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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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iPad Air, iPad Mini (Retina) specs vs. iPad 4, iPad Mini specs

Trying to determine if the new iPads are worth an upgrade? Our handy charts will clearly show the differences between the new tablets and last year's models.

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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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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Which iPad should I buy: New iPad or iPad mini?

As the new iPad mini and souped-up fourth-generation iPad burst onto the scene, which iPad is right for you: full-size or fun-size?

By October 24, 2012

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Apple whiffs on iPad Mini price, choosing profits over share

The electronics giant's higher pricing for its 7.9-inch tablet causes it to miss out on some big opportunities, like shaking up the tablet market again.

By October 22, 2013

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Will a larger iPhone steal sales from the iPad Mini?

Possibly, but the overall effect might be neutral, says analyst Gene Munster, as some Phone 6 buyers could opt for an iPad Air instead of a Mini.

By April 21, 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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iPad Mini with Retina Display vs. Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire HDX 7

See how the iPad Mini 2 stacks up against 2013's popular 7-inch tablets.

By October 22, 2013

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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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Samsung drops iPad infringement claims, asks for less money

The Korean electronics maker now wants about $6.2 million, not $6.8 million, for Apple's accused infringement of two Samsung patents.

By April 22, 2014