2014 was not much of a game changer in terms of the tablet market. There were a few innovations but there was nothing phenomenal. In 2015, we can expect that the tablet market will give us something more substantial than the last year.
Here are a few expectations that we would like to see in 2015 for tablets.
- More Innovative Apps
In 2014, high-end features saw a subtle rise. Apple iPad Air 2 and the Samsung Tab S included fingerprint scanners, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro had a projector, The Dell Venue 8 7000 got a 3D camera and the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 had an item recognition software. These extra features make the pricey tablets better. In this New Year, we hope to see more innovative apps and features.
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- Demand for Budget Tablets
Amazon changed the scenario of budget mobile with its $99 tablet and it was worth our money and time. Those who have a small budget can now buy tablets which will have the basic functionalities like video streaming, web browsing, checking mails and more. Our expectations have increased and in 2015, we expect to see more such budget mobiles with even better functionalities. We can expect to see many of them being launched at the CES 2015.
- Move Beyond Thin Tablets
A sleek tablet is always welcome and in 2014, at least 3 different tablets claimed to be “the thinnest tablet ever.” However, it’s time to focus on the functionality more than the fashion. Lightweight slates might be good but tablets which give more importance to functionality will be more appreciated. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with its inbuilt adjustable kickstand and strong aluminum frame was the perfect tablet. More such tablets are welcome in 2015.
- More Midsize Tablets
For the last few years, 7-inch tablets were the prevalent ones. In 2014, 8 to 9 inches tablets became more popular than the 7-inch ones. These midsize tablets are compact and can easily be carried in your bag. You can also hold it in one hand and the screen size will provide you with more space to watch videos and play games. Asus Memo Pad 8 is an excellent example. In 2015, we can expect to see more tablets in the midsize range, i.e. of 8 to 9 inches.
These are some of the expectations from tablets in the New Year.
What are your expectations? What feature would you like to see in the tablets in 2015? We would like to hear from you.