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It was some 25 years ago that tablets were first created, the GRIDpad and it sold 10,000 devices in 1990 and was used by the United States army. From there it has been a long road but, largely thanks to Steve Jobs, tablets have become a game changer, killing netbooks and transforming the PC as we know it.

Humble though the roots of the mobile computer might be, since 2007 the evolution has been in overdrive. First, Amazon came on the scene with the Kindle, then the iPad became – and still is – one of the most popular on the market along with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 and the Microsoft Surface is the latest to be taking the market by storm.

‘The future of tablets is multi-mode’

Lenovo’s President for North America, Jay Parker, made this comment recently and it seems that, while not replacing PCs completely, the multi mode function is becoming a very appealing alternative. With things like laser keyboards now becoming standard accessories with tablets and the simple, touch experience being well loved, the multi-mode approach has a number of advantages over their tablet and laptop counterparts.

The best multimode tablets on the market

If the future is multimode and with some 227 million tablet units sold in 2013 alone the market is evidently huge. Let’s take a look at the best multimode tablets available on the market in 2014:

 Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 – While not specifically marketed as multimode, this is a tablet that works equally well, if not better, as a laptop. People still question whether it was designed as a tablet or laptop in the first instance but the latest development has given this attractive tablet, better display, top performance and comfortable use in either format. Dual position kick stand is a plus and while it might still be heavy for a tablet it is slimmer and good value for money.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 2

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 2 – Innovation is the name of the game in this market and the Chinese company have basically created this latest tablet design themselves. It might not have got great reviews for the last Yoga offerings but a nicer display, bigger screen and better battery life make this latest device worth a look. It runs Windows 8.1, and fast with a design that’s lightweight and a foldable keyboard so you can decide whether you need the tablet or laptop function.

ASUS Transformer Book T100

ASUS Transformer Book T100 – A lengthy battery life is what immediately sets devices apart and this one that comes with a keyboard is a bargain in comparison to some multimode tablets. It’s the affordability of the Transformer Book which is the main selling point but complete with Windows 8.1 and Office it’s great for productivity at home or on the go.

The future of electronic devices

As we can see, tablets are the in thing at the minute and can be used for both personal and business use. However, in the main we are all using more devices connected to the internet and Cisco are predicting that by 2017 every person will own, on average, five devices connected to the internet. In terms of tablets, the market is still exploding and it’ll be interesting to see where we are this time next year.

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