CNET Top 5: Reasons you may not want an iPad Air
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CNET Top 5: Reasons you may not want an iPad Air

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The latest iPad is Apple's fastest, lightest yet, but is it worth your money? Donald Bell counts down five reasons to skip the iPad Air.

Apple has done it again. Their latest iPad, the iPad Air, is blazing fast, incredibly lightweight and the envy of all other tablets. But that doesn?t mean you have to buy one. I?m Donald Bell, and in this Top 5 I?ll be counting down five reasons you may want to hold off on the iPad Air. BODY ------------------ 5. Your old iPad Starting off at #5: Because your old iPad is fine. Apple loves to show us images of people using their iPads to make scientific breakthroughs or Facetime chat from the top of a mountain -- but most of you are just using your iPad to browse Facebook from the toilet. An A7 processor is not going to make that experience any more extraordinary, or any less shameful. 4. Android At #4: Android. The iPad has the name brand, but Google is winning in market share. More of you are choosing Android tablets over iPads, and for good reason. Android tablets offer more features, more screen size options, and some of the best prices around. $500 in the Android world could buy you a Nexus 10 with 32GB of storage and a suite of cloud-connected software and productivity tools that people actually use. 3. No Touch ID Coming in at #3: No Touch ID. The fingerprint reader on the new iPhone 5S is the coolest thing we?ve seen from Apple in years, but they didn?t include it on the iPad Air. In typical fashion, Apple did just enough to the iPad to keep you interested while deliberately withholding features for the next update. So, spoiler alert: the iPad Air 2 will have a faster processor, a better camera, and will include Touch ID. So why not just wait for that one? 2. Price (16GB isn?t even a realistic option) The #2 reason NOT to buy an iPad Air: Price. How in 2013 do you justify selling a tablet with just 16GB of storage for $500? So we?re probably really talking paying $600 for the 32GB model, an extra $130 for cellular data so that you can wave at your loved ones over Facetime from the top of that mountain you?ll never climb, $69 for the case, $100 for the AppleCare+, and $100 for a Bluetooth keyboard, and you now could have bought a MacBook Air with 128GB of storage. It just doesn?t make sense. INTER: That said, I know how these decisions go. Right now I?m that little voice of reason over here trying to help you hold on to your money and think this thing through logically. But Apple has never sold a product to that guy. The impulsive one on your other shoulder -- as soon as this video?s over, he?ll be the one reminding you of how pretty this thing is -- the thrill of showing it off to your friends, and the embarrassment you feel taking your old iPad out in public. So make no mistake, the iPad Air is a great tablet. You may go broke buying one, but you probably won?t regret it. 1. iPad Mini But before you hit that checkout button, here?s one last reason to just say ?no?. At #1: the iPad Mini with Retina Display, a.k.a. the iPad Mini 2, a.k.a. the iPad you can afford. You think iPad Air is light? The Mini weighs a ? of a lb less. This thing is the real iPad Air. You get the same A7 processor, same Retina-quality display, and all the same software. You?ll have to live with a slightly smaller screen, but it?s a minor sacrifice for the price. $399 for the base model, $499 for the 32GB version I would buy. CLOSE ------------------- So there you have it, 5 reasons to pass on the Apple iPad Air. But what do I know? For CNET?s full rundown on the iPad Air and the new iPad Mini, be sure to check out the full reviews over on CNET, where we also have a list of the best Android tablet alternatives. Or, for more Top 5?s from me, Top5.CNET.com. I?m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.
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