet money can buy. It has the same 12.4-inch AMOLED 120Hz display, a lightweight design (for its size), quad Dolby Atmos speakers, and dependable battery life. To improve, it adds the same flagship processor as the Galaxy S22 series, a wider selfie camera, Wi-Fi 6E support, and an extra 2GB of RAM. 

Then again, both the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Ultra share most of these perks. The Tab S8+ lacks the laptop-replacing size and memory upgrades of the desk-bound Tab S8 Ultra and the superior portability and price of the 11-inch Galaxy Tab S8. So why do we consider the Tab S8+ the best of the lot?

Primarily thanks to One UI 4, which added a ton of seamless multitasking tools. Android apps blown up to tablet size look fairly ugly, but the new OS lets you slide pinned apps from a hidden taskbar onto the display, side-by-side with one another so you can use three (or more) at once. Or you can use DeX mode, which uses a PC-like interface and works best with a laptop and mouse. 

Whichever mode you prefer, you’ll want a large display that gives several apps room to breathe. Both the Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra fit the bill here, but the Tab S8+ is just compact enough that you can also use it as a handheld tablet — while the Ultra is way too large. 

For that reason, the Plus-sized Tab is the model we wholeheartedly recommend as the best Android tablet available today.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 S Pen Multitask
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

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+Same blazing performance as Tab S8++Relatively lightweight compared to siblings+Longest battery life of S8 series+Bright, fast-refreshing LCD display+Very affordable for quality


-No AMOLED display or in-display fingerprint sensor-Smaller display for multitasking

One major upside of the Galaxy Tab S8 series, compared to Samsung’s usual strategy with its phones, is that it doesn’t reserve as many premium features for the most expensive models. The base Tab S8 has the same 120Hz refresh rate, quad speakers, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with 8GB of RAM, 12MP wide-angle selfie camera for video calling, and thin bezels as its more expensive siblings. All while costing $200-$400 less than the Plus and Ultra.

In exchange, you downgrade to an LCD display that doesn’t have quite the color fidelity as an AMOLED. But there are several benefits to an LCD: the Tab S8 actually gets 100 nits brighter than the S8+, and its battery life actually beats the larger Tabs despite a much smaller capacity. And in terms of resolution, it actually has the highest pixels-per-inch of the family.

The true downside here, as previously mentioned, is that you have less room for multitasking on the Tab S8. It’s better for casual use like streaming and gaming in bed than it is for DeX mode, and you may not want to pay a premium for that. But if you keep in mind that it’ll get five years of support, this Tab will give you more than its money’s worth over time. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE in portrait mode, showing Android widgets
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

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+10,090mAh battery+12.4-inch display+More affordable than other S7s+Comes with S Pen, 1TB microSD slot+5G support


-Lacks AMOLED, 60Hz refresh rate-Snapdragon 750G speeds are only average-Only 4GB/64GB base memory-Only 8MP/5MP cameras

Most Samsung FE devices maintain the excellence of flagship phones at a discounted price, like the flagship-killing Galaxy S20 FE. But the “Fan Edition” of the Galaxy Tab S7 series doesn’t quite live up to the label. Instead, Samsung took elements of the S7 and S7+ and jammed them into a massive tablet that’s more affordable than both, but made some significant compromises to justify the price drop.

The Galaxy Tab S7 FE gives you tons of perks for a mid-range tablet, tempered with price-cutting compromises outshone by the other S7s. It has the same massive 12.4-inch display as the S7+, but you get a TFT LCD instead of AMOLED and 60Hz instead of 120Hz. It comes with an S Pen and supports DeX mode for productivity, but its Snapdragon 750G chipset limits its performance compared to the S7’s 865+. And even though its cellular version offers 5G, its speeds will be limited by its 4GB of RAM.

The Galaxy Tab S7 FE beats other older, cheaper offerings on this list, like the Tab S5e and S6 Lite, while crushing the Tab A series. It falls well short of the Tab S8 in most specs except for its extra display size, but will fit the bill for anyone who wants a massive slab for streaming but can’t afford the Tab S8+.

If you can do without 120Hz — and many people won’t notice the absence unless they’re already used to the feature — this tablet looks plenty bright and colorful and will last 13 hours per charge whether you’re at home or on the road.

Tab S8 Ultra on desk close
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

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+A behemoth 14.6-inch display with tiny bezels+Upgrade to up to 16GB of RAM+Best selfie camera quality+Slim and lightweight for size


-Way too large to use away from desk-Very expensive, especially for extra RAM-Book cover keyboard also expensive

When it comes to the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, you’re getting something no other Android tablet can come close to offering. At 14.6 inches, you get an incredible amount of display space with the same smooth refresh rate as a much-smaller flagship phone. There’s a tiny notch that you’ll quickly grow accustomed to ignoring, and with extra RAM, it’s perfectly equipped for productivity in DeX mode or while juggling multiple apps.

Our reviewer particularly loved using the Tab S8 Ultra as a second screen with his other devices, and its size works well for that. Or, on its own, it can work as well as any laptop, with the same thin bezels you’d see on a much more expensive device. And you get the benefit of the S Pen, which has super-low latency and works great for note-taking or swiping through information.

But you’ll have to accept some obvious downsides with a device of this size. The official Book Cover Keyboard accessory is extremely expensive on top of the Tab S8 Ultra’s already-high price. Regular apps look extremely blown up and ugly when not multitasking, not taking advantage of the space. If you’re normally spending this much on a device, you’d want a more polished experience like Windows or Chrome OS. 

Still, as an Android tablet, the Tab S8 Ultra has no rivals for truly premium performance.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Review
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

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+Aluminum construction looks and feels nice+Solid LCD panel+Stereo speakers sound great+Free S Pen in the box+Has a 3.5mm headphone jack


-Disappointing performance-No fingerprint sensor

The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is older and smaller than the S7 FE, but the Tab S6 Lite has a few strong attributes worth mentioning for students — and a much lower price.

Regarding its display, the S6 Lite boasts a 10.4-inch LCD panel with a 2000×1200 resolution. Whichever app or game you’re running will look good here, and thanks to the included S Pen, you have a perfect canvas for taking notes in class or drawing during your free time. For comparison, cheap Galaxy Tab A tablets don’t typically come with an S Pen and often drop to HD resolution.

Pair its stylish display with excellent stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the S6 Lite gives a lot for a small amount of money.

Samsung does drop the ball with the Tab S6 Lite’s performance; its Exynos 9611 chipset leaves a lot to be desired. There’s also the fact that you don’t get a fingerprint sensor of any kind, which is annoying if you use banking apps and password managers. But it’s a great middle-ground purchase for students who want an affordable, relatively compact tablet for class.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

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+4K AMOLED display looks fantastic+Eye-catching chassis+Garaged active pen+Project Athena certification+Thin and lightweight+Support through June 2028


-Pricey for a Chromebook-Not the best battery life-Can get warm on the bottom

Picking a Samsung tablet is simple: Go for the Tab S8 series for premium quality or the Tab A series for budget quality. But there is a third option: Forego the Android ecosystem altogether and buy one of the best Chromebooks that pulls double duty as a laptop and tablet. Samsung’s Android skin does a great laptop-lite experience with DeX mode, but Chrome OS is a more tailored experience overall than One UI.

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook has the best display on this list, with a 13.3-inch 3840×2160 (4K) AMOLED touchscreen. Shipping with a built-in stylus, this Chromebook is designed for a beautiful tablet experience. It’s also extremely attention-grabbing, courtesy of its fiesta red design. It’ll make a statement whether you’re using it in laptop, tablet, or tent form.

Beneath the surface, you’ll get a 10th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD — very solid specs for a Chromebook. In exchange, you’ll have to accept a higher-than-average price and lower-than-average battery performance compared to other Chromebooks. This device likely won’t last you as long as a Tab S7 for streaming marathons, thanks to the 4K visuals and laptop-quality processor demanding extra power.

A Project Athena device, this Chromebook will give you reliable performance for years to come. Unlike an Android-based tablet, which will only get you a few years of support at most, you’ll get seven more years of updates with the Chromebook, so it should last you a good long while.

Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Dolby Atmos
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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

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+Super affordable+Lightweight and stylish+Long-lasting battery+Stereo speakers


-Slowest performance on this list-Display isn’t particularly pretty-No S Pen included

Just as with Samsung smartphones, Galaxy S tablets typically crush their Galaxy A Tab counterparts. But if you’re in the market for a cheap Android tablet that doesn’t make too many compromises, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is your best bet to compete with Amazon or Lenovo tablets built for the budget market. It’s incredibly affordable, with the excellent app library Fire Tablets lack, plus the Samsung tools and tricks you know and love. And at 8 inches, weighing just 13oz/367g, it’s much easier to hold while lying in bed than any other pick on this list.

Keep in mind that this is truly a “budget” tablet. Its MediaTek MT8768T Helio P22T chipset can clock 4 x 2.3GHz + 4 x 1.8GHz; solid but nothing to write home about. With a 1340×800 TFT display, it won’t hit FHD when streaming. And like most in its class, it has thicker bezels on the top and bottom. But for its price, these specs aren’t bad at all.

You’ll get decently long-lasting battery life, dual stereo speakers, 15W fast charging, expandable storage up to 1TB, Android 11 out of the box, and up to 4GB of RAM — equal to the base RAM of more expensive Samsung tablets. The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite also uses a lightweight aluminum frame that makes it especially comfortable to hold. So for casual streaming and browsing without eating into your savings, this is a great option.

Bottom line

Samsung’s lineup of Android tablets is rather impressive, seeing as hardly anyone else supports the form factor. Looking through its list of available options, we have to give our highest recommendation to the Galaxy Tab S8+.

The Tab S8+ has a great set of specs with plenty of power to back up the massive 2960 x 1848 resolution of the display. This hardware bundles these components up in a really nice design and comes in at a price tag that’s pretty fair when you consider everything you’re getting — a 120Hz display, high-quality S Pen, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, and so on.

There are other options out there if you have different tastes and budgets, but overall, the Galaxy Tab S8+ strikes that balance of being the Samsung tablet to get, especially if you’re already used to the way Samsung’s platform works.

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