The year is running out so we decided to take a round of the best tablets released in 2014. Things taking into consideration are the specs, and general performance. If you know any tablet worthy of mention and wasn’t listed, feel free to point us towards that direction.
5. iPad Mini 2 / iPad Mini 3
The iPad Mini 2 and 3 are taken together because they have almost the same specs. The Mini 2 doesn’t have Touch ID and is only available in 16GB/32GB. Asides that, the power, display, and every other thing are the same. There’s also the advantage of getting the Mini 2 at a cheaper price.
Apple makes very nice and highly functional tablets. The Mini 2 is near perfect. You have the 64-bit A7 chip, rich app catalog, plus Retina display which is very pleasing to the eyes.
The Mini 2 is a very useable, and Apple simply remade it by added Touch ID, and called it Mini 3, so you are not losing out if you purchase the iPad Mini 2. Unless maybe you want newer hardware.
4. Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+
Last year, Lenovo launched two Yoga tablets, and this year they released the Yoga 10 HD+ with serious upgrades in all aspects. The mid-range tablet market is huge, but it is hard to ignore this Yoga 10 HD+, as it truly stands out in the 10-inch range.
This slab has a 1920 x 1200 pixel screen resolution, which is quite sharp (though can’t be compared with the iPad Air 2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S). It has a cylindrical spine that acts as an easy grip, or as a stand for when you’re watching media.
The Yoga is appealing with its front facing stereo speakers, giving you quality media consumption. Its stand works well with a Bluetooth keyboard connected, and this is also coupled with stellar battery life.
This tab can serve you perfectly in both ways, as a work tool, or as media consumption hub. Above all, amongst the 10 inch mid-rangers, the Yoga 10 HD+ is arguably the best.
3. Sony Xperia Z2 Tab
The Xperia Z2 Tab is a finely built slate with great specs and conforms (in naming) with the phone version.
This tab brings the following to the table: Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM and a Live Color LED screen that brings vibrancy and contrast to what you’re watching.
It has front-facing speakers for enjoying media, and also boasts of water and dust resistance.
The Xperia Z2 tab is a nice well packaged slate. This tab has an IR blaster on top which can be used as a remote control, coupled with the water and dust resistance. The boy is feature rich. It comes with full access to Sony’s music, movies and PlayStation platforms if that’s where your interest lies. The display isn’t breathtaking, but all-in-all, this tab is a great buy.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S T805
Samsung has put a lot of effort into making a tablet that can rival the iPad. This has led them to churning out different kinds of tablets, and hoping one works out. It is annoying for users to see the Tab Pro in January, and few months later, they see an even better replacement with the Galaxy Tab S.
This tab is a brilliant device, with crisp AMOLED screen, excellent battery life, good for media, internet, and is available in both 8.4- and 10.5-inch screen sizes.
The design of this tab is still a bit shallow, and Android OS (though its making gradual progress) lags behind as a tablet OS when compared with iOS, especially because the apps are still poor on large screen in comparison to iOS on larger screens.
Asides this, the Tab S is reasonably priced, and it shares almost everything in common with the Xperia Z2 Tablet. So if you don’t want an Apple tablet, this should be where to set your eyes.
1. iPad Air 2
Apple has the knack for making top of the line tablets, so don’t be surprised to see Apple tablets making the list twice. The iPad Air was extremely good, but then Apple topped it with the launch of a better iPad Air 2.
The Air 2 (compared with Air) is thinner, lighter, has better screen, more vibrant colors, packs a more powerful A8X processor and has same awesome battery life associated with iPads. Touch ID and Apple Pay capabilities are bonuses. The iPad Air 2 undoubtedly is the complete package and that’s why it takes the number one spot.
The iPad Air 2 is a fine device, though it is very expensive (especially if you’re going for a version with high storage capacity). It is the complete tablet, and worth every penny.
There you have it – our list of the top tablets of 2014 here on Mobility Arena. Do you think we left out any outstanding tablet? Do you think any of the listed slabs do not belong on this list? Do tell us.