Many people remember a lot of critics laughing at the iPad when it first came out as being something unnecessary and indulgent, but tablets have really come to the fore of technology. It is expected that half of 2014’s PC sales will be tablets. Their popularity is soaring because now they pretty much twice as light as simple laptops for work and are a great entertainment system.
Every new generation of tablets gets more and more impressive and the ones we’ll be seeing in 2014 are certain to make a few heads turn. Read on to find the best of the crop.
The name is slightly deceptive as this tablet has been available since late November, nonetheless, it’s intended to be a contender for the top tablet well into next year. Its resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (299 ppi) makes it top of the market and its 16:9 display makes it awesome for watching HD videos. The most unique feature of this tablet is the S Pen stylus which runs on Wacom technology, allowing for easy writing and amazing sensitivity. If you’re someone who likes taking hand written notes, then this is for you. It comes with an 8MP auto-focus camera and a bright LED for illuminating low-light scenes.
With the overwhelming success the updated Nexus 7 is currently enjoying, an updated Nexus 10 tablet is next up on offer. While nothing conclusive has been announced yet, people are already anticipating a new processor and the updated Android 4.3. With the current gen of Nexus 10 sporting a very high-res 2560×1600 display, 2GB of RAM and being powered by a dual-core Samsung Exynos 5 chipset, it doesn’t need much more to make it a leader in the tablet market.
Asus’ anticipated tablet will be the fastest Android tablet it has ever released. Running on a Tegra 4 processor with a quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU 1.9GHz with 2GB of RAM and a 2560 x 1600 pixel IGZO-TFT display, you’d expect tremendous speeds indeed. But will that sacrifice battery life? Apparently not, since Asus claims it will run for 17 hours when docked, and 13 when not.
Again, this is already out, but it’ll be one of the leaders for well into next year. Somewhat thick and heavy for a tablet, the Surface 2 borders on a very light laptop, but that’s its selling point. An all-purpose device, you can use it for work and your home entertainment. Running the full Windows 8.1 and possessing a USB 3.0 port, you’ll be able to do pretty much anything on it including attaching a hard drive and editing movies. Then you can take it home and play all those games you spend your whole day thinking about.
This deserves an honourable mention. Just like the original iPad, this model is expected to go strong for years after its release. Apple is certainly the leader when it comes to tablet technology, and I’m not saying that as an Apple fan-boy. PC and Android owners, like myself, will still appreciate the iPad’s remarkable speed and lag-free interface. Its display is top-notch and its portability has just been increased as it is less than 7.5 millimetres thin and 500g in weight. That is simply astonishing for all the power this tablet packs.
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Adrian Rodriguez is a freelance writer whose enthusiasm for technology often leaves him rather short on money as it all goes to buying the latest new gadget. He’s improved lately, however, by using the affordable services of Flexirent.