Not Your Average Slates
Speed, design and price pushed the envelope for tablets in 2013, helping the segment grow 54 percent compared to last year, according to IDC, and driving a nail deeper into the PC's coffin.
Intel's power-sipping Bay Trail processor helped change tablet user expectations, signaling to consumers that a tablet can be as brawny as its laptop cousin. Tablets shrunk in size and weight with Apple's iPad mini, which didn't skimp on features and included a high-end Retina Display.
On the innovative front, 2013 tablet prices dropped to under $50 for Datawind’s Ubislate 7Ci, an Android tablet aimed at bridging the digital divide in the U.S. and abroad. Amazon also innovated with its latest Kindle fire model, which included a Mayday button that gave owners one-touch access to live video one-on-one help desk support.
What follows is 2013's head-turning tablets that may not set the mobile market on edge, but helped 2013 shape up to be an intriguing year for slates.