HTC rolled out its first full tablet last year, the problem is, the Nexus 9 is more associated with Google and Android than it is the Taiwanese company. That's because HTC produces the table to fly Google's Nexus banner. However, the smartphone maker is going to enter the slate market on its own two feet in 2015 using the Nexus 9 as a blueprint, according to reports.
You may remember last year that Samsung's 2014 tablet line up leaked early. History has repeated itself as the 2015 range of slates from the Korean company has also landed before any of the products launch.
Apple's iPad Air 2 is the best tablet on the market, and no I am not an Apple die-hard in the slightest (as my Android smartphone will attest). However, the Air 2 sets the standard in terms of getting the most things right, but even this amazing slate is lacking something. It, and indeed a multitude of Android tablets cannot offer the kind of productivity offered by Windows 8.1 tablets that rock a full PC OS.
There have been widespread reports that Apple will make a large screen iPad next year, while Samsung already has a "Pro" slate, but another company may be joining this growing niche. Sony is reportedly entering the fray with its own oversized tablet, a device that will be launched in 2015.
Nokia's recently announced N1 tablet is a monumental device in the company's history as the Finnish giant is starting all over again. After selling its devices division to Microsoft, Nokia is starting as a new entity and this is its first hardware step in a new direction. The N1 is pretty good, if a little too close to the iPad Mini, and it reminds us that Nokia actually knows how to make a solid device.
Big tablets have never quite worked, at least on the Android platform. I played extensively with the HP Slate 21 and while I like the concept, apps on Android were just not ideal for such a big screen, but Windows is of course another matter. The latest product to prove that is probably the Toshiba TT301, a slate that has a huge 24-inch screen.
Xiaomi has made its presence felt this year by putting a considerable thorn into the side of Samsung by taking a chunk of its Android sales in Asia. The Chinese company is going to go after Samsung again in 2015 and the first product to do that will be a new tablet. Of course, Xiaomi already makes a slate, but this device will chart a course for Samsung's market share once again.
Dual-SIM handsets that allow the user to have two networks loaded onto one device are pretty common, especially in emerging markets. However, dual SIM tablets have yet to really make their presence felt, with not many device springing to mind that have the feature (The Asus Fonepad 7). Chinese brand ZTE is changing that with a slate that it is developing with dual-SIM functionality.
We previewed Nokia's new N1 tablet earlier in the week and like everybody else in the tech press were instantly drawn to how much the device looks like Apple's iPad Mini, a slate that it is a direct competitor to.
Just a few days ago Nokia said it would no longer make smartphones in an era of the company post Microsoft buyout of the company's devices division. However, the Finnish company did say it would license the Nokia name for other companies to use on products, and the first of those devices arrives today in the surprising form of the Nokia N1 tablet.