We are halfway through our unveiling of your selections for the winners of our 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards. Today we are announcing the Best Tablet of 2014 as voted on by over 1700 of our readers. This category, as the name implies, goes to the best Android tablet released during the calendar year 2014.
To see the full results of your voting in all categories announced so far, click here.
Honorable Mention: Samsung Galaxy Tab S
Samsung released numerous Galaxy Tabs this year, but the one that stood out was the Galaxy Tab S. We enjoyed Samsung’s iPad competitor as much as the 8% of you who voted for the slight. With a slim and light design, powerful hardware, and hi-res Super AMOLED display, Samsung really stepped it up with the Tab S series.
Runner-up: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet
The NVIDIA Shield Tablet seemingly came out of nowhere to quickly become one of the most favored Android tablets available. Designed with NVIDIA’s powerful Tegra K1 processing suite, the slate is perfect for gamers and casual users alike. NVIDIA’s dedication to fast and frequent Android OS updates have kept the tablet relevant months after its release.
And the winner is: Nexus 9
It’s not really surprising that the only Nexus tablet released in 2014 also took home the prize for best tablet. 38% of readers participating in our poll voted the HTC-made Nexus 9 as their favorite of the year. The first device to officially ship with Android 5.0, the N9 sets the benchmark for all Lollipop tablets to come.
Here is the break down of voting for Best Tablet: