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IPad Air VS Android tablet

How the top iPad Air alternatives compare with Apple's latest tablet  October 7, 2017 – 06:39 pm

Tim Stevens'

iPad Air review is up and - big surprise! - it's more iPad. An evolution as opposed to a true revolution in tablets. As such, it's entering a much more competitive market than any iPad before it. There are quite a few viable - and most times cheaper - alternatives to the iPad Air. And more are still coming.

That said, Apple still kills it when it comes to app availability and quality, and the iPad Air epitomizes high-end tech. Also, the iOS interface - although not nearly as customizable as some of its competitors - is fast, simple, and often problem-free.

Still, if you aren't dead set on an iPad purchase, here are a few large-size alternatives, with their advantages and disadvantages compared with the iPad Air in tow.

Gaming performance, customer service, and a robust media ecosystem are the Fire HDX 8.9's strong suits. Pictured above is the Kindle Fire HDX 7. Josh Miller/CNET

(starts at $379 for 16GB)
Advantages versus iPad Air: Available with 64GB for $20 less than the iPad Air, which has 16GB; unbeatable synergy with your books, movies, TV shows, and music; unparalleled personal customer service with video-chat-enabled Mayday feature; display runs at a higher resolution with more pixels per inch.

Disadvantages versus iPad Air: The heavily curated app store results in plenty of missing apps; costs an extra to remove ads; design doesn't hold a candle to the Air's high-end look and feel.

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(price is unannounced)
Advantages versus iPad Air: Higher resolution and brighter screen; Android 4.3 is a much more open and customizable OS than iOS.

Disadvantages versus iPad Air: Some top apps not available on Android; despite the TF701's power, iOS versions of games tend to look better

The Galaxy Note 10.1 displaying its biggest advantage over the iPad Air. Josh Miller/CNET Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (starts at $549 for 16GB)
Advantages versus iPad Air: The S Pen stylus is a more natural way to interface with a touch screen; its 2, 560x1, 600 resolution is higher; plenty of fun and useful camera options; the TouchWiz UI is extremely customizable.

Disadvantages versus iPad Air: Starts at $549 with only 16GB of storage; a high learning curve to using the stylus.


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