The top iPad Air and iPad Mini (Retina) competitors

A new full-size iPad and new iPad Mini are coming, but they won't appeal to everyone. To that end, here's a look at the top alternatives to owning an iPad.

The new iPad Mini with Retina Display James Martin/CNET

Apple has finally unveiled its new iPads. Both the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display look to be at least satisfying upgrades over their predecessors.

As exciting as the prospect of a new iPad may be for some, not everyone will share in the enthusiasm. To that end, I've compiled the top alternatives for both the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.

These are all high-quality tablets that offer some unique features you won't find on Apple's slates.

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iPad Mini (with Retina Display)

The Bottom Line: The new iPad Mini somehow shrinks down the iPad Air into an even more compact package, sacrificing nearly nothing. It's more expensive than before, but it's also the perfect smaller tablet. / Read full review

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Apple iPad Air

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. / Read full review

About the author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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