The start of 2014 has been extremely slow, void of major smartphone and tablet releases. Instead, manufacturers have stayed dormant for the most part, relying on their products from last year to carry them into the new year. Fortunately, those looking for a brand new tablet have an excellent lineup to choose from, even if the current tablet crop is dominated by tablets from 2013.
While we have heard rumors about the tablets that are coming next in 2014, we still haven’t seen any big names arrive on shelves. The rumored iPad Pro, rumored to have a larger display than any other iPad, remains out of reach. The rumored Nexus 10 and Nexus 8 tablets exist only as whispers in the wind. And Microsoft’s rumored Surface 3 tablet doesn’t appear to be coming any time soon. In other words, while we will likely see brand new slates emerge from the shadows later this year, the current tablet market is chock full of familiar faces.
Fortunately, that isn’t a bad thing. Last year’s tablet yield was one of the best in recent memory and it provided numbers, top notch tablets to consumers. From iOS-powered slates, to the plentiful Android tablets to Microsoft’s Windows-powered lineup, there are a great deal of devices to choose from. Of course, like any product line, there are some tablets that are better than others.
Thanks to the plentiful amount of options, deciding on a new tablet can be a strenuous task. It’s also an expensive endeavor which means that picking out a solid device is crucial.
Here at Gotta Be Mobile, we’ve used the top tablets on the market and we can confidently say that there are slates that rise above the rest. There are tablets that are, simply put, the best of the best.
Here, for those looking to buy right now, we offer up the devices we consider to be the five best tablets for the month of February, 2014.
Apple's iPad Air could possibly be the best iPad of all time as it combines fantastic hardware into a slim, portable design that simply isn't found on the company's previous 9.7-inch iPads.
The iPad Air comes with all of the bells and whistles one might expect from a high-end large-screened tablet but it manages to fit all of those features into a design so compact that it's easy to tote around. We've even found ourselves taking it out with us while on the go, something that wasn't the case with the larger iPad 4.
While it's expensive, consumers should know that the device will last more than a few years thanks to a durable design and thanks to Apple's software support that extends across three updates.