Top 10 tablets of 2014

[Originally published on ITProPortal.]

What are the best tablets available in 2014? ItProPortal takes you through the top 10 on the market right now and through into next year.

Tablets, tablets, everywhere – not too long ago if you asked someone what a tablet was they would take you to a local pharmacy.

Now, with a staggering array of devices to choose from, it can be tough to decide what to splash that hard-earned Christmas bonus on. We’ve decided to make it easier for you and have pulled together what we at ITProPortal believe are the best tablets of 2014.

10. Tesco Hudl 2

Tesco has hit the nail on the head with their tablet pricing plans. The Hudl was a revolution, and Tesco has continued in that vein to bring you an upgraded tablet at a fraction of the price (check out our review).

Featuring an 8.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and an Intel Atom Z3735D quad-core CPU, what Tesco packs into the Hudl considering its cost is mind-boggling. The only downside is that the tablet comes loaded with bloatware, which can slow up the otherwise speedy processor.

9. Amazon Fire HD 7

Amazon targeted the mid-range with its new set of tablet, and knocked it out of the park in terms of bang for your buck (review here). The 7, while not vastly different to its predecessor, has upgraded process time, cameras and performance. Some of the bugs that plagued the HD 6 have been dealt with, too.

The retail giant seemed to have perfected the formula in the HD 6, and improving upon it created a tablet perfect for those looking for their first model.

8. Google Nexus 7

Though the Nexus 7 was released way back (in terms of tech) in 2012, it’s still the perfect tablet for portability and battery life. Though it may not be on sale for much longer, dinosaur as it may be, the Nexus 7 is a great entry-level tablet.

With a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM its power is nothing to sniff at either. With tonnes of apps, high-res 7-inch display and 1920 x 1200 resolution, the Nexus 7 can still hold its own amongst the newer, bigger boys in the tablet market (you can see our full review here).

7. Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft has labelled the Surface Pro 3 as the tablet to replace a laptop. With a choice of Intel core i3, i5 or i7 processor, it certainly packs a punch (we’ve got our review here). The 12-inch 2160 x 1440 LCD screen remedies the cramped feeling that users had with the previous Surface Pro models, too.

Add in the magnetic keyboard and you’d be forgiven for assuming at a glance that the Surface Pro is a laptop. At its high price, however, some may be better off getting themselves a computer, rather than a tablet.

6. Apple iPad Mini 2

The iPad Mini range offers the best of the iPad yet squashed down into a smaller package. Though Apple has recently unveiled a newer, shinier brother to the Mini 2, it’s essentially the same tablet with TouchID.

With the newer tablet released the Mini 2 will experience a substantial price drop, making it very attractive for those looking for everything an iPad offers – floods of apps, swish UI, quality build design – but don’t want to break the bank.

See what makes the top 5 over at ITProPortal.

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