2014 has been a crazy year for technology enthusiasts and has seen a number of game changing events and first time occurrences that are sure to have a lasting effect on the industry.
Key events have ranged from the release of uber-thin iPads and HTC-built Android Nexus devices to an Android tablet built by former Microsoft poster-boy Nokia.
In fact, 2014 has been so busy with technology firsts some buyers have struggled to keep up with the news and become confused about which tablets are available and which are on the horizon.
Here to help, we've created a definitive list of the 10 best tablets due to arrive this year.
10. Nokia N1
Nokia was expected to leave the device market behind when it sold its phone business to Microsoft.
However, mere weeks after Microsoft officially dropped the Nokia branding from its Lumia range of Windows Phones, the Finnish firm shocked the world, unveiling its first ever Android tablet, the Nokia N1.
Powered by an unskinned version of Google's latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, the Nokia N1 is blissfully free of the bloatware plaguing most Android tablets.
In fact the only major software addition to the Nokia N1's software is a custom "Nokia Z launcher" that aims to let the tablet remember users behaviour and intelligently push content to them.
Add to this the Nokia N1's impressive components, which include a super fast 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 7.9in, 2048x1536 IPS LCD display and reversible Type C USB port and we can't help but get a little excited about the Finnish firm's hardware comeback.
Hopefully the Nokia N1's on paper promise will ring true when the tablet arrives in Europe next year.
9. Asus VivoTab Note 8
The Asus VivoTab Note 8 should go beyond your standard media-consumption device. This 8in unit packs a handy set of specifications including a quad-core fourth-generation Intel Atom processor, eight hours of expected battery life, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.
The Taiwanese firm's slate comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office Home and Student and also includes a Wacom stylus.
Several device makers have entered the 8in space recently, with Dell, HP and Lenovo all offering their own Windows 8 devices in this class. Asus' rendition is quite promising, especially because Asus is touting this device to be perfect for creative and professional types. It's entering a crowded marketplace, but it has every possibility of succeeding.
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