When it comes to tablet devices, consumers have a lot of options. Well, it seems so, but there isn't much to explore, if you want to own a premium tablet computer.
With falling sales of tablet devices, tech companies are extra conscious these days. While sales for the iPad are decreasing, the market for tablet devices is going downwards. At the same time, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 sales are up, which shows a different picture altogether.
Analysts have mixed feelings about the future of tablet computers. Early discounting and more online shopping could signal positive development, as far as the tablet market is concerned.
Tablets like the Apple iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Google Nexus 9 are said to boost sales of tablet devices globally. Here's a list of the top 10 best tablets from the year 2014, ranked in the order.
Apple iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2 boasts an incredible 9.7-inch Retina Display. The tablet also comes with a fast A8X chip, which delivers excellent gaming performance. Now, there's an 8-MP iSight camera with slow motion video recording and long battery life. The iPad Air 2 is priced upwards of Rs.35,990.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Well, no other tablet comes close to the Surface Pro 3 in the productivity department. The Surface Pro 3 is a full blown laptop computer that doubles as a tablet device. It's unfortunate to see that Microsoft is not bringing the Surface Pro 3 to Indian shores.
Google Nexus 9
The HTC-made Nexus 8 has a dazzling display coupled with a powerful processor under the hood. It is amongst the best tablets with superior built quality. The tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop. The device is now available in India at a starting price of Rs. 27,000.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Originally announced as an alternative to the Apple iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet S range easily made it to our list. It has a very good battery life; plus, a rare tablet with a mesmerizing 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display. Available for Rs. 45,000, the Galaxy Tablet S 10.5 is truly a remarkable Android tablet.
Apple iPad Mini 3
Apple's iPad Mini 3 remains the most popular tablet in the mid-end segment. It's not cheap by the way, but it still offers great value compared to a similar Android tablet in the same price range. Now it has got a TouchID scanner, too. The iPad Mini 3 starts at Rs 28,900, Rs 35,900 and Rs 42,900 for the 16, 64 and 128GB models. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular versions have been priced at Rs 38,900, Rs 45,900 and Rs 52,900, respectively.
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Sony stormed the tablet market with its Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The tablet is super thin and light and is waterproof, just like the Xperia Z3 flagship. However, its killer apps include in the form of PS4 Remote Play. The 8-inch FHD tablet is not available in India yet.
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Dell Venue 8 7000
The Venue 8 7000 is a compact tablet with a twist. It uses an Intel RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera, which means that it can measure the 3D depth of your images. As far as its specifications are concerned, the tablet sports an 8.4-inch edge-to-edge OLED display with a 2K resolution. There's no update whether the Dell Venue 8 7000 will be made available in India or not.
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 (2013) is cheaper than the latest generation. However, the device still holds a great value, given its retail price and specs on offer. The Android-powered tablet is now available for less than Rs. 16,000.
Nvidia Shield Tablet
The Shield tablet offers monster specifications at an affordable price. Its specs include a superior K1 processor and a long lasting battery life; though the tablet is a bit bulky and cosmetically less appealing. This gaming-centric tablet is not available India.
Amazon Fire HD 6
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 is a simple tablet. The 6-inch HD screen is reasonably good, though, you cannot access Google Play store. And is priced $99 but there's no chance whether the device will ever come to India.