Android tablets run on Google’s Android operating system. There’s a huge range of Android devices available with some manufacturers (like Amazon and Samsung) offering customised versions of Android on their tablets One of the major benefits of Android tablets is that they offer more flexibility and customisation than other tablets on the market. With Android, you can download and install any number of apps and widgets to really make your device your own. Windows and iOS tablets simply can't match that level of customisation.
Another big benefit of Android tablets is that they tend to be more affordable than their rivals. If you're looking for a high-end tablet with all the bells and whistles, you'll still pay a premium price. But if you're just looking for a basic tablet for browsing the web, checking email, and playing some casual games, you can find a great Android tablet for a fraction of the cost of an iPad or Surface Pro for example.
Android tablets tend to be more power efficient and have longer battery life than other tablets on the market. If you're planning on using your tablet for long periods of time, whether for work or play, you'll appreciate the extra hour or two that you can get out of an Android device.
When you buy an Android tablet you’ll find it ships with a number of apps already preinstalled. There’s a huge choice of additional apps available for Android tablets which can be downloaded via the Google Play store and you can choose which ones you have showing on your tablet’s home screen. A word of caution though - because there are so many different Android devices on the market, it can be difficult to find apps and games that are optimised for your specific tablet.
If you’ve settled on an Android tablet, the key specs to look at before you buy include the processor, memory and storage - especially if you plan to use the tablet for productivity (creating content rather than just consumption (ie streaming, web surfing and music). Screen quality does vary across different tablet models so check resolution, brightness and contrast specs which all affect overall image clarity. Other considerations include the number and type of ports and webcams included, the quality of the sound and speakers and the type of warranty available as standard.