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Tips, news, how-tos, and troubleshooting help for the iPad.

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The "next-generation" game consoles are here -- but until their game library hits critical mass, the

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iPad Mini

If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money.

By Oct. 30, 2012

4 stars Editor's rating Oct. 30, 2012
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BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook ably showcases RIM's powerful new mobile operating system, but its middling size diminishes many of its best features.

By Apr. 14, 2011

3 stars Editor's rating Apr. 14, 2011
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Plants vs. Zombies 2 for iOS

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a must-download, with new plants, new ways to play, new challenges, and a freemium model that doesn't get in your way.

By Aug. 14, 2013

5 stars Editor's rating Aug. 14, 2013

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Apple iPad

The Apple iPad is the first affordable tablet computer worth owning, but it won't (yet) replace your laptop.

By Apr. 2, 2010

4 stars Editor's rating Apr. 2, 2010
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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.

By Oct. 29, 2013

4.5 stars Editor's rating Oct. 29, 2013
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Apple iPad 2

The iPad 2 refines an already excellent product. Its easy-to-use interface, vast app catalog, and marathon battery life bolster Apple's claim to being the king of tablets.

By Mar. 11, 2011

4 stars Editor's rating Mar. 11, 2011
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iPad (fall 2012)

The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It's better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply.

By Oct. 22, 2013

4.5 stars Editor's rating Oct. 22, 2013
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iPad Mini with Retina Display

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.

By Nov. 13, 2013

4.5 stars Editor's rating Nov. 13, 2013
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Apple iPad March 2012

With a host of improvements--faster graphics, 4G wireless options, a better camera, and a gorgeous high-res screen--the latest iPad cements its position at the head of the tablet pack.

By Mar. 15, 2012

4.5 stars Editor's rating Mar. 15, 2012
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iPad Air vs. Surface 2 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1

It's a tablet takedown: CNET pits the newly announced iPad Air against the Microsoft Surface 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

By Oct. 22, 2013