Is 2014 the Year of the Tablets?

Published On January 28, 2014 | Mobile

Tablets are making their way into every facet of life. People are using tablets for more than just recreation as tablets are popping up in offices and even elementary schools. Since Apple’s 2010 launch of the iPad, the tablet market has been gaining ground with many believing 2014 is the year of the tablet.

Many companies are seeing the potential for growth (and Apple’s success) in the tablet market which has led to 2014 being a competitive year for new tablets. Here are some of the top tablets to keep an eye out for in 2014.

Nokia Lumia 2520 Update

Nokia is better known for its indestructible cell phones than for smartphones and tablets but in recent years, Nokia has seen some success with the Lumia smartphone. They’re hoping to translate this success into the tablet field with the Lumia 2520 tablet, released last year. The Lumia 2520 has many fans for its colorful design and pre-installed Microsoft Office. Nokia is set to relaunch the Lumia 2520 tablet with an updated version in 2014.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Though there are no details yet as to just what the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will include, it’s expected to be a big reboot. This is because the Surface Pro 2 was only a minor improvement over the first Surface Pro. The Surface Pro 2 got an improved Intel Haswell processor and included Windows 8.1 software, not much to really make it stand out from the prior generation. The Surface Pro 3 is going to have to give us more in order to win the market.

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2in

Samsung is priming itself to be a leading contender in the tablet market by offering a variety of sizes ranging from 8 inches to 12 inches. The 12.2-in Note Pro is one to watch for this year as it offers a 2560×1600 resolution display, Knox security, a dockable S Pen stylus, and uses the Android operating system.

Google Nexus

Google Nexus 7 has been running the market for 7-inch devices but rumor has it that Google will be unveiling a larger, 8-inch device in the coming year. The current Nexus 10 is expected to also get an upgrade this year. Current rumors say we should expect the new Nexus 10 to be sleeker but with the same display as the current Nexus 10.

iPad Air 2

Last year’s release of the iPad Air may have been a game changer. The iPad Air measures 7.5mm thick and is 20 percent thinner and 180g lighter than the iPad 4. Despite losing all that bulk, the iPad Air fits a 64-bit A7 processor and has a 2048×1536 retina display. Apple has traditionally released a new tablet every year and though it would be hard to improve the iPad Air, the upgraded iPad Air will be one to get your hands on.

Tablets are going to be everywhere this year. They offer the convenience of the portability of a smartphone with a much larger display for added comfort and functionality. Lookout old laptop, tablets are taking over!

– By Jennifer Thayer

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