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We're not sold on the design of the back, nor the high price - but there still seems to be an appetite for the Note range, so perhaps this is just the handset Samsung needs. Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 review

Samsung has been a little all over the place when it comes to is tablet strategy in the past so we're relieved to see it finding some focus, at least at the higher-end.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is the tablet that finds all the best bits of Samsung and pops them neatly under the hood of a well-packaged device, and can be called a real companion for the Note 3 thanks to the extra power.

The price is likely to put some people off - but until we see what that is, we'll reserve judgement. Unless you're desperate to play with an S Pen all the time, then you might want to consider some of the excellent rivals too. Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 review

6. LG G Pad 8.3

LG G Pad 8.3 review

LG has actually done much better than we expected with the G Pad 8.3. When we saw the release and read about the specs, we didn't expect a huge amount as some things listed didn't really get our pulses racing.

However the design was actually much more premium than we expected, and the overall feel of the tablet worked well in the hand - with the lower bezel allowing for the larger screen to have a comfortable hold.

The only real downsides we can see are with regards to the LG G Pad 8.3 release date and price, as we don't even know if it's coming to the UK and the price remains to be seen. It should be a little cheaper than the likes of the Galaxy Note 8.0, and could even undercut the iPad mini (or at least theiPad mini 2) which would be a real coup for the manufacturer.

We're looking forward to getting this device in for a proper review in the near future, so stay tuned to see if LG has managed to find a backdoor entrance into the tablet market. Hands on: LG G Pad 8.3 review

7. Toshiba Encore


We're still not sure that 8 inches is really deserving of Windows 8.1. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should and it'll be interesting to see whether or not this can convince the market, as Acer doesn't seem to be doing the trick right now.

But if you're still holding onto the belief that there's a device that can do it all then the Encore ticks most of the boxes and - assuming nothing goes wrong before it arrives - will most likely be your best 'everything' tablet option when it hits the market.

It's an intriguing proposition, we're just not convinced that even Toshiba has quite nailed it yet. Hands on: Toshiba Encore review

8. Sony HMZ-T3W


When you've nailed that sweet spot, the HMZ-T3W is a neat bit of kit. But even after the adjustments Sony has made it still feels like this is just a luxury product, especially considering the price.

But if Sony really has been working on a dedicated PS4 version then this is a promising sign of what could be about to come. As it stands, the T3W by itself probably won't start any revolution in the way we watch. Hands on: Sony HMZ-T3W review

9. New Asus Transformer Pad


Those who have been holding out for Asus to unleash its new Transformer for some time shouldn't be disappointed by what's on offer here. Tegra 4 was the only logical next leap and now we've seen it in action it feels like this will really rock it when it hits market.

James Rivington

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