The iPad Air features a new iPad Mini-like design and a 64-bit A7 processor. However, as always, the iPad's true strength lies within its App Store. Not only does it feature the most apps, but by and large the highest-quality versions of multiplatform apps as well. It's not perfect -- it's expensive and there are no physical storage expansion options -- and if Apple's tablets don't do anything for you, now more than ever, there are plenty of completely viable alternatives. Keep clicking, tapping, or swiping through to take a look.
Sure, it's still running Windows RT and sure, RT lags in app support, but thanks to its inclusion of Office 2013 and its comfortable keyboard accessory -- sold separately -- it's the tablet to choose when it comes to actually getting work done.
Look for this one to get replaced fairly soon. For now, it's definitely one of the cheaper alternatives, but aside from its still impressive 2,560x1,600 resolution, its specs are getting a bit long in the tooth.
It's not available quite yet, but there isn't a more apt pure Android direct competitor to the new iPad than the TF701. It has a 2,560x1,600-pixel-resolution screen and a 1.9GHz Tegra 4 chip, not to mention Asus' software tweaks and features. I'm just hoping the price -- when it's finally announced -- makes me smile as much as the specs do.
That's a pic of the Kindle Fire HDX 7. The 8.9 will look pretty much just like it, only bigger. The specs, too, will be about the same; however, it's in software that the HDX 8.9 truly separates itself. Amazon's media ecosystem -- including movies, TV shows, books, and music -- is the best around.