The iPad Air and the alternatives worth considering

The iPad Air and the alternatives worth considering
"I gotta have one!" – that's probably the thought bouncing back and forth in the mind of anyone who witnessed the iPad Air announcement. And we cannot blame them. After all, Apple has clearly put quite a lot of effort in designing its newest tablet, thus making it significantly superior to its predecessor in more than one way. The iPad Air is faster, thinner, lighter, and good-looking, so we won't be surprised if we see it selling like hot cakes once it is released.

However, the iPad Air isn't necessarily the best tablet of this size that money can buy. Some might need something more affordable, while others might prefer and Android or a Windows 8 based slate instead. Well, for them we have prepared a list of iPad Air alternatives that anyone should take a look at prior to impulsively adding Apple's slate to their shopping cart. Will any of these tablets end up in your hands instead of the iPad Air? Let us know in the comments!

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iPad Air
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8820 mAh

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48 Comments

1. avasponge

Posts: 44; Member since: May 03, 2012

galaxy note 10.1 2014 is the best.

3. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

No way, man. Surface Pro 2 is the way to go!

7. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

With 6 hours of battery like? No thanks.

10. papss unregistered

The pro is in another league. Nice try though.

27. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

While I really do love the pro, there is very little preventing me from getting the lenovo twist with i7, ssd, better battery life, ssd and more hdd and still save $100+

29. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Or the Sony vaio duo. That thing has much better battery life.

40. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

There are Bay Trial Windows 8 hybrids with better battery than iPad-toys. Even Haswell i3 .

31. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Surface Pro 2! Surface Pro 2! Hear Hear!!!

44. gixxerrider311

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Definitely a great tablet in it's category, I would find it more suitable to compare it to a convertible laptop (Yoga 11S or HP split X2) as it gives you the best of both worlds, portability with computer like performance.

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The X86 Windows 8 tablets are the best. Windows 8 x86 > Android = Windows RT > IOS

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Don't agree with the list you got there. Full sized tablets: Windows 8 > iOS > Android > Windows RT. iOS and Android will be flipped soon though. Smaller tablets: Windows 8 > iOS = Android > Windows RT. As you can tell, I really don't like Windows RT. It's basically Windows 8 without any 3rd party programs outside of the Windows Store, which sucks. Full Windows 8 conquers all. That's just my opinion though.

21. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I meant productivity wise. The ipad is basically just a blown up ipad.

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

But the iPad is an iPad... Isn't it.?

38. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

He meant "blown up iphone". And you know that wise guy.

28. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

No...you just hate ios. There is nothing you can do with an android tablet that you can't with an iPad...

30. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

How about being able to use two apps at once? That really counts for me (even though it's not every Android device that can). Anyway, my preference lies with x86 Windows for productivity. For fun, both Android and Windows RT did a great job for me as for fun I mean watching videos and that being the case, iPad's 4:3 screen just doesn't cut it. Still, I think that even if its not the best for me, the iPad is a great tablet for many people.

34. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

2 apps at once? Like which apps?

35. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

Every single app on my Galaxy Note III, and most of the core apps as the browser, facebook, video player, gmail, maps, messaging, gallery, office suite, hangouts, s-note and above all: youtube on my GF's old Galaxy Note II (which will be receiving Android 4.3 soon and that will enable every single app, as in the GNote III). Pal, being able to watch youtube videos and concomitantly browse is a thrill. I really miss that when using an iOs device.

32. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Productivity? What's exactly productive about Android tablets that iOS tablets can't do? Yeah, some Android tablets can use a few apps at once, that's a cool feature, but it's not available on every tablet. USB mass storage is nice and is a really easy way to share files, just drag and drop, it's actually one of the reasons I didn't buy an iPhone 5S, but iOS has alternatives to it (mainly through cloud services). Microsoft Office is available on Android and iOS, but only for phones, tablet support is expected soon. Aside from that, they both have their own word processors, and in Apple's case the entire iWork suite, which is much more unified than the many different productivity apps in Android. Yeah, the iPad is just a blown up iPhone (I assume that's what you meant), so what? The Note 10.1 2014 is just a blown up Note 3. The Note 8.0 is just a blown up Note 2. The HTC One Max is just a blown up HTC One. The Lumia 1520 is just a blown up (and more well equipped) Lumia 920. The Lumia 2520 is just a blown up Lumia 1520. Do you get the point?

37. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

Well, I'm no judge to tell that Android is the best for having multi window apps, the fact is that for me having two apps running in a splited screen is really important and that I can only find on Android or Windows. And well, I said that my productivity preferences lies within Windows x86 tablets, followed by android. But in fact, that's me! And to speak the truth, i'm not quite stuff for comparision, as I am a Japanese teacher. iWork isn't bad, but it don't really cut for me. Having my dicitonary running side by side with the word processor and being able to just swipe the needed words to get their meaning is fantastic. Not even a dedicated dictionary managed to beat that for me. That said, I want to tell that I find the iPad to be a great tablet, it's just nor for me. For my profession, Android and Windows did the job better (Android has the best apps for Japanese, Windows has the best system). For fun, having to use bloody iTunes every time I wanted to watch an MP4 video really pissed me off and albeit 4:3 is great for reading, for video the black bars turns into a huge annoyance.

39. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

And what about Wacom Pen? And what about managing the files inside the device independently. Everithing we say, you answer "yes, but..." LOL

43. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

Indeed! Wacom pen is another killer feature for my uses. - And to give you an example, some of my senior students learn vocabulary the following way: They open a Japanese show (most of them go for anime or dorama) and split the screen with a simple dictionary app or site. Once they hear some unknown word, they search for it in a matter of seconds and keep watching. Quite effective for training both listening and improving one's vocabulary. No specific learning oriented apps are used and this could be done with a separate dictionary and any media reproducing device. What the tablet does is making this easier and faster. That's what productivity is all about. The same situation will repeat when writing an essay or reading some book. - I've read a lot of so called professional reviews before picking my first tablet. All of them said the same: iOS is the best ecosystem, it has the most and best apps. In fact, that was true. But ironically, the apps I needed the most where only to be found in Android. The functions, in Windows. It all comes down to one point: The best tablet is the one you like most, no reviewer on earth can summarize "the best" for every one of us. So, no one can call the iPad the best tablet just for having tons os games and tablet apps. Nor one can dismiss Windows RT tablets for the lack of them.

14. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

No way. iPad Air and Mini will kick ass in benchmarks. iPad will the best as it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Let the sales decide.

22. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

If that is the case, then we already know the answer.

24. ZeroCide

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Sales dont decide a superior product. Most superior products go unnoticed for the more popular ones.

2. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Don't get an Asus tablet that's not a Nexus. Horrible I/O coding, and tablet slows down a lot over a short period of time.

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Too bad the iPads are still not 16:10, I mean the thing plays and records FHD videos all the time, there's really no reason to stick with a 1990s aspect ratio. Otherwise it is the tablet to get, it's a full 100g lighter than the laggy Note 2014, and has more screen real estate than the awesome Nexus 7.

16. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

I agree with you on the Nexus 7 must don't be dissing the Note 10.1 :P

8. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

No more news on the Nexus 10? It'll be an interesting comparison when that comes out.

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