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Product Spotlight: Why the iPad Air rises to the top in a sea of great tablets

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Product Spotlight: Why the iPad Air rises to the top in a sea of great tablets

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Design refinements and performance improvements would be reason enough to recommend the iPad Air, but it's really the abundance of apps that puts it on top.

2013 has turned out to be a really great year for tablets, which also means it was a very competitive one. For the most part, manufacturers have learned how to really stick the landing on these things so it takes a really special tablet to rise at the tab. Right now the tablet is the Apple iPad Air. The Air is still a full-sized tablet with a 9.7-inch screen and a 2048 by 1536 resolution. However, the body is now much smaller. The bezel size has been reduced significantly, dramatically decreasing its size compare to previous versions. It's also incredibly light for near 10-inch tablet when just a pound for the Wi-Fi version and a bit over a pound for LTE. The power button lock switch, volume rocker and back camera are all in the same area, just everything is more iPad Mini like, more rounded and not as sharp as before. The back camera is pretty much the same quality as the iPad 4 but the front-facing camera is much sharper and captures more light. Everyday performance isn't all that noticeable faster than the iPad 4. I'm sure it's faster but it's hard to tell. However in gaming, it's noticeably smoother. Frame rates are higher in [unk] much quicker. A game like N.O.V. A. 3 takes 12 to 13 seconds to load the first level on the iPad 4 but only 8 seconds on the Air. But the real uphill of the iPad is its fantastic ecosystem especially when it comes to apps. And Apple still has excellent lock down with not only the most apps of any tablet OS but also the best apps making an iPad version of an app is pretty much a no-brainer to most developers. And most times, the iPad version of an app will look better than any other mobile version. The Air also place home to iTunes with a huge of catalog of movies, TV shows, magazines, books and music. While iOS interface isn't as customizable as Androids. It's still the easiest to get a hang of. The iPad Air starts at $499 for 16 gigabytes of storage for the Wi-Fi version and $629 for LTE, that's definitely an expensive prospect compared to some other tablets. But if you're looking for the most and best apples, couple with it fantastic content ecosystem and a premiumly designed package, the iPad is it. I'm Eric Franklin and this has been the Apple iPad Air.

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