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The best Samsung tablets are well-designed Android slates that perform well and last a good while on a single charge. They also tend to come with Samsung apps and technologies that improve on the stock Android tablet experience, which is a rarity in the world of Android devices.

For all of these reasons and more, Samsung's slates rank among some of the best Android tablets on the market. But there are so many to choose from that it can be hard to know which is right for you — which is why we've put together this buying guide based on what we've learned testing and reviewing all of Samsung's top tablets.

In our quest to help you find the right Samsung tablet for you we test them all in the lab, measuring things like battery life, performance and screen quality. We then use that data, as well as our own experience using these tablets for work and play, to determine which are the cream of the crop. 

Read on for our list of the best Samsung tablets you can buy, based on our own hands-on testing and reviews!

Written by
Alex Wawro
Written by
Alex Wawro

Alex Wawro is a lifelong journalist who's spent over a decade covering tech, games and entertainment. He oversees the computing department at Tom's Guide, which includes managing tablet coverage and reviewing many himself every year.

The quick list

Here's a quick overview of the best Samsung tablets you can buy right now based on our testing and reviews.

The best Samsung tablets you can buy today

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The best overall

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 review unit

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The best all-around Samsung tablet

Specifications

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Display: 11-inch (2560 x 1600) Dynamic AMOLED 2X 120Hz
Storage: 128GB
Memory: 8GB RAM
Ports: USB-C, microSD
Dimensions: 10.01 x 6.51 x 0.25 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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AMOLED screen is gorgeous
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Great speakers
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Packed-in stylus is a great value

Reasons to avoid

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Slower than older, cheaper iPads
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Middling battery life

Like its predecessors the Galaxy Tab S9 is good at a lot of things, but it's best at being a general-purpose Android tablet. You can use it to get work done in a pinch, but in my experience it's best enjoyed as a speedy all-purpose device for making work and play a bit more enjoyable. 

But unlike its predecessors this Galaxy Tab comes with a gorgeous AMOLED display, a premium-feeling upgrade that used to be reversed for even more expensive Samsung tablets. But with the S9 it's standard on the entry-level model, and it's a great upgrade that makes this affordable tablet really feel like a premium iPad competitor. Of course, the fact that it can't outpace an older, cheaper iPad Air might be a dealbreaker for speed freaks.

While this may not be the biggest Android slate on the block (that honor likely goes to the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra) it's a great all-around tablet that competes favorably with Apple's iPad.  if you just need a great premium Android tablet the Galaxy Tab S9 is a great buy, and it should last you for years to come.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 review.

The best value

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The best Samsung tablet for those on a budget

Specifications

CPU: Qualcomm SM6115
Display: 10.4-inch, 2000x1200-pixel
Storage: 32GB
Memory: 3GB
Ports: USB-C, microSD
Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Excellent battery life
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Facial recognition
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USB-C charging

Reasons to avoid

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Screen is a little dim
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Underwhelming performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is starting to show its age at this point, but if you can find one on sale it's one of the best deals you can get on an Android tablet. This pint-sized slate was originally priced to undercut the iPad by $100, and now it's an even better savings thanks to the fact that iPads have gotten more expensive. And while this slim tablet can't compete in terms of speed or power, it's beautiful, easy to carry and offers an amazing 13+ hours of (tested) battery life. You also get the convenience of facial authentication tech, so you can unlock the tablet with your face if you want.

While our reviewer did wish it was a tad brighter and faster, this remains a great utilitarian tablet that offers the real, unadulterated Android experience — with the Google Play app store and Google apps — so you're not confined to web-only Gmail and YouTube like you are on cheaper Amazon Fire Android tablets.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 review.

The best laptop replacement

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra

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The best Samsung tablet for replacing a laptop

Specifications

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Display: 14.6-inch, 2960 x 1848-pixel
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Memory: 12GB
Ports: 1x USB-C, microSD
Dimensions: 12.85 x 8.21 x 0.22 inches
Weight: 1.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful 14.6-inch OLED display
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Surprisingly lightweight, slim design
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Speedy performance

Reasons to avoid

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May be too unwieldy for some
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More expensive than some competing laptops

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is a massive slate that casts a literal shadow over the iPad Pro. The massive 14.6 OLED display looks amazing and is huge in the hands (as you can see from the photo above), making the 12.9-inch iPad Pro seem cute by comparison. 

This tablet is angled at folks who want a tablet that might also double as a laptop, and it's great for remote work as it packs dual front cameras with support to up to 4K resolution for video calls. Plus, there's advanced video features like noise reduction and auto-centering to ensure you stay in the middle of the frame and are easy to hear.

If you have any other Galaxy devices this tablet is even cooler since it can interact with them and share files and apps across your ecosystem of Galaxy devices. But even if this is the only one you own, the smooth writing experience of the included S Pen stylus, speedy performance and great speakers make this look and feel like a premium experience.

And with a price tag of over $1k the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra demands one heck of a premium. But it delivers an intoxicating blend of size, speed and versatility that makes it one of the best tablets on the market.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra review

Battery life compared

Battery life is one of the key differentiators for many folks trying to decide which tablet to buy, which is why we've collected all our battery test results for the tablets on this page into one handy chart that's easy to understand at a glance.

I added a few of the most recent, most popular competing tablets to the table as well, including a pair of iPads, to give you a better sense of how these Samsung slates stack up to the competition. As you can see, the answer is: pretty favorably!

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Battery test results
Header Cell - Column 0 Time (min:secs)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S99:06
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra9:27
Samsung Galaxy Tab A713:13
Samsung Galaxy Tab S812:52
Lenovo Tab Extreme9:28
Apple iPad Air (2022)10:09
Apple iPad Pro (2022)10:37

While all the tablets on this list performed well in our battery tests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is the clear winner here if battery life is your top concern.

How to choose the best Samsung tablet for you

When it comes to picking the best Samsung tablet for you, start by thinking about what you plan to use it for.

If you mostly want a slate to browse the web, watch videos and play games, good news —  every tablet on this list is good for that. All that remains is to work out what size and features you can afford, then make the best pick for your needs and budget.

Looking for a slate that could possibly replace your laptop? The Galaxy Tab S9 is a great choice, though typing on its (optional) Book Cover detachable keyboard can be a little cramped. If you want something larger and don't mind paying over $1,000, the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is explicitly designed to replace your laptop -- and thanks to Samsung's DeX mode, it's more capable as a laptop replacement than any iPad.

Looking for a cheap tablet that's good enough for most tasks? The Galaxy Tab S7 Lite is a great choice. While it's sub-1080p resolution makes watching videos on it feel a bit underwhelming, and it tends to feel a bit sluggish when you're doing a lot at once, it's a great device if you need an affordable, lightweight tablet.

Before you make your purchase, take a look at our Samsung promo codes page to find the latest discounts.

How we test the best Samsung tablets

We put every tablet we review through a series of performance tests to get a sense of how well the real product stands up to the hype, and how it compares relative to other tablets. 

One of the first tests we do is a battery test, which times how long a tablet can last on a full charge by tasking it with endlessly surfing the web via Wi-Fi with its screen set to a specific brightness. We also perform a series of display tests to measure how colorful the panel can get (measured with its sRGB output number) as well as how bright it can get. We then run the slate through a series of performance tests designed to give us a sense of how fast and powerful it is, including the latest version of the Geekbench CPU performance benchmark. 

Another thing we do to evaluate Android tablets is check out the included apps and app store to see if you're getting a true Android experience or some company's vision thereof. Luckily, Samsung has been pretty good about allowing users to access the full Google Play storefront (though it also has its own separate Android app storefront), and its own apps tend to be pretty good -- especially if you own other Samsung devices. On tablets with parental controls settings, we try and find the loopholes in said limitations, to find red flags before your kids can. 

Plus, we use every tablet for at least a few days to a few weeks as though we'd just bought it ourselves. We unbox and evaluate the design and setup process, then fire up our favorite apps and open as many browser tabs as possible to see how much work a tablet can handle without slowing down. We also watch YouTube videos because the color output (sRGB) and brightness (nits) measurements don't tell the whole story about how nice it is to watch videos on a tablet. We describe all these experiences in detail in our reviews, which you can consult for hands-on reporting and hard testing data which helps you understand how a product compares to the competition.

For more information, check out our how we test page for Tom's Guide.

Alex Wawro

Alex Wawro is a lifelong tech and games enthusiast with more than a decade of experience covering both for outlets like Game Developer, Black Hat, and PC World magazine. A lifelong PC builder, he currently serves as a senior editor at Tom's Guide covering all things computing, from laptops and desktops to keyboards and mice. 

  • eboethrasher
    Did you never get a review sample of the Tab S7 FE? It feels like that is an important one to be leaving out of all of these comparison articles, etc. For instance, T-mobile offers the5G version of it for a discounted price of like $11 a month. And it seems like it hits a sweet spot between the S6 and the S7 so it would be great to see a full-fledged review and comparisons of it.
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