It is estimated that around 285 million tablets are in use worldwide, with 69% of people using their device for gaming. Major hardware developers have identified the value in the mobile gaming market, with $48 million spent annually on these apps, and a whopping $914 million more generated from in-game spending.
With that in mind, here are some of the best tablet devices on the market this year.
Advent Vega Tegra Note 7
This 7-inch Android tablet is priced at £129, making it one of the most affordable choices on the market. It delivers a great experience for such a low price tag, powered by a Tegra 4 processor and running on the latest Android OS.
The screen resolution doesn’t quite stand up to its competitors, but at this scale and price, 1280 x 800 is more than reasonable, with sharp graphics and smooth gameplay. The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 also comes with a stylus, allowing you to interact with game titles in a whole range of ways.
Google Nexus 10
Another great Android device is the Google Nexus 10. The Samsung-constructed tablet is powerful and competent, supporting a multitude of media and bringing a pure Android experience free from interruptions from unwanted apps or services.
The main selling point for the Nexus 10 is the screen. With more pixels than the iPad 4, the screen resolution is pin sharp, with a 2560 x 1600 resolution. Carrying a price tag of £319, this is the go-to choice for Android fans, who want to experience their favourite games in beautifully crisp detail.
Apple iPad Air
This 9.7-inch tablet is the perfect solution for gamers on the go. Thinner and lighter than the iPad 4, the Air weighs in at around 478g, depending on which model you opt for
Starting from £399, Apple fans will get a lot of bang for their buck. Boasting the same processor specs as the iPhone 5S, the Air has a sharp 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution and 264ppi. With twice the CPU and graphic performance as the fourth-gen iPad and a whopping 10 hours of battery life per charge, this is all you need to keep you entertained on that long commute.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The most expensive tablet on the list at £500, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a pricey choice. However, it is well worth the investment for those gamers looking for a more convenient replacement for their laptops and PCs.
Packing plenty of power, this large-scale Android device has a super-high screen resolution. At 2560 x 1600 pixels, any game you play is guaranteed to look fantastic. What tips this slightly ahead of the competition though is the S Pen stylus, which works seamlessly on a wide range of games.
Sony Xperia Tablet z
For £399, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z gives users a wide range of features. Not only is the design stylish and lightweight, but it is also waterproof.
While the 10.1-inch screen is larger than some of the other tablets out there, it isn’t quite able to better the cheaper Nexus 10. However, the 1920 x 1200 screen still manages a great looking colour palette and all-round visuals. Overall, the Xperia Z has an impressive build quality, which is ideal for those looking to get a lot of use from their tablet of choice.