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iPad Air

iPad Air

Verdict

The iPad Air improves on its predecessor in every respect and replaces it at the top of the A-List

Review Date: 8 Nov 2013

Price when reviewed: £399

Full review

Overall Rating
6 stars out of 6

Alternative products

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9in

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9in

The best Android tablet to date, with astounding performance and lightweight design. Only the usual Amazon lock-in puts us off

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Nexus 10

Nexus 10

This Android tablet is a worthy challenger to the iPad, boasting a fantastic screen and an even better price

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Comparison

Product

Apple iPad Air

iPad Air

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9in

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9in

Google Nexus 10

Nexus 10
Detail
Part Code iPad Air Kindle Fire HDX 8.9in Nexus 10
Review Date 8 Nov 2013 4 Dec 2013 22 Nov 2012
Price ex VAT £333 Wi-Fi: 16GB, £329; 32GB, £369; 64GB, £409. Wi-Fi and 4G: 16GB, £399; 32GB, £439; 64GB, £479 £266
Price inc VAT £399 all prices £319
Warranty 1 yr return to base 1 yr return to base 1 yr return to base
Overall rating 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Performance 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Features & Design 6 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Value for Money 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
Physical
Dimensions 169 x 7.4 x 240mm (WDH) 230 x 7.7 x 158mm (WDH) 264 x 9.2 x 178mm (WDH)
Weight 469g 369g 603g
Display
Primary keyboard On-screen On-screen
Screen size 9.7in 8.9in 10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,536 2,560 2,560
Resolution screen vertical 2,048 1,600 1,600
Display type IPS Multitouch, capacitive multitouch, capacitive
Panel technology IPS IPS IPS
Battery
Battery capacity 9,000mAh
Core specifications
CPU frequency, MHz 1.4GHz 2.2GHz 1.7GHz
Integrated memory 16/32/64/128GB 16/32/64GB 16.0GB
RAM capacity 1.00GB 2.00GB 2.00GB
Camera
Camera megapixel rating 5.0mp 8.0mp 5.0mp
Focus type Autofocus Autofocus Autofocus
Built-in flash? no yes yes
Built-in flash type LED LED
Front-facing camera? yes yes yes
Video capture? yes yes yes
Other
WiFi standard 802.11abgn 802.11abgn 802.11bgn
Bluetooth support yes yes
Integrated GPS yes no yes
Accessories supplied Lightning cable, USB charger
Upstream USB ports 0 0 0
HDMI output? yes no yes
Video/TV output? no no no
Software
Mobile operating system iOS 7 Kindle Fire OS Android 4.2
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