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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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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.

November 13, 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating November 13, 2013
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Anker TC930 Ultra-Thin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air

You can't beat the price of Anker's thin keyboard for the iPad Air, but serious typists should invest in a better option.

May 28, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 28, 2014

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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.

October 30, 2012

4 stars Editors' rating October 30, 2012
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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air (2014)

For sheer typing responsiveness, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air is still a pro. But, even with its new tilt-angle design, it's no longer quite as unique as it used to be.

May 27, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating May 27, 2014
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Belkin Qode Thin Type Keyboard Case for iPad Air

If you want a sturdy, easy-to-use keyboard accessory that looks nearly as good as the iPad itself, the Belkin Qode Thin Type is one of the best.

May 23, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating May 23, 2014
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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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Adobe Voice for iPad

Several customization options make Adobe Voice an excellent free download for creating quick presentations for just about anything.

May 8, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating May 8, 2014

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Fantastical 2 for iPad

With the ability to use natural language to make appointments and reminders, and a (mostly) intuitive interface, Fantastical 2 for iPad is the best way to manage your schedule.

April 22, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating April 22, 2014

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Microsoft Office for iPad (iOS)

The Office for iPad apps are a great middle ground between desktop and smartphone versions, and are a must-have for frequent Office users.

March 27, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating March 27, 2014

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