Aug 10 AT 3:20 PM Taylor Wimberly 65 Comments

If you consider yourself a mobile gamer, I bet the thought of owning an Android tablet has crossed your mind. Playing games on your phone can be fun, but some titles just scream for a larger display. The first wave of Android tablets were too expensive and didn’t live up to expectations, but the latest generation of devices is starting to make people think they might need a companion device for their smartphone.

There are countless Android phones to choose from, but the selection of Android tablets is more limited. You can still enjoy a great gaming experience on tablets at every price point, but the number of quality products is limited to a few OEMs. Check out our top picks for every budget.

High-end: ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700

The Good: 10.1-inch 1920 × 1200 Full HD display with Super IPS+, Quad-core Tegra 3 processor @1.6 GHz with 12-core GeForce GPU, 32 or 64 GB of built-in memory, SonicMaster audio technology, microSD expansion slot, and micro HDMI port.

The Not-so-good: Cost of tablet and keyboard dock can get pricey.

Final words: The Transformer Pad Infinity is the best Android tablet on the market period. It has the highest resolution display, fastest processor, longest battery life (with dock), and largest internal storage. We are likely to see some new tablets around Q4 2012, so keep that in mind before you purchase.

Full Review: Read Sean’s review.

Last Amazon Price: $488 for 32 GB model, $588 for 64 GB model.

Mid-range: ASUS Transformer Pad TF300

The Good: 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 LED backlight IPS display, Quad-core Tegra 3 processor @1.2 GHz with 12-core GeForce GPU, SonicMaster audio technology, microSD expansion slot, and micro HDMI port.

The Not-so-good: Display is not as high resolution as Infinity Pad and the Tegra 3 chip is clocked slower. No 3G/4G connectivity.

Full Review: Read Dustin’s review

Last Amazon Price: $374 for 32 GB model, $299 for 16 GB model

Final words: Offers a similar 10-inch gaming experience to the Infinity Pad at a lower price. You give up the high-resolution display, but you can still output video to a big screen TV through HDMI.

Budget: Google ASUS Nexus 7

The Good: Only tablet shipping with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 12-core GeForce GPU, 7” 1280×800 HD display,

The Not-so-good: No expandable storage, no HDMI video port.

Final words: The Nexus 7 offers a comparable gaming experience to the best tablets with a smaller display and price tag. Some might even prefer the 7-inch display over a larger one because it is easier to reach all the on screen buttons. The limited storage and single USB port can be limiting, but cloud storage and wireless controllers can make up for it.

Full Review: Coming soon (p.s. We love it!)

Google Play Price: $199 for 8 GB model, $249 for 16 GB model

Wrapping Things Up

ASUS and NVIDIA clearly own the gaming tablet market right now. From top to bottom, they deliver a premium experience that can’t be matched. ASUS delivers the best value for design and hardare, while NVIDIA juices the mobile games ecosystem with their TegraZone program.

Let us know if you spot any tablets that might be a better pick at any of the price poins. We plan to regularly update this guide as we search out the best deals for Android devices.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • triangle

    Nexus 7. Hands down.

    • linda88

      I think iPad is the best (i have an iPad)

      • Adrian

        Please don’t have children…. Or at least get them a reading tutor.

    • RaMumin

      got to love it

  • ChaosKiller

    Nexus 7, Not so good: not available in most countries.

    • zerosix

      Available with the help of forwarding services.

      • ChaosKiller

        Which obviously makes the price go up.

        • zerosix

          But still a very good deal.

    • kenya1

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      • John Franklin

        and he is a muslim, its a shame he doesnt stand to his roots and a shame for the english country. Tank god this olympic mess is finally over. It was terrible

        • The Reverend T

          Look, dipshite, He came to England from a war-torn country at the age of 7. He spent the formative years of his life here and has proudly achieved more for the UK than you ever will. He SOUNDS like a Londonder.

          You sound like a 1940s Berliner.

          • rONNY

            he is blACK

    • theviper21

      Which doesn’t make the device not so good, just the ability to get it.


    Do you want to play Android Games on your tablet? Nexus is the best

    Do you want to play Android games on your TV? Transformer wins for HDMI out but you could just buy a Nexus 7 and pre-order an OUYA too.

  • cb2000a

    Nexus 7…unfortunately the wife got it.

    • Squirrel

      Ah, that’s the beauty of the Nexus 7, you can buy one for him and one for her for the money you’d pay to shame many other tablets.

  • M3rc Nate

    All made by Asus lol. Nice. Heres my question, they said a lot of things about “when” the TF700 would be out. Your saying new tablets in Q4 2012, but from what iv seen, with push backs and “only on paper” releases and low stock releases…it could easily be Q1 2013 before you can actually get your hands on a tablet that is better than the TF700.

  • Mike Leahy

    I really enjoyed Avadon on the Nexus 7….

  • ericl5112

    I would go to say that the N7 16Gb is the best android gaming tablet for any price for a lot of people. I have the 16Gb version, with nearly 40 games on it (not that I’ve played them all, but I have made sure they all have all the data files), not to mention other apps and files I have on mine. I have 5.13GB free still. The game library I’m talking about includes some fairly large games like Fieldrunners, Anomaly HD, Shadow Gun, Dead Trigger, Real Racing 2, Heroes Call, Dead Space, and more. They aren’t tiny games, I just think a lot of people over estimate the size of many of these games.

    The 7″ size also makes gaming more enjoyable than on my 10″ Transformer. Things are much easier to reach. That’s pretty big. The Nexus 7 is more likely to have developer support. That can’t really be underestimated. You can have the best gaming machine in the world, but if big games don’t support it, SOL. Finally, the N7 is small enough to fit comfortably in a side or back pocket with case. The best games are the ones you have on you when you have time to play.

    That said, if you are someone that needs Max Payne, GTA3, and a lot of other GB+ games, you might do better elsewhere. Same if you are someone who needs the 10″. However, don’t say you need 10″ till you try a 1280*800 7″ tablet.

  • jlschulz

    Xbox for games, tablet for surfing the web and email, pc for serious computing. The crapload of games that are available for tablets is just that, a crapload. who would possibly want to play these stupid games.

    • ZzX44

      “Xbox for games” – Let me stop you right there.

      A.) If you were actually a gamer you’d have a PS3.

      B.) FPse among other emulators give you access to plenty of games which aren’t “stupid”.

      C.) There are legitimately good, enjoyable games for tablets. Bigger publishers and developers (Square, EA, Sega, Rockstar, and even Epic [Even though they suck]) are pursuing that space for a reason, *Hint* Because they can make good games for the platform in addition to producing them at a lower cost instead of bending to the will of MS and Sony (Mainly MS because they are closed and restrictive)

      D.) Exynos 5 and Mali T604 will bring even better games to tablets and phones.

      Sorry to tell you but if anything is a stupid crapload of crap, it’s your comment.

      • clocinnorcal

        True gamers play PC, sorry :P

      • theviper21

        It is true that there are some legitimately good games and I have hope for the future that better ones will be created for tablets, but right now you can’t really compare what you can get on a tablet with what you can play on a console.

  • fletchtb

    I’m happy with my Nexus 7!

  • Nathan D.

    My transformer prime tf201 is still a good android tablet :-)

    • rewagner

      I have to agree. My TF201 still kicks ass. Of course I would not turn down a TF700 :-D

  • TruFactz

    Nexus 7 is awesome! I just Got one today!

  • Starship

    I have a touchpad with cyanogen 9. Has been able to run anything I have thrown at it. Now that I have paired my sixaxis with it, ill start getting the shooters as well.

  • Homncruse

    This is why Asus is my favorite tech manufacturer. I’ve trusted them for years with my desktop PC components, and I’m glad to see that trust is not misplaced in the tablet arena.

  • Mix

    Man would I take any of those tablets! I am still thinking about buying a Nexus 7 but the lack of expandable memory is toying with my feeling!

    Also you have a little typo Taylor, right at the end:
    “From top t0 bottom”

  • David

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  • Franklyn

    Enjoying my nexus 8GB due to budget & I have a SG2 16GB & card and hdmi cords. Love my wife’s iPad but tiresome for reading & gaming. Loving my nexus.

    • zerosix

      You love everything! It’s so cute.

  • D4NH

    What? No love for the Galaxy Tab 7.7?

  • Casper

    I have Galaxy tab 7+ rooted and romed. Six axis controller and wow what a difference a controller makes. The only reason I wouldn’t buy Nexus is because no extra storage I’m not fond of cloud storage to much of a security risk for now. If nexus had 32 gig I would definatly buy one then I wouldn’t have to worry about room for things I only buy like every 4 years costs too much to try and keep up with technology

  • OnpointG3

    Damn Toshiba Excite 10 didn’t make the list, some of the same specs of the Nexus 7, I have one and I love playing games on it, no lag, fast gameplay full sd slot the list goes on.

    • luking

      What games run well on the toshiba?

  • Prince77

    I don’t play many games, but I have enough on my phone that would be perfect for the Nexus 7. I just went to Gamestop and preordered it Yesterday.

  • zerosix

    What game it is on the 1st pic?

  • Carlos Sousa

    Só acho q nos recentes modelos TF a Docking está a perder características enriquecedoras de Docking Connection. Melhoram o PAD e estragam a Docking. A Docking do TF101G bate as recentes em Connetions.
    Só n entendo como este PADs ASUS Transformers tão leves q são, q conseguem a proeza de fazer subir os custos de transporte deles próprios pois quando chegam a Portugal ficam € 200 mais caros ou seja pago por um TF300 o mesmo que por um TF700. Acho q compensa a viagem a Espanha ou algum outro Pais da CEE (n esquecer a factura para comprovar q foi pago os impostos) – O nosso mercado tem de crescer, n devem deixar os monos ficar ao mesmo preço dos novos.

    Esperemos Samsung ou outra marca q sejam inteligentes q coloquem no mercado o q a maioria procura: Utilize o Exynos 5 Dual (1,7), Utilize Memoria SoDIMM DD3 (1,2,4,8Gb); 32a64 Gb EMMC + 25a50 Gb Armazenamento Vitalicio (Ex Google); WL bgn 2,4 Ghz; BT v3; WebCam 3 MP Front, 8a16 MP Back (autoFocus, Sensor BSI) c Lente 5 Elementos min; Colunas HarmanKard; Mic Incorp c Reduçao Ruido; 1 MicroHDMI; 1 Jack Audio (2em1 (auscult/Mic); 1 Leitor cartões SD/MicroSD (N limitados); 2as USB3 (1 deCarga QuandLigEletricidade) e uma micro USB; G-Sensor; Sensor de Luminosidade; Bateria Lítio-Polimero de 22Wh*2 Min 10h; Ecran acho q n devia ser maior q 11.0 (11,6 é quase 12) devia haver 10,1 e 11,6; Sonhar c Conector p Docking tipo Asus TF101G Teclado – Docking 1a USB3 Charge, 1a MicroUSB; Multi-Touch Pad; SD Card; 40 Pin Conector Port for Charging Battery and possible to connect PC for Data Sync; Baterry for 10 h (10h + 10h =20 h) – Não mais € 500/600 Eu compro – email: [email protected]

  • Steve

    All 3 winners are from ASUS. The Google Nexus is actually built by ASUS but branded for Google. I would say thats a clean sweep. And let me tell you, as an owner of the Transformer Prime, ASUS is the only manufacturer of Android tablets that have actually figured it out. They have the best feature set and specifications. If they could just bump that display to a higher DPI then we would have a true iPad killer. Unfortunately, we will never really have the iPad replacement because of one reason. most….. I repeat…. MOST… people who are in the market for a tablet simply want a media consumption device which is easy to use. They want to open the box and be able to download music or movies or books and games and just use the device. I was in Radio Shack the other day and a woman came in to return her HTC One X because it took 8 hours to deliver a text message to her. After some looking, I found that she had delayed delivery on as default. She still wanted to swap for an iPhone. But therin lies the problem. Android devices have a little bit of a learning curve. I love my Prime and as an avid techie, I relish in the discovery of all the bells and whistles of each operating system. But unfortunately most consumers are not….

  • Darkseider

    Asus TF Prime and original Asus Transformer and both serve me well both home and on the road. I have made the Original TF more or less my poor mans OUYA for my TV being that it is hooked up constantly. Works great!

  • Kieran Warren

    I believe that ASUS will begin to takeover the android tablet market now, they have a great range and the keyboard dock is ideal for those people moving over from a laptop

    They have the most powerful tablet in the world, in the Infinity TF 700, They have the best budget device which is cheaper than an iPod touch and does so much more, and then the TF300 is for those who want the TF700 but without some of the thrills and is awesome as well, especially the red version!!!


  • RobBull75

    I’ve been considering switching from my Xoom to the Nexus 7 for the gaming. I though the N7 was going to be too small until I used it and the screen is just about the right size for gaming and reading. Also, the CPU/GPU combo is far better than the Xoom’s. The only deal breakers are the lack of storage and the fact that I watch quite a bit of video when I’m traveling and the bigger screen is much nicer for that. Looks like I’m going to have to save my pennies and buy the N7 and keep the Xoom.

  • theviper21

    I like the thought of having the ability to have a keyboard on a tablet like this, but is it really that useful for anything you would do on an Android tablet? I don’t know of any games that would really use it. Maybe if you are doing some writing, but otherwise I would think it would just get in the way.

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  • ksjones66

    I’ve had my Nexus 7 for about 2 weeks now and couldn’t be happier with it. Does everything I need, and the gaming on it is everything I’d hoped for in a tablet!

  • llamas

    Great product

  • MINATOâ„¢

    For low price tab micromax funbook p300 is the best……..

  • cdoublejj

    If you like the Google Asus Nexus 7 you should check out the Acer Iconia A110, it has the same specs except it has mini hdmi and micro sdhc and gps.

  • khuaja

    anyone there?

  • Andrei

    I always check out this website before buying PC games – It also has reviews about the best gaming tablets. In my opinion the best gaming tablet is the Ipad.
    Good article by the way Thanks!

  • navjyot singh

    it is good

  • vary

    Nexus 10 wont do bad either i suppose, how about adding it to the list ?

  • amplwp

    Love my N7. I have the 32 GB and was worried about space (especially with no expandable storage), after my 16 GB SIII filled up quick. But, with my music firmly embedded in Google Music cloud and spreading the app love over the N7 and SIII, 32 GB is working out amazingly.

  • bgssilva

    the hibrid asus padfone 2 is very good for gaming!

  • greyrog

    any one gamed on a Samsung tab 2 7″ yet got my daughter one for Christmas can’t wait to try it out.

  • David

    At a quick look, it appears no one corrected the OP in their high praises of the Asus TF700. Sure the specs are amazing, but did he / she try playing games on said device? Prolly not because if they had, they’d discover most games are not available due to the TF700 having too high a screen res.

  • cduran1983

    Tegra Rocks. I just love nvidia. Nice read!

    • lmfao

      tegra is an overrated piece of shit

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