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Best tablets of 2014

CNET editors round up their favorite tablets, including products from Apple, Samsung, and Google.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4-inch)

With its slim design, fantastic screen, and oodles of power, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a superb smaller tablet, and a worthy competitor to the ever-popular iPad Mini.

July 30, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating July 30, 2014
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Apple retires iPad 2, brings back iPad 4

As well as adding a lower-capacity iPhone 5c to its range, Apple has replaced the aging iPad 2 with the iPad 4 as the base model in its tablet line-up.

By March 18, 2014

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iPad globe-trots, gets symphonic in new Apple ads

The electronics giant continues its "Your Verse" campaign with two new TV ads.

By May 25, 2014

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iPad Air 2, 12-inch MacBook, Apple 'phablet' coming, says KGI analyst

A flood of Apple rumors hit Wednesday on the back of a report from an analyst known for relatively accurate predictions of future Apple products.

By April 9, 2014

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Apple shows off iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina display

The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant says the bezel of its 9.7-inch device is 43 percent smaller, and it's also lighter.

By October 22, 2013

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iPad Air vs. Retina iPad Mini: Which tablet is right for you?

The iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini are finally here. But how do you choose between two tablets with nearly identical specs? There are some subtle differences.

By November 1, 2013

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Is Touch ID coming to the next-gen iPhone 6, iPad Air and iPad Mini?

Multiple reports claim Touch ID is coming to all of Apple's new iPhone and iPads. Apple has their own heart rate headphones, and the Samsung vs. Apple verdict.

By May 8, 2014

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Long-term take: Surface Pro 2 vs. iPad Air

Microsoft and Apple have very different takes on tablets. What are the pros and cons of their respective approaches? And which speaks more to the future?

By April 19, 2014

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Apple iPad Air

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 29, 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating October 29, 2013
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Osmo

Clever augmented-reality tricks turn drawings or puzzle pieces into games on your iPad's screen. We tried it out for ourselves.

July 10, 2014

MSRP: $99.00