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Is the Laptop Dead? Viva la Tablet!

The State of the Tablet

Did you know that we crossed the mobile tipping point – the moment where we consumed the internet more on our mobile devices than on laptops or desktops – all the way back in 2014?

We spend more time on our mobile devices than ever before, and the tablet – once thought to be a gimmick – is a huge part of our mobile landscape. In fact, 47% of all internet users own a tablet, according to a study by Global Web Index.

There’s no question that the tablet is here to stay. But of all the models and brands on the market, how do you know which one is right for you?

Here’s a look at four of the best-reviewed tablet models to help you make your choice:

Apple iPad Air 2

Not just for diehard Apple fans, the Air 2 has been named “best tablet overall” by laptopmag.com and PC Advisor, while CNET calls it “Apple’s best tablet yet.” Boasting a design that’s 18% thinner than the original Air and an anti-reflective coating, this tablet was built with a visual experience in mind – its built-in hardware makes it a natural fit for gaming, video editing, or using one of its 675,000 available apps.

Microsoft Surface 3

Laptopmag.com calls this a favorite “2-in-1.” What does that mean? The Surface 3, like its predecessors, is designed to function as both a laptop and a Windows tablet. While reviewers have praised the Surface 3 for its strong design, battery life, and improved operating system, it has been knocked for not fitting comfortably in a lap and for coming without the keyboard and pen tools included.

Dell Venue 8 7000

Named the “Best Android Tablet” by laptopmag.com and “a tablet that takes photography seriously” by CNET, this $299 and up tablet from Dell is notable for its long battery life, brilliant screen, and built-in 3D camera. The drawbacks? The tinny sound quality doesn’t live up to the image display, and the lack of haptic feedback means that gliding your finger along the screen can sometimes be too smooth of an experience.

Lenovo Tab 2 A10

Starting at just $179.99, this small tablet boasts a colorful screen and a responsiveness that can’t be beaten for the price.

Is there a tablet that you think deserves a second look from our team? Looking to get started optimizing your site for tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices? Drop Geek a line! We’re here and happy to help with all of your digital design and marketing needs.

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