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Review: Best 2014 Tablets

Jan 02, 2014 11:08 AM EST


Consumer Reports recently expects that CES 2014 will be focused on lower prices, faster processors, longer battery life, and more coming to tablets and laptops. The 2014 International CES begins this week January 7 to 10. Consumer Reports expects Android tablets will feature the newest OS 4.4, or KitKat at the event.

Worldwide tablet shipments grew to 47.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13) according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. While slightly below the firm's forecast, the number still represents 7.0% growth over the previous quarter and 36.7% growth compared to the third quarter of 2012. Android products once again drove much of the shipment growth in the market as iOS growth stalled and Windows tablets continued to struggle to win over consumers.

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Below is a Recommended List of Best Android Tablets To Buy in 2014:

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

The fast Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet for Android features users a unique way to experience movies, TV, and games, an HD display (216 ppi / 1280x800), 1.5GHz dual-core processor, apps launch quickly, games and videos play smoothly, create profiles and set time limits for children with Kindle FreeTime. easy-to-use parental controls, built-in Wi-Fi, plus updated e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more. The tablet is available for $139.00.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 features its latest 2014 edition of entertainment and productivity. The Galaxy Note® 10.1 2014 Edition with vivid Transcend Display has more than four million pixels—2M more than HDTV. And with a pixel density of 299 PPI and is also combined with Virtual Dolby® 5.1 Surround Sound.

Nexus 7

A great combination of power and display, Google Nexus 7 consumers expect to receive a quality Snapdragon S4 processor speed and impressive seven-inch HD display. The tablet which is built by Asus, also comes slimmer with 2GB RAM and 16/32GB of storage. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear camera, NFC

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T features multimedia transformed into a mobile home theater. The tablet device features the following specifications: 1920 × 1200 resolution Full HD screen, SonicMaster audio technology, Super IPS+ Panel and the most powerful NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU running @1.6 GHz, the Transformer Pad Infinity is everything you need to enjoy 1080p HD video playback while sharing with your friends on the go. Preview Exploring the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity Exploring the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity The Next Transformation.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet

Lenovo's New Yoga Android Tablet is a unique multimode device with striking design features. Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is high speed and provides a cylinder battery design which includes up to 18 hours of battery life.  Both 8-inch and 10-inch versions include the multimode capabilities. Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro by design was made to “stand out.”

"White box tablet shipments continue to constitute a fairly large percentage of the Android devices shipped into the market," said Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets at IDC. "These low cost Android-based products make tablets available to a wider market of consumers, which is good. However, many use cheap parts and non Google-approved versions of Android that can result in an unsatisfactory customer experience, limited usage, and very little engagement with the ecosystem. Android's growth in tablets has been stunning to watch, but shipments alone won't guarantee long-term success. For that you need a sustainable hardware business model, a healthy ecosystem for developers, and happy end users."

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