Tablets:

Best Android tablets of 2015

Updated

Unlike Apple's closed system of hardware and software, the open-source nature of Google's Android OS makes it inviting for many hardware manufacturers to try their hand at making an Android-based device. That said, it's a system that has been slow to bear fruit when it comes to viable competitors to the Apple iPad, but that's changing. The following tablets represent the highest-quality Android-based models currently available.

Google Nexus 9

The Google Nexus 9's premium build, speedy performance and consistent updates render it one of the best high-end Android tablets.

Price: $346.88 - $358.74 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

For novice Android users with a desire to greatly personalize their experience, the Sony Xperia Z4 is a beautifully constructed tablet with high-end specs that won't disappoint.

Price: $879.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Dell Venue 10 7000

The refined build quality and slick performance of the Dell Venue 10 7000 make it one of the finest Android tablet-hybrids around.

Price: $499.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Even if you don't take advantage of its gaming prowess, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of the most versatile -- and affordable -- high-performance 8-inch Android slates you can buy.

Price: $629.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Dell Venue 8 7000

With its powerful 3D camera and strong image editing features the Dell Venue 8 7000 makes the strongest case yet for tablet photography.

Price: $349.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

Impressive Amazon features and an outstanding display make the the Fire HDX 8.9 one of the best and most affordable media consumption tablets.

Price: $379.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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