The tablets to look out for this spring (pictures)
Tablets will continue to evolve during the first half of 2014. Here are the ones you'll want to keep an eye on.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
The outlook: Two words: high-end specs! Aside from its screen resolution -- the Z2 features a 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution instead of a higher 2,560x1,600 resolution -- the Xperia Z2 Tablet will bear some of the most impressive specs yet on a tablet. I'm especially looking forward to seeing Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 801 processor -- an upgraded Snapdragon 800 -- in action. It'll be the absolute thinnest and lightest large tablet when it hits, and just as its predecessor, it'll also be fully waterproof. There's no official US price yet, but expect it to land in the $400-to-$600 range.
The outlook: The original Yoga Tablet 10 wasn't the most impressive slate at its release, but this new upgraded version has a higher -- 1,920x1,200-pixel -- resolution and Lenovo's touting an 18-hour battery life. For a 10-inch tablet, that would be extremely impressive. We'll be able to confirm Lenovo's claim sometime in April.
The outlook: One of the most powerful and cheapest tablets gets LTE. Thanks to its Tegra 4 processor and $199 price, the Tegra Note 7 is one of the best and cheapest ways to get a good Android gaming machine. The LTE version is $299, but if accessing the Internet on the go is a priority for you, this looks like a viable option.
The Acer Iconia A1-830 won't blow you away with its specs, but those looking for a decent budget option might find the 7.9-inch tablet a worthy option. It looks like an iPad Mini, thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio, which is sure to catch the eye of shoppers, but it's better for very casual use -- like checking email -- or as an inexpensive slate for your children.