With Christmas 2015 around the corner, you may be thinking about picking up a tablet for a loved one or, more likely, for yourself.
What are the best Android tablets for Christmas 2015? Find out today in our holiday shopping guide for 2015.
(This list is in no particular order; all of these tablets are pretty darn good)
Google Nexus 9 ($300)
The Nexus tablets (and phones) have always been about smooth performance and a sleek, minimalistic OS. You get the purest version of Android with decent performance specs and a clean design.
The Nexus 9 is considered a high-end Android tablet and is priced at around $300. It won’t replace your computer, but it’s a high-powered tablet that will perform strongly for years into the future.
Sony Xperia Z4 ($600)
The Xperia Z4 is the most popular Android tablet that isn’t made by Samsung or Google. With the Xperia Z4, users get a ridiculously good-looking screen along with high-end specs. The only problem? The high price tag makes it out of reach for many users. Still, if you’re looking for strong performance, clear video playback, and surprisingly strong battery life, the Xperia Z4 is one to check out.
Tip: Look for the Xperia Z4 to drop in price on Black Friday sales or after the Christmas season. It’s been out for a little while now and should be dropping in price very soon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 ($400 to $650)
Samsung’s lineup of Galaxy Tab tablets have always provided a good blend of strong performance with a sexy Samsung display. If you’re looking for bright colors and high resolution at a modest price, the Galaxy Tab S2 will live up to your expectations.
It’s also small, slender, and light enough to easily slide into your backpack or bag if you’re on-the-go. As long as you don’t mind Samsung’s TouchWiz interface (which has gotten much better in recent years), the Tab S2 is one of the best Android tablets you can buy in 2015.
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 ($380)
Amazon’s Fire tablets may not be lighting up sales records as much as Amazon hoped. However, they’re still some of the best tablets for media consumption.
If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, then Amazon’s Fire HDX 8.9 should probably be at the top of your list of tablets to buy. The HDX 8.9 features one of the best high-resolution displays in a small form factor, making it ideal for bus rides, plane trips, and other adventures.
Of course, if you want a full-featured tablet for general purpose use – like Office-style apps and photo editing, then the Fire HDX 8.9 is not your best option. The HDX 8.9 is best for media consumption.
If you’re not going to miss the Google Play Store and other pure Android features, then the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 is one to consider – especially if it drops in price during an upcoming Amazon sale.
Dell Venue 8 7000 ($300)
The Dell Venue 8 7000 is the only tablet on this list to offer a 3D camera. The small-sized (8”) tablet also features strong built-in image editing, making it one of the best all-around tablets for mobile photography.
If you’re not going to use your tablet to take pictures, then you might not use most of the features on the Dell Venue 8 7000. Nevertheless, the Dell Venue 8 7000 also offers decent tech specs at an affordable price.
LG G Pad 7.0
Many Android users continue picking LG devices simply because they have the best UI. The LG G Pad 7.0 doesn’t just have an amazing UI: It also has an amazing price tag.
Sure, the tablet is only 7”. But as an entry-level tablet, you’re not going to find a better price/performance ratio. All of the Android apps you know and love are here.
The only two major drawbacks of the LG G Pad 7.0 or its lame design (there’s a lot of black case and bezel around the edges) and its limited internal storage space (8GB).
Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, there’s never been a better time to shop for Android tablets: with new offerings from Dell, LG, Amazon, and other manufacturers, the Android tablet industry has never been stronger.