Apple iPad Air
Thanks to its vast ecosystem of apps, great performance, and a fantastic screen, the iPad Air retains Apple's title for the best tablet money can buy. Though other contenders from Google and Amazon are beginning to mount stronger competition, the iPad Air weathers the storm.
- Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 18 user reviews
Starting at: $498.88
The good: The iPad Air delivers more performance and comparable battery life in an attractive and impossibly thin-and-light package. An improved front-facing camera makes FaceTiming look better, and the Retina Display still looks great.
The bad: The Touch ID fingerprint scanner, introduced on the iPhone 5S, is sadly absent here, meaning you’ll still have to type in a passcode with every unlock and a password with every purchase. Starting at $499 for 16GB, it’s still expensive compared with the competition.
The bottom line: Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.
October 31, 2013 3:21 PM PDT
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