Some experts have claimed that the smartphone era is already drawing to a close, with individuals and organizations veering away from communications and telephony functions of this device, focusing mostly on non-communication activities such as applications for various areas of interests such as health and business. While there is no denying the fact that smartphones have been and still is instrumental to the success of companies especially in the field of communication, other devices have gained grounds in terms of popularity and acceptability, chief among them is the tablet. To be sure, smartphones have been used in various communication tasks ranging from the most basic call functions to the more complicated and advanced features such as Internet fax and cloud computing storage system provided by phone service providers such as RingCentral. Yet the tablet is slowly eclipsing the smartphone in a few important aspects.
Thus, we think it worthwhile to revisit the year that was, and take a look at the tablet brands that have made significant contributions towards this direction, if not totally shaking the smartphone industry.
- Google Nexus 7. Without any doubt, Google’s 7” tablet is an extremely well-built portable device that can be a worthy alternative to the Apple’s more bulky iPad (though the US-based company has issued its own smaller version, the iPad Mini). This Android-run tablet is Google’s first and we must say that it is nothing less than just plain awesome, especially when you consider its affordability. The only downside that this tablet has, to our opinion, is its limited and often blown-up applications.
- Nook HD. This tablet is good for reading e-books than anything else. So, if you are not considering tablets for heavy-duty tasks such as business-related operations, then the Nook HD is one of the best e-reader that you can get your hands on.
- Fourth-generation iPad. Well, that the iPad is the best tablet that you can buy in the market nowadays is very close to being axiomatic. With its astounding Retina display and a faster processor, the fourth generation iPad should be your first option if finances are not an issue. At a starting price of $499, the iPad’s price may come a little too steep for small and mid-sized businesses.
- IPad Mini. If you are aiming to achieve portability without sacrificing performance, then the iPad Mini is good for you. This is Apple’s answer to the 7” tablets that have flooded the market. Its performance rates the same with the iPad, only it is smaller and therefore more portable. On the negative side, the iPad Mini is a bit expensive.
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD. With its 8.9” display, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is good for playing your favorite media—from movies, TV shows, music, and e-books, among others—including a variety of applications ranging from the functional to the one tailor-fit for entertainment. This is not to mention that it is affordable at $199.
- Microsoft Surface. Easily the best productivity tablet when placed side by side with most tablets, the Microsoft Surface comes with a cool keyboard cover that is easy to type in coupled by a durable hardware that is hard to match. Fetching at a price comparable to the iPad, this tablet revolutionizes the way we look at tablets nowadays.
- Google Nexus 10. Yes it is possible to outperform the iPad in terms of display and Google Nexus 10 does just that with it screen that is sharper than the Retina display. Add to this is its amazing 1.7 GHz processor and 5MP rear-facing camera.