Thanks to a wealth of solid specifications, a cheaper price point, and a brand new iOS 8 update, Apple’s first-generation iPad Air is a solid option for those looking to buy a full sized tablet. There are, however, some devices that we think you need to rule out before buying Apple’s $399 version of the iPad Air. Here, we take a look at our top iPad Air alternatives for this month.
Earlier this year, Apple took the stage and announced two brand new iPads including an iPad Air 2, a follow up to the first-gen iPad Air that arrived in the fall of last year. Apple’s new iPad Air 2 comes with several upgrades including a slimmer design, Touch ID, a gold finish, and enhanced performance. It’s Apple’s top of the line tablet but the original iPad Air is still a device that’s worthy of your attention.
The first-gen iPad Air is holding up well after Apple’s iOS 8 update and the device remains one of the top tablets that money can buy. It helps that Apple’s dropped the price down by $100 as well. Before settling on Apple’s first-gen iPad Air though, we think there are some tablets that you must rule out. These tablets, in our eyes, are the slates you should have your eyes on as you move toward a purchase.
We are constantly bombarded with questions about iPad Air alternatives to look at. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider the top five iPad Air competitors available right now.
These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.
With that in mind, here are the five iPad Air alternatives for December, 2014.
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Yes, we think that you need to rule out spending the extra $100 on the iPad Air 2. We've spent quite a bit of time with Apple's new iPad Air and it's a worth successor to last year's model. And that means that you need to figure out if the extra performance, the slimmer design, and Touch ID are worth the extra cash. For many of you, they will be.
Apple's new iPad Air 2 is quite an investment, the base model runs $499, but you'll know that you'll be getting one of, if not the best tablet that money can buy. This is, without question, one of the best tablets available right now and you'll want to make sure that you're not making a mistake leaning toward the cheaper model.
You cannot base your decision on a spec sheet alone. Go in, get hands on with the iPad Air 2, and then make your decision. Maybe you walk out with a newer model, maybe you walk out with something else.