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iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is a nice refinement and finesse of last year's model, with a bevy of tweaks, enhancements, a much faster processor, and the welcome addition of Touch ID. Simply put: it's still the gold standard for tablets.

October 21, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating October 21, 2014
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Apple iPad Mini 3

One of last year's best, the iPad Mini 3 is still a compelling choice despite the lack of upgrades. However, the nearly identical and significantly cheaper iPad Mini 2 is a smarter buy.

October 21, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating October 21, 2014
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Apple iPad Air 2 vs. Google Nexus 9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S

See how the newly unveiled Apple iPad Air 2 compares to its Android tablet competitors: the Google Nexus 9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

By October 16, 2014

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iPad Air 2 in-depth: the iPad Air gets a total tune-up

New fast processor, better cameras, Touch ID, and it's even thinner: see what makes this year's iPad even better than before, even if it feels like a familiar package.

By October 21, 2014

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Ask the Editors: iPad Overtime: Which iPad should you buy?

Jeff Bakalar sits down with Scott Stein to discuss his reviews of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Should you upgrade? Which iPad is the best? Not sure which iPad is right for you? This video should answer all of your questions.

By October 23, 2014

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iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery, iFixit finds

The one new feature you didn't expect from Apple's iPad Air 2? iFixit says the new device has a battery that's 15 percent smaller, yet Apple claims it still gets the same battery life.

By October 22, 2014

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iPad Air 2 hands-on

It's the thinnest iPad yet, and features Touch ID and a new iSight camera. CNET's Dan Ackerman offers his first impressions of Apple's latest tablet.

October 16, 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 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 October 22, 2013

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Apple's iPad Air 2 and iMac 5K Retina Display deliver

Apple makes solid upgrades across their product line at their iPad and Mac event, but it's pretty clear they don't care about the iPad Mini anymore.

By October 17, 2014