Since Apple debatably created the tablet market in 2010, with the launch of its first iPad, competing technology firms have struggled to break the Californian firm’s hold on it.
However, all this could change this year, with firms ranging from Microsoft, Google, Samsung and Lenovo all releasing a fresh wave of tablets that have the on-paper credentials to take on, if not beat, Apple’s current iPad Air flagship.
On the one hand the rapid influx of new tablets has spurred fresh innovation and competition in what was rapidly turning into a stagnant market. However, the flipside of this is that the sheer number of top-end tablets being released and announced has left many buyers confused about which device is most worthy of their attention and hard-earned cash.
Kind people that we are, we’ve collated a list of the 10 best tablets to keep an eye on for the year ahead.
10. Samsung Galaxy Tab S
While Samsung has had great success with its smartphones, it has struggled to gain much ground in the tablet market, with many consumers still showing a preference for Apple’s iPad series of devices.
This year Samsung has come out guns blazing, releasing its latest flagship Galaxy Tab S tablet. Featuring a wealth of technology innovations, including a custom fingerprint scanner, Super Amoled display and powerful octa-core processor as well as support for Samsung’s latest Knox security service, the Galaxy Tab S is one of the finest Android tablets currently available.
However, with prices for the basic 16GB WiFi only version of the Galaxy Tab S starting at £400 – the same as Apple’s ruling iPad Air – the tablet’s perks come with a premium cost.